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Miss Universe
Logo of the Miss Universe event
Date: 2007
Broadcaster: CBS (-2002), NBC (2003-), Telemundo (2003-)

Miss Universe is an annual international female beauty contest, and the title for the winner of the contest, founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996. The pageant is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (808x808, 25 KB) Summary Miss Universe logo. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Telemundo is an American television network based in Hialeah, Florida. ... Mrs. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Gulf and Western Industries, Inc. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. ... The Miss Universe Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty contests. ...

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Miss Universe 2007

Main article: Miss Universe 2007

The 2007 Miss Universe Pageant was held in Mexico City on May 28. Although initial expectations were that ninety delegates would participate, only 77 candidates competed for the title. Miss Universe 2007, the 56th Miss Universe pageant, was won by Riyo Mori of Japan. ... Nickname: Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Miss Universe Organization officially informed (March 29, 2007) the event would take place on May 28 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Other events took place in the cities of Cancun, the Mayan Riviera and Chiapas [1]. March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Canc n is a coastal city in Quintana Roo, Mexicos easternmost state. ... The Mayan Riviera or Riviera Maya is one of the top touristic destinatios in Mexico. ... Location within Mexico Country  Mexico Capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez Municipalities 118 Largest City Tuxtla Gutiérrez Government  - Governor Juan José Sabines Guerrero ( PRD)  - Federal Deputies PRI: 7 PRD: 5  - Federal Senators PRI: 1 PRD: 1 PVEM: 1 Area Ranked 8th  - State 74,211 km²  (28,653 sq mi) Population (2005...


The winner of Miss Universe 2007 was Riyo Mori of Japan, and was crowned by the previous 2006 winner Zuleyka Rivera. Riyo Mori ) born December 24, 1986 in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan is a Japanese dance instructor who won the Miss Universe 2007 title in May 2007. ... Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza (born October 3, 1987 in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and raised in Salinas, Puerto Rico) is a beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Puerto Rico Universe and Miss Universe 2006. ...


History

The winner of 1950s "Miss America 1951" pageant, Yolande Betbeze, refused to pose in a swimsuit from major sponsor Catalina swimwear. As a result, the brand's manufacturer Pacific Mills withdrew from Miss America and set up the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests. The first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach, California in 1952. It was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland, who gave up her title to get married to a Filipino tycoon, Virgilio Hilario, shortly before her year was complete. Until 1958 the Miss Universe title (like Miss America) was post-dated, so at the time Ms. Kuusela's title was Miss Universe 1953. Should not be confused with Miss USA. Miss America contestants visit Andrews Air Force Base in 2003 The Miss America pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plus two territories of the United States of America. ... Yolande Betbeze Yolande Betbeze born 1929 in Mobile, Alabama was Miss America 1951. ... Catalina swimwear was a brand of swimsuits created by the Pacific Mills clothing company. ... [[Image:MissUSA2007Crowned. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Original Miss Universe, Armi Kuusela Armi Kuusela was the first-ever winner of the Miss Universe, a beauty pageant originally created to sell swimsuits for Catalina swimwear. ...


The pageant was first televised in 1955. CBS began nationally broadcasting the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants combined from 1960, and separately from 1965. In 2003, NBC took over the television rights.


The main pageant was held consecutively in the continental US from 1952 to 1971. Since then it has usually been held in a different country each year. Depending on usage, the term continental United States can refer to either: the 48 contiguous states plus the District of Columbia; or the 48 contiguous states plus the District of Columbia and Alaska. ...


The contest today

The Miss Universe Organization, a New York-based partnership between NBC and Donald Trump, has run the contest since June 20, 2002. The current president is Paula Shugart. The Organization sells television rights to the pageant in other countries, and also produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contests. The winner of Miss USA represents the USA in Miss Universe. The Miss Universe Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty contests. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... [[Image:MissUSA2007Crowned. ... Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 15-19. ...


Candidate selection

Each year, bids are received by the Miss Universe organizers from organizations who wish to select the Miss Universe contestant for a country. This allows competition between different pageants to hold a country's license, as happened for Miss Italy and Miss France for example when the licenses for their respective traditional organizations were revoked (the usual Miss France competition returned in 2004).


Usually a country's candidate selection involves pageants in major cities, with the winners competing in a national pageant, but this does not always occur. For example, in 2000 Australia's national pageant was abolished as a relic of a bygone era, with Australian delegates instead chosen by a modeling agency. Such "castings" are generally discouraged by the Miss Universe Organization, which prefers national pageants that preserve an aura of respectability and competition. Despite the "casted" Australian delegate, Miss Australia, Jennifer Hawkins, was chosen as Miss Universe. In 2004, Australia resumed its national pageant and choose Michelle Guy as Miss Universe Australia 2005. A modeling agency is a company that represent fashion models, to work for the fashion industry. ... Jennifer Hawkins (born 22 December 1984) is a beauty queen and television presenter from Newcastle, Australia who held the Miss Universe 2004 title. ...


Some of the most successful national pageants in the last decade are Miss USA, Venezuela, Colombia and Puerto Rico which command consistently high interest and television ratings in their respective countries[citation needed]. Organizations attempting to build themselves up to a higher level include Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Miss Universe Japan, and the triumvirate of Miss Bolivia, Miss Paraguay, and Miss Uruguay (all directed by Gloria de Limpias). Recent arrivals in the pageant include China (2002), Albania (2002), Vietnam (2004), Georgia (2004), Ethiopia (2004), Latvia (2005), Kazakhstan (2006), and Tanzania (2007); there have also been efforts to revive strong national pageants in Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, and the Caribbean, among other regions. There are continually efforts to expand the pageant, but the participation of some countries such as Indonesia and Algeria has proven difficult due to cultural barriers to the swimsuit competition, while others such as Mozambique, Armenia and Nepal have balked at sending representatives due to the cost (in fact, of all the major international pageants, the franchise fee for Miss Universe is the most expensive). As of 2007, only four countries have been present at every Miss Universe since its inception in 1952: Canada, France, Germany, and the USA. Many European countries allow 17-year-old contestants to compete in their pageants, while Miss Universe's minimum age is 18, so national titleholders often have to be replaced by their runners-up. Miss Universe also prohibits transsexual applicants and age fabrication. [[Image:MissUSA2007Crowned. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Main pageant

The main Miss Universe Pageant, as of now, is held over a two week period between May-July. In the 1970s through the 1990s, the pageant was a month long. This allows time for rehearsals, appearances and the preliminary competition, with the winner being crowned by the previous year's titleholder during the final competition. According to the organisers, the Miss Universe contest is more than a beauty pageant: women who aspire to become Miss Universe must be intelligent, well-mannered and cultured. Often a candidate has lost because she did not have a good answer during the interview rounds; although this section of competition has held less importance during recent pageants than it did in the twentieth century. Delegates also compete in swimsuit and evening gown competitions.


Currently, the final placement of the finalists is determined by a ranked vote, where each judge ranks each of the final three/five candidates, with the contestant posting the lowest cumulative score becoming the winner. If there is a tie, which often happens when there are even members of the jury, the higher semifinal scores become decisive.


The winner is assigned a one-year contract with the Miss Universe Organisation, traveling overseas to spread messages about the control of diseases, peace, and public awareness of AIDS. Since Donald Trump took over the pageant, the winner has been given the use of a Trump Tower apartment in New York City for use during her reign. Trump Tower The Trump Tower viewed from the 5th avenue Trump Tower Trump Tower is a 58-story skyscraper in New York City located at 725 Fifth Avenue (Manhattan), at the corner of 56th Street. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Aside from the main winner and her runners-up, special awards are also given to the winners of the best National Costume, Miss Photogenic, and Miss Congeniality. Miss Congeniality is chosen by the delegates themselves. In recent years, Miss Photogenic has been chosen by popular internet vote (the winner used to be chosen by media personnel covering the event).


The Competition Proper

The Preliminaries

The competition for the Miss Universe title has seen many changes, although there have been several constants throughout its history. All the contestants compete in a preliminary round of judging (nowadays called the "Presentation Show") where the field is narrowed to a select number of semi-finalists. This number has fluctuated over the years. The very first Miss Universe pageant had ten semi-finalists. The next two years, the number of semi-finalists grew to 16. In 1955, the number dropped to a stable 15, which remained through 1970. In 1971, the number was reduced to 12. That number was further reduced to a mere 10 in 1984. This lasted until 2003, when the number of 15 was re-instated. In 2006, there were 20 semi-finalists, the highest number ever. In 2007, the Organization announced the Top 15 system will be back.


In the early years, the contestants were judged in swimsuit and evening gown only. In the later years, the contestants also competed in a preliminary interview round in a one-on-one meeting with each individual judge.


The Final Competition

In the early years of the pageant, the ladies who make the cut are announced after the preliminary competition. From 1965 until the present day, the semi-finalists were not announced until the night of the main event. The semi-finalists once again competed in evening gown and swimsuit and a top 5 was announced. An interview portion was introduced in 1960. From there, the runners-up and winner was selected. However, in 1959 through 1963, there was no cut to 5 finalists; the runners-up and winners were called from the assembled 15 semi-finalists.


In 1964, the top 15 became a top 10, and after a round of interview, the winner and runners-up were called from the 10 finalists.


In 1965, the pageant returned to a cut to 5 finalists, and remained so until 1989. Also, in 1969, a final question was posed to the last five contestants. The final question was an on-and-off feature of the pageant, especially in the 1980s, because from 1986-1989, the final question portion was not used. In 1990, it had taken root and every pageant since the final 5 contestants have to answer a final question.


In 1990, the pageant implemented major format changes in the competition itself. Instead of five finalists, the field was reduced from 10 semi-finalists to 6 (in 1998, the number of finalists return to 5.) Each contestant then randomly selected a judge and answered the question posed by the judge. After that, the field is narrowed down further to a final 3. However, in 2001, it became a final five again.


In 2000, the interview portion of the semi-finals was quietly dropped and the contestants once again, as in the early days of the pageant, competed only in swimsuit and gowns.


In 2006, twenty semi-finalists were announced, with these delegates competing in the swimsuit competition. The number of competing delegates was then cut to ten, with those delegates competing in the evening gown competition. After that round of competition, the final five were announced, with the finalists competing in the "final question" or interview round. At the end of competition the runners-up were announced and the winner crowned by the outgoing queen.


In 2007, 77 contestants started the competition, with the top 15 moving to the swimsuit competition. The top 10 then moved on to the evening gown competition. The final five answered the final question.


Titleholders

Further information: List of Miss Universe titleholders
Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007
Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007
Year Miss Universe National Title Country Venue
2007 Flag of Indonesia Agni Pratistha Puteri Indonesia Indonesia Mexico City, Mexico
2006 Flag of Indonesia Nadine Chandrawinata Puteri Indonesia Indonesia Los Angeles, California, USA
2005 Flag of Indonesia Artika Sari Devi Puteri Indonesia Indonesia Bangkok, Thailand
2004 Flag of Australia Jennifer Hawkins Miss Universe Australia Australia Quito, Ecuador
2003 Flag of Dominican Republic Amelia Vega Miss Republica Dominicana Universo Dominican Republic Panama City, Panama
2002 Flag of Panama Justine Pasek Señorita Panama-Universo Panama San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flag of Russia Oxana Fedorova (Resigned) Miss Russia Russia
2001 Flag of Puerto Rico Denise Quiñones Miss Puerto Rico Universe Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico
2000 Flag of India Lara Dutta Femina Miss India Universe India Nicosia, Cyprus
1999 Flag of Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe Miss Universe Botswana Botswana Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago
1998 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Wendy Fitzwilliam Miss Trinidad & Tobago-Universe Trinidad and Tobago Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The following is a list of women who have held the Miss Universe title. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Riyo Mori ) born December 24, 1986 in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan is a Japanese dance instructor who won the Miss Universe 2007 title in May 2007. ... Miss Universe 2007, the 56th Miss Universe pageant, was won by Riyo Mori of Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Indonesia. ... Agni Pratistha (Agni Pratistha Arkadewi Kuswardono), born December 8, 1988 in Canberra, Australia. ... Puteri Indonesia (literally means Princess of Indonesia) is one of 2 biggest beauty pageants in Indonesia, and also the oldest one. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the federal capital of and largest city in Mexico. ... Miss Universe 2006 took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, USA. Unlike past events, it was held on Sunday, July 23, 2006 (almost two months later than usual). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Indonesia. ... Nadine Chandrawinata is the winner of Miss Indonesia 2005, and is the Miss Indonesia for Miss Universe 2006. ... Puteri Indonesia (literally means Princess of Indonesia) is one of 2 biggest beauty pageants in Indonesia, and also the oldest one. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... The Miss Universe 2005 Pageant was held in Bangkok, Thailand on May 31, 2005, to help the tsunami-struck nation win tourists back to the area. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Indonesia. ... Artika Sari Devi was Miss Indonesia 2004, and delegates representating Indonesia in 2006 Miss Universe Pageant. ... Puteri Indonesia (literally means Princess of Indonesia) is one of 2 biggest beauty pageants in Indonesia, and also the oldest one. ... A BTS skytrain passing the Sathon area of Bangkok. ... Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004 The Miss Universe 2004 pageant was held in Centro de Convenciones CEMEXPO, Quito, Ecuador on June 1, 2004. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jennifer Hawkins (born 22 December 1984) is a beauty queen and television presenter from Newcastle, Australia who held the Miss Universe 2004 title. ... Nickname: Luz de América Map of Ecuador showing location of Quito Coordinates: Country Ecuador Province Pichincha Canton Quito  - Mayor Paco Moncayo Area approx    - City 290 km²  - Land 290 km²  - Water 0 km² Elevation 2,800 m Population (2005, estimation)  - City 1,865,541 (canton)  - Density ~4,800/km² Time... Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega The Miss Universe 2003 Pageant was held in Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama on June 3, 2003. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Dominican_Republic. ... Victoria Amelia Vega Polanco (born November 7, 1984 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago, Dominican Republic), known simply as Amelia Vega, is a Dominican woman who won the Miss Universe contest held in Panama City, Panama on June 3, 2003, becoming the first Dominican woman ever to win the Miss... Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2007 Massiel Indira Taveras Henríquez Miss Dominican Republic Universe is a pageant where women ranging in age from 17-27 each represent one of the many Dominican provinces, cities, and communities. ... This is about the capital of Panama. ... Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek The Miss Universe 2002 pageant was held in Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 29, 2002. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Panama. ... Justine Pasek (born August 27, 1979) is a Panamanian model, goodwill ambassador, and former Miss Universe. ... Nickname: Location of San Juan within the island of Puerto Rico Coordinates: Country United States Territory Puerto Rico Founded 1508/1521 Area  - City 76. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... Oxana Fedorova (Oksana Fyodorova, Оксана Федорова in Russian) (born December 17, 1977) is a Russian Miss Universe winner (dethroned), police officer, television hostess, actress, and UNICEF representative. ... Miss Universe 2001 was held at Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico on May 11, 2001. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. ... Denise Marie Quiñones August (born September 9, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) was the fourth Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Universe contest. ... Miss Universe 2001 Denisse Marie Quiñones Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico are the official national preliminaries to the Miss Universe and Miss World international pageants respectively. ... Bayam n (not to be confused with Bayamo, Cuba) is a city in northern Puerto Rico. ... Miss Universe 2000, Lara Dutta Miss Universe 2000 was held at Eleftheria Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus on May 12, 2000. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Lara Dutta, (born April 16, 1978) is an Indian actress, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and the 2000 Miss Universe. ... Miss India are the winners of the Miss India beauty pageant held annually. ... District Nicosia District Government  - Mayor Eleni Mavrou Population (2004)  - City 270,000 (Greek part) 85,000 (Turkish part) 355,000 (Total) Time zone EET (UTC+2) Website: www. ... Miss Universe 1999 was held at Chaguaramas Convention Centre, Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago on May 26, 1999. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Botswana. ... Mpule Kwelagobe Mpule Kwelagobe of Lobatse, Botswana was crowned Miss Universe in May of 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. ... Chaguaramas lies in the North West Peninsula of Trinidad west of Port-of-Spain; the name if often applied to the entire peninsula, but is sometimes used to refer to the most developed area. ... Miss Universe 1998 was held at Stan Sheriff Arena, Honolulu, USA on May 12, 1998. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago. ... Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam the 61 Statuesque Stunner, born October 4, 1972, is Trinidad and Tobagos second Miss Universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Winning years for each country

Map of Miss Universe-winning countries as of 2007; not including Russia.
Map of Miss Universe-winning countries as of 2007; not including Russia.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1427x628, 49 KB) Summary A locator map of Miss Universe-winning countries (showing number of times contestants from each country have won) created by w:User:Joey80, from wikipedia. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1427x628, 49 KB) Summary A locator map of Miss Universe-winning countries (showing number of times contestants from each country have won) created by w:User:Joey80, from wikipedia. ...

Best performances by continental regions

As of 2007

Country Titles Winning years
Flag of United States United States 7 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1995, 1996, 1997
Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 5 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 4 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996
Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 1955, 1966, 1984
Flag of Japan Japan 2 1959, 2007
Flag of Canada Canada 2 1982, 2005
Flag of Australia Australia 2 1972, 2004
Flag of India India 2 1994, 2000
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2 1977, 1998
Flag of Thailand Thailand 2 1965, 1988
Flag of Finland Finland 2 1952, 1975
Flag of Philippines Philippines 2 1969, 1973
Flag of Brazil Brazil 2 1963, 1968
Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 1 2003
Flag of Panama Panama 1 2002
Flag of Botswana Botswana 1 1999
Flag of Namibia Namibia 1 1992
Flag of Mexico Mexico 1 1991
Flag of Norway Norway 1 1990
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 1 1989
Flag of Chile Chile 1 1987
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 1 1983
Flag of South Africa South Africa 1 1978
Flag of Israel Israel 1 1976
Flag of Spain Spain 1 1974
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 1 1971
Flag of Greece Greece 1 1964
Flag of Argentina Argentina 1 1962
Flag of Germany Germany 1 1961
Flag of Colombia Colombia 1 1958
Flag of Peru Peru 1 1957
Flag of France France 1 1953
REGION Titles Best performance
North America* 18 Puerto Rico (5), Canada (2), Trinidad and Tobago (2), Dominican Republic (1), Panamaº (1) and Mexico (1)
Europe 12 Sweden (3), Finland (2), France (1), Germany (1), Greece (1), Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Russiaº (1) and Spain (1)
South America 10 Venezuela (4), Brazil (2), Argentina (1), Colombia (1), Chile (1), and Peru (1)
Asia 10 Indonesia (7) India (2) , Philippines (2), Thailand (2), Japan (2), Israel (1), and Lebanon (1)
Africa 3 Botswana (1), Namibia (1) and South Africa(1)
Oceania 3 Australia (2) and New Zealand (1)

* Central America and the Caribbean are part of North America. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Venezuela. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Thailand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Philippines. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Dominican_Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Panama. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Botswana. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Namibia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Israel. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Lebanon. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Colombia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Peru. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...


º In 2002, Russia's Oxana Fedorova won the Miss Universe crown in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, she resigned a few months later for refused to fulfilling the duties stipulated in her contract. First runner-up, Panama's Justine Pasek was crowned Miss Universe for 2002. Oxana Fedorova (Oksana Fyodorova, Оксана Федорова in Russian) (born December 17, 1977) is a Russian Miss Universe winner (dethroned), police officer, television hostess, actress, and UNICEF representative. ... Justine Pasek (born August 27, 1979) is a Panamanian model, goodwill ambassador, and former Miss Universe. ...


Tally

Anyone who follows the Olympic Games or other sporting events will be familiar with the concept of the Medal Table, which ranks countries based on their first (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze) place finishes. Here is a similar table of the top rankings for the Miss Universe pageant, based on all results from the first event in 1952 to the most recent competition in 2007. Here now is the current Top 15 countries who have placed the most number of times over the years the pageant has existed. Noted that from 1990 to 2000, there were only a Top 3 with the third and fourth runner-ups positions eliminated. The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...

Rank Country Victories 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up 3rd Runner-Up 4th Runner-Up Total Number of Placements (in Semifinals)
1 Flag of United States United States 7 8 6 1 5 27 52
2 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 4 6 5 4 2 21 34
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 1 2 3 4 13 28
4 Flag of Brazil Brazil 2 5 0 2 3 12 29
5 Flag of Finland Finland 2 3 5 1 1 12 18
6 Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 5 1 2 1 1 10 16
7 Flag of Colombia Colombia 1 3 2 3 1 10 27
8 Flag of Japan Japan 2 1 1 2 3 9 17
9 Flag of England England 0 1 3 3 2 9 19
10 Flag of Israel Israel 1 0 1 2 4 8 19
11 Flag of Philippines Philippines 2 1 0 3 2 7 14
12 Flag of Germany Germany 1 1 0 2 3 7 21
13 Flag of Spain Spain 1 1 3 1 1 7 14
14 Flag of India India 2 1 1 1 1 6 19
15 Flag of Australia Australia 2 2 1 0 1 6 11

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Hosts and invited artists

The following is a list of finals hosts and invited artists of the previous ten years. See List of Miss Universe hosts and invited artists for the full list of hosts and invited artists.
Year Masters of Ceremonies Color Commentators Special Musical Guests
2007 Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez None RBD and music by Nelly Furtado and Sean Paul
2006 Carlos Ponce and Nancy O'Dell Shandi Finnessey and Carson Kressley Chelo and Vittorio Grigolo
2005 Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell None None
2004 Billy Bush and Daisy Fuentes None Gloria Estefan
2003 Billy Bush and Daisy Fuentes None bond and Chayanne
2002 Phil Simms and Daisy Fuentes Brook Mahealani Lee Marc Anthony
2001 Elle Macpherson and Naomi Campbell Brook Mahealani Lee and Todd Newton Ricky Martin and La Ley
2000 Sinbad Julie Moran and Ali Landry Elvis Crespo, Montell Jordan, Dave Koz and Anna Vissi
1999 Jack Wagner Julie Moran and Ali Landry Julio Iglesias, Jr.
1998 Jack Wagner Julie Moran and Ali Landry K-Ci & JoJo

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Trivia and statistics

Scores

  • Electronic voting was introduced to televiewers in 1978 when the pageant was held in Acapulco, Mexico: for the first time in a televised pageant, the audience got to see how the judges voted. The pageant still uses a computer voting system. There is a team of three people who install, maintain, and operate the voting system. They sit somewhere in the audience area with a view of the stage, usually just in front of the accountants. They are listed in credits as “Computer Score Operators”. The same system is used for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe.

Locations

For the full list of venues, see List of Miss Universe winners and venues.

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Competing states

  • The United States has performed the best throughout the pageant's entire history, with seven winners, eight first runners-up, six second runners-up, one third runner-up, five fourth runners-up, six finalists, and seventeen semi-finalists. Miss USA has missed the semi-finals only three times: 1976 (Barbara Peterson), 1999 (Kimberly Pressler), and 2002 (Shauntay Hinton). In 1957, Leona Gage of Maryland was disqualified from the semi-finals after it was revealed that she was married and a mother.
  • After the USA, Venezuela is the next most successful nation in terms of overall placements in the semi-finals (34), it is followed in turn by Brazil (28), Sweden (28), Colombia (27), Germany (21), Israel (20), England & India (both 19), Finland and Greece (both 18), Norway and Japan (both 17), Peru, South Africa, Canada, and Puerto Rico (16 each). Of these countries, only England has yet to win the contest.
  • The United States has been the most successful state to compete in Miss Universe in the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In the 1960s, Finland was the most successful nation, and Puerto Rico has been most successful in the 2000s. [1]
  • The nations that have competed every single year of competition (from 1952 to date) are France, Germany, USA and Canada. Sweden lost this distinction when it failed to send a contestant in 2005. Israel missed the pageant in 1953, while Greece was absent in 1988 (its delegate withdrew because of illness).
  • Before becoming states in 1959, Alaska and Hawaii both sent delegates to the pageant during the 1950s. In fact, Miss Hawaii was 1st runner-up in 1952 and 2nd runner-up in 1958 (before winning Miss Universe as Miss USA in 1997), while Miss Alaska reached the semi-finals in 1957.
  • After the USA, Venezuela ranked second in terms of consecutive placements in the semi-finals: 21 years, from 1983 to 2003, nearly beating the United States' 22-year streak between 1977-1998. While Alicia Machado has been the only Venezuelan Miss Universe in the last decade, of the nine following pageants, four have seen Venezuela's representative place first runner-up (1997, 1998, 2000, and 2003).
  • Other than the USA and Venezuela, the countries that have made the semi-finals the most in a row are India (who in recent years has emerged as a pageant powerhouse) with 11 (1992-2002) consecutive placements; Germany with ten (1952 to 1961); and Finland with 8 (1962-1969).
  • Colombia had three first-runner up placements in a row (1992-1994) a streak that has been unparalleled in competition history.
  • Finland has had the most consecutive runners-up. For five years, from 1965 to 1969, its delegates placed among the five finalists without interruption (1965: Virpi Miettinen, first runner-up, 1966: Satu Ostring, first runner-up, 1967: Ritva Lehto, third runner-up, 1968: Leena Brusiin, second runner-up, and 1969: Harriet Eriksson, first runner-up).
  • Puerto Rico has had at least 1 winner in each of the last 4 decades, the only state/territory to accomplish this feat: Marisol Malaret in the 70s (1970), Deborah Carthy-Deu in the 80s (1985), Dayanara Torres in the 90s (1993), and Denise Quiñones (2001) & Zuleyka Rivera (2006) in the 2000s.
  • In the new millennium, Switzerland has achieved all three finalist levels in three consecutive years, in the ascending order. Miss Switzerland 2004 Bianca Nicole Sissing became quarter-finalist, Miss Switzerland 2005 Fiona Hefti became Semi-finalist and Miss Switzerland 2006 Lauriane Gilliéron became one of the Top 5 finalists and became 2nd runner-up.
  • In the previous Miss Universe pageant in 2006, Kurara Chibana of Japan placed first runner-up to winner Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico, before eventually winning the pageant a year later with Japanese delegate Riyo Mori in 2007. The same instance happened when Puerto Rico's Cynthia Olavarria placed first runner-up to titleholder Natalie Glebova in 2005, only to find out that Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico was to be crowned as the new Miss Universe in 2006.
  • Two countries in the 1990s have stood up to be pageant powerhouses. They were India and Venezuela. In 1994, Miss India Sushmita Sen became the first Miss Universe from their country. The next year, Manpreet Brar, Miss India 1995, competed strongly and almost won the crown. Brar ended up as first runner-up to Chelsi Smith of USA. The same instance happened when Alicia Machado of Venezuela managed to win Miss Universe in 1996. In 1997, Marena Bencomo of Venezuela also placed first runner-up in Miss Universe, trailing behind Brook Lee, again from USA. Interestingly, Aishwarya Rai, now famous Bollywood actress and Sushmita Sen's runner-up in Femina India Universe (Miss India Universe) managed to win Miss World the same year Sen held the crown for Miss Universe. The same fate fell on to Jacqueline Aguilera, first runner-up to Alicia Machado in Miss Venezuela Universe, who was crowned Miss World 1995 and simultaneously reigned as Miss World by the time of Machado's crowning as Miss Universe 1996.

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Delegates

  • Miss Universe 1957, Gladys Zender of Peru is the youngest Miss Universe in history. She was 17 when she won the title. The Miss Universe Organization let her keep the crown because in Peru a woman is declared her approximate age once she passes the 6 month duration of the current age.
  • On three occasions, contestants that did not place in Miss World: Georgina Rizk, Angela Visser, and Mpule Kwelagobe, won Miss Universe. However, no contestant who failed to place at Miss Universe have ever gone on to win Miss World.
  • At 5'4" tall, Miss Thailand 1965, Apasra Hongsakula is the shortest Miss Universe ever crowned.
  • In 1957, Miss USA Mary Leona Gage was disqualified for being married, though she had qualified for the semi-finals. She was replaced by Miss Argentina.
  • Amparo Muñoz of Spain, Miss Universe 1974, was dethroned shortly before her reign ended and did not crown her successor, but she was not formally replaced. Amparo's runner-up, Helen Morgan of Wales, went on to represent the United Kingdom in the Miss World pageant later that same year. She won, only to resign a few days later when she was revealed to be an unwed mother.
  • Trinidad & Tobago's Janelle Commissiong became the first woman of black descent to be crowned Miss Universe, in 1977 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The first black African to win Miss Universe of was Mpule Kwelagobe, of Botswana, crowned in 1999 at Chaguaramas, Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Only once have black women won Miss Universe in succession. Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago won the title in 1998, followed by Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana in 1999.
  • Andrea Stelzer was Miss South Africa in 1985, but pulled out of Miss Universe because of anti-apartheid demonstrations. She competed in 1989 as Miss Germany, and was a top 10 semi-finalist.
  • Miss Lebanon 2001, Christina Sawaya, pulled out of the 2002 Miss Universe competition because of the participation of Miss Israel. She went on to win the rival Miss International competition in the same year.
  • 2002's winner, Oxana Fedorova of Russia, became the first Miss Universe who officially did not finish her reign, making first runner-up Justine Pasek the first Panamanian to hold the title. Fedorova was crowned in Puerto Rico in mid-May, and was replaced by Pasek in late September. It is unclear whether Fedorova was fired for failure to perform her duties (the official version), or chose to resign because she had not expected the heavy workload.
  • The strong rivalry between Puerto Rico and Venezuela is so well-known in Latin-American popular culture, that their struggle has been immortalized in several Spanish-language television commercials in the United States for such companies as MasterCard and Budweiser. In the latter, former Miss Universe winners Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico and Alicia Machado of Venezuela cause mayhem in a sports bar as they compete to win the admiration of the men present.
  • A new trend of delegates representing countries they were not born in has developed. Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek was born in Kharkiv Ukraine, where her Panamanian mother was completing her University studies. Miss Israel 2005, Elena Ralph was also born in Ukraine and moved to Israel when she was 18 years old. The most famous country-swapper was probably Natascha Borger. After placing 12th in the 2000 Venezuelan pageant she moved to Germany where she easily won the crown of Germanys Universe. Other notable contestants who represent countries other than their birth place include the Miss Universe Canada and Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova who is Russian by birth, Miss Universe Canada 2006 Alice Panikian who is Bulgarian by birth, Miss Germany Universe 2006 Natalie Ackermann who is Colombian by birth, and Venezuelan born Francis Barraza Sudnicka representing Poland. Such is also reflected in the growing number of delegates from different parts of the world being sent to a third country (almost always Latin American) for further training before going on to the host country and compete in the pageant proper.
  • In 1999, Botswana sent its first ever delegate to the pageant and she won.
  • In 2007 Jamaica sent the first ever Rastafari contestant.
  • In 2007, Riyo Mori of Japan was crowned in Mexico City, Mexico in another controversial competition. All ten finalists were brunettes. When Miss Mexico failed to make the final cut, the crowd loudly booed Miss USA who did pass despite falling over in the evening gown competition.

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Winners

  • Natalie Glebova of Canada, Miss Universe 2005 reigned for the longest period in Miss Universe history: one year and two months from the time she was crowned on May 31, 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Miss Universe 2000, Lara Dutta's (India) finalist interview was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her perfect interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. It was the last year such scores were televised
  • Highest Televised Scores in the Semi-Finals:

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Margaret Gardiner, from Woodstock, South Africa is the winner of the Miss Universe pageant in 1978. ... Yvonne Agneta Ryding (born December 14, 1962) from Eskilstuna, Sweden, was the Miss Universe titleholder for the year 1984 (crowned on July 9, 1984). ... Deborah Carthy-Deu (January 5, 1966) is a young Puerto Rican woman who was Miss Universe in 1985, winning the contest at Miami and becoming the second Puerto Rican to win it. ... Barbra Palacios Teyde (born December 9, 1963), better known simply as Barbara Palacios , is the third contestant from Venezuela to win the Miss Universe pageant She did it in Panama on July 26, 1986. ... Porntip Nakhirunkanok (born February 7, 1968 in Chachoengsao Province, Thailand; Thai ภรทิพย์ นาคหิรัญกนก) was the 1988 winner of the Miss Universe beauty contest. ... Mona Grudt, the first Miss Universe from Norway. ... Lupita Jones, Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones (born María Guadalupe Jones Garay on September 6, 1968 in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico) became the first Mexican woman to win the title of Miss Universe. ... Michelle McLean was crowned Miss Universe in 1992. ... Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee (born January 8, 1971), also known as Brook Lee, was crowned Miss Universe 1997 on May 16, 1997. ... Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam the 61 Statuesque Stunner, born October 4, 1972, is Trinidad and Tobagos second Miss Universe. ... Denise Marie Quiñones August (born September 9, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) was the fourth Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Universe contest. ... Justine Pasek (born August 27, 1979) is a Panamanian model, goodwill ambassador, and former Miss Universe. ... Victoria Amelia Vega Polanco (born November 7, 1984 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago, Dominican Republic), known simply as Amelia Vega, is a Dominican woman who won the Miss Universe contest held in Panama City, Panama on June 3, 2003, becoming the first Dominican woman ever to win the Miss... Natalie Glebova, (born November 11, 1981) is a Russian - Canadian beauty queen who has held the title Miss Universe 2005. ... Akiko Kojima (born October 29. ... Riyo Mori ) born December 24, 1986 in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan is a Japanese dance instructor who won the Miss Universe 2007 title in May 2007. ... Apasra Hongsakula of Thailand was crowned Miss Universe in 1965 in Miami Beach. ... Gloria Díaz, born in the Ilocos region of Northern Philippines, is a veteran in the Philippines cinema,who became the first ever Filipino to bring home the Miss Universe crown. ... Maria Margarita “Margie” Roxas Moran-Floirendo, from the Philippines, won the Miss Universe crown in 1973 in Athens, Greece. ... Porntip Nakhirunkanok (born February 7, 1968 in Chachoengsao Province, Thailand; Thai ภรทิพย์ นาคหิรัญกนก) was the 1988 winner of the Miss Universe beauty contest. ... Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee (born January 8, 1971), also known as Brook Lee, was crowned Miss Universe 1997 on May 16, 1997. ... Lara Dutta, (born April 16, 1978) is an Indian actress, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and the 2000 Miss Universe. ...


Interview competition - 9.843 by Milka Chulina of Venezuela in 1993.


Evening Gown competition - 9.897 by Carolina Gomez Correa of Colombia in 1994.

  • The largest gap in between winning Miss Universe (at present) is from Japan, wherein Akiko Kojima won the title in 1959, and 48 years later, Riyo Mori became the second recipient afterwards. The shortest gap is only two years later (by this day, no country has won twice in a row): USA (won in 1954 and 1956; then in 1995 and 1997) and Venezuela (won in 1979 and 1981). Curiously, between the Venezuelan triumphs of 1979 and 1981, the winner was from the USA, and between the two from USA (1995 and 1997) the winner was from Venezuela.

Akiko Kojima (born October 29. ... Riyo Mori ) born December 24, 1986 in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan is a Japanese dance instructor who won the Miss Universe 2007 title in May 2007. ...

Awards

Further information: Miss Universe Special Awards
  • The Philippines has won the Miss Photogenic award seven times (including a back-to-back and a three-peat), followed by England and Puerto Rico, both with five. Puerto Rico won its five awards during a six-year period (1999-2004, did not win in 2000).
  • Colombia has won the Best National Costume Award six times.
  • Guam has won the Miss Congeniality award four times.
  • No Miss Congeniality has ever gone on to win Miss Universe. The closest was Miss El Salvador 1955, who was 1st runner-up.
  • The only Miss Universe to win 3 other awards on pageant night was Denise Quiñones (Miss Puerto Rico), who in 2001 also won Miss Photogenic, Bluepoint Swimsuit Award, and Clairol Best Style Award.
  • Four Miss Universe winners were awarded Miss Photogenic: Margareta Arvidsson (Sweden, 1966), Margarita Moran (Philippines, 1973), Janelle Commissiong (Trinidad/Tobago, 1977) and Denise Quiñones (Puerto Rico, 2001)
  • Three titleholders have also won Best National Costume: Porntip Nakhirunkanok (Thailand, 1988), Wendy Fitzwilliams (Trinidad/Tobago, 1998) and Amelia Vega (Dominican Republic, 2003)

The following tables list the winners of the special awards given to candidates at the Miss Universe pageant. ...

The Miss Universe Creed

From 1960 to 1990, the Miss Universe Creed was read at each pageant:


"We, the young women of the universe, believe people everywhere are seeking peace, tolerance and mutual understanding. We pledge to spread this message in every way we can, wherever we go."


The Crown

  • Kept by the Miss Universe Organization to be used in the crowning of the new Miss Universe every year.
  • Valued at $250,000.
  • 120 pearls South Sea and Akoya pearls, ranging in size from 3.0 - 18 mm.
  • Design depicts the phoenix rising, which signifies status, power and beauty.
  • The Crown was designed specifically for the pageant on Mikimoto Pearl Island in Japan, Mikimoto crown and tiara first used for Miss Universe 2002.

Kokichi Mikimoto (御木本 幸吉 Mikimoto Kōkichi, March 10, 1858 – September 21, 1954) is the Japanese inventor of the cultured pearl. ... The Miss Universe Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty contests. ... This article is about the gemstone. ... The carat is a unit of mass used for gems, and equals 200 milligrams or 3. ... Freshadama grade cultured freshwater pearls. ... The phoenix from the Aberdeen Bestiary. ...

Controversies

  • In 1993, Miss USA Kenya Moore was booed by the Mexicans during the pageant held in Mexico. Fourteen years later, Rachel Smith of USA was booed once again by the Mexicans, during the pageant night and the national costume parade days before.
  • Miss Universe 2001 Denise Quiñones became one of the most controversial titleholders not only because she won in her country, but because the Miss Universe Organization allowed two Puerto Ricans to judge during the pageant night. They were Marc Anthony and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres, who were both married at that time. Quiñones went on to win three more awards, Miss Photogenic, Clairol Herbal Essences Style Award, and Best In Swimsuit.
  • Oxana Fedorova became the first Russian to win Miss Universe in 2002. She also became the first dethroned titleholder in the pageant's history. Specific reasons for her dethronement were given and first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over as the official titleholder of 2002.

Kenya Moore Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American film and television actress. ... Rachel Renee Smith (born April 18, 1985 in Panama) is a beauty queen from Clarksville, Tennessee who won the Miss USA pageant in 2007 [1] and who previously had competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant. ... Denise Marie Quiñones August (born September 9, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) was the fourth Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Universe contest. ... The Miss Universe Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty contests. ... Marc Anthony (born Marco Antonio Muñiz on September 16 1968) is a Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter popular in Latin America for his salsa music and salsa monga ballads. ... Dayanara Torres Delgado (born on October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, model and former Miss Universe. ... Oxana Fedorova (Oksana Fyodorova, Оксана Федорова in Russian) (born December 17, 1977) is a Russian Miss Universe winner (dethroned), police officer, television hostess, actress, and UNICEF representative. ... Justine Pasek (born August 27, 1979) is a Panamanian model, goodwill ambassador, and former Miss Universe. ...

References

External links

  • Miss Universe official website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Miss Universe® (444 words)
At the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, the Japanese beauty was crowned Miss Universe 2007 at the age of 20.
With the title of Miss Universe now under her belt, Riyo is as determined as ever.
Riyo is also excited to start championing the official causes of MISS UNIVERSE®, which include increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on womenís health and reproductive issues and forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, including the Latino Commission on AIDS, Global Health Council and Godís Love We Deliver.
Miss USA®: Corporate Info (857 words)
The contestants who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals who participate in the competitions to advance their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.
The Miss Universe Organization provides the opportunities - the mentoring, career training, resources and life experiences - for women to be personally enriched through the organization's year-round support of all aspects of their lives, from their own personal career goals to social and humanitarian causes and work.
MISS UNIVERSE® and MISS USA® contestants must be at least 18 years old (a policy which began in 1991) and under 27 (by February 1st in the year they participate in the national telecast).
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