Model and businesswoman Ivana Carolina Irizarry, 26, will represent Puerto Rico in Miss International 2019. She is the 45th woman to represent the country in the Japan-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association.
Irizarry hails from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The municipality, which is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area, is home to Coco Beach, El Yunque, Indio Cave and Las Picúas Beach.
Born and raised in Rio Grande, Irizarry is the founder of the Bounce Mini Tennis Program, an extracurricular tennis program for children aged 3 to 10. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Representing Rio Grande, Irizarry competed in Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2017 on May 4, 2017. She was fourth runner-up.
On June 13, 2019, Irizarry competed in Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019. Representing Toa Alta, she finished in the Top 10.
On September 11, 2019, Irizarry and nine other candidates competed in the Nuestra Belleza Puerto Rico 2019 coronation night at the Teatro Tapia in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Representing Rio Grande again, she was crowned Miss International Puerto Rico 2019.
Four other queens were crowned. They were Miss Grand Puerto Rico 2019 Hazel Ortiz, Miss Supranational Puerto Rico 2019 Shaleyka Cristine Vélez, Miss Intercontinental Puerto Rico 2019 Daileen Vega and Top Model of the World Puerto Rico 2019 Lorimar Atanacio.
Crowning Irizarry was Miss International Puerto Rico 2018 Yarelis Salgado, 25, of Rio Grande. The latter was unplaced in Miss International 2018 in Tokyo on November 9, 2018.
On November 12, 2019, Miss International 2018 Mariem Velazco, 20, of Venezuela will crown her successor at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo. Approximately 90 candidates from around the world are expected to compete.
If Irizarry wins Miss International 2019, she will be the third candidate from her country to win in the international beauty pageant. Representing Puerto Rico, Laurie Simpson earned the title in 1987 and Valerie Hernandez won the crown in 2014.
Before winning the Miss Universe 1993 crown in Mexico, Dayanara Torres represented Puerto Rico in Miss International 1992 in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan. She finished in the Top 15.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Irizarry: