BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Peru’s Janick Maceta is Miss Universe 2020 second runner-up, loses to Mexico’s Andrea Meza

Janick Maceta del Castillo, 27, of Lima, Peru almost won Miss Universe 2020. She was second runner-up.

Hosted by Mario Lopez, 47, and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 28, the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, United States on May 16, 2021. Including Maceta, a total of 74 candidates competed for the crown.

At the end of the show, Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, 27, of South Africa crowned Alma Andrea Meza Carmona, 26, of Chihuahua City, Mexico as Miss Universe 2020. Julia Weissheimer Werlang Gama, 27, of Brazil, Adline Mewis Quadros Castelino, 22, of India and Kimberly Marie Jimenez de Leon, 24, of La Romana, Dominican Republic were the respective first, third and fourth runners-up.

Tunzi co-hosted the national costume show with Nick Teplitz on May 13, 2021 and the preliminary competition with Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Tebow, 25, of South Africa on May 14, 2020. Jimenez won the Carnival Spirit Award while Thuzar Wint Lwin, 22, of Myanmar won the Best National Costume award and Lenka Nemer, 24, of Bolivia won the Impact Award.

During the coronation night, Tebow and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 28, of Colombia served as expert analysts while Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, 30, was a correspondent. The judges were Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, 33, of Puerto Rico, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, 50, of Hawaii, USA, Colombian economist Tatyana Orozco, 44, Korean-American actress Arden Cho, 35, Canadian television host Keltie Knight and American businesswomen Christine Duffy, 59, Sheryl Adkins-Green, 55, and Deepica Mutyala, 31.

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A beauty pageant veteran, Maceta was Miss Peru 2016 Top 10 finalist, Miss Tourism Word 2018 first runner-up, Miss Peru 2019 first runner-up and Miss Supranational 2019 third runner-up. On November 29, 2020, she was crowned Miss Peru 2020.

Currently, Maceta is based in New York, USA where she works as an audio engineer and music producer. She is one of the founders of the record label Top of New York, which digitizes and produces the musical content of young artists.

Maceta is also part of the nonprofit Little Heroes Perú, which helps children who have been victims of sexual violence. Watch her Miss Universe 2020 performance here:

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