In the first edition of a ceremony that will choose the participant to Miss Universe, the representative of Bolívar Laura Olascuaga won the crown of this new franchise, directed by Natalie Ackerman, who since 2020 is the owner of the rights to Miss Universe Colombia.
Olascuaga, was chosen by a panel made up of: Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 -2019; Natalia Barulích, model, singer and influencer; Pilar Guzmán, manager for Colombia of the Ibero-American Public Relations Network; Amalia de Hazbún, fashion designer, Aguja de Oro from Colombia and Luz Helena Restrepo, Miss Colombia 1967, who were in charge of choosing the 15 semifinalists, in their order: Miss Casanere, Gina Cazaran; María Alejandra Castillo from Atlántico, María José Vargas from Huila, Marelis Salas from Cartagena, Yenifer Pulgarín from Norte de Santander, Mary Trini Araque from Cesar, Dayana Cárdenas from Amazonas, Juliana Aristizábal Briñez de Caldas, Angie Cuero de Valle, Bárbara Rodríguez de Cauca , Laura Juliana Lamus from Santander, Laura Olascuaga from Bolívar, Carolina Londoño from Antioquia, Dahiana García de Nariño and Juliana Franco from Meta.
And after the presentation in gala dress, the group of candidates was reduced to 6, led by Olascuaga, by Bolívar, Jenifer Pulgarín, by Norte de Santander, Bárbara Rodríguez, Cauca, Yeraldín Grajales, Quindio, Laura Juliana Lamus, Santander and Dayana Cárdenas, Amazonas.
In the last round, and before the public’s expectation, of the three finalists, Jenifer Pulgarín, Norte de Santander, Laura Olascuaga de Bolívar and Laura Juliana Lamus de Santander, the new sovereign, representative of the department of Bolívar, won the crown. In the equivalent of Señorita Simpatia, according to the new times, the representative of Quindío, Yeraldine Grajales, was chosen by public vote, with a large online presence of fans of her beauty.
The first Miss Universe Colombia, in addition to representing the country in the event to be scheduled in 2021, was left with the crown, a piece of Mexican silver, bathed in 24-karat gold, with zircons and the national stone, Colombian emeralds as decoration.
Among other relevant aspects, The ceremony was attended by former queen Valerie Domínguez and Sebastián Carvajal, a Colombian influencer. On the side of the musical presentations, Maia, Mr. Black and Pipe Peláez participated, who animated a highly commented gala on social networks.
As a curious fact, the Miss Universe Colombia gala was held on the same day as the traditional election and coronation of the National Beauty Contest (CNB), an event that reported that the current Miss Colombia, María Fernanda Aristizábal Urrea, will retain the crown for a year .
Ackerman, who participated in the CNB in 2000 and then in Miss Universe in 2006, on behalf of Germany, he acquired the franchise and was willing to collaborate until the last moment with the traditional reign to bring a single representative to the international pageant.
Disputes aired in public and the decline in popularity of the contest, gave Ackerman a unique opportunity to carry out the first edition of Miss Universe Colombia, which already has its first sovereign.