Ivonne Cerdas Cascante edged out nine other finalists to be crowned Miss Costa Rica 2019 in a glittering competition held at the Marco Picado Studio in San José on Wednesday, November 18.
The 27-year-old systems engineer and model won the coveted title in her third attempt. She succeeds last year’s winner, Paola Chacón.
Jennifer Barrantes and Valeria Rees completed the Top 3 while Ariana Hernández, Priscilla Badilla, Fernanda Sánchez, Jelanie Lindo, Glennys Medina, Sharon Gómez and Melissa Méndez were the rest of the 10 finalists.
Hosted by journalist Walter Campos, Marilin Gamboa, and the outgoing queen, the 66th edition of the national pageant was held amid the COVID-19 pandemic without an audience. The event was aired on the Teletica network.
Former titleholder María Teresa Rodríguez was among the distinguished panel of judges that includes singer and composer, Hauri Cerdas; international stylist and makeup artist, Henry Bastos Wood; and designer, Edwin Ramírez.
The new Miss Costa Rica answered her final question on how to eradicate femicides in her country by mentioning the importance of social inclusion, the value of having passed a law that penalizes street harassment, and also reiterating the importance that women victims of violence should not be silent and rely on institutions such as the National Institute for Women (INAMU).
Ivonne will represent her Central American country at the 69th Miss Universe pageant to be held in the first quarter of 2021 possibly in the USA.
Photos: Arnoldo Robert Fotografía / Miss Costa Rica