ZAGREB, 24 May 2022 – Croatia last night crowned a new Miss Universe at Hotel Esplanade in the capital Zagreb.
19-year-old Arijana Podgajski from the northern town of Krapina beat 13 other finalists to be crowned Miss Universe Croatia 2022 at the Emerald Hall of the Esplanade Hotel on Monday night.
Arijana, who studies at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, speaks English, likes to train at home, practice yoga, walk in nature, read a good book. She is proud of herself for always trying to find something good and educational in all bad situations.
As Miss Universe Croatia, she wants to advocate for mental health, women’s rights and abandoned animals. Arijana will now represent Croatia at the 71st Miss Universe Pageant which will be held later this year.
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The first runner-up was Klaudija Krezić from Sesvete, whilst Veronika Đerek from Ivanić Grad was the second runner-up. Antonela Zvonković was named Miss Congeniality.
Entertainment on the evening was provided by singers Filip Rudan and Jacques Houdek, whilst among the crowd were former Miss Universe Croatia winners Ivana Mišura, Mia Pojatina, Ivana Delač, Mia Rkman, Sarah Ćosić, Lana Obad, Barbara Filipović, Shanaelle Petty and last year’s winner Ora Antonia Ivanišević.