DR1 - Runner-up Dulcita Lieggi was crowned Miss Dominican Republic candidate for Miss Universe at the AMG Cafe of Auto Ozama, local reps for Mercedes Benz, one of the pageant`s sponsors. The 22-year old replaces Carlina Duran, who was dethroned after it was confirmed she had been married. Miss Universe rules call for candidates to never have been married.
The first runner-up now is Carolyn Hawa (Santiago), second runner-up Alondra Pena Pachedo (Peravia) and third is Luz Quezada Baez (San Jose de Ocoa) who will represent the DR in other pageants.
In a press release, the former Miss DR Carlina Duran attributed her decision to break the rule to "inexperience", and stated that she humbly accepts the decision and wishes Lieggi the best of success. She committed to continue making the social contributions she had undertaken when crowned.
According to El Caribe, Lieggi Francisco, who was born in Santo Domingo on 19 May 1989, is an advertising and communications graduate from UNIBE and has worked as a model and actress. Her most recent was a short film where she played the role of Maria Montez.
She recently participated in a reality show by Frank Perozo, "De la calle al cine," that will soon be released. In 2009 and 2011 she competed in Miss Italia nel Mondo, a pageant for Italian expats or children of Italian parents. She is the daughter of the late Marino Lieggi from Mola di Bari, Italy. Her mother, Dulce Francisco, is from Puerto Plata. She speaks Italian, English and Spanish.
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