Miss Lebanon

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Miss Lebanon
Formation 1952
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Beirut
Location
Membership Miss Universe
Miss World
Official language Arabic
Organization Lebanese Tourism Services
Website Miss Lebanon Website

Miss Lebanon - Lebanon's Official National Beauty Pageant (Arabic: انتخابات ملكة جمال لبنان‎) is the national beauty contest of Lebanon.

History[edit]

Miss Lebanon has been broadcast on Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBCI) since 1991. It is currently organised with the Lebanese Tourism Services. The pageant has been cancelled a few times due civil wars, conflicts with Israel and lack of protection for the delegates. The official winner represents Lebanon at the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.

Format[edit]

Joëlle Behlock, Miss Lebanon 1997
Rosarita Tawil, Miss Lebanon 2008

Every year, the Miss Lebanon Pageant takes on a new format with a new number of contestants. The pageant has taken form of a one night gala, several primes, and even reality television. Below is an outline of the recent years of the pageant's format:

Pageant Winner Contestants Format Primes Venue
2003 Marie José Hnein 16 Reality TV (24/7) 8 LBC Studio
2004 Nadine Nassib Njeim 16 Reality TV (24/7) 7 LBC Studio
2005 Gabrielle Bou Rached 30 Weekly Primes 5 Casino Du Liban
2007 Nadine Wilson Njeim 18 Weekly Primes 3 Casino Du Liban
2008 Rosarita Tawil 18 Weekly Primes 2 LBC Studio
2009 Martine Albert Andraos 16 Grand Gala 1 LBC Studio
2010 Rahaf Abdallah 16 Grand Gala 1 LBC Studio
2011 Yara Khoury Mikhael 16 Grand Gala 1 Beirut Souks
2012 Rina Chibany 16 Grand Gala 1 Platea
2013 Karen Ghrawi 16 Grand Gala 1 BIEL

Titleholders[edit]

The winner of Miss Lebanon represents her country at Miss World and Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Previously, in some instances the winner has also competed at the Miss International pageant.

Miss Lebanon
1952 Leila Saroufim 1953 Hania Baydoun 1959 Gladys Tabet
1960 Leila Antaki 1961 Nouhad Cabbabe 1962 Éléanor Abi Karam
1963 Mona Slim 1964 Nana Barakat 1965 Yolla Georges Harb
1966 Marlène Taleh 1967 Sonia Fares 1968 Lily Bissar
1969 Rola Mayzub 1970 Georgina Rizk 1972 Marcelle Herro
1973 Sylvia Ohannessian 1974 Gisèle Hachem 1975 Ramona Keram
1977 Vera Alouane 1978 Katia Fakhry 1979 Jocelyne Daou
1980 Celeste Elias Asal 1981 Zeina Joseph Challita 1982 Betul Attar
1983 Sylvia Hobeika 1984 Reine Philip Barakat 1985 Mireille Abi Fares
1986 Gina Esa 1990 Diana Begdache 1991 Nicole Bardawil
1992 Nicole Bardawil 1993 Ghada El Turk 1994 Lara Badawi
1995 Dina Azar 1996 Nisrine Sami Naser 1997 Joëlle Georges Behlock
1998 Clémence Achkar 1999 Norma Elias Naoum 2000 Sandra Rizk
2001 Christina Sawaya 2002 Bethany Kehdy 2003 Marie-José Hnein
2004 Nadine Njeim 2005 Gabrielle Bou Rached 2007 Nadine Wilson Njeim
2008 Rosarita Tawil 2009 Martine Albert Andraos 2010 Rahaf Abdallah
2011 Yara Khoury Mikhael 2012 Rina Chibany 2013 Karen Ghrawi

Lists of Miss Lebanon at International pageants[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

Traditionally, the winner of Miss Lebanon represents her country at Miss World and Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Universe Miss World Miss International Miss Intercontinental Miss Earth Miss Supranational
1955 Hania Baydoun
1960 Gladys Tabet Giselle Nasr Juliana Reptsik
1961 Leila Antaki Leila Antaki Éléanor Abi Karam
1962 Nouhad Cabbabe Mona Slim
1964 Nana Barakat
1965 Yolla Georges Harb
1966 Yolla Georges Harb Marlène Taleh
1967 Sonia Fares
1968 Sonia Fares
1969 Rola Mayzub
1970 Georgette Gero Georgina Rizk
1971 Georgina Rizk
1973 Marcelle Herro Sylvia Ohannessian
1974 Laudy Ghabache Gisèle Hachem
1975 Souad Nakhoul Ramona Keram Ramona Keram
1976 Souad Nakhoul
1977 Hyam Saadé Vera Alouane Katia Fakhry
1978 Reine Antoine Semaan
1979 Jocelyne Daou
1980 Celeste Elias Asal
1981 Zeina Joseph Challita
1982 May Mansour Chahwan
1983 May Mansour Chahwan Douchka Abi-Nader
1984 Sawsan El Sayed Elaine Khoury
1985 Joyce Sahab Mary Khoury
1986 Reine Philip Barakat Mireille Abi Fares
1987 Sahar Mouhsen Haydar Josiane Haddad
1988 Eliane George Fakhoury Sylvia Hobeika
1991 Fidaa Chehayeb Diana Begdache
1992 Abeer Sharrouf Nicole Bardawil
1993 Samaya Chadrawi Ghada El Turk
1994 Lara Badawi
1995 Julia Syriani
1996 Julia Syriani Nisrine Sami Naser
1997 Dalida Chammai Joëlle Georges Behlock Nisrine Sami Naser
1998 Nina Kadis Clémence Achkar
1999 Clémence Achkar Norma Elias Naoum Clémence Achkar
2000 Norma Elias Naoum Sandra Rizk Sahar Mahmoud Al-Ghazzawi Nancy Karanguezian
2001 Sandra Rizk Christina Sawaya Claudia Berberi Adelle Boustany
2002 Bethany Kehdy Christina Sawaya Raghida Antoun Farah
2003 Marie-José Hnein Dominique El-Hourany Mary Georges Hanna
2004 Marie-José Hnein Nadine Njeim Nataly Nasrallah Amal Bataji Lana Khattab
2005 Nadine Njeim Lamita Frangieh Chantal Karam
2006 Gabrielle Bou Rached Anabella Samir Hilal Nahed Al Saghir
2007 Nadine Wilson Njeim Nadine Wilson Njeim Grace Bejjani Nancy Afiouny Amale Al Khoder
2008 Rosarita Tawil Jessica Kahawaty Sheila Maroun Pamela Saade
2009 Martine Albert Andraos Martine Albert Andraos Sarah Barbosa Mansour Nicole Lichaa El Khoury Nicole Lichaa El Khoury
2010 Rahaf Abdallah Rahaf Abdallah Daniella Rahme Nathaly Farraj Jihane Nehme
2011 Yara Khoury Mikhael Yara Khoury Mikhael Maria Farah Madalina Lichaa Nathaly Farraj Daniella Rahme
2012 Rina Chibany Sonia-Lynn Gabriel Cynthiya Moukarzel Jeanne Marie Konsol Patricia Geagea
2013 Karen Ghrawi Karen Ghrawi Layla Yarak Maria Laura Garcia Roko Rita Houkayem
2014 TBA TBA Estelle Khreich TBA Nawal Ayoub Christina Dagher

International winners[edit]

Flag Miss Universe Miss International Miss Intercontinental Miss Model of the World
Lebanon 1971 Georgina Rizk 2002 Christina Sawaya 2003 Dominique Hourani 2005 Catherine Abboud
Lebanon 2007 Nancy Afiouni

Notes[edit]

  • In 2012 Rina Chibany has a twin sister called Romy who competed with her for the title of Miss Lebanon and ended up as her runner up.
  • In 2012 Jessica Kahawaty (Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2008) won the title of Miss World Australia and placed in the 2nd Runner-up at the Miss World 2012 in China.

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