Miami, FL — The Univision Television Network celebrated the grand finale of its breakout hit ìNuestra Belleza Latinaî (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 ìNuestra Belleza Latina.î
In addition to the title, Alejandra has won the opportunity of a lifetime, a coveted contract as Univisionís 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 ìNuestra Belleza Latina,î 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 ìNuestra Belleza, MÈxico.î
ìWe would like to congratulate Alejandra Espinoza on this great achievement and acknowledge all the contestants for their hard work and dedication throughout the competition,î said Alina FalcÛn, Executive Vice President and Operating Manager for the Univision Network. ìWe are thrilled with the success of ëNuestra Belleza Latinaí 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.î
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, ëTu Retiradaí from his album ìEl Indomable.î 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 BayamÛn.
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 LÛpez, 24, Cuban from Houston, TX; Giselle Saouda, 25, Colombian from Miami, FL; Mayra MuÒoz (first runner up), 21, Salvadorian from Los Angeles, CA; Raengel SolÌs, 21, Dominican from New York, NY; and Yara Lasanta (second runner up), 21, from BayamÛn, PR.
Univision.comís exclusive coverage of Nuestra Belleza Latina has resulted in record-breaking traffic on its Mujer channel. Thus far, visitors have generated over 90 million page views and viewed 1.3 million video streams in the past three months. Univision.com features an insiderís look at the contestants, which includes ìWhere are they now” and ìA day in the life of La Belleza Latina.î Exciting post-show highlights include behind-the-scenes video, interviews and photos available via online and wireless through Univision MÛvil.
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Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 99% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 88% of U.S. Hispanic Households; GalavisiÛn, the countryís leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 70 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, La Calle Records and Mexico-based Disa Records as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at www.univision.com. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisaís pay television channels in the U.S., and a non-voting 14.9% interest in Entravision Communications Corporation, a public Spanish-language media company. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
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