9 Counties With The Most Beauty Contest Title Winners
The beauty pageant contest events are actually serious events among fashion conscious. It is not only about looks but the image and reputation of counties are also associated along with them.
Besides raising a country’s national pride, these international beauty queens become international celebrities with bright futures, especially if the international crown brought home is among the most prestigious ones. Venezuela has won a total of 21 titles and is heading the list. Venezuela is known around the world as the “Land of Beauty”.They are so particular and have taken these events seriously that they even have beauty schools where teens train to become future beauty queens. Products launched all over the world seek them to make their business popular. If you have been wondering who are all those who have made it to the top list then read on to find out:
Brazil may have won a Big Four title just multiple times, yet inside its initial five wins, the nation was the main country to finish the Big Four set. The “Grand Slam” of worldwide excellence expos was finished in 2004, when Priscilla Meirelles was named “Miss Earth,” the three different titles having recently been won by Brazilian challengers in past years. Actually, the set could have been finished before, yet Miss Brazil just oversaw first Runner-up completions in the 2000 and 2003 releases of Miss Earth.
Winners- Ieda Maria Vargas (Ms. Universe 1963), Martha Vasconcellos (Ms. Universe 1968), Maria da Glória Carvalho (Ms. International 1968), Lúcia Petterle (Ms World 1971), Priscilla Meirelles (Ms. Earth 2004), Larissa Ramos (Ms. Earth 2009)
Sweden won in the first ever held Big Four pageants and that was the best possible start. 24-year-old Kicki Hakansson on July 29, 1951 took home the first ever Miss World crown. In fact, Sweden won the title again the following year with May-Louise Flodin making history by a back to back victory. After that, Sweden has won another Miss World crown (1977) and two Miss Universe titles (1955, 1984). Although, it has been 30 years since Sweden’s last Big Four win.
Winners Kicki Hakansson (Ms. World 1951), May-Louise Flodin (Ms. World 1952), Hillevi Rombin (Ms. Universe 1955), Margareta Arvidsson (Ms. Universe 1966), Mary Stavin (Ms. World 1977), Yvonne Ryding (Ms. Universe 1984)
Australia won 3 out of the Big Four titles, the only one remaining is the Miss Earth pageant. Nevertheless, Australia has achieved the Universe and the World togather, the achievement come in 1972 when Kerry Anne Wells and Belinda Green won the Miss Universe and Miss World crowns, respectively. Although it has been some time since its won any titles.
Winners: Tania Verstak (Miss. International 1962), Penelope Plummer (Miss. World 1968), Belinda Green (Miss. World 1972), Kerry Anne Wells (Miss. Universe 1972), Jenny Annette Derek (Miss. International 1981), Kirsten Davidson (Miss. Australia 1992), Jennifer Hawkins (Miss. Universe 2004)
#6 UNITED KINGDOM / ENGLAND
Winners: Rosemarie Frankland (Miss. World 1961), Ann Sydney (Ms. World 1964), Lesley Langley (Ms. World 1965), Valerie Susan Holmes (Ms. International 1969), Linda Hooks (Ms. International 1972), Helen Morgan (Ms. World 1974), Sarah-Jane Hutt (Ms. World 1983), Helen Fairbrother (Ms. International 1986)
The United Kingdom is one of only three countries to have won the Miss World title at least five times, the country having done so in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1974, and 1986. However, the mention of the accomplishment often raises eyebrows as all of those victories took place when the pageant was held in London, leading some to suspect that the U.K. could have benefited from its “home court” advantage. Nevertheless, the U.K. has won three other Big Four titles, all of them awarded in Japan.
India has won three of the Big Four international pageant awards, lacking only a Miss International title. India was close to winning Miss International crown four times in the year 1960, 1997, 2003, and 2013 — with the country’s bet being named 1st Runner-up in those years. However, the country has created history by being the first nation to twice hold more than one of the Big Four titles simultaneously. India’s first achievement came in 1994, when Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai won the Miss Universe and Miss World titles, respectively. The country then again proved itself in 2000, when Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra were crowned Miss Universe and Miss World, respectively.
Winners: Reita Faria (Ms. World 1966), Sushmita Sen (Ms. Universe 1994), Aishwarya Rai (Ms. World 1994), Diana Hayden (Ms. World 1997), Yukta Mookhey (Ms. World 1999), Priyanka Chopra (Ms. World 2000), Lara Dutta (Ms. Universe 2000), Nicole Faria (Ms. Earth 2010)
#4 PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico has taken back home 3 of the Big Four crowns at least once. It is one of the most successful countries in the Miss Universe pageant winning 5 titles, the most recent one being 2006 when Zuleyka Rivera won the pageant held in the United States. The following year, Miss Puerto Rico pageant was highlighted in the international news after an accusation that a candidate’s belongings were pepper sprayed, causing a lot of discomfort to the contestant during the competition. In the end, the victim, Ingrid Marie Rivera, still won the crown and represented Puerto Rico in the 2008 Miss Universe pageant.
Winners: Marisol Malaret (Ms. Universe 1970), Wilnelia Merced (Ms. World 1975), Deborah Carthy-Deu (Ms. Universe 1985), Laurie Tamara Simpson (Ms. International 1987), Dayanara Torres (Ms. Universe 1993), Denise Quiñones (Ms. Universe 2001), Zuleyka Rivera (Ms. Universe 2006), Valerie Hernandez (Ms. International 2014)
Winners: Gemma Teresa Cruz (Ms. International 1964), Gloria Diaz (Ms. Universe 1969), Aurora Pijuan (Ms. International 1970), Margarita Moran (Ms. Universe 1973), Mimilanie Marquez (Ms. International 1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (Ms. International 2005), Karla Henry (Ms. Earth 2008), Bea Rose Santiago (Ms. International 2013), Megan Young (Ms. World 2013), Jamie Herrell (Ms. Earth 2014)
#2 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The United States may only be 2nd in terms of the number of Big Four titles won, but it certainly places first with its number of runners-up. The U.S.A. in fact also holds the lead in the number of Miss Universe winners a country has produced, the first one being Miriam Stevenson in 1954 and the last, Olivia Culpo in 2012. Since the USA is recognized as the birthplace of such beauty pageant competitions it is appropriate that they are doing so well in international beauty pageants. In the year 1926, the International Pageant of Pulchritude, featuring candidates from various countries, was held in Galveston, Texas, and the event is said to have served as the model for the modern international pageant as we know it today.
Winners: Miriam Stevenson (Ms. Universe 1954), Carol Morris (Ms. Universe 1956), Linda Bement (Ms. Universe 1960), Sylvia Hitchcock (Ms. Universe 1967), Marjorie Wallace (Ms. World 1973), Karen Brucene Smith (Ms. International 1974), Katherine Patricia Ruth (Ms. International 1978), Shawn Weatherly (Ms. Universe 1980), Christie Ellen Claridge (Ms. International 1982), Gina Tolleson (Ms. World 1990), Chelsi Smith (Ms. Universe 1995), Brook Lee (Ms. Universe 1997), Alexandria Mills (Ms. World 2010), Olivia Culpo (Ms. Universe 2012)
There is absolutely no argument that in the world of beauty pageant Venezuela is the undisputed queen when it comes to performance in Big Four pageants. With 21 titles in the beauty pageant contest, the country is way ahead of all others and is, in fact, the only nation to have won all of the Big Four titles at least twice. This dominant performance is undoubtedly fueled by Venezuelans’ unparalleled love for beauty pageants. 2/3rd of the country’s population have been reported to tune in to the final of Ms. Venezuela beauty pageant, where the country’s representatives to the Big Four are chosen. In fact, when the 2005 edition of the Ms. Venezuela broadcast was momentarily interrupted by a televised speech from the country’s president, thousands of enraged viewers in Caracas banged on pots and shot guns into the air in protest.
In 2014 the BBC aired Extreme Beauty Queens: Secrets of South America, wherein the country’s shocking practices for preparing its beauty pageant contestants were revealed. This received a lot of criticisms. You will be shocked to know that these preparations included extensive cosmetic surgery and even sewing a plastic mesh onto the tongue to control eating behavior.
Winners: Susana Dujim (Ms. World 1955), Maritza Sayalero (Ms. Universe 1979), Irene Sáez (Ms. Universe 1981), Pilín León (Ms. World 1981), Astrid Carolina Herrera (Ms. World 1984), Nina Sicilia Hernandez (Ms. International 1985), Bárbara Palacios Teyde (Ms. Universe 1986), Ninibeth Leal (Ms. World 1991), Jacqueline Aguilera (Ms. World 1995), Alicia Machado (Ms. Universe 1996), Consuelo Adler (Ms. International 1997), Vivian Urdaneta (Ms. International 2000), Goizeder Azúa (Ms. International 2003), Alexandra Braun (Ms. Earth 2005), Daniela di Giacomo (Ms. International 2006), Dayana Mendoza (Ms. Universe 2008), Stefanía Fernández (Ms. Universe 2009), Elizabeth Mosquera (Ms. International 2010), Ivian Sarcos (Ms. World 2011), Gabriela Isler (Ms. Universe 2013), Alyz Henrich (Ms. Earth 2013)