Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2023 preliminary, award winners announced

The Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2023 pageant held its crucial preliminary competition on Sunday, August 20 at Teatro Tapia in San Juan.

Television and radio host, writer, actress, and entrepreneur Nicole Chacón hosted the event that will help determine this year's semifinalists.

Thirty contestants sashayed onstage wearing their official swimsuits by Mare Cheia and glittering evening gowns to impress a distinguished panel of judges consisting of professionals from various industries.

The judges were hematologist-oncologist Anna Di Marco, former Mr World Puerto Rico Fernando Álvarez Soto, performing arts director Ismanuel Rodríguez, blogger Uka Green, aesthetic doctor Wanda González, and De La Cruz president Carlos Thompson.

Presented by L'Oréal Paris, the preliminary event culminated with six contestants taking home the special awards.

Mejor Cabello L'Oréal (Best Hair) - Miss Cayey, Neysha Marie Mendoza Castro

Mejor Piel Radiante de Ceravé y Vichy (Best Radiant Skin) - Miss Toa Baja, Kiara Rivera Escudero

Miss Fotogénica (Miss Photogenic) - Miss Cataño, Gina Lee García Colón

Mejor Personalidad (Miss Personality) - Miss Lajas, Karina Rivera Camacho

Mejor Sonrisa (Best Smile) - Miss Isabella, Fiorella Medina Pérez

My Way de Giorgio Armani Puerto Rico - Miss Patillas, Karla Inelisse Guilfú Acevedo

The national final for this year's Miss Universe Puerto Rico will take place this Thursday, August 24 at Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce. Ashley Cariño's successor will represent Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador this November.

Photos: Wapa Televisión / Miss Universe Puerto Rico

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