The young Miss Teen U.S. Latina Pageant had its
debut in Riviera Maya (Cancun), Mexico in 2003,  
produced as part of the long-running annual Miss U.S.  
Latina Pageant. (See
History.)

With only 14 years-of-age, Cuban-born Edshelee  
Torres
of Florida made history by becoming the first  
Miss Teen U.S. Latina. Back-to-back winners from
Ilinois followed with
Michelle Gonzalez of Mexican  
heritage in 2004, crowned in the Dominican Republic,  
and Puerto Rican
Geysha Gonzalez (no relation) in  
2005, once again in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

In 2006 these national Latina pageants were brought  
back to the United States and Springfield, MA  saw  
Florida's
Karla Acosta from El Salvador take home
the crown. The postponement of the 2007 pageant  
resulted in the designation by executive board
decision of Texan
Nicole Korrody as that year's title  
winner from among all eligible 2006 pageant  
participants.
GEYSHA GONZALEZ
Illinois
2005
2004
2003
MICHELLE GONZALEZ
Illinois
EDSHELEE TORRES
Florida
2006
KARLA ACOSTA
Florida
2007-08
NICOLE KORRODY
Texas
1999
KRISTINE TARANCO
Florida
HISTORY
San Antonio hosted the 2009 event in Sept. 2008 that
saw
the repeat of back-to-back winners with the crowning of
Marissa Castro from El Paso in her home state by  
hometown girl Nicole, both of Mexican heritage. The  
pageant went on hiatus that year until 2015, when it
resumed production again.

Tulsa, Oklahoma saw the return of the Miss Teen U.S.
Latina Pageant and the state of Nevada winning its first  
national title with
Katherine Acosta, also of Mexican
descent as her two previous predecessors..

Another state got their first win in 2016. Ohio took top
honors in Kansas with
Natalia Lopez from Peru. Nevada  
only had to wait a year for their second win, this time by  
Litzy Torres, who became Miss Teen U.S. Latina 2017  
last August in Chicago, also of Mexican heritage.

*The first teen ever chosen in the Miss Latin America Pageant  
network was also from Florida,
Kristine Taranco, Miss Teen  
Florida Latina 1999. (See her story
here.)
Florida* won the first Miss Teen U.S. Latina title at the inaugural pageant in 2003.
MARISSA CASTRO
Texas
2009
2015
KATHERINE ACOSTA
Nevada
2016
NATALIA LOPEZ
Ohio
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