María José Sazo Meléndez crowned Miss Grand Guatemala 2021 during a private ceremony, held on June 20, 2021. She succeeded Miss Grand Guatemala 2020 and Miss Grand International 2020 second runner-up Ivana Batchelor for the title. She will now represent Guatemala at the upcoming Miss Grand International pageant, be held later this year.
The 21-years-old beauty queen is a journalist and a communication science student along with being a professional graphic designer and a bilingual Interpreter ENG/SPA.
After she was crowned Miss Grand Guatemala 2021, Maria took to her social media account to share her happiness with her fans and followers. She writes, “There are dreams that remain in our consciousness for a long time and grow as we prepare to fight for them. For as long as I can remember, I have felt that there is an invisible thread that directs and guides me to achieve everything I set out to do. The objective that motivates me now is very clear, and it is to take the name of GUATEMALA in style, to be remembered, and that we leave our characteristic mark in the history of the world. The colours of our flag surround me and give me the strength to fight for what we have longed for so long. I already have their support, and I assure you that we will reach the top together. My name now is Guatemala. “
Maria is not a newbie in pageantry. She was crowned National Queen of Independence 2018 where she performed exceptionally well and impressed the audience and the judges. The beauty queen believes in working hard and staying dedicated to her goals in life to achieve them and enjoy them. She encourages her fans and followers to be productive and stay determined about what they want in life because she understands that nothing comes easy for anyone.