Kiki Håkansson

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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,[1] Miss World was organized by Eric Morley as a mid-century advertisement for swimwear at the Festival of Britain.[2]

Håkansson wore a bikini during the crowning ritual, after which she was condemned by the Pope,[3][4] and some countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw delegates.[5] In 1952, bikinis were banned from the pageant and replaced by evening gowns.[6][7]

While bikinis were eventually reintroduced to Miss World, Håkansson remains the only winner to have received her crown while wearing a bikini.[5]

She died in 2011 at the age of 82.

See also[edit]

Beauty pageant
Bikini
Miss World
Swimsuit competition

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stein; Meriwether, Lee (2006). Beauty Queen. Chronicle Books. p. 45. ISBN 0-8118-4864-7. 
  2. ^ Dewey, Susan (2008). Making Miss India Miss World. Syracuse University Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-8156-3176-6. 
  3. ^ Magnanti, Brooke (June 7, 2013). "Miss World bikini ban: why it's no victory for feminists". Telegraph. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life. Selvedge Ltd. 2005. p. 39. 
  5. ^ a b Lovegrove, Keith (2002). Pageant: The Beauty Contest. teNeues. p. 1967. ISBN 3-8238-5569-7. 
  6. ^ Shin, Han (2004). Beauty with a Purpose. iUniverse. p. 193. ISBN 0-595-30926-7. 
  7. ^ "1950-1955: Navel Maneuvers - The Bikini Breakout". Bikini Science. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

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