Keriman Halis Ece

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Keriman Halis Ece
Keriman Halis - Cumhuriyet.jpeg
Cumhuriyet, 4 July 1933.
Keriman Halis

(1913-02-16)February 16, 1913
DiedJanuary 28, 2012(2012-01-28) (aged 98)
Resting placeFeriköy Cemetery, Istanbul
OccupationBeauty pageant titleholder, model, pianist
Spouse(s)Dr. Orhan Sanus
Hasip Tamer Bey
Modeling information
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorDark brown
Alma materLycée de Boğaziçi (Feyziati)
Years active1932–2012
Home townIstanbul
TitleMiss Turkey 1932
Miss Universe 1932
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Turkey, Miss Universe,
International Pageant of Pulchritude

Keriman Halis Ece-Tamer, known as Keriman Halis Ece, (February 16, 1913 – January 28, 2012) was a Turkish beauty pageant titleholder, pianist, and fashion model who won the Miss Turkey 1932 title. She was also crowned Miss Universe 1932 in Spa, Belgium and thus became Turkey's first Miss Universe. Later Azra Akin became Turkey's second Miss universe in 2002.


She is of Ubykh origin.[1][2][3] Keriman Halis was born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, as one of the six children of a merchant from Hacıosman, Manyas, Tevfik Halis Bey, in 1913. Her uncle was a renowned operatta composer Muhlis Sabahattin Ezgi and her aunt a well-known musician and composer Neveser Kökdeş. Her brother is one of the former presidents of the Turkish sports club Galatasaray S.K., Turgan Ece. She was fluent in French and Turkish.

She participated 1932 in the Miss Turkey beauty pageant that started only in 1929 and was promoted by the newspaper Cumhuriyet. She was elected the most beautiful Turkish woman in the contest held on July 2, 1932 in İstanbul among eight candidates. Keriman Halis was sent then to the International Pageant of Pulchritude contest held in Spa, Belgium to represent Turkey. On July 31, 1932, she finished first among competitors from 27 countries, achieving Turkey’s first title at an international beauty contest after three years only of its existence and less than a decade after the founding of the Republic.[4]

Following the introduction of the surname act on June 21, 1934, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gave her the family name "Ece", which means "queen" in Turkish.

She died on January 28, 2012, nineteen days shy of her 99th birthday.[5] She was laid to rest at the Feriköy Cemetery, Istanbul.

Preceded by
Naşide Saffet Esen
Miss Turkey
Succeeded by
Nazire Hanım
Preceded by
Netta Duchâteau[6]
(Galveston, United States)
Miss Universe[7]
(Spa, Belgium)

Succeeded by
Charlotte Wassef[8]
(Brussels, Belgium)


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  2. ^ Sefer E. Berzeg, Soçi'nin Sürgündeki Sahipleri: Çerkes-Vubıhlar, Kafkasya Gerçeği, 1998, p. 9.
  3. ^ Wubıh’lar İhsan Sabri Çağlayangil gibi siyasetçi, Taha Carım gibi diplomat, Keriman Halis gibi dünya güzeli yetiştiren bir toplumdu. Wubıh’lar, bu dünyaya Rusların sayesinde 21 Mayıs 1864’te elveda demişti. Rusların bu jenositini Kafkasyalılar kadar tarih de affetmeyecektir. (Recep Albayrak), "Simav Çerkezleri", T.C. Simav Kaymakamlığı, June 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Turkish Republic's first beauty queens chosen amid tense debate - Hurriyet - October 30, 2010
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  6. ^ "Belgian Entrant Wins Contest as 'Miss Universe'". The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida). 17 June 1931.
  7. ^ Ahmad, Feroz (1993). The making of modern Turkey. Routledge. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-415-07836-8.
  8. ^ Nelson, Cynthia (1996). Doria Shafik, Egyptian feminist: a woman apart. American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-424-413-1.
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