Wikipedia on Miss Venezuela

Venezuela - land of the beautiful?  Many friends asked me about the beauty contests of Venezuela when they knew I am heading there soon.  Wikipedia has a long writeup about this country that had produced five Miss Universe, five Miss World and five Miss International: 

The Miss Venezuela contest is the national beauty pageant of Venezuela and has been held since 1952. It is responsible for selecting the country's representatives to the Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International pageants (amongst others). Under the direction of Osmel Sousa, Venezuela has accumulated more international titles than any other country, including five Miss Universe winners, five Miss World winners, and five Miss International winners. Alexandra Braun Waldeck, who won Venezuela's first Miss Earth title in 2005 was first runner-up at the Miss Venezuela pageant, and received training from the organization, although she was not one of their official titleholders.

The pageant is traditionally held in September, preceded by two or three months of preliminary events, including the awarding of corporate prizes. The final competition telecast generally lasts about four hours and is broadcast live across Latin America by Venevisión, with edited versions to the United States and Mexico on the Univision network.  More at