Berríos Named Most Photogenic at This Year’s Miss Universe Pageant

Gabriela Berríos Pagán is picture perfect…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican model and beauty pageant contest has been designated Miss Photogenic at this year’s Miss Universe.

Gabriela Berríos Pagán

Berríos is the second of four children in her family. She has lived in Puerto Rico and Orlando, Florida. She studies business administration and plans to establish her own production company in the future. Her hobbies include painting, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.

When Berrios went to pick up her prize, this year’s pageant hosts Thomas Roberts and Natalie Morales stopped to take a selfie with the beauty queen.

Gabriela Berríos Pagán

Coll to Star in the CW’s Telenovela Adaptation “Jane the Virgin”

Ivonne Coll has landed another abuelita role…

The 66-year-old Puerto Rican actress, who has portrayed the grandmother to Naya Rivera’s character on Glee and Katie Leclerc’s abuelita on Switched at Birth, has landed a series regular role on the CW’s drama pilot Jane the Virgin.

Ivonne Coll

Based on the successful Venezuelan telenovela Juana la virgen, Jane the Virgin centers on Jane (portrayed by Filly Brown sensation Gina Rodriguez), a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated.

Coll will portray Alba, Jane’s 60ish doting grandmother who teaches her at an early age the importance of staying pure until marriage. It’s later learned that Alba has actually been harboring a lifelong secret.

Early in her career, Coll, a former Miss Puerto Rico, starred in the films The Godfather, Part II and the Lean on Me.

Coll has appeared on television in shows like Teen Wolf, L.A. Law, Malibu Shores and Chicago Hope.

All Hail the Latina Beauty Queen!

Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos is bringing the Miss World crown back to her native country for the first time in 16 years.

The 21-year-old human resources graduate—who spent five years studying in a convent and once considered becoming a nun—beat out approximately 120 fellow contestants to win the title at the Miss World beauty pageant, which was held at London’s Earls Court on Sunday.

Miss Venezuela named Miss World

Last year’s winner, Alexandria Mills of the United States, presented the crown to Sarcos when the final results were announced.

“I believe that the next Miss World should be a woman of responsibility and reason,” said Sarcos, who works for a broadcasting company, before
winning the title. “I believe the woman should be committed to the organization and help people in need. Beauty with a heart.”

Sarcos, who says her future ambition is to work with non-governmental organizations and children, is the sixth Miss Venezuela to win the crown in the pageant’s 60-year history.

“Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner,” said Sarcos. “I’m unbelievably happy to have won and there are some incredible girls. I first and foremost want to help people in need. I would like to help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can.”

Miss Philippines Gwendoline Ruais was named the first runner-up, while Miss Puerto Rico Amanda Perez placed third.

In her new role, Sarcos will now spend the year supporting a wide range of global charity projects supported by Miss World’s “Beauty with a Purpose” program.

Click here to read more about Sarcos.