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HISTORY

HISTORY

india Updated: Dec 06, 2003 14:17 IST

It all started way back in 1951 as part of that year's Festival of Britain celebrations. Officially titled the "Festival Bikini Contest," it was the British press who dubbed it "Miss World."

The media frenzy welcomed a global audience bigger than international events like the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Fifty years later, it attracts an annual audience of 2.5 billion people.

Founder Eric Morley, a former bingo hall manager, originally intended the contest to be a one-time event. But when the Miss Universe Pageant entered the equation the following year, he decided to make his show an annual one. For Eric and his wife, Julia, it then became a life's work and passion. Here's a brief look at the history of the pageant over the years.



1951 - Kerstin Haakansson, Sweden
 

1952 - May Louise Flodin, Sweden
 

1953 - Denise Perrier, France
 

1954 - Antigone Costanda, Egypt
 

1955 - Carmen Susana Zubillaga, Venezuela


1956 - Petra Schürmann, Germany
 

1957 - Marita Lindahl, Finland
 

1958 - Penelope Anne Coelen, South Africa
 

1959 - Corine Rottschaefer, Holland
 

1960 - Norma Gladys Cappagli, Argentina


1961 - Rosemarie Frankland, United Kingdom
 

1962 - Catharina Johanna Lodders, Holland
 

1963 - Carole Joan Crawford, Jamaica
 

1964 - Ann Sidney, United Kingdom
 

1965 - Lesley Langley, United Kingdom


1966 - Reita Faria, India
 

1967 - Madeleine Hartog-Bel Houghton, Peru
 

1968 - Penelope Plummer, Australia
 

1969 - Eve Reuber-Staier, Austria
 

1970 - Jennifer Josephine Hosten, Grenada


1971 - Lúcia Tavares Peterlle, Brazil
 

1972 - Belinda Roma Green, Australia
 

1973 - Marjorie (Marji) Wallace, United States
 

1974 - Helen Elizabeth Morgan, United Kingdom
 

1975 - Wilnelia Merced Cruz, Puerto Rico


1976 - Cynthia Jean Breakspeare, Jamaica
 

1977 - Mary Ann-Catrin Stavin, Sweden
 

1978 - Silvana Suárez Clarence, Argentina
 

1979 - Gina Ann Swainson, Bermuda
 

1980 - Gabriella Brum, Germany


1981 - Carmen Josefina (Pilín) León Crespo, Venezuela
 

1982 - Mariasela Alvarez Lebrón, Dominican Republic
 

1983 - Sarah-Jane Hutt, United Kingdom
 

1984 - Astrid Carolina Herrara Irrazábal, Venezuela
 

1985 - Holmfridur Karlsdóttir, Iceland


1986 - Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde, Trinidad & Tobago
 

1987 - Ulla Weigerstorfer, Austria
 

1988 - Linda Pétursdóttir, Iceland
 

1989- Aneta-Beata Kreglicka, Poland
 

1990 - Gina Marie Tolleson, United States


1991 - Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiménez, Venezuela
 

1992 - Yuliya Alexandrovna Kourotchkina, Russia
 

1993 - Lisa Hanna, Jamaica
 

1994 - Aishwarya Rai, India
 

1995 - Jacqueline Maria Aguilera Marcano, Venezuela


1996 - Irene Skliva, Greece
 

1997 - Diana Hayden, India
 

1998 -Linor Abargil, Israel
 

1999 - Yukta Mookhey, India
 

2000 - Priyanka Mini Chopra, India


2001 - Asenite Darego, Nigeria
 

2002 - Diana Hayden, India