MONTECATINI, Italy — During the press conference to announce details of the Miss Italia 2012 competition -to be held in Montecatini Terme on September 10th-, pageant organizer Patrizia Mirigliani confirmed that the “Miss Italia nel Mondo” competition, born in 1991, will no longer be held.
Instead, from now on, the “Miss Italia nel Mondo” prize will be given to a contestant of Miss Italia with foreign roots. Mirigliani said that the decision is a tribute due to today’s globalization and immigration and the important role these people play in helping the country’s economy.
Lack of sponsorship and budget limitations also played a role in the disappearance of the international event.
“Miss Italia nel Mondo” was a competition for foreign beauties aged 18-26 with italian roots. Some notable Grand Slam pageant contestants were holders of the title, such as Catalina Acosta (Miss Colombia 1999-2000), Valentina Patruno (Miss World Venezuela 2003), Silvana Santaella (Miss Earth Venezuela 2007) and Fiorella Migliore (Miss World Paraguay 2012). The reigning titleholder is Brazil’s Silvia Novais.
The Miss Italia nel Mondo competition will certainly be missed. Courtesy Quotidiano.net