Lourdes Valentina Figuera Morales, 19, who is professionally known as Valentina Figuera, of Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Venezuela was recently crowned Miss Grand International 2019. The Venezuelan model and architecture student bested 59 other candidates.
Hosted by Leo Aldana, 35, of Venezuela and Clara Sosa, 26, of Paraguay, the Miss Grand International 2019 coronation night took place at the Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela on October 25, 2019. It was the seventh edition of the international beauty pageant founded in 2013 by Nawat Itsaragrisil and it was the first time the contest was held in Latin America.
It was Sosa who crowned Figuera. The former was crowned Miss Grand International 2018 at The ONE Entertainment Park in Yangon, Myanmar on October 25, 2018.
Runner-up to Figuera as Miss Grand International 2019 was María Fernanda Malo Juvera Raimond Kedilhac, 22, Mexico. The respective second, third and fourth runners-up were Coco Arayha Suparurk, 24, Thailand, Carmen Irina Drayton, 23, of Panama and Marjorie Marcelle Corrêa Angelotti, 23, Brazil.
This made Figuera the first ever Miss Grand International from Venezuela. She is also the beauty pageant’s first ever titleholder to win in her home country.
Dayton was Best in Swimsuit while Mara Štefica Topić, 24, Ecuador was Best in National Costume and Camila Namie Escribens, 21, of Peru was Best in Evening Gown. Nguyễn Hà Kiều Loan, 19, Vietnam made it to the Top 20 by winning the Miss Popular Vote award.
Nguyễn went on to proceed to the Top 10 but did not make it to the Top 5. Topić, Escribens, Taylor Marlene Curry, 23, Australia and Hazel Marie Ortíz Méndez, 22, of Puerto Rico also finished in the Top 10.
Figuera was born in Puerto La Cruz on June 16, 2000. While pursuing a career as a model, she is also earning her bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the Santiago Mariño Polytechnic University Institute in Puerto La Cruz.
Before the Miss Grand International 2019 coronation night ended, Aldana announced that Figuera is crowning her successor in 2020 also in Venezuela. Watch the coronation night here: