The time Peru sent two beauty queens to the same pageant and still lost

arlette rujel and Maryori Morán, former candidates for Miss Peru 2022, have just won the international pageants Reina Hispanoamérica 2023 and Miss Mesoamerica 2023, respectively. Curiously, 25 years ago, a totally opposite situation occurred, when two national representatives were sent to the same beauty contest without obtaining any crown, just when, for the first time, Peru was chosen as the host country of the Miss World Beach 1998.

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What happened to Miss Peru Playa 1998?

In 1998 an unprecedented event occurred in the history of Peruvian beauty pageants. The jury of Miss Peru Playa 1998 could not agree to choose a queen who would represent the country in the Miss World Beach 1998. Young models representing the different national spas participated in the event that had as finalists Raquel Perez-Quevedo Jordan, representative of Huanchaco (La Libertad); and Maria Fernanda Olazo Cassinelli, representative of Las Delicias (Trujillo).

In the circles María Fernanda Olazo Casinelli and Raquel Pérez-Quevedo Jordán. Photo: Instagram/@edman_raul_imagen

Both candidates reached a tie, and although the jury repeated the vote three times, the same score was obtained and a queen was not designated. The organization of the event, in charge of the businesswoman Carmen Amelia Ampuero Mosquetti (Miss Universe Peru 1972), decided that both should wear the sash and crown of Miss Peru Playa 1998.

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Who won the Miss World Beach 1998?

Carmen Amelia Ampuero managed to obtain the license for Miss World Beach 1998 to be held for the first time outside of her country of origin, Italy. The event took place from February 20 to 28 and was broadcast by Panamericana Televisión from the Jockey Plaza facilities in Lima. There were 21 candidates from different countries of the world who competed to win the prize of a trip for two to Cusco (Peru), gold jewelry and precious stones with Andean motifs, a mink coat and juicy advertising contracts.

In the final grand gala, the representative of Brazil was elected Miss World Beach 1998 and received the crown from the hands of Jacqueline Aguilera, Miss World 1995. The first runner-up was Miss Uruguay and the second runner-up, the Peruvian Raquel Perez-Quevedo.

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Miss Peru Beach 1998: what happened to the two Peruvian queens?

Raquel Perez-Quevedo She continued with her career as a beauty queen and was the first runner-up in Miss Peru Universe 1999. The crown went to Fabiola Lazo. Likewise, she participated in the 1998 International Queen of Flowers contest, in Medellín (Colombia). She currently lives in Lima, is married and has three children. For her part, Maria Fernanda Olazo Cassinelli she moved away from the catwalks and has been living in Lugano (Switzerland) for several years with her husband and children.

Raquel Pérez-Quevedo also participated in Miss Peru Universe 1999. Photo: Jordán. Photo: Instagram/@edman_raul_imagen

María Fernanda Olazo Casinelli currently lives in Switzerland. Photo: Instagram/@edman_raul_imagen