ASKiNGRADiO.com | Lifestyle | February 14, 2019
Pageants such as Miss Universe have existed globally for a long time now. They have been present over the years in various forms and have occupied a significant part of our history.
Over time the contest has seen the evolution of beauty standards and how perceptions relating to beauty have changed over time.
ASKiNG RADiO has compiled a list of all winners back from 1952 to allow you to glance back in time and see who was crowned when you were born.
1. Miss Finland-1952
Miss Universe started in the year 1952 even though other pageants existed way before that. It was among the most spectacular pageants ever conducted and was won by Armi Kuusela, a 17-year-old girl Finland. Succeeding her great win, she spent time traveling and met her husband on her tour. She decided to surrender her title in order to marry the businessman.
2. Miss USA-1954
In 1954 the pageant was won by Miriam Stevenson who was an American citizen and she was the first woman from her country who had won Miss Universe. That year witnessed a tie between her and the contestant from Brazil and they had to face a tiebreaker before the proclamation of the winner. She was awarded a Hollywood contract. She went on to appear on TV or judge various pageants.
3. Miss Sweden-1955
The contest was hosted in California and was won by Hillevi Rombin Schine, from Swedish origin. She wanted to build a career in acting and so she took acting classes to work in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she only landed some minor roles in a few movies and later got married.
4. Miss USA-1956
This was the second instance when an American contestant won the pageant. Carol Morris was a student from Drake University. She was also a swimmer and a sorority sister before her big win. She portrayed her talent by playing the violin for the judges. Carol was active in her role as Miss Universe and later entered the line of acting.
5. Miss Japan-1959
Akiko Kojima was the first Asian to ever have won this beauty pageant in 1959. She was the quickest to move on from the roles of Miss Universe and got married very early. Unlike others, she didn’t end up choosing acting as a career. This was mostly based on the culture they followed in Japan.
6. Miss USA-1960
For a third time, a citizen from the USA, Linda Bement, took the crown of Miss Universe home. This time the pageant was hosted by Miami. Linda was the second lady from Utah who had been crowned. In 1960, the pageant was also broadcasted on TV.
7. Miss Greece-1964
Corina Tsopei was a Greek citizen and also had a kind heart. She was passionate about world problems and worked for the betterment of children having leukemia. She also worked in a few gigs for Hollywood but her heart lay in social causes.
8. Miss Philippines-1969
Gloria Diaz was chosen from 60 candidates and went on to become the titleholder for 1969. Instead of grabbing opportunities in Hollywood, she tried her hand in her own country which was an extremely wise decision. She went on to become one of the most popular actresses in the country.
9. Miss Puerto Rico-1970
Marisol Malaret was the winner that year and she had to work extremely hard to get where she did. She was an orphan which is why she had begun working at a very young age. A makeup artist had convinced Marisol to take part and look at how that turned out for her. Her unwavering will made her who she was. She was previously working as one of the executive secretaries in a company.
10. Miss Israel-1976
Israel showed a different aspect of their country that year when Rina Messinger took the crown home. She happened to be the first one to win the crown and no one from Israel has ever won again. She was provided with great security while she embarked on her tour for Miss Universe that year.
More to come…stay tuned