Akiko Kojima

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Akiko Kojima
Born Akiko Kojima
(1936-10-29) October 29, 1936 (age 81)
Tokyo, Japan
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Title Miss Japan 1959, Miss Universe 1959
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Japan 1959 (Winner), Miss Universe 1959 (Winner)

Akiko Kojima (児島 明子, Kojima Akiko) (October 29, 1936) is a Japanese model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 1959.[1]


Akiko was a 22-year-old model from Tokyo, Japan when she bested four other finalists from Norway, the USA, England, and Brazil for the 1959 Miss Universe crown in Long Beach, California. At 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), Akiko measured 37–23–38 inches (94–58–96 cm), which many believed as "incredible dimensions".[citation needed] She denied having undergone breast surgery. Akiko settled into a quiet married life after her reign. Forty eight years later another Japanese national, Riyo Mori, won the Miss Universe pageant in 2007.

She is divorced from the famous Japanese actor Akira Takarada, who rose to fame in the Toho movie studios doing the Godzilla movies since 1954.


  1. ^ "Japanese Girl Beauty Queen". The Sydney Morning Herald. July 26, 1959. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colombia Luz Marina Zuluaga
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
United States Linda Bement
Preceded by
Tomoko Moritake
Miss Japan
Succeeded by
Yayoi Foruno