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Miss Turkey is a national beauty pageant for unmarried women in Turkey who personify beauty with intelligence. The winner of Miss Turkey represents Turkey in Miss World. The first beauty contest was held on 2 September 1929 with the backing of the government, and the winner of the title was Feriha Tevfik, among the 125 participants.
- 1 History
- 2 Titleholdres
- 3 Lists of Miss Turkey at International pageants
- 4 Other titles
- 5 References
Miss Turkey pageant was initially promoted by the newspaper Cumhuriyet. Since 1980, it has been run by the "Miss Turkey Organization".
The title "Miss Turkey" is a registered trademark.
National franchise holders
Mostly, the winner of Miss Turkey represents her country at Miss World pageant. Meanwhile sometimes, Miss Universe Turkey will be appointing by second title at the pageant or the winner can also compete at Miss Universe pageant.
Lists of Miss Turkey at International pageants
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Traditionally, the winner of Miss Turkey represents her country at Miss World, sometimes second title will be competing at Miss Universe and Runner-ups for Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss Supranational. On occasion, when the titleholder does not qualify (due to age) for all contests, contestants are sent.
- Miss World:
- 2002: Azra Akın was awarded as Best Dress Designer award.
- 2005: Hande Subasi was awarded as Best Dress Designer award.
- 2011: Gizem Karaca was awarded as Best Dress Designer award.
- Miss Earth:
- Miss International:
Unsuccessful attempts to participate
(DNC) = Did not compete
(*) 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.
(*) Ahu Agisbas who was crowned Miss Turkey/International 2013 did not compete, due to maximum age recruitment.
(**) 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.
Representatives at Miss Supranational
The Miss Turkey organization acquired the Miss Supranational franchise in 2013. Prior to that, the franchise was owned by a different organization.
|Year||Miss Turkey/Supranational||Placement||Special awards|
|2013||Leyla Köse||2nd Runner-up|
Representatives at Miss Europe
The Miss Turkey Organization has acquired the Miss Europe franchise since 1982. The Miss Europe beauty pageant has been held 6 times in Istanbul, Turkey.
|Year||Miss Turkey/Europe||Placement||Special awards|
|1988||Şebnem Tan||2nd Runner-up|
|1991||Defne Samyeli||3rd Runner-up|
|1992||Banu Sağnak||1st Runner-up|
|1993||Arzum Onan||Miss Europe 1993|
|1994||Didem Uzel||1st Runner-up|
|1995||Beste Acar||Top 15|
|1996||Pınar Yiğit||Top 15|
|1999||Hülya Mutlu||Top 15|
|2001||Hatice Şendil||3rd Runner-up|
|2002||Esra Eron||2nd Runner-up|
|2005||Birce Akalay||Top 15|
Winners at major international contests
Note: Not all winners are determined by the current Miss Turkey Organization.
- 2002: Azra Akın
- 2001: Yeliz Celiskan
- 2003: Nihan Akkuş
- 1999: Mine Erbaykent
- 1979: Ayla Atlas
- 1984: Melek Gurkan
- 1932: Keriman Halis Ece
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