Miss Germany

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For other Miss Germany, see Miss Universe Germany.
Janice Behrendt, Miss Deutschland 2008, in Miss World 2007, Sanya, China
Hildegard Quandt, Miss Germany 1927.
Christel Schaack, Miss Germany 1953, elected Miss Europe in 1954
Anne Katrin Walter, Miss World Deutschland 2008

Miss Germany is a national beauty pageant in Germany. The contest was held for the first time in 1927.

History[edit]

In the past there were several organisations which claimed the title: In the 1920s already, German jurisdiction decided that the title Miss Germany could not be patented or registered, thus everybody was allowed to run a contest and name the winner Miss Germany. A similar decision followed in 1982. This resulted in having two titleholders in some years (as in 1928, 1931, 1953 and 1982), elected by different associations. In 1953, the new organiser and main sponsor of the pageant, the Opal stocking industries, acquired the international franchises for Miss Europe, Miss World, and Miss Universe and built up a kind of monopoly: Other promoters could not delegate their winners to international competitions, thus such rival contests became unattractive. The election of Heidi Krüger by the daily newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost remained an exception for many years.

During the National Socialist era there were held no beauty contests. The Nazi government prohibited them as a "Jewish-Bolshevik decadence", and instead of them publicised the election of (local) Harvest, Bloom, and Wine Queens. The government forbade Charlotte Hartmann the participation in the Miss Europe contest in Paris, France. She had been elected Miss Germany a few days before the beginning of the Nazi rule, and secretly took part in the pageant, nevertheless. In substitution, the Saar Territory which was governed by the League of Nations chose a Miss, which was allowed to travel to international competitions.

In the GDR, beauty pageants were also forbidden as "degradation and exploitation of the woman by capitalism". Nevertheless, in the Eastern part of Berlin there were held some contests, camouflaged as culture-evenings, in the second half of the 1980s. The winners received a cake and a bouquet as a prize. In 1990, the MGC (see above) held the only official election for Miss DDR. The winner, Leticia Koffke, became the first all-German Miss Germany a few months later.

In some years, no national contests were held: The German delegates for international pageants were hand-picked out of the regional winners, without a final. So it happened from 1972 to 1978. In 1971, the term of Irene Neumann was even extended for another year.

After the bankruptcy of the Opal company, a period of decline followed. There were no financially strong sponsors. Members of the Revolution of 1968 and feminists mobilized against the "meat-inspects". Public interest diminished. Influential organisers became not active before the end of the 1970s. The international franchises held by Opal became vacant. In 1979, Miss Germany was elected live in the German television for the first time. It was not until 1982 that the first rival contest was held again after a long interval.

Since 1985, at least two organisations run rival pageants:

  • The MGC (Miss Germany Corporation, Oldenburg) of Horst Klemmer, compère in preliminaries and finals of the 1960s, together with his son Ralf, send their winners to the Miss World and Queen of the World pageants. After an unsuccessful lawsuit of event-manager Erich Reindl in 1982, neither MGC nor another promoter can claim protection of the title. Not before 1999, MGC succeed in having registered Miss Germany as a trade mark at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market in Alicante (Spain), and secure the exclusive rights. From 2000 on, other organisers have to pick up other titles – not only for the pageants, but also for their companies‘ names. In addition to Miss Germany, MGC temporarily held also Miss World Germany, German Miss World, Queen of Germany, and Beauty Queen of Germany. Moreover, there are contests for Misses Germany and Mister Germany. In 2010, it acquired the Miss Earth license -where the Miss Germany winner will take part.
  • The Miss Germany Company holds beauty pageants from 1985 to 1991: Miss Europe 1991 – Susanne Petry – came there. Not much is known about this company, besides the names of their winners. The company possibly is a predecessor of MGA.
  • In 1991, the MGA (Miss Germany Association, Bergheim near Cologne) of Detlef Tursies run a Miss Germany pageant for the first time. The winners participate in Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Europe, and Miss Intercontinental. In 1999, MGA transforms into MGO (Miss Germany Organisation). From 2000, they award the title Miss Deutschland, and change their name again: MGO - Komitee Miss Deutschland. Furthermore, they hold the international franchises as mentioned above.
  • A short time before the title gains exclusivity, the situation becomes most unclear: In 1999, a third Miss Germany appears – Yvonne Wölke from Berlin. In autumn of 1999, two other organisations chose their titleholders for the year 2000 – Model of Germany Productions in Mainz-Kastel (= Miss Germany No. 4), and the MGF (Miss Germany Foundation, Barby) in Magdeburg, who awards the title Miss Millennium Deutschland (from 2001, Princess of Germany).

Winners[edit]

1927-1933[edit]

Year Name Site of election
1927 Hildegard Quandt Berlin
1928 Hella Hoffmann Berlin
1928 Margarete Grow Berlin
1929 Elisabeth Rodzyn Berlin
1930 Dorit Nitykowski Berlin
1931 Ruth Ingrid Richard Berlin
1931 Daisy d’Ora Berlin
1932 Liselotte de Booy-Schulze Berlin
1933 Charlotte Hartmann Berlin

Notes: Daisy d’Ora was a pseudonym. The real name of the 1931 winner was Daisy, Baronesse von Freyberg. – In 1935, Elisabeth Pitz from Saarbrücken participated in the Miss Europe Pageant in Paris as last German delegate before World War II. But she was not Miss Germany.

1949 to 1984[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election Placement Notes
1949 Inge Löwenstein Miss Stuttgart Bad Homburg
1950 Susanne Erichsen Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg Miss Schleswig-Holstein Baden-Baden
1951 Vera Marks  ? Baden-Baden
1952 Renate Hoy  ? Baden-Baden
1953 Christel Schaack Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Wiesbaden Miss Europe 1954
1953/54 Heidi Krüger  ? Hamburg
1954 Regina Ernst Red flag.svg Miss Bremen Baden-Baden
1955 Margit Nünke Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Baden-Baden Miss Europe 1956
1956 Marina Orschel Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Baden-Baden
1957 Gerti Daub Flag of Hamburg.svg Miss Hamburg Baden-Baden
1958 Marlies Behrens Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Baden-Baden
1959 Carmela Künzel Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Baden-Baden
1960 Ingrun Helgard Moeckel Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1826-1911).svg Miss Rheinland Baden-Baden Miss Europe 1961
1961 Marlene Schmidt Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg Baden-Baden Miss Universe 1961
1962 Gisela Karschuck Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Miss Hessen Travemünde
1963 Helga Carla Ziesemer Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Travemünde
1964 Martina Kettler Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Berlin
1965 Ingrid Bethke Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Berlin
1966 Marion Heinrich Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Berlin
1967 Fee von Zitzewitz Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg Miss Schleswig-Holstein Berlin
1968 Lilian Atterer Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Munich
1969 Gesine Froese Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Munich
1970 Irene Neumann  ? San Juan (Puerto Rico)
1971 Irene Neumann term extended without election
1972 Heidi Weber Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern appointed without election
1973 Ingeborg Martin  ? Munich
1974 Monja Bageritz Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1826-1911).svg Miss Rheinland appointed without election
1975 Marina Langner  ? appointed without election
1976 Monika Schneeweis  ? Baden-Baden
1977 Dagmar Winkler Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Baden-Baden
1978 Monika Greis Red flag.svg Miss Süddeutschland appointed without election
1979 Andrea Hontschik Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Bremen, Studio Radio Bremen (1)
1980 Gabriella Brum Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Berlin Winner at Miss World 1980 Resigned 18 hours after winning the Miss World title.
1981 Marion Kurz Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Munich
1982 Kerstin Paeserack Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Miss Niedersachsen Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
1982 Monika Baier  ? Nuremberg
1983 Angela Michel Flag of Franconia.svg Miss Franken Augsburg
1983 Loana Radecki Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Badgastein (Austria)
1984 Brigitte Berx Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Bad Mondorf (Luxembourg)

Note: (1) In 1979, the Miss Germany election was broadcast live on German TV for the first time.

From 1985 : MGC - Miss Germany Corporation GmbH (Oldenburg)[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election Placement Notes
1985/86 Patricia Patek Flag of Hesse.svg Miss Hessen Wangerooge
1986/87 Anja Hörnich Flag of Saarland.svg Miss Saarland Oberstdorf
1987/88 Susann Stoss Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Miss Rheinland-Pfalz Bonn - Bad Godesberg Queen of the World 1988
1988/89 Nicole Reinhardt Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg Cologne
1989/90 Claudia Weins Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Schwäbisch-Gmünd
1990/91 Leticia Koffke Flag of Brandenburg.svg Miss Brandenburg Wesseling (near Cologne)
1991/92 Ines Kuba Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Oldenburg Queen of the World 1992
1992/93 Astrid Kuhlmann Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Berlin
1993/94 Cornelia Oehlmann Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg Hanover
1994/95 Beate Almer Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Cologne
1996 Yasemine Mansoor Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Berlin Queen of the World 1996
1997 Sabrina Paradies Red flag.svg Miss Norddeutschland Berlin
1998 Michalina Koscielniak Black flag.svg Miss LR-Kosmetik Berlin
1999 Alexandra Phillips Red flag.svg Miss Süddeutschland Berlin
2000 Sandra Hoffmann Red flag.svg Miss Mitteldeutschland Berlin
2001 Mirjana Bogojevic Flag of Hamburg.svg Miss Hamburg Berlin
2002 Katrin Wrobel Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Berlin
2003 Babett Konau Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg Miss Schleswig-Holstein Rust
2004 Claudia Hein Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Rust
2005 Antonia Schmitz Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Rust
2006 Isabelle Knispel Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Rust
2007 Nelly Marie Bojahr Black flag.svg Miss T-Online Rust
2008 Kim-Valerie Voigt Red flag.svg Miss Norddeutschland Rust
2009 Doris Schmidts Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg Rust
2010 Anne Julia Hagen Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin Rust
2011 Anne-Kathrin Kosch Flag of Thuringia.svg Miss Thüringen Rust
2012 Isabel Gülck Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg Miss Schleswig-Holstein Rust
2013 Caroline Noeding[1] Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Miss Niedersachsen Rust
2014 Vivien Konca Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Rust

1985-1991 : Miss Germany Company[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Placement Notes
1985 Anke Symkowitz Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg
1986 Birgit Jahn Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern
1986/87 Dagmar Schulz Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen
1987/88 Christiane Kopp Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin
1988/89 Andrea Stelzer Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern
1989/90 Christiane Stöcker Flag of Hesse.svg Miss Hessen
1990/91 Susanne Petry Flag of Saarland.svg Miss Saarland Miss Intercontinental 1992; Miss Europe 1991
1991/92 Monika Resch Flag of Thuringia.svg Miss Thüringen

1991-1999 : MGA - Miss Germany Association GmbH (Bergheim near Cologne)[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election Placement Notes
1989/90 Marion Winz Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Kaarst
1991 Petra Hack Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Bielefeld
1992 Diana Leisgen Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Dresden
Meike Schwarz Flag of Saarland.svg Miss Saarland
1993 Verona Feldbusch Flag of Hamburg.svg Miss Hamburg Bremen Miss Intercontinental 1993
1994 Tanja Wild Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg Chemnitz
1995 Ilka Endres Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Miss Rheinland-Pfalz Trier
1996 Miriam Ruppert Black flag.svg Miss Arabella TV Trier
1997 Nadine Schmidt Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Miss Rheinland-Pfalz Trier
1998 Katharina Mainka Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Miss Rheinland-Pfalz Trier
1999 Diana Drubig Flag of Saxony.svg Miss Sachsen Trier

1999/2000 : other organisers[edit]

Year Name Site of election Company
1999 Yvonne Wölke Berlin Rolf Eden
2000 Sonja Strobl Mainz-Kastel Model of Germany Productions

Notes: Yvonne Wölke became Miss Berlin and participated in Miss Deutschland in 2002. – The pageant and the title of Model of Germany Productions later had to be renamed Model of Germany.

Pageants with other names[edit]

From the following competitions, certainly, only Miss Deutschland is of importance. In the inland it does not have the same prestige as Miss Germany, but compensates this, as the election always takes place (and is announced in the media) some weeks before. One can estimate the international presence of the organization by the four assigned titles for 2006.

For the other contests there are no complete data available. Also it is not always known whether they still exist. They are only shown here in order to obtain an impression how unclear the situation still is, although there is only one Miss Germany since 2000.

Miss Deutschland from 2000 : MGO - Komitee Miss Deutschland (Bergheim near Cologne)[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election Placement Notes
2000 Sabrina Schepmann Red flag.svg Miss Ostdeutschland Kaiserslautern 14th place at Miss Universe 2000 Miss Intercontinental 2000
2001 Claudia Bechstein Flag of Thuringia.svg Miss Thüringen Kaiserslautern
2002 Natascha Börger Flag of Hamburg.svg Miss Hamburg Kaiserslautern Top 10 (6th place) at Miss Universe 2002
2003 Alexandra Vodjanikova Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Bielefeld
2004 Shermine Shahrivar [Sharivar] Red flag.svg Miss Süddeutschland Duisburg Miss Europe 2005
2005 Asli Bayram Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia.svg Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Aachen
2006 Daniela Domröse Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern Krefeld
2007 Svetlana Tsys Red flag.svg Miss Ostdeutschland Hurghada (Egypt)
2008 Janice Behrendt Wappen von Herford.svg Herford Dortmund

Model of Germany from 2000 : Model of Germany Productions (Stuttgart)[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
2000 Sonja Strobl Flag of Saarland.svg Saarland Model Mainz-Kastel
Anja Schröder Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Niedersachsen Model
2001 Slata Hellmann Flag of Thuringia.svg Thüringen Model Würzburg
2002 Pamela Schneider Flag of Berlin.svg Berlin Model Stuttgart
2003 Kristin Wünsche Red flag.svg Mitteldeutschland Model Friedrichshafen
2004 pageant not held
2005 Yvonne Maier Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Baden-Württemberg Model Rheinmünster
2006 pageant not held
2007 Iren Gorich Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Baden-Württemberg Model  ?

Note: The first pageant was held in the end of 1999 under the title of Miss Germany, but later had to be renamed.

Miss World Germany: MGC[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
1992 Carina Jope Flag of Hesse.svg Miss Hessen World  ?
1993 Petra Klein Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Miss Rheinland-Pfalz World  ?
1994 Marte Helberg Flag of Hamburg.svg Miss Hamburg World  ?
1995 Isabell Brauer Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg World Köln
1996 Melanie Ernst Flag of Baden-Württemberg.svg Miss Baden-Württemberg World Köln
1997 Katja Glawe Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin World Berlin
1998 Sandra Ahrabian Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Miss Bayern World (?) Mannheim
1999 Susan Hoecke Flag of Berlin.svg Miss Berlin World München

German Miss World: MGC[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
2000/01 Natascha Berg Flag of Hesse.svg Miss Hessen World Hannover
2001/02 Adina Wilhelmi Red flag.svg Miss Süddeutschland World Hannover

Miss World Deutschland[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
2008 Anne Katrin Walter Kiel-Wappen.svg Kiel Erfurt
2009 Alessandra Alores DEU Koeln COA.svg Köln Moers

Beauty Queen of Germany: MGC[edit]

Year Name
2000 Agnes Glowacki

Beauty-Queen of Germany: BQOG-Management[edit]

Year Name
2004/05 Nadine Trompka

Queen of Germany: MGC[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
1999 Julienne Grötsch Flag of Thuringia.svg Queen of Thüringen Rothenburg ob der Tauber
2000 pageant not held
2001 Pamela Jones  ? Bamberg [2][3]
2002 Claudia Grohmann  ? Bamberg
2003 Melanie Eder Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Queen of Bayern (?) München
2004 Ann-Cathrin Schmidt Flag of Saxony-Anhalt.svg Queen of Sachsen-Anhalt (?) Berlin

Queen of Germany: QGE - Queen of Germany Entertainment (Neuhardenberg, near Frankfurt/Oder)[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
2000 Yvetta Leogrande Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Queen of Niedersachsen TV-Studio Sat.1
2001-04  ?
2005 Stephanie Schießl Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Queen of Bayern  ?
2006 Alis Scharkoi Flag of Berlin.svg Queen of Berlin Weimar Atrium
2007 Katrin Schwarz Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Queen of Niedersachsen Duisburg

Miss Millennium Deutschland: MGF - Miss Germany Foundation (Barby, Sachsen-Anhalt)[edit]

Year Name
2000 Nadin Becker

Princess of Germany: Princess Entertainment & Media Group (Barby, Sachsen-Anhalt)[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
2001 Mirjana Bogojevic  ? Halle
2002 Nicole Kratochvil Flag of Lower Saxony.svg Princess of Niedersachsen Halle
2003 Katrin Reimann ?  ?  ?
2004 Josephina Balasus Flag of Saxony-Anhalt.svg Princess of Sachsen-Anhalt Leipzig

Princess Entertainment is successor of MGF (renamed because the title Miss Germany must not be used any longer). – The pageants concentrate on the new (eastern) lands of the Federal Republic.

Note: Mirjana Bogojevic had been elected also as Miss Germany of MGC in 2001.

Top Model of Germany: MGA/MGO Komitee Miss Deutschland (Bergheim near Cologne)[edit]

Year Name
1993-99  ?
2000 Heike Schmidt

Top Model of Germany: Yet-Set Corporation (Cologne)[edit]

Year Name
2001 Daniela Dürr
2002-04  ?
2005 Sarah Zöllner

This pageant was promoted by MGA and MGO from 1993 to 2000. In 2001, Yet-Set Corporation in Cologne claims title protection (Titelschutz) according to German law (§ 5 Abs. 3 MarkenG).

Model of the World Germany[edit]

Year Name Qualified as Site of election
2001 Karin Gillich Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Model of the World Bayern Ulm
2002 Evelina Janke Flag of Bremen.svg Model of the World Bremen München
2003 Stephanie Thier Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Model of the World Bayern Wiesbaden
2004 Daniela Domröse Red flag.svg Model of the World Süddeutschland Neunkirchen
2005/06 Hana Nitsche Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Model of the World Rheinland-Pfalz Regensburg
2007 Natalie Sulianto Red flag.svg Model of the World Mitteldeutschland München
2008 Sandra Klinker Flag of Bremen.svg Model of the World Bremen München

Miss Allemagne: Yet-Set Corporation (Cologne)[edit]

For this pageant Yet-Set Corporation in Cologne also claims title protection in 2001. For winners' names there are contradictory information: In 2001, both Jennifer Dietrich and Eileen Bali are named. In 2003, the pageant happened in Kiel (winner unknown). It seems to have been the last edition.

Miss pageants in the GDR[edit]

Miss DDR and predecessors (1986-1988 private events, 1990 MGC)

Year Name Site of election Title
1986 Katrin Gawenda Berlin Miss Frühling (Miss Spring)
1987 Cornelia Franzke Berlin Miss Frühling (Miss Spring)
1988 Gabi Kirmihs Berlin Miss Sommer (Miss Summer)
1990 Leticia Koffke Schwerin Miss DDR (Miss GDR)

Note: Leticia Koffke later became Miss Germany for united Germany.

Titles at major international competitions[edit]

Miss World[edit]

  • 1956 : Petra Schürmann (ranked only third in Miss Germany pageant, but was delegated to Miss World because of her better knowledge of English)
  • 1980 : Gabriella Brum (resigned the day after her election as Miss World)

Miss Universe[edit]

Miss International[edit]

Miss Intercontinental[edit]

Queen of the World[edit]

Miss Europe[edit]

Miss Grand International[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caroline Noeding Crowned Miss Germany 2013". Beauty Pageant News. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ BILD. 
  3. ^ Fränkischer Tag Bamberg. 2001. 
  • Veit Didczuneit, Dirk Külow: Miss Germany. Die deutsche Schönheitskönigin. S & L MedienContor, Hamburg, 1998; ISBN 3-931962-94-6 (German)
  • Former Website of MGA - Miss Germany Association: http://www. missgermany. cmsonline. de (German)

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