Uruguay’s top model and beauty queen with Armenian roots has been crowned Miss Universe Uruguay 2014.
According to Uruguayan media, Johana Riva Garabetian was announced the winner at the end of a pageant that was held on Sunday in Chihuahua.
Hailing from Montevideo, Garabetian, 23, stands tall at 1.74 m and is not new to beauty pageants. She also holds the crown of Miss Tourism Uruguay 2008 and has even competed at the Miss Tourism International 2008 in Malaysia. She was placed in the Top 15 there. Also, the ethnic Armenian model competed at the Miss Atlantico International 2010 in Uruguay and was awarded Miss Photogenic there.
Hopes are that she will represent Uruguay in the Miss Universe 2014 pageant this year in Brazil, as last year’s winner of Miss Universe Uruguay Micaela Orsi reportedly withdrew from the Miss Universe 2013 pageant due to lack of financial support.