Miss UniverseThe Miss Universe beauty contest has been held since 1952 (not to be confused with the similar Miss World; of course the scope for Miss Universe is not really wider than Earth).
The process of electing Miss Universe is a long one. Countries which want to participate must first hold contests in each city to elect a candidate to become the country's representative in Miss Universe. Then the country must elect a candidate from among the women selected by each city. For example, in Finland, Miss Helsinki must compete against the women selected by the other Finnish cities. Once a country has selected a candidate from among the women selected by its cities, that candidate goes on to compete for the title of Miss Universe.
According to the organisers, the Miss Universe contest isn't won just on looks. Women who aspire to become Miss Universe must be intelligent, well-mannered and cultured. Many times, a candidate has lost the contest because she did not have a good answer to a question on the contest's question and answer round.
One Miss Universe, 1981's Irene Saez, ran for President in Venezuela, losing to Hugo Chavez. Yet another one, 2002's winner Oxana Fedorova of Russia, became the first one to be stripped of her crown, making first runner up Justine Pasek of Panama, the first Panamanian ever to hold the title.
The Miss Universe contest's central offices are in New York, and the contest is held in different cities each year.
|1958||Luz Marina Zuluaga||Colombia|
|1963||Idea Maria Vargas||Brazil|
|1970||Marisol Malaret||Puerto Rico|
|1972||Kerry Anne Wells||Australia|
|1975||Anne Marie Pohtamo||Finland|
|1977||Janelle Commisiong||Trinidad and Tobago|
|1978||Margarett Gardiner||South Africa|
|1982||Karen Diane Baldwin||Canada|
|1983||Lorraine Downes||New Zealand|
|1985||Deborah Carthy-Deu||Puerto Rico|
|1986||Bárbara Palacios Teyde||Venezuela|
|1992||Michelle Mc Lean||Namibia|
|1993||Dayanara Torres||Puerto Rico|
|1995||Chelsi Smith||United States|
|1997||Brook Lee||United States|
|1998||Wendy Fitzwilliam||Trinidad and Tobago|
|2001||Denise Quiñones||Puerto Rico|
|2003||Amelia Vega||Dominican Republic|