A 23-year-old science student with Croatian roots will represent Bolivia in the Miss Universe 2022 pageant.
Fernanda Pavisic will represent Bolivia in the 71st edition of Miss Universe later this year after being crowned Miss Universe Bolivia 2022 last week.
Born and raised in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, Fernanda says she has Croatian roots on her father’s side.
His father, Jorge, and grandfather Roberto Pavisic were born in Bolivia but his grandparents, Hugo and Drina, came from the island of Brač.
His great-grandfather, Nikola Pavišić Stanić, went from Croatia to Bolivia around 1900.
Fernanda, who is an active member of the Croatian community in La Paz, studies psychology at the Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo.
Croatia will be represented at Miss Universe 2022 by 19-year-old Arijana Podgajski. Hailing from the town of Krapina, Arijana beat 13 other contestants to be crowned Miss Universe Croatia 2022 in Zagreb in June.
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu will crown her successor at the Miss Universe 2022 event later this year.