The young Eva van Putten, Curacao, was elected this morning as the “Spanish-American Queen” beauty in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, among over twenty candidates from Spanish speaking countries.
Van Putten, 19 years old and 1.84 meters tall, was a favorite from the start of the event which also won the Miss Photogenic previous titles, Miss Elegance and Best Silhouette.
The Chilean María Jesús the Bolivian Yessica Matthei and Mouton were second and third place respectively.
Van Putten, who received the crown of the Venezuelan Caroline Medina, said he was impressed by the success he achieved in the competition, and noted that the title is one of the first in many years that country achieve its international beauty pageants.
Among the seven finalists were Venezuela’s Angela Ruiz, Spanish Alba Fortes, the Ecuadorian Paraguayan Olga Alba Alava and Riquelme.
The Panamanian Marelissa Himm was elected by her peers as Miss Congeniality and Friendship.
During the contest, Ruiz won the prize for best costume, Mouton said “Best Face”, Colombian Diana Mina for “Best Smile” and Riquelme for “Best hair”.
The Spanish took the prize Fortes Aerosur, the Bolivian airline that flies to Madrid.
This is the fourth edition of “Spanish-American Queen,” which replaces “Miss America” and includes candidates from Central and North America and Spain.
The applicants came from Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, the community Hispanic United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.