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Miss Peru World 2004, Maju Mantilla, can keep her tiara

Peru’s ex-Miss World, Maju Mantilla, can keep the tiara that was put on her head in 2004 because this year the organizers of the beauty pageant have ordered a new crown that was created in the United States.

Of all the beautiful women who wore the old “Miss Peru World” tiara, Mantilla was selected as its keeper for life. “We have decided that the tiara remains with Maju because she deserved it”, said Jesus Ochoa, president of the organization “Reinas del Peru”.

María Julia “Maju” Mantilla García was born in 1984 in Trujillo, a city in Peru’s northern coast. On December 4, 2004, in the Beauty Crown Theatre located in the Chinese beach city of Sanya, she was crowned Miss World 2004 by the reigning champion, 2003’s Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison, daughter of singer Chris de Burgh.

During her reign, Mantilla performed a variety of duties focused on fundraising for charitable organizations. She has travelled to Indonesia, Russia, Peru, United States, Russia, Czech Republic, China and many other countries during her reign. She also resided in London, England during her year as Miss World.

Her aunt Maria Julia Mantilla Mayer was Miss Peru 1969. Maju won the right to represent Peru in the Miss World contest as runner-up to Liesel Holler (Miss Peru Universe 2004) and was one of the major favorites in the run-up to the pageant, which was decided by a global television/telephone/online vote.

It was also announced that the beauty contest will be held outside of Lima until 2010. “This year the Miss Peru will be crowned in the city of Trujillo. This city has given us great representatives for Peruvian beauty, several ex-queens were born in this northern area of Peru. For that reason we want to give something back. In 2008, we will head south to the cities of Tacna and Cuzco, while the final will be hosted by Arequipa”, Ochoa revealed.

The Grand Finale of “Miss Peru World 2007″ will be celebrated in the city of Trujillo on Friday, May 25, in the Mansiche Stadium. Panamericana Televisión will broadcast the event live.

This year’s candidates will be prepared by another ex-Miss Peru, Marina Mora, who assured she has just met the new contestants for the first time.

“We’ve just had an initial chat with the girls last Monday. We will give them classes on how to walk the stage and how to put on make-up”, said Mora, adding that she doesn’t dare to offer a first judgment.

Article by Wolfy Becker

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