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Estefania Soto biography: 13 things about Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020


Estefania Natalia Soto Torres is a Puerto Rican beauty queen and model. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Soto’s Dutch language proficiency is intermediate. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
  2. She collects lip balm and National Geographic magazines.
  3. In high school, she discovered her passion for foreign languages and multiculturalism after watching “The Interpreter,” the first film shot inside the United Nations headquarters in New York City, New York, United States. She later participated in a student exchange at the Université du Québec in Quebec, Canada.
  4. She attended the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus where she earned her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages with a concentration in French. She took one year off, worked at the French Alliance of Puerto Rico and traveled as a backpacker in different countries in Europe.
  5. She worked for different international organizations including Eurocities in Brussels, Belgium, the European Patent Organization in The Hague, Netherlands and the French Embassy in Washington D.C., United States.
  6. In 2001, her parents asked her to get involved in a hobby. She chose modeling so her parents enrolled her in a modeling academy.
  7. Between 2012 and 2021, she lived in seven countries. She studied in different countries including Belgium, France and Mexico.
  8. Between 2015 and 2017, she studied in Belgium, France and Mexico. During this period, she completed an interdisciplinary master’s degree in intercultural mediation with a sociological, anthropological and gender perspective.
  9. On June 13, 2019, she became runner-up to Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019 Madison Anderson, who was crowned at the Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  10. On September 24, 2020, she was appointed as Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020. No beauty pageant was held due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Amid the pandemic, she hosted “Voces de Reinas,” a podcast about entertainment, healthcare and the academic industry.
  11. She was 28 years old when she represented Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2020 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, USA on May 16, 2021. She finished in the Top 10. Prior to the competition, she was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear leading to strong vertigo episodes and hearing loss. 
  12. On September 30, 2021, she crowned her successor Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2021 Michelle Colon at the Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center.
  13. On August 11, 2022, she and Julio Rivera-Saniel hosted Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2022 at the Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center where Colon crowned her successor Ashley Cariño.

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    • Cómo te quedó el ojo?, por qué nosotros los boricuas siempre pensamos que PR tiene que ganar en todo, se vale perder tambien!


    • The pageant was a disaster all the way around from the production, the staging, the musical numbers, pacing, etc. It was produced by High School students with no experience at all producing a TV show. Here are my observations.

      Hosts; Bored to death and could care less what was happening around. Read the teleprompter and got their check and left.
      Judges: How could they choose 10 semi-finalists without ever listening to a word they have to say, WTF? WHAT KIND OF CRITERIA DID THEY USE TO MAKE THEIR FINAL CUT? Obviously, they were NOT chosen to for their brains, personality and confident.
      It was stale and boring.
      Entertainment: the dancers (below mediocre.
      Luis Fonsi – What did they book such a talent for? He did nothing and he looked totally uncomfortable around the tall contestants.
      The stage was a disaster. No good camera angles, barely any close ups and no runway. A round area 10 by 10? What were they thinking?
      The top 5 – lousy and uneventful answers. Ms. Mexico was shocked by the first question and gave a terrible answer, India looked super bored, lousy answers, Dominican Republic, what? My point is very well taken because the answers given to their questions from the final 5 were irrelevant and text book politically correct answers. If they would have talked to the semi-finalists i guarantee you that Miss Mexico would not have won the tittle. I think that the strongest candidate of all was Miss Puerto Rico. She would have been in the top 5 and most likely the winner. The pageant looks like is going down hill. It was boring and dull. What a mess? Most likely they will blame it on the pandemic but, there are no excuses or defense. This is a long established program that should run smoothly.
      Sorry, 10 thumbs down.


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