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How bathing beauty contest turned big

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 10:22 IST
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Who would have thought that a local "bathing beauty" competition spearheaded by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, CA would metamorphose into an international annual tradition with countless young women around the world vying to become Miss Universe? As hundreds of millions of fans have watched in 125 different countries," the homegrown contest has evolved into a powerful, year-round, international organization that advances and supports opportunities for these role models.

Becoming what is now considered Universal royalty is still an obtainable dream for young women 50 years later. Today, Miss Universe has become a fixture of pop culture, ingrained in the landscape of our minds.

These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian  goals, and as women who see to improve the lives of others. Currently, Miss Universe is experiencing a rebirth, playing a critical role in making the next 100 years "The Century of Women."

Check out the past title holders!

 



1952 - Armi Kuusela, Finland


1953 - Christiane Magnani, France


1954 - Miriam Stevenson, USA


1955 - Hellevi Rombin, Sweden


1956 - Carol Morris, USA


1957 - Gladys Zender, Peru


1958 - Luz Marina Zuluaga, Colombia


1959 - Akiko Kojima, Japan


1960 - Linda Bement, USA


1961 - Marlene Schmidt, Germany


1962 - Norma Nolan, Argentina


1963 - Ieda Maria Vargas, Brazil


1964 - Kiriaki (Corinna) Tsopei, Greece


1965 - Apassara Hongsakula, Thailand


1966 - Margareta Arvidsson, Sweden


1967 - Sylvia Hitchcock, USA


1968 - Martha Vasconcelos, Brazil


1969 - Gloria Diaz, Philippines


1970 - Marisol Malaret, Puerto Rico


1971 - Georgina Rizk, Lebanon


1972 - Kerry Anne Wells, Australia


1973 - Margarita Moran, Philippines


1974 - Amparo Munoz, Spain


1975 - Anne-Marie Pohtamo, Finland


1976 - Rina Messinger, Israel


1977 - Janelle Commissiong, Trinidad and Tobago


1978 - Margaret Gardiner, South Africa


1979 - Maritza Sayalero, Venezuela


1980 - Shawn Weatherly, USA


1981 - Irene Saez, Venezuela


1982- Karen Dianne Baldwin, Canada


1983 - Lorraine Downes, New Zealand


1984 - Yvonne Ryding, Sweden


1985 - Deborah Carthy-Deu, Puerto Rico


1986 - Barbara Palacios Teyde, Venezuela


1987 - Cecilia Bolocco, Chile


1988 - Porntip Nakhirunkanok, Thailand


1989 - Angela Visser, Holland


1990- Mona Grudt, Norway


1991 - Lupita Jones, Mexico


1992 - Michelle McLean, Namibia


1993 - Dayanara Torres, Puerto Rico


1994 - Sushmita Sen, India


1995 - Chelsi Smith, USA


1996 - Alicia Machado, Venezuela


1997 - Brook Mahealani Lee, USA


1998 - Wendy Fitzwilliam, Trinidad and Tobago


1999 - Mpule Kwelagobe, Botswana


2000 - Lara Dutta, India


2001 - Denise Quinones, Puerto Rico


2002 - Oxana Fedorova, Russia


2003 - Amelia Vega, Dominican Republic


2004 - Jennifer Hawkins, Australia


2005 - Natalie Glebova, Canada

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