Bolívia / Wuliwya / Volívia / BulibiyaBolivia Crowns its Queens

Paula Schneider  - Miss Bolivia Universo 2015
Paula Schneider – Miss Bolivia Universo 2015 (Left) with Claudia Tavel AnteloMiss Bolivia Universo 2014.

Bolivia, a landlocked South American nation, was once a strong believer of the Big4 Pageants. It is a nation the conducts its national pageant and would give four major national titles – for Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth. But these all changed when Miss World demanded a separate national pageant imposing additional costs to national organizations like that of Bolivia. So, this 2015, a pageant solely designed to select the Miss World representative of Bolivia was born. Thus, this weekend, three – instead of usual four – major titles were awarded in a festive and nationally broadcasted TV event called the Miss Bolivia pageant. The main title called Miss Bolivia a.k.a Miss Bolivia Universo 2015 went to Paula Schneider who represented Santa Cruz. She will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe in a yet to be announced location. Well in fact the Miss Universe competition is in limbo as various Latin American nations decided to boycott the pageant due to the racists remarks of the pageant co-owner, Donald Trump. While countries such as Mexico will skip this year’s Miss Universe edition, Bolivia has so far been mum about the issue and will likely attend the pageant. Historically, the country has a relatively dismal performance at Miss Universe. There are only 3 instances when it made the cut and its highest placement was in 1990 when Rosario Pilar made it to the top six. Winning the Miss Bolivia International 2015 title is Alejandra Panoz representing Cochabamba. She will compete at the Miss International pageant in Tokyo, Japan with the finals set on November 5. Bolivia boasts 5 semifinalists at Miss International. Meanwhile the Miss Bolivia Earth 2015 is Jazmín Durán who wear the Miss Residentes Bolivia sash. She will compete at Miss Earth 2015 pageant in Vienna, Austria on December 5. Meanwhile, the pageant awarded the following two minor titles: Miss Bolivia Turismo 2015 and Miss Bolivia Continentes Unidos 2015 which went to Joyce Prado and Andrea Velasco respectively.

Miss Bolivia 2015 (2)
Bolivia crowns its new queens! Miss Bolivia Universo 2015: Paula Schneider – Miss Santa Cruz, Miss Bolivia International 2015: Alejandra Panozo – Miss Cochabamba, Miss Bolivia Earth 2015: Jazmín Durán – Miss Residentes, Miss Bolivia Turismo 2015: Joyce Prado – Señorita Litoral, Miss Bolivia Continentes Unidos 2015: Andrea Velasco-Señorita Beni


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