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Quindio, Colombia’s María Fernanda Aristizábal to compete in Miss Universe 2020

María Fernanda Aristizábal, 22, will represent Colombia in Miss Universe 2020. It will be the 69th edition of the annual international beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization, which is based in the United States.

The newly crowned Miss Universe Colombia 2020 was born in Armenia, Quindio, Colombia on June 19, 1997. She is studying Social Communication at Luis Amigó Catholic University in Medellín, Colombia.

Representing Quindio, Aristizábal competed against 21 other candidates in Señorita Colombia 2019. It was the 67th edition of the Colombian beauty pageant.

Broadcast on Telecaribe, the Señorita Colombia 2019 coronation night took place in Cartagena, Colombia on November 11, 2019. Aristizábal took home the top crown, which makes her Colombia’s representative to Miss Universe 2020.

During the question and answer portion, Aristizábal was asked by Miss Universe 2008 first runner-up Taliana Vargas which Colombian woman does she look up to as a role model. The candidate from Quindio said, “Sigo a las lideresas que apoyan causas sociales y que luchan para erradicar la pobreza, el analfabetismo, contra la minería ilegal y el trabajo infantil (I follow the leaders who support social causes and fight to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, those who are against illegal mining and child labor).”

In the same pageant, María Alejandra Salazar Rojas, 22, of Huila was crowned Miss International Colombia 2020. Paula Jiménez García, 26, of Antioquia, Mariana Jaramillo Córdoba, 21, of the Caribbean Region and Valentina Aldana Dorado, 19, of Cauca were the respective first, second and third runners-up.

This made Aristizábal the first ever Miss Universe Colombia from Quindio. She succeeded Miss Universe Colombia 2018 Gabriela Tafur, 24, of Valle.

Tafur finished in the Top 5 in Miss Universe 2019, which culminated on December 8, 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was Zozibini Tunzi, 26, of South Africa who won the crown, making her the international beauty pageant’s third titleholder from her home country.

The venues and dates of Miss Universe 2020 and Miss World 2020 are yet to be announced. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Aristizábal months before her coronation as Miss Universe Colombia 2020:

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