Miss International

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Miss International
Missinternational.png
Logo of the Miss International Pageant.
Formation 1960
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Tokyo
Location
Website Official website

Miss International (Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant) is an annual international beauty pageant held since 1960.[1] Miss International is the fourth largest beauty pageants in the world after Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth contests in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals [2]

Miss International is part of the Big Four international beauty pageants.[3]

The current Miss International is Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico who was crowned on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.

History[edit]

The pageant was created in Long Beach, California, USA in 1960[4] after the departure of the Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach.[5] Hosted in Long Beach until 1967,[6] the pageant moved to Japan from 1968–1970, being hosted each year in the same city as the Expo '70. For 1971 and 1972, it was held in Long Beach again, but since that time it has been held annually in Japan.[7]

The pageant is also called "Miss International Beauty".[8] Contestants are expected to serve as "Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty", demonstrating tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and, most importantly, a great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.[7]

In 2013 edition, for the first time in history, the winner of Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan didn't not crown her successor; instead Miss International 2008 Alejandra Andreu took over in passing on the crown to Bea Santiago of the Philippines. This is also the first time when a past winner crowned two Miss Internationals, one in 2009 where she crowned Anagabriela Espinoza of Mexico.

Titleholders[edit]

For full list and details, see List of Miss International titleholders.
Year Country Miss International National Title Location Number of Entrants
2015 TBA TBA TBA Tokyo, Japan TBA
2014  Puerto Rico Valerie Hernandez Miss Puerto Rico International Tokyo, Japan 73
2013  Philippines Bea Santiago Binibining Pilipinas International Tokyo, Japan 67
2012  Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu Miss International Japan Okinawa, Japan 69
2011  Ecuador Fernanda Cornejo Miss Internacional Ecuador Chengdu, China 67
2010  Venezuela Elizabeth Mosquera Miss Venezuela Internacional Chengdu, China 70
2009  Mexico Anagabriela Espinoza Nuestra Belleza México Chengdu, China 65
2008  Spain Alejandra Andreu Miss Internacional Espana Macau, China 63
2007  Mexico Priscila Perales Nuestra Belleza México Tokyo, Japan 61
2006  Venezuela Daniela Di Giacomo Miss Venezuela Internacional Beijing, China 53
2005  Philippines Lara Quigaman Binibining Pilipinas International Tokyo, Japan 52

Winners' gallery[edit]

By number of wins[edit]

Country/Territory Titles Winning Years
 Venezuela
6
1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010
 Philippines
5
1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013
 Poland
3
1991, 1993, 2001
 Spain 1977, 1990, 2008
 USA 1974, 1978, 1982
 Australia 1962, 1981, 1992
 Colombia 1960, 1999, 2004
 Puerto Rico
2
1987, 2014
 Mexico 2007, 2009
 Norway 1988, 1995
 Costa Rica 1980, 1983
 Germany 1965, 1989
 United Kingdom 1969, 1972
 Japan
1
2012
 Ecuador 2011
 Lebanon 2002
 Panama 1998
 Portugal 1996
 Greece 1994
 England 1986
 Guatemala 1984
 France 1976
 Yugoslavia 1975
 Finland 1973
 New Zealand 1971
 Brazil 1968
 Argentina 1967
 Iceland 1963
 Netherlands 1961

Performances by country and continental region[edit]

Region Titles Best Performance
North America 11 United States (3), Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico (2), Guatemala and Panama (1)
South America 12 Venezuela (6), Colombia (3), Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil (1)
Europe 20 England/Britain, Poland and Spain (3), Germany and Norway (2), Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Holland, Portugal, and Yugoslavia[^] (1)
Asia 7 Philippines (5) Lebanon, and Japan (1)
Oceania 4 Australia (3), New Zealand (1)
Africa 0

Competing states[edit]

Map of Miss International-winning countries as of 2014.
  •  USA has won three Miss International titles in cycles of four years (1974, 1978, 1982).
  •  Tunisia highest placement of an African country in 1996, she placed first runner-up.

Delegates[edit]

  • Miss International remains the only pageant with no winner resigned or dethroned.
  • Miss International remains the only Big 4 pageant that has never been won by an African, leaving it with a dubious sub title of most racist pageant.
  • Almost all Miss International titleholders are still alive today, except the 1991 winner, Agnieszka Kotlarska of Poland, who was stabbed to death by a stalker in 1996.[10]
  • One Miss International delegate placed as semifinalist in the pageant and later won the Miss Universe title:
  • Longest Reign:
    • 1965: Germany Ingrid Finger reigned for 624 days (more than 20 months). due to cancellation of Miss International 1966
  • Shortest Reign:
  • Longest Gap between titleholders from the same country:
  • Shortest Gap between titleholders from the same country:

Double/Triple Wins in a Decade[edit]

No Double/Triple Win[edit]

  • 1960 - 1969

1970 - 1979[edit]

1980 - 1989[edit]

1990 - 1999[edit]

2000 - 2009[edit]

2010 - 2019[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MOFA examines beauty contest’s ‘belittling’". The China Post. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Miss International : Info". Angelopedia.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Riza Ornos (September 30, 2013). "Philippines, Brazil And Venezuela: Three Countries To Win The Big Four International Beauty Pageants". au.ibtimes.com. International Business Times. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "6th place winner low-rates Miami". The Miami News. 13 August 1960. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "May settle dispute over beauty pageant". Lewiston Evening Journal. 22 August 1959. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pageant shifted". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 23 April 1968. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b History of Miss International. Miss-international.org. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  8. ^ "Miss Germany Tops Beauties". The Hartford Courant. 14 August 1965. Retrieved 16 November 2010. Ingrid Fiffi Finger, was named Miss International Beauty Friday. 
  9. ^ "A Pinay to take centerstage at the Miss International 2009 - Page 2". Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Zabił ze złej miłości". Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland). 8 June 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 

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