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Irene Esser

Irene Sofia Esser Quintero
Irene Esser

(1991-11-20) November 20, 1991 (age 27)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesIrene Sofia Esser Quintero
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
TitleMiss Sucre 2011
Miss Venezuela 2011
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Venezuela 2011
Miss Universe 2012
(2nd Runner-Up)

Irene Sofía Esser Quintero (born November 20, 1991) is a Venezuelan actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Venezuela 2011.[1] Esser grew up in Río Caribe, Sucre, Venezuela.[2] She represented Venezuela in Miss Universe 2012, finishing as 2nd Runner-Up.

Personal life

Irene Esser was born in the city of Puerto Ordaz, but has studied and lived in the town of Río Caribe, located in the state of Sucre, since she was a little girl. Her father, Billy Esser Bonta, is an important cacao businessman, owner of Hacienda Bukare, founded in 1997. After graduating from "Andres Bello High School" in Carupano, she moved to England, where she took a course at Shrewsbury College.

Miss Venezuela 2011

Esser, who stands 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in), competed as Miss Sucre, one of 24 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant Miss Venezuela 2011, held on October 15, 2011 in Caracas, where she obtained the Miss Elegance award[3] and became the third Miss Venezuela winner from Sucre, gaining the right to represent her country in Miss Universe 2012.

Miss Universe 2012

Esser represented Venezuela at the Miss Universe 2012 pageant on December 19, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where she finished as 2nd Runner-Up behind Janine Tugonon (Philippines) and winner Olivia Culpo (USA).[4] She was one of the favorites to win the pageant. However, she faltered during the final question round and finished in third place. She has outdone two prior Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson (who failed to place) and Vanessa Gonçalves (who finished in the Top 16).

When asked by judge Diego Boneta "If you could make a new law, what would it be and explain why?", Esser responded:

I think that any leyes (laws) there are in Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have, uh, a straight way to go in our similar, or, eh, in our lives as is this. For example, I'm a surfer, and I think that the best wave that I can take is the wave that I wait for it. So please do our only, eh, law that we can do. Thank you Vegas!

Esser was criticized by media, mocked by Craig Carton, Don Geronimo, Lili Estefan, Perez Hilton, Pablo Ramirez[disambiguation needed], Raul De Molina, amongst other personalities for her incomprehensible response and a video of her final question and answer became viral throughout YouTube. Her answer was even compared to Caitlin Upton's infamous response to her final question.


In 2013, Irene was cast to star in the Venevisión telenovela titled Corazón Esmeralda alongside Luis Gerónimo Abreu.[5][6]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Corazón esmeralda Beatriz Elena Beltrán Lead role
2015 Piel salvaje Camila Espino / Isabel Blanco Lead role[7]
2019 Bolívar María Teresa Rodríguez del Toro y Alaysa Lead role


  1. ^ "Dos orientales en pos de la corona". El Tiempo. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  2. ^ "Irene Sofia Esser "Miss Sucre 2011" está en boca de la prensa". Noticias TNO. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  3. ^ "Miss Venezuela 2011 en detalles". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  4. ^ El glamour de Irene Esser la llevó a segunda finalista Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Venezuelaaldia: Irene Esser es la nueva protagonista de Venevision Archived 2013-12-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Irene Esser protagonizará "Corazón de Esmeralda"
  7. ^ "Irene Esser podría ser la protagonista de "Piel Salvaje"". Nueva Prensa. Retrieved 29 March 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brazil Priscila Machado
Miss Universe 2nd Runner-Up
Succeeded by
Ecuador Constanza Báez
Preceded by
Miranda (state) Vanessa Gonçalves
Miss Venezuela
Succeeded by
Guárico Gabriela Isler
Preceded by
Adriana Kuper
Miss Sucre
Succeeded by
Ingrid Smith