Miss Universe 2003, the 52nd
Miss Universe pageant was held at
Convention Center, Panama
City, Panama on June 3, 2003.
from around the universe competed for the crown. At the conclusion of
the final night Amelia Vega of the
Republic was crowned as the new Miss Universe 2003 by
Miss Universe 2002, Justine Pasek of Panama.
Panama hosted the pageant for the second time. In 1986
, Panama hosted the Miss Universe
Pageant for the first time, the pageant final was held at ATLAPA
Convention Center, in Panama City.
Countries and territories which sent
delegates and results.
|Best National Costume
Order of announcements
- 1. South Africa
- 2. Trinidad & Tobago
- 3. Venezuela
- 4. Greece
- 5. Panama
- 6. Czech Republic
- 7. Namibia
- 8. Canada
- 9. Brazil
- 10. Serbia & Montenegro
- 11. USA
- 12. Angola
- 13. Japan
- 14. Dominican Republic
- 15. Peru
- 1. Czech Republic
- 2. Canada
- 3. Brazil
- 4. Trnidad & Tobago
- 5. Serbia & Montenegro
- 6. South Africa
- 7. Namibia
- 8. Venezuela
- 9. Dominican Republic
- 10. Japan
- 1. Venezuela
- 2. Japan
- 3. South Africa
- 4. Dominican Republic
- 5. Serbia & Montenegro
The following celebrities judged the final competition.
- - Denisa Kola
- - Ana Sebastião
- - Kai Davis
- - Laura Romero
- - Malayka Rasmijn
- - Ashlea Talbot
- - Nadia Johnson
- - Nadia Forte
- - Julie Taton
- - Becky Bernard
- - Irene Aguilera
- - Gislaine Ferreira
- - Elena Tihomirova
- - Leanne Marie Cecile
- - Nichelle Welcome
- - Wu Wei
- - Diana Mantilla
- - Andrea Ovares
- - Ivana Delic
- - Vanessa van Arendonk
- - Ivi Lazarou
- - Kateřina Smrzová
- - Amelia Vega
- - Andrea Jácome
- - Nour El-Samary
- - Diana Valdivieso
- - Katrin Susi
- - Anna Maria Strömberg
- - Emmanuelle Chossat
- - Alexsandra Vodjanikova
- - Marietta Chrousala
- - Florecita de Jesus
- - Leanna Damond
- - Viktoria Tomozi
- - Nikita Anand
- - Lesley Flood
- - Bethsaida Smith did not compete at Miss Universe 2003.
- - Manuela Ósk Hardardóttir withdrew due to illness.
- - Kimberly Castro did not compete at Miss Universe 2003.
- Barbados which last competed in 1999.
- Belize which last competed in 2000.
- Argentina, Chinese Taipei and
New Zealand which last competed in 2001.
- Manuela Osk Hardarsdottir of
Iceland withdrew from the pageant, when a dehydration caused by the weather prevented her
from competing in the Preliminaries. However, she stayed in
Panama until the pageant was over, joined by her boyfriend.
- In terms of regional representation, this was one of the most
balanced top fives in recent years, with delegates from Africa
(South Africa), the Asia-Pacific Region (Japan), Europe (Serbia
& Montenegro), South America (Venezuela), and the Caribbean
(Dominican Republic) all making the top five.
- India's Nikita Anand failed to place, breaking
the 11 year Indian streak of placing in the Top 10 from 1992 to
2002 which produced 2 winners (1994-Sushmita Sen,2000-Lara Dutta),
a 1st runner up (1995-Manpreet Brar), a 2nd runner up (1992-Madhu
Sapre) and a 4th runner up (2001-Celina Jaitley).
- Angola and Serbia &
Montenegro were called out to the semi-finals for the
- Venezuela, South Africa,
Canada, and Panama were the only
countries in this edition's semi-finals who were also called out in
last year's semi-finals.
- As for the other semi-finalists, Japan last
placed in 1988, Namibia in 1992, Czech
Republic in 1993, the Dominican Republic
in 1995, Peru in 1996, both
Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago
in 1998, and both the USA and
Greece in 2001.
- Alexsandra Vodjanikova of
Germany went on to win Top Model of the World 2007 in
Egypt. She changed her last name and she won with the name
of Alessandra Alores.
- Due to China's obstruction to the Miss Universe pageant in
2003, Taiwan was forced to changed her sash label
to Chinese Taipei. However, the organizer allowed
Szu-Yu Chen to use Taiwan sash out of stage, but
Chinese Taipei sash on stage.