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Miss Universe 2002
Date May 29, 2002
Presenters Phil Simms, Daisy Fuentes and Brook Lee
Entertainment Marc Anthony
Venue Roberto Clemente Coliseo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 75
Placements 10
Debuts Albania, China
Withdraws Argentina, Botswana, Lebanon, Malta, New Zealand, Paraguay, Taiwan, Zimbabwe
Returns Australia, Guyana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia
Winner Oxana Fedorova /
Justine Pasek
Represented  Russia /
Congeniality Merlisa George
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
Best National Costume Vanessa Mendoza
Photogenic Isis Casalduc
 Puerto Rico
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.

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 for failure to perform duties she found offensive.





Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Final competition scores

Country Swimsuit Evening Gown Average
Russia 9.88 (1) 9.64 (1) 9.760 (1)
Panama 8.79 (7) 8.92 (3) 8.855 (4)
China 8.88 (5) 9.15 (2) 9.015 (3)
South Africa 8.90 (4) 8.79 (6) 8.845 (5)
Venezuela 9.29 (2) 8.83 (5) 9.060 (2)
Germany 8.81 (6) 8.84 (4) 8.825 (6)
Cyprus 9.15 (3) 8.49 (8) 8.820 (7)
Albania 8.34 (8) 8.51 (7) 8.425 (8)
India 8.32 (9) 8.10 (10) 8.210 (9)
Canada 7.99 (10) 8.39 (9) 8.190 (10)
     First runner-up
     Second runner-up
     Third runner-up
     Fourth runner-up

Special awards

  • Miss Photogenic: Isis Casalduc (Puerto Rico)
  • Miss Congeniality: Merlisa George (US Virgin Islands)
  • Best National Costume: Vanessa Mendoza (Colombia)
  • Best in Swimsuit: Oxana Fedorova (Russia)



National competitions




  • Kenya which last competed in 1995.
  • Guyana which last competed in 1999.
  • Australia and Namibia, which last competed in 2000.

Contestant notes

  • 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 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), Peru, Honduras, 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, Dominican Republic, 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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