Bridgewater, Pennsylvania’s Mónica Aguilar named Miss Intercontinental 2019 first runner-up in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Representing the United States, Mónica Aguilar, 20, almost won Miss Intercontinental 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. She was the first runner-up of the 48th edition of the international beauty contest founded by Rene Lacle in 1971.

Hailing from Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, USA, Aguilar was appointed Miss Intercontinental USA 2019. A university student studying Biological Health Sciences, she is an aspiring dermatologist.

Aguilar was also a National Chess Champion. The Birdgewater native is from a family of doctors and is fluent in Spanish and English.

In 2018, Aguilar represented Cuba in Miss Earth in the Philippines. She was unplaced.


At Miss Intercontinental 2019, Aguilar competed against 74 other candidates. It was Fanni Mikó, 22, of Hungary who was crowned as the successor of Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman, 27, of the Philippines.

Miss Intercontinental India 2018 Suman Chellani, 28, and MODAVISION organizer Holger Salmen, 41, of Germany hosted the Miss Intercontinental 2019 coronation night at the Hotel Sunrie Montemare Resort in Sharm El Sheikh on December 20, 2019. Television hot Hector Gonzales Colon of Puerto Rico was the backstage host.

Gallman also joined the panel of judges. Her fellow judges were Miss Intercontinental 2010 Maydelise Columna of Puerto Rico, Top Model of the World 2018 Janet Leyva of Peru, Times Models Zurich owner Christoph Locher of Switzerland, actress Cinthia Aparico of Mexico and marketing director Habiba Eishaer.

Naruemon Khampan, 21, of Thailand, was second runner-up. Dane Venter, 23, of South Africa and Tiffany Yoko Chong Campos, 23, of Peru were the respective third and fourth runners-up.

Moreover, Aguilar was Miss Intercontinental North America 2019 while Miko was crowned Miss Intercontinental Europe 2019. Their fellow continental queens were Venter, Khampan and Campos as Miss Intercontinental Africa 2019, Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania 2019 and Miss Intercontinental South America 2019.

Venter, Safina Gaibova, 19, of Tajikistan and Betania Rojas, 25, of Colombia won the sponsors’ awards. They were named Miss Direct Pass, Miss Diamond Palace and Miss Sunrise Resort, respectively.

Emma Mary Francisco Tiglao, 24, of the Philippines was voted Miss Popularity. Hilary Castillo Cuming, 28, of Guatemala, Vanessa Gutiérrez Fernández, 23, of Spain and Devy González Jaén, 25, of Costa Rica were the respective winners of the special awards Best in National Costume, Best in Evening Gown and Best Body.

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