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.)
The beautiful 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 in 2004, crowned in Dominican
Republic, and 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
Karla Acosta of Florida take home the crown. The
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|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.
San Antonio hosted the 2008 event 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. The pageant resumed
production in 2015..
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
Texas won the last Miss Teen U.S. Latina title before the pageant went on hiatus in 2009.