Miss Italia

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Miss Italia is the name of a beauty pageant awarding prizes every year to young, female contestants from Italy. Since the first edition of the contest in 1939 many of the contestants have gone on to notable careers in television and film.

History[edit]

The forerunner of Miss Italia was Miss Sorriso (Miss Smile) started in 1939 by Dino Villani, and sponsored by a brand of toothpaste. Contestants were judged by their photographs rather than competing on a runway.

After a break during World War II, the contest resumed in 1946 and adopted the present-day name of Miss Italia. It was held in Stresa, which had managed to maintain its hotel infrastructure despite the war. The venue then changed several times before it was established that Salsomaggiore Terme would be the permanent, annual host to the pageant.

Like contemporary Italian society itself, Miss Italia has gone through many changes over the years. In 1950 it was first broadcast on the radio. But since 1987 it has been broadcast live on television. As of 1990 the chest, waist, and hip measurements of the contestants are no longer judged, and in 1994 the contest was opened to married women and mothers. (The 1987 winner had been disqualified when it was later discovered she was married.) In 1996, Denny Mendez became the first Miss Italia woman of colour.

Among the participants finding later success in cinema and the entertainment industry at large (although many not having actually won the crown of Miss Italia itself) include: Silvana Pampanini, Sophia Loren, Marcella Mariani, Lucia Bosè, Stefania Sandrelli, Mirca Viola, Simona Ventura, Anna Falchi and Martina Colombari.

Since 1959 the organizer of Miss Italia has been Enzo Mirigliani, to whose work the contest owes much of its current success. The jury groups that elect Miss Italia have included celebrities such as Totò, Giorgio de Chirico, Giovannino Guareschi, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Alberto Lattuada, Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Lina Wertmüller, Dino Risi, Alberto Sordi, and Claudia Cardinale.

Besides the title of "Miss Italia", during the pageant other consolation prizes are also awarded, including "Miss Elegance" and "Miss Cinema". In 1991 a separate pageant was instituted, called "Miss Italia Nel Mondo", a competition for Italian women living abroad.

Miss Italia will no longer be held in Salsomaggiore Terme, for economic reasons. This was announced in April 2011 and a long list of cities have expressed interest in hosting the pageant. Cities include Sanremo, Rome, Fiuggi, Taormina and many more. It was officially announced that Miss Italia 2011 will be held in Montecatini Terme. Milly Carlucci will not return as host of the pageant. Fabrizio Frizzi has replaced her for Miss Italia 2011. The pageant will only take place over two nights, rather than three.[citation needed]

Regional rankings[edit]

Titles Region Winning Years
10 Sicily 1954–1966–1976–1977–1988–1995–2003–2008–2012–2013
10 Lombardy 1940–1941–1947–1956–1960–1965–1978–1982–1985–1990
9 Lazio 1950–1951–1952–1953–1967–1971–1972–1993–2000
6 Veneto 1957–1964–1989–1992–2002–2007
5 Friuli-Venezia Giulia 1948–1970–1974–1984–1987
5 Calabria 1955–1968–1997–2009–2011
4 Piedmont 1939–1983–2004–2005
4 Tuscany 1946–1973–1980–1996
3 Campania 1959–1986–2001
3 Emilia-Romagna 1958–1991–1998
3 Marche 1949–1969–1981
2 Umbria 1962–2010
2 Sardinia 1963–1994
2 Liguria 1961–1975
1 Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 2006
1 Apulia 1999
1 Abruzzo 1979

The Winners of Miss Italia[edit]

Miss Sorriso
1939 Isabella Vernay 1940 Gianna Maranesi 1941 Adriana Serra
1942 No pageant 1943 No pageant 1944 No pageant
1945 No pageant  
Miss Italia
1946 Rossana Martini 1947 Lucia Bosè 1948 Fulvia Franco
1949 Mariella Gianpieri 1950 Anna Maria Bugliari 1951 Isabella Valdettaro
1952 Eloisa Cianni 1953 Marcella Mariani 1954 Eugenia Bonino
1955 Brunella Tocci 1956 Nives Zegna 1957 Beatrice Faccioli
1958 Paola Falchi 1959 Marisa Jossa 1960 Layla Rigazzi
1961 Franca Cattaneo 1962 Raffaella De Carolis 1963 Franca Dallolio
1964 Mirka Sartori 1965 Alba Rigazzi 1966 Daniela Giordano
1967 Cristina Businari 1968 Graziella Chiappalone 1969 Anna Zamboni
1970 Alba Balestra 1971 Maria Pinnone 1972 Adonella Modestini
1973 Margareta Veroni 1974 Loredana Piazza 1975 Livia Jannoni
1976 Paola Bresciano 1977 Anna Kanakis 1978 Loren Cristina May
1979 Cinzia De Ponti 1980 Cinzia Lenzi 1981 Patrizia Nanetti
1982 Federica Moro 1983 Raffaella Baracchi 1984 Susanna Huckstep
1985 Eleonora Resta 1986 Roberta Capua 1987 Michela Rocco di Torrepadula[1]
1988 Nadia Bengala 1989 Eleonora Benfatto 1990 Rosangela Bessi
1991 Martina Colombari 1992 Gloria Zanin 1993 Arianna David
1994 Alessandra Meloni 1995 Anna Valle 1996 Denny Mendez
1997 Claudia Trieste 1998 Gloria Bellicchi 1999 Manila Nazzaro
2000 Tania Zamparo 2001 Daniela Ferolla 2002 Eleonora Pedron
2003 Francesca Chillemi 2004 Cristina Chiabotto 2005 Edelfa Chiara Masciotta
2006 Claudia Andreatti 2007 Silvia Battisti 2008 Miriam Leone
2009 Maria Perrusi 2010 Francesca Testasecca 2011 Stefania Bivone
2012 Giusy Buscemi 2013 Giulia Arena

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rocco was chosen as winner following the disqualification of the previously declared winner, Mirca Viola of Forlì. Viola was discovered to be married, and a mother, and the initial results of the pageant were overruled.

1973 Naples Italy, Berardi

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