BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Colombia’s Laura Claro crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2019 first runner-up in Bolivia

Laura Claro

Laura Juliana Claro Coronel, 23, of Colombia almost won Reina Hispanoamericana 2019. She was named the first runner-up of the 29th edition of the international beauty pageant based in Bolivia.

It was Regina Peredo Gutierrez, 21, of Mexico who was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2019. The second highest title Virreina Hispanoamericana 2019 was given to Gabrielle Vilela de Souza, 27, of Brazil.

Including Claro, Peredo and Vilela, 30 candidates competed for the crown. On February 4, 2020, the Colombian candidate was voted Miss Personalidad UDABOL by the Universidad de Aquino Bolivia (UDABOL) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia with Aylin Jaldin, 25, of Chile as the second placer.

The Reina Hispanoamericana 2019 coronation night took place at the Sirionó Salon of Fexpocruz in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on February 8, 2020. Mister Model International 2019 Sergio Ayala, 29, of Spain attended the event.

Yuanilie Alvarado, 23, of Puerto Rico was second runner-up while Ketlin Lotterman, 25, of Paraguay was third runner-up, Valeria Badell, 22, of Venezuela was fourth runner-up and Katrina Llegado, 21, of Philippines was fifth runner-up. The respective sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth runners-up were Ainara Cardano, 25, of Spain, Franchesca Astier, 21, of Dominican Republic, Cassandra Cherry, 24, of Haiti and Monserrat Baez, 19, of the United States.

 

Born in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia on October 27, 1995, Claro earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

On November 12, 2018, Claro represented Norte de Santander in Miss Colombia 2018 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. She was unplaced but was later on appointed as Reina Hispanoamericana Colombia 2019.

 

Reina Hispanoamericana has been celebrating Hispanic heritage since 1991. Colombia won the title in 2001, in 2005, in 2013 and in 2016 via María Rocío Stevenson, Diana Milena Cepeda, María Alejandra López and Maria Camila Soleibe, respectively.

In 2008, Laura Zúñiga won the first Reina Hispanoamericana crown for Mexico but she was dethroned and replaced by Vivian Noronha of Brazil so Peredo is officially the pageant’s first ever titleholder from her home country. Here is a clip from the contest’s most recent coronation ceremony in Bolivia:

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