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01/20/2015 12:59 pm ET Updated Jan 26, 2015

Meet The Latina 2014 Miss Universe Candidates

It's finally time to crown Miss Universe 2014, which means it's also time to meet the Latinas who are in the running for the coveted title.

After being postponed, the beauty competition will take place in Doral, Fla. this Sunday. Venezuela's Gabriela Isler, the reigning Miss Universe, will be present to pass off the crown, and this year the chances of it going to a Latina again are a bit higher with Nia Sanchez representing the United States.

The Nevada beauty queen was crowned Miss USA last summer. At the time Sanchez said her half-Mexican heritage had been challenged as she sought the title.

“I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this, but I had someone tell me ‘You should change your last name. Your last name is Sanchez, you should go by like a stage name because you might have a better chance.’ And, you know, I’m proud of who I am and I definitely did not follow that advice,” Sanchez said during an interview with HuffPost Live.

But Sanchez will have plenty of Latin company on the Miss Universe stage. Take a look at all of the Latina contestants vying for the title of the most beautiful woman in the universe:

  • Argentina
    <strong>Name: </strong>Valentina Ferrer<br><strong>Age: </strong>23<br><strong>Height: 5'10"</strong>
    Miss Universe
    Name: Valentina Ferrer
    Age: 23
    Height: 5'10"
  • Bolivia
    <strong>Name: </strong>Claudia Tavel<br><strong>Age:</strong> 25<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"<br>
    Miss Universe
    Name: Claudia Tavel
    Age: 25
    Height: 5'8"
  • Brazil
    <strong>Name:</strong> Melissa Gurgel<br><strong>Age:</strong> 25<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'5"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Melissa Gurgel
    Age: 25
    Height: 5'5"
  • Chile
    <strong>Name:</strong> Hellen Marlene Toncio<br><strong>Age:</strong> 20<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"
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    Name: Hellen Marlene Toncio
    Age: 20
    Height: 5'8"
  • Colombia
    <strong>Name:</strong> Paulina Vega<br><strong>Age:</strong> 21<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'9"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Paulina Vega
    Age: 21
    Height: 5'9"
  • Costa Rica
    <strong>Name:</strong> Karina Ramos<br><strong>Age:</strong> 21<br><strong>Height: </strong>5'8"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Karina Ramos
    Age: 21
    Height: 5'8"
  • Ecuador
    <strong>Name:</strong> Alejandra Argudo<br><strong>Age: </strong>22<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'9"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Alejandra Argudo
    Age: 22
    Height: 5'9"
  • El Salvador
    <strong>Name:</strong> Patricia Murillo<br><strong>Age: </strong>21<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'6"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Patricia Murillo
    Age: 21
    Height: 5'6"
  • Spain
    <strong>Name:</strong> Desiré Ferrer Cordero<br><strong>Age:</strong> 21<br><strong>Height: </strong>5'9"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Desiré Ferrer Cordero
    Age: 21
    Height: 5'9"
  • Guatemala
    <strong>Name: </strong>Ana Montúfar Urrutia<br><strong>Age:</strong> 21<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Ana Montúfar Urrutia
    Age: 21
    Height: 5'8"
  • Honduras
    <strong>Name:</strong> Gabriela Ordoñez<br><strong>Age:</strong> 22<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'9"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Gabriela Ordoñez
    Age: 22
    Height: 5'9"
  • Mexico
    <strong>Name:</strong> Josselyn Garciglia<br><strong>Age:</strong> 24<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Josselyn Garciglia
    Age: 24
    Height: 5'8"
  • Nicaragua
    <strong>Name:</strong> Marline Barberena<br><strong>Age: </strong>27<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'6"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Marline Barberena
    Age: 27
    Height: 5'6"
  • Panama
    <strong>Name:</strong> Yomatzy Hazlewood<br><strong>Age: </strong>23<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"<br>
    Miss Universe
    Name: Yomatzy Hazlewood
    Age: 23
    Height: 5'8"
  • Paraguay
    <strong>Name:</strong> Sally Jar<br><strong>Age: </strong>20<br><strong>Height: </strong>5'6"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Sally Jar
    Age: 20
    Height: 5'6"
  • Peru
    <strong>Name:</strong> Jimena Rumini Espinosa Vecco<br><strong>Age:</strong> 26<br><strong>Height:</strong> 6'
    Miss Universe
    Name: Jimena Rumini Espinosa Vecco
    Age: 26
    Height: 6'
  • Puerto Rico
    <strong>Name:</strong> Gabriela Berríos<br><strong>Age:</strong> 24<br><strong>Height: </strong>5'9"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Gabriela Berríos
    Age: 24
    Height: 5'9"
  • Dominican Republic
    <strong>Name:</strong> Kimberly Castillo<br><strong>Age:</strong> 26<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'10"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Kimberly Castillo
    Age: 26
    Height: 5'10"
  • Uruguay
    <strong>Name:</strong> Johana Riva<br><strong>Age:</strong> 24<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Johana Riva
    Age: 24
    Height: 5'8"
  • Venezuela
    <strong>Name:</strong> Migbelis Lynette Castellanos<br><strong>Age:</strong> 19<br><strong>Height: </strong>5'7"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Migbelis Lynette Castellanos
    Age: 19
    Height: 5'7"
  • U.S.A.
    <strong>Name:</strong> Nia Sánchez<br><strong>Age:</strong> 24<br><strong>Height:</strong> 5'8"
    Miss Universe
    Name: Nia Sánchez
    Age: 24
    Height: 5'8"
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