Single women of Latino or Hispanic heritage between the ages of 19 and 27 are showcased in this national competition that, since 1981, has been encouraging academic pursuits, personal development and cultural awareness, while promoting stronger ties between the US and Latin America. Delegates are selected from across the US through a growing list of preliminary competitions in this, the first and only national pageant system for Latinas in the US that is also part of the largest Latina pageant network in the world that started in the United States.
Dominican-born Sasha Zacarias is the reigning Miss Latina US 2012 who will be crowning her successor on the Palenque Theatre stage, the same one that saw her win the coveted crown last June. Previous Miss Latina US titleholders have come from Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah and Washington, D.C. They have been of Mexican, Cuban, Dominican , Puerto Rican, Colombian, Peruvian, Bolivian, Costa Rican, Guatemalan and Nicaraguan descent, a testament to the vast number of nationalities that comprises the large Hispanic population living in the United States of America.
During the week-long pageant event, state delegates will be busy with rehearsals, preliminary rounds of competition, press and photo sessions, social activities and recreation at one of the most popular all-inclusive resorts located right on the best beach in the Mexican Caribbean coast.
All eligible Latinas are encouraged to participate in their state’s preliminaries for the chance at living this amazing experience. Interested contestants and pageant organizers can get more details visiting www.missuslatina.com. Find information on Barcelo Hotels & Resorts at www.barcelo.com.
About Organizacion Miss America Latina, Inc.: based in Miami, Florida, it is the oldest and largest producer of Latina pageants worldwide. Beginning in 1981, founding President Acirema Alayeto created an international pageant system where Latin American women from around the world annually compete for the title of MISS LATIN AMERICA® OF THE WORLD, best known worldwide as “MISS AMERICA LATINA DEL MUNDO.” The company also produces the annual MISS LATINA US™ Pageant, official national preliminary to Miss Latin America of the World.
About Barcelo Hotels & Resorts: with more than 140 hotels in 16 countries in Europe, America and Africa, it has been home to Miss Latin America Pageants since 2000. The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort is ideally located on Mexico's eastern coast just 45 minutes from Cancun, between Playa del Carmen and the intriguing Tulum ruins. This eco-friendly resort welcomes visitors with 24 diverse dining options, 21 lively bars and lounges, 10 gigantic swimming pools, three entertainment theaters, two kid-friendly water parks, a 20,000-square-