1952-1959 : Unforgettable Memories
1952: The first Miss Universe Pageant, in conjunction with the Miss United States Pageant, is held in Long Beach (CA) with 30 entries, including Norway, Cuba and Turkey.
1953: France’s contestant, Christiane Martel, becomes the second European woman in a row to earn the annual pageant, after Finland’s Armi Kuusela.
1954: Miss United States of America, Miriam Stevenson, wins the global event. Stevenson hails from South Carolina.
1955: Born-Swedish beauty queen, Hillevi Rombin, becomes Miss Universe.
1956: Miss Iowa USA and Miss United States, Carol Morris, captures the beauty contest.
1957: Peru’s Gladys Zender becomes the first non-American/European delegate to win the universal contest.
1958: Miss Poland, Alicja Bobrowska, arrives in Long Beach from Warsaw (Poland’s capital) to participate at Miss Universe pageant, becoming the first delegate from a Communist country to compete in MU. She hopes to become her nation’s first ever Miss Universe.
1959: The Japanese delegate, Akiko Kojima, captures the annual pageant, succeeding Luz Marina Zuluaga of Colombia. Since then, Japan’s win came as a surprise to everyone.
1960-1969: New Countries & Dependencies
1960: The Miss Univere Organization decides to move the site from Long Beach to Miami Beach, FL; a total of 5,000 fans attend the beauty contest.
1961: The host country’s delegate, Sharon Brown (former Miss Louisiana), is fourth runner-up at MU 1961.
1962: Surprisingly, Haiti’s representative, Evelyn Miot, becames the first black delegate to make the semi-finals at Miss Universe in Miami Beach, FL.
1963: England does not send a contestant to Florida.
1964: The United Kingdom sends eight entries: the Bahamas, British Guiana, England, Grenada, Hong Kong, Saint Vincent, Scotland and Wales; Miss England, Brenda Blacker, is first runner-up to Miss Universe.
1965: Surprisingly, Persis Khambatta, one of India’s most beautiful and spectacular women, is eliminated in the first round of the Miss Universe Pageant. Years later, she became one of the top actresses in the Indian subcontinent.
1966: After winning the Miss Photogenic Award, Sweden’s Margareta Arvidsson becomes Miss Universe, defeating 57 entries from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. The winners of the Miss Photogenic titles are seen as heavy-favorites to win the international meet.
1967: Born-Venezuelan Mariela Perez Branger becomes the first favorite from Venezuela in Miss Universe history. Since the late 1960s, Perez is often referred to as one of the pioneers in the South American nation.
1967: Sylvia Hitchcock (Miss Universe) and Cheryl Patton (Miss USA) made a ten-day visit to Peru in late 1967 at the invitation of Peruvian authorities. They were received by Luis Bedoya Reyes, Major of Lima.
1968: Daliborka Stojsic arrives in Miami Beach as the first delegate from the Republic of Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia) in Miss Universe history. In addition to this, she is the first contestant from a Marxist nation to win the Miss Photogenic Award.
1969: The Philippines, a beauty-obsessed nation in Asia, wins the universal crown.
1970-1979 : Miss Universe ‘” Vehicle For Peace
1970: The backed-Soviet Communist regime of Czechoslovakia sends a delegate (Kristina Hanazalova) to Miami Beach, one of the most anti-Communist cities on Earth; she is one of the few contestants from a Marxist nation to qualify for the semi-finals.
1971: Upon being eliminated from Miss World 1970 at Great Britain, Georgina Rizk of Lebanon wins the universal crown, becoming the first woman from an Arab country to win the annual pageant.
1972: For the first time, Puerto Rico (Dorado) is the site of the Miss Universe contest.
1973: The competition is held outside of America for the first time with Athens (Greece’s capital city) the host city.
1974-1975: After being named first runner-up at Miss Europe 1973, Miss Spain, Amparo MuÃ±oz, is elected MU. A few months later, she abdicated as Miss Universe.
1975: Due to her fluent English and beauty, the local delegate, El Salvador’s Carmen Elena Figueroa, qualifies for the semi-finals.
1976: Who are the VIP guests? They are four former titleholders: Armi Kuusela-Hilario (Finland), Akiko Kojima (Japan) and Margarita Moran (Philippines).
1977: New York-based Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is one of the international judges at Miss Universe.
1978: El Salvador’s candidate Iris Ivette Mazorra is one of the pre-pageant favorites during the global event, but she does not qualify for the second round at Acapulco, one of Mexico’s top three tourist destinations.
1978: South Africa’s Margaret Gardiner makes first trip to Guatemala City as Miss Universe 1978.
1979: Gardiner makes a visit to France to attend the 1979 Miss France and to pay visits to local charities.
1980-1989: Overcoming Obstacles
1980: In Seoul (South Korea’s capital), Miss Scotland Universe, Linda Gallagher, condemns the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1981: Venezuela’s representative Irene Saez Conde (the odds-on favorite-) is named MU at New York City, beginning a new era for Latin America’s beauties. She was discovered by the born-Cuban Venezuelan expert Osmel Sousa. After studying political sciences at the Central University of Venezuela, she became a politician. Toward the end of the 1990s, she rose to the position of governor of Margarita island, after being named major of Chacao in 1992.
1982: January, the Peruvian government is working to make Peru the host country for Miss Universe 1982.
1982: July, despite the terrorism of Shining Path ( also known as Sendero Luminoso), the annual pageant, monitored by several American experts, is held in Lima, Peru. Few days prior to the finals, Shining Path, which is often referred to as one of the world’s most brutal terrorist groups, launched three bomb attacks at Lima.
1982: Canada’s Karen Dian Baldwin makes first trip to Caracas (Venezuela) as Miss Universe 1982.
1983: Due to financial problems, the Miss Universe Organization decides to move the site from Panama City to Saint Louis, MO.
1984: Miss Universe moves back to Miami Beach, FL.
1985: Because of its racist policies, the state of Florida reject South Africa’s participation.
1986: Young-up-and-coming model Helena Christensen, Miss Denmark Universe, does not qualify for the semi-finals at Panama City; she, one of the world’s most famous supermodels, was not favorite to capture the prestigious award.
1987: The beauty contest is held at Singapore (Asia).
1988: In the first round, the local contestant, Jade Hu Fei-tsui, is eliminated by the international jury at Taipei, Taiwan (or Republic of China/ROC).
1989: Cancun (Mexico), one of the world’s most spectacular beaches, is home to Miss Universe.
1990-1999: The New Image
1990: Surprisingly, Rosario del Rico Toro of Bolivia, finishes sixth at Miss Universe, among 71 entries. She is regarded as the most outstanding Bolivian representative in MU history.
1991: The competition is won by Mexico’s ambassador Lupita Jones Garay, making a name for herself as one of the most beautiful girls in the Spanish-speaking world.
1992: Michelle McLean, a white girl, puts Namibia on the world map as she is crowned MU by an international jury headed by South Africa’s singer Miriam Makeba; most people have never heard of Namibia before McLean’s victory.
1993: Venezuelan-born actress and singer Maria Consuelo Alonso, one of the nine judges, does not support Milka Chulina, her countrywoman, during the universal pageant in the United Mexican States; because of this, Chulina is second runner-up.
1994: The international pageant is inaugurated in the Philippines.
1995: Windhoek, Namibia (sub-Saharan Africa), is home to Miss Universe; the event is honoured to count the prime minister of Namibia, Hage Geingob (accompanied by his wife), and other African personalities.
1996: Americans make up about 65 % of the international jury at Las Vegas (NV): Terry Ann Linn, Scarletta Dupois, Tim Chappel, Fred Williamson and Jim Natz.
1997: Miss USA ,Brook Mahealani Lee (a native of Pearl City, Hawaii), is declared the winner over Marena Bencomo of Venezuela.
1998: For the first time, an African-Venezuelan, Carolina Indriago, is elected Miss Venezuela in September 1998. She will compete at Miss Universe 1999 in Trinidad Tobago (Caribbean).
1999: Upon winning the universal award in Chaguaramas (Trinidad Tobago), Botswana’s Mpule Kwelagobe arrives in New York City to begin her reign as Miss Universe 1999.
2000-2010: The Latin American Decade
2000: India’s Lara Dutta, the new winner of the international pageant, travels throughout the world on behalf of several HIV/AIDS charities.
2001: The island of Puerto Rico organizes the 50th annual pageant.
2002: Russia’s Oxana Fedorova abdicates as Miss Universe. Thereupon, Panama’s Justine Pasek is enthroned as MU in New York City by Donald Trump.
2003-2004: Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega, makes a visit to the People’s Republic of China.
2004: Jennifer Hawkins leads Australia to win its second award, after Kerry Anne Wells in July 1972.
2005: Upon Natalie Glebova’s win at Thailand, Canada celebrates their second world title. Born-Russian Canadian beauty queen Glebova had been mentioned as likely winner by many experts in the Thai capital of Bangkok, home to MU 2005.
2006: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, one of the world powers in Miss Universe, wins the competition.
2007: Thanks in part to the capacity and the enthusiasm of Ines Ligron (Miss Japan’s national director since 1998), Riyo Mori, who studied in Canada, becomes Japan’s second Miss Universe.
2008: After winning the global title at Nha Trang, Vietnam, Dayana Mendoza (Venezuela) participates in a photo shoot with famed New York photographer Fadil Berisha, regarded as one of the world’s best fashion photographers.
2009: A record-breaking 84 countries and dependencies participate in the global contest.
2010: Perhaps inspired by America’s naturalist Dian Fossey, Venezuela’s Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez, accompanied by Miss USA 2010, visits the Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda, Africa), home of the mountain gorillas.
2010: Ximena Navarrete arrives for a visit to the United Mexican States. During her stay in her country, she was received by Mexico’s head of state Felipe Calderon. Supporting by Lupita Jones (Miss Mexico’s national director), Navarrete had been elected MU on August 23, 2010. Upon Navarrete’s win, Latin America has won 4 of the past 5 global prizes.
2010: Brazil creates task force to host 2011 Miss Universe.
2010: In December, the Miss Universe Organization, under the leadership of Donald Trump, chose Sao Paulo (Brazil) to host the 60th Miss Universe Pageant in August 2011.
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