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
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 predecessors..
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
last August 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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