Kiki Håkansson

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

Kerstin "Kiki" Håkansson (born June 17, 1929) is a Swedish model and beauty queen who was the winner of the first Miss World beauty pageant after being crowned Miss Sweden World in 1951.[1]

Appearance at Miss World 1951[edit]

Originally the Festival Bikini Contest,[2] Miss World was organized by Eric Morley as a mid-century advertisement for swimwear at the Festival of Britain.[3] Håkansson wore a bikini during the crowning ritual, after which she was condemned by the Pope,[4][5] and some countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw delegates.[6] In 1952, bikinis were banned from the pageant and replaced with more modest swimwear.[7][8] While bikinis were eventually reintroduced to Miss World, Håkansson remains the only winner to have received her crown while wearing a bikini.[6]


  1. ^ Mitra, Ipshita. "Miss Worlds of the 50s and where they are now - Beauty Pageants - Indiatimes". Femina Miss India. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Stein, Elissa; Meriwether, Lee (2006). Beauty Queen. Chronicle Books. p. 45. ISBN 0-8118-4864-7. 
  3. ^ Dewey, Susan (2008). Making Miss India Miss World. Syracuse University Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-8156-3176-6. 
  4. ^ Magnanti, Brooke (June 7, 2013). "Miss World bikini ban: why it's no victory for feminists". Telegraph. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life". Selvedge Ltd. 2005: 39. 
  6. ^ a b Lovegrove, Keith (2002). Pageant: The Beauty Contest. teNeues. p. 1967. ISBN 3-8238-5569-7. 
  7. ^ Shin, Han (2004). Beauty with a Purpose. iUniverse. p. 193. ISBN 0-595-30926-7. 
  8. ^ "1950-1955: Navel Maneuvers - The Bikini Breakout". Bikini Science. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 


Photograph, noting Håkansson's age at time of victory at the Wayback Machine (archived February 16, 2012)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miss World
Succeeded by
Sweden May-Louise Flodin
Preceded by
Miss World Sweden
Succeeded by
May-Louise Flodin