The young Miss Teen U.S. Latina Pageant had its debut in
Riviera Maya (Cancun), Mexico in 2003, produced as part of the
long-running annual Miss U.S. Latina Pageant. (See History.)
With only 14 years-of-age, Cuban-born Edshelee Torres of
Florida made history by becoming the first Miss Teen U.S.
Latina. Back-to-back winners from Ilinois followed with Michelle
Gonzalez of Mexican heritage in 2004, crowned in the
Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rican Geysha Gonzalez (no
relation) in 2005, once again in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
In 2006 these national Latina pageants were brought back to the
United States and Springfield, MA saw Florida's Karla Acosta
from El Salvador take home the crown. The postponement of the
2007 pageant resulted in the designation by executive board
decision of Texan Nicole Korrody as that year's title winner
from among all eligible 2006 pageant participants.
San Antonio hosted the 2009 event in Sept. 2008 that saw the repeat
of back-to-back winners with the crowning of Marissa Castro from
El Paso in her home state by hometown girl Nicole, both of
Mexican heritage. The pageant went on hiatus that year until
2015, when it resumed production again.
Tulsa, Oklahoma saw the return of the Miss Teen U.S. Latina
Pageant and the state of Nevada winning its first national title with
Katherine Acosta, also of Mexican descent as her two previous
Another state got their first win in 2016. Ohio took top honors in
Kansas with Natalia Lopez from Peru. Nevada only had to wait a
year for their second win this time by Litzy Torres, who became
Miss Teen U.S. Latina 2017 in Chicago, also of Mexican heritage.
*The first teen ever chosen in the Miss Latin America Pageant network
was also from Florida, Kristine Taranco, Miss Teen Florida Latina 1999.
(See her story here.)
Florida* won the first Miss Teen U.S. Latina title at the inaugural pageant in 2003.
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