Miss Universe 2002

The Miss Universe 2002 pageant was held in Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 29, 2002. There were 75 delegates from around the world who competed for the title Miss Universe 2002. Oxana Fedorova from Russia was crowned Miss Universe 2002 by Miss Universe 2001, Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico. On September 23, 2002, Fedorova was dethroned and replaced by her first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama.



Special awards

Final competition scores

Country Swimsuit Evening Gown
Russia 9.88 9.64
Panama 8.79 8.92
China 8.88 9.15
South Africa 8.90 8.79
Venezuela 9.29 8.83

Germany 8.81 8.84
Cyprus 9.15 8.49
Albania 8.34 8.51
India 8.32 8.10
Canada 7.99 8.39
     First runner-up
     Second runner-up
     Third runner-up
     Fourth runner-up


  • - Anisa Kospiri
  • - Giovana Pinto Leite
  • - Aisha Ralph
  • - Deyanira Ludwina Frank
  • Australia - Sarah Davies
  • - Nadia Albury
  • Belgium - Ann van Elsen
  • - Paola Clarisse Coimbra Antipieff
  • Brazil - Josiane Oliveira
  • - Anastasia Tonge
  • - Elina Georgirva
  • Canada - Neelam Verma
  • - Shannon McLean
  • - Nicole Rencoret Ladrón de Guevara
  • - Zhuo Ling
  • Colombia - Vanessa Mendoza
  • - Merilyn Villalta
  • - Ivana Paris
  • - Ayanette Mary-Ann Statia
  • - Demetra Eleuftheriou
  • - Diana Kobzanova
  • Dominican Republic - Ruth Ocumarez
  • - Isabel Ontaneda-Pinto
  • - Sally Shaheen
  • - Elisa Sandoval Rodriguez
  • - Jana Tafenau
  • - Janette Broman
  • France - Sylvie Tellier
  • Germany - Natascha Borger
  • - Stephanie Walkins-Fia
  • - Lena Paparrigopoulou
  • - Carina Velasquez
  • - Mia Rahaman
  • - Erika Ramirez
  • - Edit Friedl
  • India - Neha Dhupia
  • - Lisa O'Sullivan
  • - Yamit Har-Noy


  • The Parade of Nations was conducted outdoors in the streets of Old San Juan for the first time and the delegates all wore their national costumes. This format of the parade would continue until 2005, although from 2003-2005, the delegates did not wear their national costumes during the parade.
  • Albania and the People's Republic of China debuted at this year's edition, and both also made it to the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Cyprus was called out to the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Russia, Venezuela, and India were also called out to the semi-finals in 2001.
  • Germany was last called out to the semi-finals in 1989, Panama in 1997, and both South Africa and Canada in 2000.
  • Vania Millan Miras of Spain winner of Miss Spain 2002 title, but was a replacement of Lorena Van Heerde Ayala winner of Miss Spain 2001.
  • Seven delegates who withdrew from the Miss Universe 2002 pageant. They were: Karen Russell (Belize), Angelina Patricia Pingkan Sondakh (Indonesia), Christina Sawaya (Lebanon), Loredana Zammit (Malta), María Gabriela Riquelme Escuna (Paraguay), Bernice Gumbs (St. Maarten) and Euwonka Selver (Turks and Caicos). Sawaya of Lebanon would go on and claim the Miss International crown in the latter part of the year.
  • Sarah Davies of Australia went on to compete in Miss World 2004 in Sanya, China. She finished as 5th runner up in Miss World 2004.
  • Christina Sawaya from (Lebanon) withdrew because she did not want to compete in the same pageant with Miss Israel
  • This was the year that there was a high number of black representatives. A number of nations sent a black woman for the first time in their country's history. These countries were: Colombia (big favorite for the crown), Dominican Republic (another big favorite of the local media), Mexico, and Sweden. The USA was also represented by a black woman that year. Ironically, none of the black representatives made the 10 that year, resulting in the creation of the term the 2002 Blackout.
  • Many of the favorites that year failed to make the cut. They were Puerto Rico (the local rep), Colombia (favorite to win the crown), Dominican Republic (favorite of the Puerto Rican media), Ghana (barely missed the Top 10 and placed 12th overall in the preliminaries), Jamaica, Netherlands (barely missed the Top 10 and placed 11th overall in the preliminaries), and Nigeria (Top 10 Finalist in Miss World later that year).
  • This was the third time in the history of Miss Universe, that the USA failed to make the semis.
  • Natascha Borger of Germany would go on and win Top Model of the World 2002 in Germany. Also, she would go on and win Miss Baltic Sea 2003 in Finland.

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