Miss Universe Canada

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Miss Universe Canada
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Toronto
Miss Universe
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Reina Internacional del Café
Miss Continente Americano
World Miss University
Official language
Denis Davila
Website [2]

Miss Universe Canada or Beauties of Canada is an annual national beauty pageant for Canada.


Beauties of Canada Organization gained the exclusive rights to send a Canadian representative to the Miss Universe Pageant in 2002. Created by Brandon Mclennan, the company President is Nicaraguan-born Canadian, Denis Davila.

The Miss Universe Canada contest was first held in 2003, with the first winner being Leanne Marie Cecile. Cecile made the Top 10 in Miss Universe 2003.

Natalie Glebova was crowned the winner in 2005 and went on to become Miss Universe 2005. Glebova's successor, Alice Panikian was viewed as a strong contender to win the 2006 Miss Universe crown and placed in the Top 10.


In 2010, Miss Universe Canada made headlines when Maria Al-Masani, the first beauty pageant contestant of Yemeni origin, competed.[1][2][3][4] This was controversial due to accommodating her religious beliefs by allowing her to wear a semi-transparent sarong over her swimsuit.[1][2][5][6] In 2012, CNN World News named her one of its 8 agents of change to follow, the only Canadian to receive that designation.[7]

The 2012 contest was accused of transphobia after disqualifying a transgender contestant, Jenna Talackova (Jana Talačková), for not being a "naturally born female". A spokesperson from Miss Universe Canada released a statement saying she was disqualified because on her entry form she stated she was born a female, which was not the case. Eventually, Talackova was let back into the competition.[8]

On 27 May 2013, two days after the Miss Universe Canada 2013 pageant, it was announced that Denise Garrido was the winner. As it turned out, Garrido was actually 3rd runner-up and due to a mathematical error was named the winner. Calgary's Riza Santos, was the actual winner. During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurred the following day), a typo was discovered in the Top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition.[9][10]


Riza Santos - Miss Universe Canada 2013
Elena Semikina - Miss Universe Canada 2010
Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss Canada Hometown Heritage Placement Special Awards
2014 Chanel Beckenlehner Caledon  Germany Top 5 at National Costume
2013 Riza Santos Calgary  Philippines
2012 Sahar Biniaz* Vancouver  Iran Did not compete
Adwoa Yamoah Calgary  Ghana
2011 Chelsae Durocher Tecumseh  France
2010 Elena Semikina[11] Toronto  Moldova
2009 Mariana Valente[12] Richmond Hill  Brazil
2008 Samantha Tajik[13] Richmond Hill  Iran
2007 Inga Skaya[14] Toronto  Russia
2006 Alice Panikian[15] Toronto  Bulgaria Top 10
2005 Natalie Glebova[16] Toronto  Russia Miss Universe 2005
2004 Venessa Fisher[17] Waterdown  United Kingdom
2003 Leanne Marie Cecile[18] Tecumseh  France Top 10
2002 Neelam Verma[19] Etobicoke  India Top 10
2001 Cristina Rémond Montreal  France
2000 Kim Yee St. Albert  China Top 5 (3rd Runner-Up)
1999 Shannon McArthur Windsor  Ireland
1998 Juliana Thiessen Calgary  Norway
1997 Carmen Kempt St. Albert  United Kingdom
1996 Renette Cruz Vancouver  Philippines
1995 Lana Buchberger Calgary  Germany 2nd Runner-Up

Miss Canada[edit]

In 1952-1994 Miss Canada winners in under another organization competed at Miss Universe pageant, in some years Canada was using Dominion of Canada at the pageant. In 1995 was beginning for Miss Universe Canada pageant to send the candidate to the Miss Universe pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Canada Placement Special Awards
United States 1952 Ruth Carrier
United States 1953 Thelma Elizabeth Brewis Top 16
United States 1954 Joyce Mary Landry
United States 1955 Cathy Diggles Top 16
United States 1956 Elaine Evelyn Bishenden
United States 1957 Gloria Noakes Top 16
United States 1958 Eileen Cindy Conroy
United States 1959 Eileen Butter
United States 1960 Edna Dianne MacVicar
United States 1961 Wilda Reynolds
United States 1962 Marilyn McFatridge Top 15
United States 1963 Jane Kmita
United States 1964 Mary Lou Farrell
United States 1965 Carol Ann Tidey Top 15
United States 1966 Marjorie Anne Schofield
United States 1967 Donna Marie Barker
United States 1968 Nancy Wilson Top 15
United States 1969 Jacquie May Perrin
United States 1970 Norma Joyce Hickey
United States 1971 Lana Drouillard
Puerto Rico 1972 Bonny Brady
Greece 1973 Deborah Anne Ducharme
Philippines 1974 Deborah Tone
El Salvador 1975 Sandra Margaret Emily Campbell
Hong Kong 1976 Normande Jacques
Dominican Republic 1977 Pamela Mercer Miss Congeniality
Mexico 1978 Andrea Leslie Eng
Australia 1979 Heidi Quiring
South Korea 1980 Teresa "Terry" Lynn Mackay Top 10
United States 1981 Dominique Dufour 1st Runner-Up
Peru 1982 Karen Dianne Baldwin Miss Universe 1982
United States 1983 Jodi Yvonne Rutledge
United States 1984 Cynthia Michele Kereluk
United States 1985 Karen Elizabeth Tilley Top 10
Panama 1986 Rene Newhouse
Singapore 1987 TinaMay Simpson
Taiwan 1988 Mary-Melinda Gillies
Mexico 1989 Juliette Powell
United States 1990 Robin Lee Ouzunoff
United States 1991 Leslie McLaren
Thailand 1992 Nicole Dunsdon
Mexico 1993 Nancy Ann Elder
Philippines 1994 Susanne Rothfos

Miss Canada at International pageants[edit]

Representatives at Miss International[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists

In 2000 after joining with Miss Canada pageant, the second title or candidates of Miss Universe Canada will be appointing to compete at Miss International pageant.

Year Miss International Canada Placement Special Awards
Japan 2000 Angeliki Lakouras Top 10
Japan 2001 Shauna Leah-Ann Olechow
Japan 2002 Alicia Victoria Altares
Japan 2003 Katarzyna Dziedzic
China 2004 Adelynn Cupino
Japan 2005 Micaela Smith
China 2006 Emily Ann Kiss
Japan 2007 Justine Stewart
Macau 2008 Elena Semikina
China 2009 Chanel Beckenlehner Top 15
China 2010 Katie Starke
Japan 2012 Marta Jablonska
Japan 2013 Sarah Ainsley Harrison
Japan 2014 Kesiah Papasin

Representatives at Miss Supranational[edit]

Canada debut in 2010. Traditionally, the runner-ups or contestants of Miss Universe Canada will appoint to compete at Miss Supranational pageant. Since 2014, the official candidate will be selecting by separate pageant from Top Model Search Canada pageant.

Year Miss International Canada Placement Special Awards
Poland 2010 Pablita Thomas Miss Friendship
Poland 2011 Ailey Komeychuk
Poland 2012 Katie Starke Top 20
Belarus 2013 Suzette Hernandez Top 20
Poland 2014 Gabriela Clesca Vallejo[20] Top 20 Miss Friendship

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/03/18/13272286.html
  2. ^ a b http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=a92bb754-62f0-4e8d-af6b-27ee4db7c10a
  3. ^ http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/national/2010/03/18/13272311.html
  4. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/17/arab-american-wins-miss-usa-2010/
  5. ^ http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100411/NEWS02/304099897
  6. ^ http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/03/18/13272621-qmi.html?cid=rssnews
  7. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/03/world/africa/women-arab-uprisings/
  8. ^ "Transgender Miss Universe Canada Finalist Jenna Talackova Disqualified From Competition". Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2013/05/27/20853401.html
  10. ^ http://www.beautiesofcanada.com/muc/2013/05/miss-universe-canada-2013-final-results/
  11. ^ "Miss Universe 2010: the best pictures of Elena Semikina, Canada". La voz libre. July 21, 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Miss Universe Canada 2009". Calgary Sun. May 22, 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "TO's Tajik crowned Miss Universe Canada". Toronto Sun. Canadian Online Explorer. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "The next Miss Universe?". Sun Media. Canadian Online Explorer. March 14, 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Miss Universe Canada 2006". National Post. canada.com. March 22, 2006. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Go for the crown". La Prensa. March 5, 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Waterdown teen takes pageant title". The Hamilton Spectator. January 27, 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Canuck contestant faces SARS test". Toronto Sun. Canadian Online Explorer. May 13, 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Miss Canada Universe 2002". MyBindi.com. 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  20. ^ [1]

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