News Americas, NEW YORK, NY., Mon. Dec. 9, 2019: A beauty representing a Caribbean nation last night became the first runner-up at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant, held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Miss Puerto Rico Madison
Anderson was bested only by South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, who won the coveted title of
Miss Universe 2019.
Miss Mexico, Sofia
Aragon, was the second runner-up.
Anderson was born in
Phoenix, Arizona to an American father and a Puerto Rican mother. She relocated
with her family to Orlando, Florida when she was three months old, and later
graduated from Dr. Phillips High School.
After graduating from
high school, Anderson began studying fashion design and textiles at the Fashion
Institute of Technology in New York City; she has since begun studying
marketing and public relations.
worked in Saint Kitts and Nevis, helping women who were domestic violence
Anderson began her
pageantry career as a teenager, placing as the fourth runner-up at Miss Florida
Teen USA 2014. Afterwards, she won the right to represent Puerto Rico in the
Top Model of the World 2015 competition where she placed as fourth runner-up to
the eventual winner Elena Kosmina of Ukraine. Afterwards, Anderson was crowned
Miss Grand Puerto Rico 2016. As Miss Grand Puerto Rico, Anderson placed as the
third runner-up in Miss Grand International 2016, behind eventual winner Ariska
Putri Pertiwi of Indonesia.
After Miss Grand
International, Anderson went on brief hiatus from pageantry until competing in
Miss Florida USA 2019. She placed as the first runner-up behind winner
Nicolette Jennings, who went on to place in the top ten of Miss USA 2019.
Anderson later entered
the Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019 competition, representing the municipality
of Toa Baja. She had to learn Spanish to enter the pageant.
On June 13, 2019,
Anderson went on to win the competition, succeeding Kiara Ortega.
As Miss Universe Puerto
Rico, Anderson won the right to represent Puerto Rico at the Miss Universe 2019
competition and came second Sunday night.