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How can I contact the Miss New Mexico Latina Organization?
You can reach us by calling 505-927-3172
Our email address is: missnewmexicolatina@hotmail.com
Our mailing address is: PO Box 12-11, Santa Cruz, NM. 87567

National Program

Are these competitions different from others in the USA for Latinas?
Yes. MISS U.S. LATINA™ (originally named “MISS LATINA USA,” changed in a 2001 revision per agreement with Miss USA/Universe Organization) is the first national competition established in the United States exclusively for Latinas leading to an international event.

It continues to be the only pageant whose winner advances to a world competition (MISS AMERICA LATINA DEL MUNDO). It is also the only national Latina pageant in the US that follows traditional pageant guidelines for participants and affiliate preliminary competitions, among which is that delegates may not be married or have children, and only one delegate can represent each state.

Miss U.S. Latina is the most prestigious and famous pageant in the world for Latinas living in the United States, as well as the longest-running (Since 1983).

How do the delegates get to the national competition?
MISS U.S. LATINA™ and MISS TEEN U.S. LATINA™ and state organizations have preliminary competitions, which are produced by local and state directors. The winner of the city competition goes on to compete in the state event for her home city; state winners go on to the national competition. However, a delegate may enter a state competition without having won a city title, and where there are no state preliminaries, she may apply for her state’s representation as an at-large delegate.

Miss New Mexico Latina

How old is the competition?
2006 was the first year that New Mexico held it's state pageant for Miss and Teen New Mexico Latina produced by The Leave Your Cocoon Inc. 

In 2013 the Miss U.S. Latina Pageant celebrated its 30th anniversary. MISS TEEN US LATINA™ made its debut in September 2003 in Riviera Maya-Cancun, Mexico.

What are the competitions about?
 The mission of the Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina pageants is to empower women of Latin and Hispanic origin living in New Mexico and enable them to embrace and showcase their Latin American culture while serving the community.

The Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina pageants provide personal and professional opportunities for young women to take pride their in culture, have a voice in politics, and in-turn, make a difference in the community. The organization provides a forum where the beauty, viewpoints, talents and accomplishments of young Latinas are not only highlighted, but have a purpose.
Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina are the preliminaries to the national Miss U.S Latina and Miss Teen U.S Latina, the most prestigious and well known pageant in the world for U.S. Latinas, as well as the longest-running (since 1983).
Acirema Alayeto established the international MISS AMERICA LATINA DEL MUNDO pageant system to showcase the beauty and culture of Latin American women and to support their personal and professional pursuits, while also contributing to the promotion of tourism and goodwill in the Americas.
Who produces these competitions?
Leave Your Cocoon Inc produces the Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina pageants under the direction of Patricia Montoya.

Where are these competitions held?
The Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina will always been held in the state of New Mexico. The city will be determined on a yearly biases. The goal is to bring the Miss New Mexico Latina pageants to different cities throughout the state of New Mexico.

Locations of Past Miss and Teen New Mexico Latina

 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM.
Albuquerque Journal Theater, Albuquerque, NM.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Must delegates be US citizens to participate in the competition?

No. The competition is also open to residents of the USA who meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

How is the competition judged?
All contestants will participate in a series of preliminary competitions in personal interview and evening gown. Teens will also compete in a preliminary Fashion Wear challenge competition and Miss will compete in swimwear. The top delegates in each division will move on to a final round of competition which consists of the same categories, with the addition of an onstage personal statement. 

Is there a talent portion of the competition?
No, there is no performing talent required.

If I win, will it interfere with school?
We make school the number one priority! Our program only encourages your success! Almost all of your appearances, celebrity events, and charity work will take place during the weekend and will be scheduled in advance.

What prizes do the winners receive?
Each Titleholder on a state and national level is awarded with all expenses paid to her National and International competition and prizes from the event's official sponsors. Note all prizes are listed until after the competition takes place. 

Do I need to know how to speak Spanish?
English and Spanish are the official languages of the program. It is NOT a requirement for contestants to speak Spanish, although it is encouraged.

Is there a height requirement to participate?
No. There is no height requirement at all.