Miss Grand International 2020 Candidates Wed Secretly

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Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico are currently married – a pair of Missus. 

In an Instagram post, beauty queens Mariana Varela and Fabiola Valentin shared that they had already tied the knot. Notably, Varela represented Argentina while Valentin walked for Puerto Rico at the 2020 Miss Grand International pageant. 

The IG post marked the first time the couple made their relationship public. 

So, the 26-year-old Varela and 22-year-old Valentin walked down the aisle on October 28 at a San Juan, Puerto Rico courthouse, per their joint Instagram post.

They wrote: “After choosing to keep our relationship private, we opened the doors to them on a special day.” 

The two posted a set of candid photos of them together, including the at-home, closed-door proposal, which she made with “Marry Me?” balloons. Additionally, they included a moment in front of the courthouse after they wed. 

In 2020, the newlyweds bumped into each other while walking for their respective countries at the Miss Grand International pageant. Organizers flocked to congratulate Varela and Valentin on Instagram. 

“Congratulations to both of you,” they said. “MGIO always support ‘LOVE’ without boundaries.” 

The couple’s colleagues during the pageant, like Miss Grand International 2020 titleholder Abena Akuaba sent well wishes. Additionally, Akuaba is the first Black woman to bag the crown. 

“MGI brought together a beautiful union,” Akuaba said in the comments of the pair’s post. 

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Miss Grand International is a Rendezvous

Moreover, Varela made it to the top 10 at the Miss Grand International 2020. To note, she’s a model for several campaigns. Furthermore, she has participated in various initiatives that counter gender violence. 

Meanwhile, Valentin also ended up in the top 10 of the Miss Grand International 2020. In addition, she has served in several modeling agencies, like one headquartered in Miami. 

Miss Grand International started its runoff in 2013. Here is the list of winners and venues of the show: 

2013: Miss Grand Puerto Rico 2013 Janelle Chaparro, 22 (Puerto Rico) 

2014: Miss Grand Cuba 2014 Lees Garcia, 27 (Cuba) 

2015: Miss Grand Dominican Republic 2015 Anea Garcia, 20 (Dominican Republic) 

           Miss Grand Australia 2015 Claire Elizabeth Parker, 24 (Australia) 

2016: Puteri Indonesia Perdamaian 2016 Ariska Putri Pertiwi, 21 (Indonesia) 

2017: Miss Grand Peru 2017 Maria Jose Lora, 27 (Peru) 

2018: Miss Grand Paraguay 2018 Clara Sosa, 24 (Paraguay) 

2019: El Concurso by Osmel Sousa 2018 Valentina Figuera, 19 (Venezuela) 

2020: Miss Grand United States of America 2020 Abena Appiah, 27 (United States) 

2021: Miss Grand Vietnam 2021 Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, 23 (Vietnam) 

2022: Miss Grand Brazil 2022 Isabella Menin, 25 (Brazil)

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