Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizar is a Mexican model and beauty queen. Laura was born on January 3, 1985 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. If you enjoy viewing pictures of Mexico, or would like to post some pictures of your own, make sure to visit our Mexico Photo Gallery.
Laura Zúñiga won the state pageant title of Nuestra Belleza Sinaloa. After this, Zúñiga competed against thirty two other contestants in the national pageant Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2008, which was held on September 20, 2008 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. At this contest, Laura Zúñiga won a selection to represent Mexico in the Miss International 2009 pageant.
Unfortunately, Miss Zúñiga’s career was rocked by a scandal. On December 23, 2008, Zúñiga was arrested in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico along with seven men who were allegedly carrying illegal guns and $53,000 USD in cash. The arrest was made by the state police and army officers at a checkpoint. Later Zúñiga stated that she was kidnapped by her boyfriend Ángel Orlando García Urquiza, who was allegedly a leader of the Juárez Cartel. On December 25, 2008, a statement was released announcing that Zúñiga had been stripped of her title as Miss Mexico International 2009. Zúñiga was released from a police detention center on January 30, 2009, after a judge ruled that there was no evidence that tied her to any criminal activity.