Miss Europe

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Miss Europe was a beauty pageant with female contestants from all over Europe. It was established in February 1929[citation needed] by French journalist Maurice de Waleffe (1874-1946[1]), who also created, in 1920, what by 1927 had become the Miss France pageant. Miss Europa was first held at the Paris Opera with participants from 18 countries. The most recent pageant was held in 2006.[2]

The contest was interrupted by the onset of World War II but later re-established by Mr. Zeigler (of the Moulin Rouge) and Claude Berr. Most contestants won their respective national contests for Miss World and Miss Universe, and participated as supplemental training for their respective competitions. If the titleholders had not succeeded in winning their international titles, titleholders eventually competed for the Miss Europe crown, such as the case of France's Elodie Gossuin, who placed in the top ten at Miss Universe 2001 and won the Miss Europe title in the subsequent year. After the death of Berr, Roger Zeigler sold the license for the pageant to Endemol France, part of the Dutch television production company Endemol, in 2003.

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Miss Russia (in exile) 1933; Miss Europe 1933
Miss Europe 1954-55
Miss Europe 2006
Year Miss Europe Country Venue Notable contestant
1928 Stefanie Job   Switzerland Paris, France
1929 Erzsébet Simon  Hungary Paris Opera, Paris, France
1930 Aliki Diplarakou  Greece Paris, France
1931 Jeanne Juilla  France Paris, France
1932 Åse Clausen  Denmark Nice, France
1933 Tatiana Maslova  Russia Madrid, Spain
1934 Ester Toivonen  Finland Hastings, United Kingdom
1935 Alicia Navarro  Spain Paris, France
1936 Antonia Arques  Spain Tunis, Tunisia
1937 Britta Wikström  Finland Algiers, Algeria
1938 Sirkka Salonen  Finland Copenhagen, Denmark
1939–1947 Not held due to World War II
1948 Jacqueline Donny  France Enghien-les-Bains, France
1949 Juliette Figueras  France Palermo, Italy
1950 Hanni Schall  Austria Rimini, Italy
1951 Jacqueline Genton   Switzerland Palermo, Italy
1952 Günseli Başar  Turkey Naples, Italy
1953 Eloisa Cianni  Italy Istanbul, Turkey
1954 Christel Schaack  Germany Vichy, France
Daniele Genault  France
1955 Inga Britt Söderberg  Finland Helsinki, Finland
1956 Margit Nünke  Germany Stockholm, Sweden
Ingrid Goude  Sweden
1957 Corine Rottschäfer  Netherlands Baden-Baden, Germany Gerti Daub
1958 Johanna Ehrenstrasser  Austria Istanbul, Turkey
1959 Christine Spatzier  Austria Palermo, Italy
1960 Anna Ranalli  Italy Beirut, Lebanon
1961 Ingrun Helgard Möckel  Germany Beirut, Lebanon
1962 Maruja García Nicoláu  Spain Beirut, Lebanon
1963 Mette Stenstad  Norway Beirut, Lebanon
1964 Elly Koot  Netherlands Beirut, Lebanon
1965 Juliana Herm  Germany Nice, France
1966 Maria Dornier  France Nice, France
1967 Paquita Torres Pérez  Spain Nice, France
1968 Leena Marketta Brusiin  Finland Kinshasa, DR Congo
1969 Saša Zajc  Yugoslavia Rabat, Morocco
1970 Noelia Alfonso Cabrera  Spain Piraeus, Greece
1971 Filiz Vural  Turkey Tunis, Tunisia
1972 Monika Sarp  Germany Estoril, Portugal Maj-Len Grönholm
1973 Anke Groot  Netherlands Kitzbühel, Austria
1974 Maria Isabel Lorenzo  Spain Vienna, Austria Johanna Raunio
1976 Riitta Inkeri Väisänen  Finland Rhodes, Greece
1978 Eva Maria Düringer  Austria Helsinki, Finland Dagmar Wöhrl
1980 Karin Zorn  Austria Puerto de la Cruz, Spain Lola Forner
1981 Anne Mette Larsen  Denmark Birmingham, United Kingdom Eva-Lena Lundgren, Anna Kanakis
1982 Nazlı Deniz Kuruoğlu  Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
1984 Neşe Erberk  Turkey Bad Gastein, Austria Garbiñe Abasolo
1985 Juncal Rivero Fadrique  Spain Mainz, Germany
1988 Michela Rocco di Torrepadula  Italy Ragusa, Italy Nathalie Marquay
1991 Susanne Petry (disq.)  Germany Dakar, Senegal
Katerina Michalopoulou  Greece
1992 Marina Tsintikidou  Greece Athens, Greece Linda Hardy
1993 Arzum Onan  Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Verona Feldbusch
1994 Lilach Ben-Simon  Israel Istanbul, Turkey Roberta Anastase
1995 Monika Žídková  Czech Republic Istanbul, Turkey Ilmira Shamsutdinova
1996 Caroline Price  United Kingdom Tirana, Albania Joanne Black, Anna Valle, Joanne Black
1997 Isabelle Darras  Greece Kiev, Ukraine Agnieszka Zielińska, Alexandra Petrova, Nataliya Nadtochey
1999 Yelena Rogozhina  Russia Beirut, Lebanon
2001 Elodie Gossuin  France Beirut, Lebanon Ann Van Elsen, Oxana Kalandyrets
2002 Svetlana Koroleva  Russia Beirut, Lebanon Natascha Börger, Kim Kötter
2003 Zsuzsanna Laky  Hungary Nogent-sur-Marne, France Julie Taton, Sanja Papić, Marietta Chrousala, Julia Kova
2004 Natalia Ribokova  Russia Rhodes, Greece
2005 Shermine Shahrivar  Germany Paris, France Tatiana Silva, Valia Kakouti
2006 Alexandra Rosenfeld  France Kiev, Ukraine Olympia Chopsonidou

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