13 Interesting Facts About Miss Universe Pageant

The miss universe pageant has become an exciting event for many parties as an annual agenda. If you are a connoisseur of this annual event, here are some interesting facts that the author has collected from various sources about this event.

  1. First Miss Universe: Armi Kuusela (Miss Finland)

Miss Universe 1953, Armi Kuusela (Miss Finland) was crowned as the first miss universe.

2. The United States is the country that has won the most crowns.

The United States is the country that has won the contest the most times, with a total of eight Miss Universe crowns in its possession. The USA won first in 1954, thanks to Miriam Jacqueline Stevenson, while the most recent was in 2012 with Olivia Frances Culpo.

3. The Historic Miss Universe 2018.

The Miss Universe 2018 edition will go down in history for being the first to include a transsexual woman. It was Ángela Ponce who represented Spain in the contest. Despite being one of the favorites, Ponce lost the crown to Catriona Gray, representative of the Philippines.

4. Donald Trump owned the Miss Universe.

Donald Trump used to own the pageant – one of the “big four” international beauty competitions – he sold it to WME/IMG in 2015. Trump sold the Miss Universe Organization, including Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.

5. The Big Three.

Only three countries have competed in every single Miss Universe pageant since 1952: Germany, France, and Canada.

6. Osmel Sousa of Miss Venezuela Organization is the most successful national pageant director.

Known as the czar of beauty pageants, through his efforts, Venezuela was able to win seven Miss Universe crowns, six Miss World titles, six Miss International, and one Miss Earth (the first win is with Sambil models).

7. Stella Marquez-Araneta is the Osmel Sousa of Asia.

Stella Marquez Araneta is a Colombian who won the first Miss International title and married a Filipino business tycoon. She heads the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and is credited for the Philippines’ three Miss Universe crowns and four Miss International titles.

8. Nadia Comaneci served as a judge.

Olympian Nadia Comaneci, regarded as one of the best female athletes on the planet, was one of the international judges in Miss Universe 1990.

9. Miss Universe Creed

At one time, Miss Universe had this creed for all competing beauties representing their respective countries. The creed says:

“We, representing the countries of the world in the Miss Universe beauty pageant in order to further the cause of peace, justice and mutual understanding, do solemnly dedicate ourselves to the highest ideals of sportsmanship, friendship and goodwill among all the people of the Universe.”

10. Venezuela has the only back-to-back win.

A back-to-back win in Miss Universe had seemed to be an impossibility until 2009 when Stefania Fernandez received the Miss Universe crown from compatriot Dayana Mendoza.

11. Miss Russia 2002 dethroned

Miss Russia 2002 Oxana Fedorova is the first Miss Universe titlist to ever be dethroned. She was dethroned for “failing to fulfill her duties,” the organizers said. Then, Justine Pasek of Panama, the First runner-up, replaced Fedorova and was crowned Miss Universe in 2002.

12. Pregnancy during the competition

In 1999, Miss Guam Universe Trisha Elaine Heflin was barred from participating in the Miss Universe 1999 for being pregnant.

13. No Congenial Miss Universe

As of this article, no Miss Congeniality has ever gone to win the Miss Universe title.


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