Kerstin "Kiki" Håkansson (born c. 1929 – 2011) from Stockholm, Sweden was the winner of the first Miss World beauty pageant in 1951. Originally the Festival Bikini Contest, Miss World was organized by Eric Morley as a mid-century advertisement for swimwear at the Festival of Britain.
Håkansson wore a bikini during the crowning ritual, after which she was condemned by the Pope, and some countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw delegates. In 1952, bikinis were banned from the pageant and replaced by evening gowns.
While bikinis were eventually reintroduced to Miss World, Håkansson remains the only winner to have received her crown while wearing a bikini.
She died in 2011 at the age of 82.
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