Marianne Cruz Gonsalez, the Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2008, was the second runner-up of the Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2007 contest. Marianne was a crowd favorite but did not win the Miss Dominican Republic 2007 contest. She was pipped to the post by Massiel Taveras from Santiago.
Marianne then took part in the Miss Continente Americano 2007 beauty pageant, and was declared the winner. There was a bit of controversy because the Dominican beauties, Marianne and Massiel has won the Miss Continente Americano contest, three times in a row. Massiel Taveras won two times in a row in 2006, and Marianne Cruz won in 2007.
Marianne was born in Salcedo, the Dominican Republic. Marianne says she is an outgoing person who loves to go to the beach and dance the Meringue. She says she had to start working early to support her family. Marianne enjoys volunteer work and wants to become a fashion designer.