Luz Marina Zuluaga was the first Colombian woman to win the Miss Universe competition in 1958. Zuluaga was born in Pereira, Columbia but moved as a child to Manizales a city in central Colombia and the capital of the Department of Caldas and grew up there. In 1957 Zuluaga competed in the Miss Caldas contest and won allowing her to represent her state at the Reinado Nacional de la Belleza, the Miss Colombia Pageant the same year.
Zuluaga would receive the title 1st Runner-Up in the Miss Colombia 1957 contest behind Doris Gil Santamaria who would take home the crown and be eligible to compete in the Miss Universe competition. Four months after being crowned, however, Santamaria resigned in order to get married and the title was released to Zuluaga which allowed her entrance into the Miss Universe competition.
On July 25, 1958 Zuluaga was announced as the new Miss Universe. Following her crowning, Zuluaga traveled throughout major cities of the United States where she met many artists and celebrities. Upon her return to Colombia, Zuluaga received instant fame and began to travel with her mother to make appearances and participate in interviews. Shortly after winning the Miss Universe title, Zuluaga was declared tax exempt for life by the government of Colombia and received a postage stamp of her own in 1959.
Zuluaga stayed involved with the Miss Universe organization and served as a judge in the 1998 Miss Spain Pageant. Zuluaga was married to Enrique Vélez Hoyos and had four children with him. She died on December 2, 2015 in Manizales, Colombia.