Attorney, activist, model, and International beauty queen; Nicole Menayo is a fascinating and multi-faceted woman.
Nicole Menayo was born on November 2, 1993 in Heredia, Costa Rica. Her mother is a Costa Rican citizen and her father is from Spain, and thus she has dual citizenship. As a child, she often traveled to Spain to visit her paternal family, and so from a very early age she became a citizen of the world, her experiences bringing familiarity with different landscapes, languages and cultures.
Nicole went to a private European school in Santo Domingo Heredia, which had a strong emphasis on nature and environmental sustainability. As a result, she became passionate about human rights, the environment and animal rights from a very young age.
Nicole began modeling at age 18 and was signed almost immediately by an agency. For some time she was excited about fashion and thought that it would be the direction her career went in. Then, in 2015 one of her modeling peers entered into the Miss Costa Rica pageant and encouraged her to do the same. She decided to give it a shot.
After contacting Miss Costa Rica 2014 for some advice and mentoring, she prepared for several months and then debuted her pageant career in Miss Culture and Peace 2015 in Mexico.
The following year she entered into the Miss Mesoamerica 2016 contest and with the support of brands like Covergirl in Costa Rica and Costa Rican Beauty Queen Veronica Gonzalez, she won the crown.
In 2017 Nicole became the first Costa Rican woman to enter into the Miss Supranatural top 10 and the first to win the Continent Award as Miss Americas.
Then, in 2018, she went to Madrid and Seville to pursue the title of Miss Grand Spain. She won the crown of the province and became Miss Grand Madrid 2018, which qualified her to represent the capital in the national pageant where she became the 2nd runner up.
Later, she went on to Myanmar for the Miss Grand International contest as Costa Rica’s representative and with only one month to prepare she placed in the top 20.
Today, Nicole has her eye on becoming an influencer by blogging and creating audiovisual content to share with others.
Passionate about the environment, women’s rights, human rights, plastic free living and creative direction with regard to style and fashion, she feels she is in a unique position to make a difference in the world by reaching other young women through her brand connections and experiences.