Mexican Irma Miranda failed to advance in the Miss Universe semifinals, while Miss United States won the crown

Learn about her passion for beauty pageants, her background, and her involvement in charitable causes. Discover the designers behind her stunning outfits and find out who inspired her. See how Mexico has fared in previous Miss Universe competitions.
  1. Irma Miranda, Mexico’s representative in the 71st edition of Miss Universe, did not make it to the first 16 finalists. The winner was Miss United States.
  2. Irma Miranda is passionate about beauty pageants; she started her career at 18 and has participated in various beauty contests, including Nuestra Belleza, where she won the state contest.
  3. Irma Miranda is not just a model but also an active participant in Punto Migrante and other events in support of migrants. She has also studied Business Administration at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora and enjoys playing tennis.

Irma Miranda was Mexico’s representative in the 71st edition of Miss Universe; however, the Sonora native did not make it to the first 16 finalists. The winner was Miss United States.

Although Irma Cristina Miranda had become one of the favorites of the contest, she was not chosen among the first to be cut from the competition.

The semifinalists were the representatives of Puerto Rico, Haiti, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Laos, South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, India, Venezuela, Spain, the United States, and Colombia.

The finalists were: Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Curacao, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss United States, and Miss Venezuela. The top 3 were Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and the USA.

In the first cut of the competition, 16 contestants were chosen to go to the semifinal. Afterwards, it will be a top 5 (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
In the first cut of the competition, 16 contestants were chosen to go to the semifinal. Afterward, it will be a top 5 (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

Which designers dressed Irma Miranda?

On the first night of the competition, the preliminary held on January 11, Irma paraded in a blue swimsuit, wearing a sarong with the image of actress Maria Felix, hand-decorated by Mexican painter Blanca Hinojosa Garza.

According to what the 26-year-old shared, María Félix is a woman who has inspired her for her elegance, character and being ahead of her time.

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“Maria is from Sonora, just like me, she is a source of inspiration, and her life sends a very powerful message that continues to drive me: never stop being yourself,” the model wrote.

That same night, Miranda wore a beige gown with transparency and stones that made her shine with every step she took. It was designed by the firm Narciza Severa of the Yucatecan Saúl Alberto Tello Chami.

The golden slippers were made by Christian Diva.

Narciza Severa is one of the most prestigious designer firms in Mexico and has become of international importance (Josh Brasted / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Narciza Severa is one of the most prestigious design firms in Mexico and has become of international importance (Josh Brasted / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The typical costume with which she represented Mexico was a black charro costume decorated with flowers of different colors, composed of a mermaid skirt with several levels covered with sequins, the characteristic vest, and its respective jacket, in addition to the red bow and a belt. She also wore a charro hat that she took off on the runway. Ivan Rodriguez from Tijuana designed the piece.

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Who is Irma Miranda?

Irma Cristina Miranda Valenzuela, born in Sonora, began her career in beauty pageants at 18. She participated in Nuestra Belleza, winning the state contest; however, she was the first finalist in Nuestra Belleza México.

In addition to modeling, Irma studied for a degree in Business Administration at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora. She also spends her time practicing tennis, a sport in which she has won several competitions.

In addition to modeling, the Sonoran actively participates in Punto Migrante and other events in support of migrants, such as Migratón, organized by the National Institute of Migration (INM).

How many Miss Universe crowns did Mexico win?

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We have put together an article dedicated to the topic.

The first Mexican Miss Universe was Lupita Jones, who became queen in 1991 when she was 23.

The Baja California native, the first Mexican Miss Universe, founded Mexicana Universal, the organization in charge of gathering the “most beautiful women of the country” around the republic and choosing one to represent the country internationally.

Then, in 2010 Ximena Navarrete became the second Mexican winner of Miss Universe. The then 22-year-old from Guadalajara won international acclaim but retired from the pageants as soon as her reign ended, but she still participates in some editions as a support. This year, in the 71st edition of the competition, she was part of the judging panel.

Andrea Meza was the third Mexican to become Miss Universe. In 2020, the Chihuahua native was crowned and enjoyed the shortest reign of the pageant due to the covid-19 pandemic, with only 210 days as queen.