Miss Turkey is a national beauty pageant for unmarried women in Turkey, who personify beauty with intelligence. The first beauty contest was held on September 2, 1929 with the backing of the government, and the winner of the title was Feriha Tevfik, among the 125 participants.
Miss Turkey pageant was initially promoted by the newspaper Cumhuriyet. Since 1980, it is being run by the "Miss Turkey Organization". Between the years 1980-1990, the contest was sponsored by the newspapers Güneş, Sabah, Tercüman, Bulvar and some others.
(*) The Miss Universe-delegate during the year 2000, Cansu Dere, was forbidden by the Turkish Government to travel to the 2000 Miss Universe pageant, in Cyprus, unless she could pass through Northern Cyprus, which was then forbidden for any visitor to the Republic of Cyprus. The competition committee in Turkey made arrangements for her to travel through Athens, but the day before her departure the government refused to let her go, "for political reasons". This was the second delegate that was not allowed to represent Turkey that year.
(**) Competition was arranged after the deadline of the Miss Universe pageant, and the competition committee could not send a delegate. The delegate who was supposed to enter the Miss Universe pageant, competed the following year instead.