Alejandra Espinoza first winner of ‘Nuestra Belleza Latina’

MIAMI, FL---The Univision Television Network celebrated the grand finale of its breakout hit “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (Our Latin Beauty) that combines the glamour of a beauty competition with the excitement of reality television, on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Hosted by popular Univision personality Giselle Blondet, the finale was a nailbitting elimination for the six finalists who awaited their fate in front of a live studio audience. Captivated viewers from across the country voted for their favorite contestant and crowned Alejandra Espinoza, the 20 year old Mexican beauty from San Ysidro, CA, the very first “Nuestra Belleza Latina.”

In addition to the title, Alejandra has won the opportunity of a lifetime, a coveted contract as Univision’s newest on-air personality, a $50,000 cash prize from AT&T, formerly Cingular Wireless; a 2007 Ford Edge valued at $35,000; and a $40,000 contract to represent JCPenney. Maybelline New York and Garnier will provide Alejandra and her guest with two all expense paid trips, one to New York for a shopping spree and one to Miami for a spa day, for a total value of $40,000.

Alejandra is one of ten siblings, whose parents emigrated from Mexico six years ago. Even within this large family, she always stood out as the most ambitious and curious. Before participating in “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” Alejandra worked as a cashier for a foreign currency exchange service and in her spare time competed in several beauty pageants. She won several local competitions and ultimately placed fourth in the very prestigious “Nuestra Belleza, México.”

“We would like to congratulate Alejandra Espinoza on this great achievement and acknowledge all the contestants for their hard work and dedication throughout the competition,” said Alina Falcón, President and Operating Manager for the Univision Network. “We are thrilled with the success of ‘Nuestra Belleza Latina’ and the warm reception it has received from our viewers. This show is yet another example of engaging programming our viewers have come to expect from Univision.”

The final competition, which aired Tuesday, May 22, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT, showcased the six finalists and featured a live performance by Cristian Castro with the world premiere of his new single, ‘Tu Retirada’ from his album “El Indomable.” Each of the finalists families were flown to Miami so they could be present for the final elimination. Throughout the program, viewers were able to witness the tremendous hometown support for each of the candidates from San Ysidro, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, New York and Bayamón.

Of the many women who auditioned throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, only 12 finalists representing the most charismatic, intelligent and captivating Hispanic women were selected to compete. Each week, they faced-off in a fierce competition that tested their character and determination.

After a series of eliminations only 6 finalists were chosen to take part in the grand finale: Alejandra Espinoza, the winner; Elizabeth López, 24, Cuban from Houston, TX; Giselle Saouda, 25, Colombian from Miami, FL; Mayra Muñoz (first runner up), 21, Salvadorian from Los Angeles, CA; Raengel Solís, 21, Dominican from New York, NY; and Yara Lasanta (second runner up), 21, from Bayamón, PR.


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