Cuba to compete in Miss Universe after 57 years

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By LatAm Reports Editor

Over the years, many countries have stopped participating in Miss Universe and have competed again after a while, either because of new franchise requirements, lack of renewal of a national license or political issues.

Zimbabwe, for example, last participated in 2001 and returned to the competition 22 years later with the election of Brooke Bruk-Jackson as representative of the African country in the 72nd edition of Miss Universe, held last year in El Salvador.

Now, Cuba would make its possible return to the competition after 57 years of absence since 1967, which Elina Salavarría De Mora represented the Caribbean country for the last time.

This was announced by an Instagram account under the name of Miss Universe Cuba, revealing that a small possibility was recently glimpsed when the new owner of the contest, Thai Anne Jakrajutatip, commented that she would like to visit the island and left the door open for Cuban women to participate again in the contest.

However, the organizers anticipated that the competition will take place in the United States, in Miami, Florida, and not in Cuba, as happened in the past.

In the history of Miss Universe, Cuba had participated from its first edition in 1952 to 1960 that the Cuban government banned the contest and caused representatives from 1961 to 1967 to compete under the name Miss Cuba Free, exiled in Miami.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in La Prensa Grafica