Kiki Håkansson

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Kiki Håkansson
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born (1929-06-17)June 17, 1929
Stockholm, Sweden
Died November 11, 2011(2011-11-11) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Former beauty queen titleholder, model
Hair color light brown
Eye color blue
Title(s) Miss World Sweden 1951
Miss World Sweden 1951
Miss World 1951

Kerstin "Kiki" Håkansson (June 17, 1929 – November 11, 2011) was a Swedish model and beauty queen who the winner of the first Miss World beauty pageant after being crowned Miss Sweden World in 1951.

Appearance at Miss World 1951[edit]

Originally the Festival Bikini Contest,[1] Miss World was organized by Eric Morley as a mid-century advertisement for swimwear at the Festival of Britain.[2] Håkansson wore a bikini during the crowning ritual, after which she was condemned by the Pope,[3][4] and some countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw delegates.[5] In 1952, bikinis were banned from the pageant and replaced with more modest swimwear.[6][7] While bikinis were eventually reintroduced to Miss World, Håkansson remains the only winner to have received her crown while wearing a bikini.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stein, Elissa; Meriwether, Lee (2006). Beauty Queen. Chronicle Books. p. 45. ISBN 0-8118-4864-7. 
  2. ^ Dewey, Susan (2008). Making Miss India Miss World. Syracuse University Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-8156-3176-6. 
  3. ^ Magnanti, Brooke (June 7, 2013). "Miss World bikini ban: why it's no victory for feminists". Telegraph. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life". Selvedge Ltd. 2005: 39. 
  5. ^ a b Lovegrove, Keith (2002). Pageant: The Beauty Contest. teNeues. p. 1967. ISBN 3-8238-5569-7. 
  6. ^ Shin, Han (2004). Beauty with a Purpose. iUniverse. p. 193. ISBN 0-595-30926-7. 
  7. ^ "1950-1955: Navel Maneuvers - The Bikini Breakout". Bikini Science. Retrieved 13 December 2013.