While some of the pageant fans today are composed of teens or millennials who never witnessed the history of pageants way back 19th century. Here’s few of these legendary women who started and continued the legacy. . . .
Armi Helena Kuusela (born 20 August 1934 in Muhos) is a Finnish charity worker, model and beauty queen. In 1952 she won the national beauty contest Suomen Neito and was presented with a trip to the USA to participate in the first-ever Miss Universe pageant, becoming its first titleholder in history. Miss Universe 2016 is Iris Mittenaere, a French model who was crowned on 30 January 2017 in Manila, Philippines. She is the second Miss Universe from France after Christiane Martel, who was elected Miss Universe 1953.
Miss World 1951 was the first Miss World pageant, was held on 29 July 1951 at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, UK. A total of 26 contestants competed for the inaugural Miss World title. The winner was Kiki Håkansson from Sweden. She wore a “bikini” when being crowned, the only winner to ever do so. Stephanie Del Valle Díaz (born December 30, 1996) is a Puerto Rican musician, model, and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2016 in Washington, D.C. United States. She is the second Miss World from Puerto Rico. She previously won Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2016.
Miss Earth 2001 was the first edition of Miss Earth pageant, organized by Carousel Productions. The pageant coronation night was held on 28 October 2001 at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City, Philippines. Catharina Svensson won the very first miss earth crown for Denmark. Katherine Elizabeth Espín (born 15 November 1992) is an Ecuadorian model and beauty queen who was appointed as Miss Earth Ecuador 2016. She is best known as the winner of the Miss Earth 2016 pageant, making her the second Miss Earth winner from Ecuador next to Olga Álava who won the crown in 2011.
Stella Márquez is a Colombian woman of Spanish and Polish heritage. She became Miss Colombia in 1959 and was therefore able to compete in the Miss Universe 1960 pageant held in Miami Beach, Florida placing as a top 15 semi-finalist. She then competed in the first Miss International pageant held in Long Beach, California, in 1960, becoming the first Miss International, and also the first Latin American titleholder. Kylie Verzosa first participated at the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 where she placed in the Top 15. She joined Binibining Pilipinas once again and was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 on April 17, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines. With this, she represented the Philippines at the Miss International 2016 pageant in Tokyo, Japan where she is eventually crowned as Miss International 2016 by Edymar Martínez of Venezuela. She is the 6th Miss International Winner from the Philippines.
Miss Supranational 2009 – the first Miss Supranational gala, which took place on 5th, September 2009 at the Amphitheater in Płock. 36 participants from different countries took part in the competition. The prize for the most beautiful was $25,000. The contest was won by Miss Ukraine – Oksana Moria. Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty (born 21 October 1992) is an Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Diva–Miss Supranational India in the Miss Diva – 2016 and also Miss Supranational 2016.
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