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Colombia’s Maria Vengoechea is Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 first runner-up

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Maria Alejandra Vengoechea Carcamo, 23, represented Colombia at Reina Hispanoamericana 2021. It was the 30th edition of the international beauty pageant celebrating Hispanic heritage, language and culture based in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Vengoechea graduated from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla. She is 5’8″ tall.

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On November 12, 2018, Vengoechea represented the Atlántico Department at Señorita Colombia 2018 and competed against 21 other candidates in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. She was second runner-up while Laura Olascuaga, 26, of Bolivar was first runner-up.

When Olascuaga resigned, Vengoechea was appointed Miss International Colombia 2019. On November 12, 2019, Vengoechea represented Colombia at Miss International 2019, competed against 82 other candidates in Tokyo, Japan and finished third runner-up.

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The Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 coronation ceremony was held at the Estudio 5 of Red Uno de Bolivia, a television network in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Including Vengoechea, 27 women competed for the title.

Mister Supranational 2021 Vago Vargas, Miss Bolivia 2009 Claudia Arce Lemaitre and Miss Model of the World 1996 second runner-up Yenny Vaca Paz served as judges. They were joined by Koala Feel Free CEO Alexia Dabdoub, Universal Woman Pageant director Alexander Gonzalez Aguilar and “Despéiname La Vida” star Ronico Cuellar.

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Vengoechea ranked third, making her the first runner-up. It was Andrea Bazarte, 27, of Mexico who won the Reina Hispanoamericana 2021 crown while Ana Lucia Tejeira, 25, of Panama was Virreina Hispanoamericana 2021.

Andrea Romero, 24, of Venezuela was second runner-up. Emmanuelle Vera, 26, of the Philippines, Bruna Zanardo, 29, of Brazil and Theresa Agonia, 29, of Portugal were the respective third, fourth and fifth runners-up.

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