Miss Grand Ecuador 2017

GUAYAQUIL, June 1st -- Maria Jose Villacis (22), a student of communications from Imbabura, was officially crowned Miss Grand Ecuador 2017 during a press conference held at the Gama TV studios in Guayaquil.  She stands 1.73 m in height and received her sash from the director of Miss Ecuador Organization Maria del Carmen de Aguayo in front of members of local and international media.

Maria Jose finished as 2nd runner-up (3rd place) in the Miss Ecuador 2017 competition held last April.  She will now travel to Vietnam to participate in the finals of the 5th edition of Miss Grand International to be held in the island of Phu Quoc, October 25th.

In the same event, Nicole Hidalgo - also a runner-up in Miss Ecuador 2017 - was presented as Ecuador's representative to the Reina Hispanoamericana pageant which will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, next November.

Congratulations to both ladies!