Panama has won two major international titles: Miss International 1998 and Miss Universe 2002. Lía Victoria Borrero González won the Miss International 1998 while Justine Pasek, who represented Panama in Miss Universe 2002, won by default when she replaced the dethroned winner Oxana Fedorova of Russia.
The crown that will be only worn by the Señorita Panamá 2016, named "La Perla de Panamá" (in English: "The Panamanian Pearl").
Who is Keity Drennan ?
Drennan's father is from the United States and her Panamanian mother is of Indian ancestry. The new Miss Panama is a graduate from the high school at American College in Panama City.
She currently works as a model. The start of her career took place when she won the "Chica Chico Modelo" contest in 2008. It gave Mendieta the chance to work for Physical Modelos, her official modeling agency as of today and represent Panamá in the Ford Model's Supermodel Of The World 2008.
Keity Drennan competing in a swimsuit
Keity is not a newbie to the pageant world. In 2008 Keity represented Panama in the Miss Teen America and the Caribbean, making three awards: Miss Teen Photogenic, Miss Teen Model and Third Princess contest.
She also competed at Miss Panama 2011 where she obtained the title of Virreina Panamá. She represented Panamá in the Miss International 2011 pageant, held in Chengdu, China on November 6, 2011. She finished as 4th runner-up.