Miss Europe

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Miss Europe
Formation1927; 1929–1939; 1948–2006; 2016–present
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersEdinburgh, Scotland
Location
  • France
Official language
WebsiteOfficial website
Miss Europe 1954-55, Christel Schaack

Miss Europe is a beauty pageant with female contestants from all over Europe. It was established in February 1927 by Fanamet, the European distributor of Paramount, as a one-off event where the winner was to star in a film directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. After the initial twelve-person jury couldn't decide between 10 contestants, a runoff election was held where Murnau chose the winner. Murnau ended up choosing Štefica Vidačić of Yugoslavia as the winner and the first ever Miss Europe.[1][2] Miss Europe was later re-established in December 1928 by French journalist Maurice de Waleffe (1874–1946[3]), who also created, in 1920, what by 1927 had become the Miss France pageant. Miss Europe, under de Waleffe, was first held at the Paris Opera with participants from 18 countries. The first contest under de Waleffe did not occur until February 1929.

The contest was interrupted by the onset of World War II but was later re-established, after de Waleffe died, by Roger Zeigler (of the Moulin Rouge) and Claude Berr who founded the Mondial Events Organization (MEO). Most contestants won their respective national contests for Miss World & Miss Universe, and participated as supplemental training for their respective competitions. Berr died in 1981 and Roger Zeigler sold the license for the pageant to Endemol France, part of the Dutch television production company Endemol, in 2003. The competition was announced for 2007, 2008 & 2009 in places like Moscow and Beirut but they didn't occur and they've stopped after 2006.

In 2016, the pageant was "revived" by the newly formed Miss Europe Organization originally headquartered in London but then later moved to Edinburgh. Apparently there is a connection with the previous organizers as the winner of the 2016 edition wore the same crown (tiara/diadem) as her three predecessors.

The current Miss Europe titleholder is Lara Jalloh from France, who was crowned in the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris in Paris, France on 22 December 2020.

Official Editions and titleholders[edit]

Year Miss Europe Country Host City Host Country Notable contestant(s)
1927 Štefica Vidačić  Yugoslavia Vienna/Berlin  Austria/ Germany Hilde Ptak (aka "Betty Bird"), Aniela Bogucka, Ella Posnerová, Margarete Klauss, Zorka Jordanova, Maria Mátyus, Dina Sarri
1928 No pageant was held
1929 Erzsébet "Böske" Simon  Hungary Paris  France Władysława Kostakówna, Germaine Laborde, Pepita Samper Bono, Lisl Goldarbeiter, Irina Levitskaya, Stanislava Matijevitch
1930 Aliki Diplarakou  Greece Zofia Batycka, Yvette Labrousse, Jenny Vanparays, Milada Dostálová, Irene Wentzel
1931 Jeanne Juilla  France Mária Tasnády Fekete, Inga Arvad, Anita Netta Duchateau, Herta Van Haentjens, Ingrid Ruth Richard, Lilli Silberg, Marina Shalyapina
1932 Åse Clausen  Denmark Nice Émilienne “Lyne” Caisson de Souza, Ludmilla Riberio, Isabel Franck, Zofia Dobrowolska, Nina Pohl
1933 Tatiana Maslova  Russia (in exile)[4] Madrid  Spain Karen Marie Løwert, Jacqueline Bertin, Simone Eraerts, Gudrun Hilditch Rygh, Avia Talbot
1934 Ester Toivonen  Finland Hastings  United Kingdom June Lammas, Simone Barillier, Yekaterina Antonova, Nadezhda Fomenko, Louise Lyman, Maria Zabkiewicz
1935 Alicia Navarro  Spain Paris  France Gisèle Préville, Elizabeth Pitz, Muriel Oxford, Trude Böhm, Stella Elte, Georgette Temmos, Marianne Gorbatovsky, Ellen Örregaard, Mária Nagy, Stéphanie Boumans
1936 Antonia Arqués Tunis France French Tunisia Lyne Lassalle, Mária Nagy, Laurence Atkins, Laure Torfs, Ariane Gedeonova, Tatiana Ouchakoff, Birgit Engquist, Ethel Azzopardi
1937 Britta Wikström  Finland Algiers France French Algeria Jacqueline Janet, Józefa Kaczmarkiewicz, Anna Betoulinski, José Decœur, Ambarina De Los Reyes
1938 Sirkka Salonen Copenhagen  Denmark Annie Carriques, Isa Reyes, Doris Williams, Luisa Papadiamantakis, Kseniya Dashkevich
1939 Italia Brandonisio  Italy Milan  Italy
1940–1947 Not held due to World War II
1948 Jacqueline Donny  France Enghien-les-Bains  France Anna-Liisa Leppänen, Helena Sutter, Ingrid Jonaszin, Rossana Martini, Pamela Bayliss
1949 Juliette Figueras Palermo  Italy Anna Maria Visconti, Elinor Wedel Hansen, Mary Jochemsen, Maria Nadja Tiller, Terttu Nyman
1950 Hanni Schall  Austria Rimini Claude Renault, Susanne Charlotte Erichsen, Hilkka Marjatta Ruuska, Hilda Lesman, Güler Arıman
1952 Günseli Başar  Turkey Naples Elisabeth "Betty 'Beppie'" van Proosdij, Nicole Drouin, Vera Marks, Judy Breen, Eeva Maria Hellas, Sylvia Müller, Anne Marie Tistler
1953 Eloisa Cianni  Italy Istanbul  Turkey Sylviane Carpentier, Maija-Riitta Tuomaala, Belgin Doruk, Yvonne de Meijer, Antouaneta Rontopoulou, Elisabeth Chovisky, Marlene Ann Dee, Lore Felger
1954 Christel Schaack (Dethroned)  Germany Vichy  France Yvonne de Bruyn, Conny Harteveld, Nadia Bianchi, Kazimiera Klimczak, Felicitas von Goebel
Danielle Génault (Assumed)  France
1955 Inga-Britt Söderberg  Finland Helsinki  Finland Monique Lambert, Angelina van Kalkhoven, Wandisa Guida, Karin Palm-Rasmussen
1956 Margit Nünke  Germany Stockholm  Sweden Ingrid Goude, Gisèle Charbit
1957 Corine Rottschäfer  Netherlands Baden-Baden  Germany Gerti Daub, Marita Lindahl, Geneviève Zanetti, Sonia Hamilton
1958 Johanna Ehrenstrasser  Austria Istanbul  Turkey Annie Simplot
1959 Christine Spatzier Palermo  Italy Nicole Perin
1960 Anna Ranalli  Italy Beirut  Lebanon Brigitte Barazer de Lannurien
1961 Ingrun Helgard Möckel  Germany Yvette Degrémont
1962 Maruja García Nicoláu  Spain Catharina "Rina" Lodders, Kaarina Marita Leskinen, Franca Cattaneo Ferrucci, Zeynep Ziyal, Jeanne Rossi
1963 Mette Stenstad  Norway Sabine Surget
1964 Elly Koot  Netherlands Edith Noël
1965 Juliana Herm  Germany Nice  France Christiane Sibellin
1966 Maria Dornier  France Alba Rigazzi, Satu Charlotta Östring, Gitte Fleinert, Tove-Regina Neitzel, Margo Isabelle Domen, Hülya Aşan, Gladys Anne "Ann" Waller
1967 Paquita Torres Pérez  Spain Anne Vernier
1968 Leena Marketta Brusiin  Finland Kinshasa  Zaire Alžbeta Štrkulová, Elizabeth Cadren
1969 Saša Zajc  Yugoslavia Rabat  Morocco Suzanne Angly, Jarmila Teplanová
1970 Noelia Alfonso Cabrera  Spain Piraeus  Greece Françoise Durand-Behot
1971 Filiz Vural  Turkey Tunis  Tunisia Myriam Stocco
1972 Monika Sarp  Germany Estoril  Portugal Maj-Len Grönholm, Claudine Cassereau
1973 Anke Groot  Netherlands Kitzbühel  Austria Amparo Muñoz, Isabelle Nadia Krumacker
1974 Maria Isabel Lorenzo  Spain Vienna Johanna Raunio, Edna Tepava
1976 Riitta Väisänen  Finland Rhodes  Greece Monique Uldaric
1978 Eva Maria Düringer  Austria Helsinki  Finland Dagmar Wöhrl, Véronique Fagot
1980 Karin Zorn  Austria Puerto de la Cruz  Spain Lola Forner, Sylvie Hélène Marie Paréra, Anette Stai, Andrea Hontschik, Marlene Vermeulen, Christine Linda Bernadette Cailliau, Lone Gladys Jørgensen, Päivi Uitto
1981 Anne Mette Larsen  Denmark Birmingham  United Kingdom Eva-Lena Lundgren, Anna Kanakis, Isabelle Sophie Benard, Jolanda Egger, Ingrid Johanna Maria Schouten, Joanna Longley, Anne McFarlane, Karen Ruth Stannard, Valerie "Vicki" Roe
1982 Nazlı Deniz Kuruoğlu  Turkey Istanbul  Turkey Sabrina Belleval, Bettina Seylert, Brigitte Dierickx, Marie-Pierre Lemaître, Tina Maria Nielsen, Jeannette Linkenheil, Ana Maria Valdiz Wilson, Caroline Jane Williams, Cristina Pérez Cottrell, Annelie Margareta Sjöberg, Geraldine Mary McGrory, Adelina Camilleri, Lena Masterton
1984 Neşe Erberk  Turkey Bad Gastein  Austria Frédérique Marcelle Leroy, Garbiñe Abásolo García, Lidia Wasiak, Mercedes Stermitz, Loana Katharina Radecki, Françoise Bostoen, Lianne Patricia Gray, Nancy Lalleman-Heijnis, Tina-Lissette Dahl Jørgensen, Patricia "Trish" Nolan, Plousia "Sia" Farfaraki
1985 Juncal Rivero Fadrique  Spain Mainz  Germany Suzanne Iskandar, Anke Symkowitz, Sapir Koffmann, Magdalena Jaworska, Brigitte Bergman
1988 Michela Rocco di Torrepadula  Italy Ragusa  Italy Nathalie Marquay, Ewa Monika Nowosadko, Helena Laureano
1991 Susanne Petry (Dethroned)  Germany Dakar  Senegal Tanja Vienonen, Silvia Jato, Defne Samyeli, Liis Tappo, Gaëlle Voiry, Antónia Bálint, Eleonora Benfatto, Katia Alens, Monique Flinkevleugel, Ewa Maria Szymczak
Katerina Michalopoulou (Assumed)  Greece
1992 Marina Tsintikidou Athens  Greece Linda Hardy, Pavlína Babůrková, Meike Schwarz, Rosangela Bessi, Sofia Mazagatos, Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir, Banu Sağnak, Sandra Aegerter, Jana Fabian
1993 Arzum Onan  Turkey Istanbul  Turkey Verona Feldbusch, Esther de Jong, Véronique de la Cruz, Carla Marisa da Cruz, Romina Genuis, Dorota Wróbel, Jana Rybská
1994 Lilach Ben-Simon  Israel Roberta Anastase, Didem Uzel, Alexandra Klim, Carole Moretto, Serafina Makowska, Kateřina Vondrová
1995 Monika Žídková  Czech Republic Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Ilka Endres, Sophie Bourger, Kaysa de Haan, Magdalena Pęcikiewicz
1996 Marie-Claire Harrison  England Tirana  Albania Joanne Black, Anna Valle, Miriam Ruppert, Iva Kubelková, Pinar Yiğit, Caroline Cléry, Agata Dworniczek, Iva Kubelková
1997 Isabelle Darras  Greece Kyiv  Ukraine Agnieszka Zielińska, Alexandra Petrova, Nataliya Nadtochey, Delphine Brossard-Martinez, Kristýna Fridvalská
1999 Yelena Rogozhina  Russia Beirut  Lebanon Jitka Kocurová, Pamela Semmache, Agnieszka Stolarczyk, Angčle du Bois, Tatjana Tutan
2001 Elodie Gossuin  France Ann Van Elsen, Oxana Kalandyrets, Adrianna Gerczew, Ragne Sinikas, Irena Pantelic, Ema Černáková
2002 Svetlana Koroleva  Russia Louise Prieto, Natascha Börger, Kim Kötter, Monika Angerman, Radka Kocurová
2003 Zsuzsanna Laky  Hungary Nogent-sur-Marne  France Julie Taton, Sanja Papić, Marietta Chrousala, Yuliya Akhonkova, Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, Piritta Hagman, Alexandra Vodjanikova, Marta Matyjasik, Corinne Coman, Markéta Divišová, Elise Boulogne, Catrina Supple, Samantha Vaughan, Elena Andreou,
2005 Shermine Shahrivar  Germany Paris  France Cindy Fabre, Tatiana Silva Braga Tavares, Eszter Tóth, Valia Kakouti, Karolina Gorazda, Edita Hortová, Mira Salo, Farah Ahmed Alí, Laura Shields, Tessa Amber Brix, Cathriona Duignam
2006 Alexandra Rosenfeld  France Kyiv  Ukraine Olympia Chopsonidou, Katarzyna Borowicz, Daniela Domröse, Florencia Mulder, Daniela Frantzová, Kateřina Holánová, Konstantina Kristodoulou, Maja Perovič, Ana Šain, Eleanor Mary Ann Glynn
2016 Diana Starkova[5]  France Beirut  Lebanon Alexandra Snows
2017 Diana Kubasova[5]  Latvia Seoul  South Korea Alena Senatorova, Nina Gorinuyk, Sonia Ait Mansour
2018 Anna Shornikova[5]  Ukraine Eiffel Tower, Paris  France Nika Kar, Agatha Maksimova, Freideriki Memmou
Anastasiya Ammosova[5]  Russia
2019 Andrea De Las Heras[5]  Spain Cannes Julia Hunt, Linda Novica, Tauany Coelho
2020 Lara Jalloh  France Paris Xhensila "Xheni" Shaba, Marine Ayala, Sheida Rahni
2021 TBD TBD Cannes TBD

Countries and territories by winning the title[edit]

Country/Territory Titles Year(s)
 France 9 1931, 1948, 1949, 1954 (assumed), 1966, 2001, 2006, 2016, 2020
 Spain 8 1935, 1936, 1962, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1985, 2019
 Germany 7 1954 (dethroned), 1956, 1961, 1965, 1972, 1991 (dethroned), 2005
 Finland 6 1934, 1937, 1938, 1955, 1968, 1976
 Turkey 5 1952, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1993
 Austria 1950, 1958, 1959, 1978, 1980
 Greece 4 1930, 1991 (assumed), 1992, 1997
 Italy 1939, 1953, 1960, 1988
 Russia 3 1999, 2002, 2018
 Netherlands 1957, 1964, 1973
 Hungary 2 1929, 2003
 Norway 1963, 1986
 Denmark 1932, 1981
 Yugoslavia 1927, 1969
 Ukraine 1 2018
 Latvia 2017
 England 1996
 Czech Republic 1995
 Israel 1994
 Soviet Union 1933

Details[edit]

For the first time in 90 years of history, Miss Europe 2018 winners were from two different countries and the title was divided between two countries: Anastasia Ammosova from Russia and Anna Shornikova from Ukraine. While the 1st Runner-up was Nika Kar from Slovenia and 2nd Runner-up was Agatha Maksimova from France, respectively.

Gallery[edit]

"Comité Officiel et International Miss Europe" Competition[edit]

From 1951 to 2002 there was a rival Miss Europe competition organized by the "Comité Officiel et International Miss Europe".

Year Miss Europa Country Host City Host Country Notable contestant(s)
1951 Jacqueline Grenton   Switzerland Palermo  Italy Giovanna Mazzotti, Elizabeth Mayerhoffer, Monique Vallier
1952 Judy Breen  Great Britain Amsterdam  Holland Elisabeth "Betty 'Beppie'" van Proosdij, Vera Marks, Anita Ekberg
1953 Sylviane Carpentier  France
1957 Ingrid Weiss  Germany Paris  France Bosilka Vidovic
1958 Evelyne Ricket  France Amiens Hajett Rekik, Claudie Johns, Eda Prack, Giacomina Forlini, Linda Lolyi, Colette Obadia, Liliane Ringler
1959 Sophie d'Estrade  France Meaux Eve Dortant, Karin Gabor
1967 Berrit Kvorning  Denmark
1968 Regina Koeppen  Germany
1970 Marie Korner  Germany Nice  France
1971 Laurence Vallée  France Florence  Italy
1973 Diana Scapolan  Italy Barcelona  Spain Linda Hooks, Veronique Mercier, Anne-Elisabeth Schäfer
1974 Wencke Stehen  Norway Gran Canaria  Spain Maria del Rocío Martín Madrigal, Helene Yvonne Apelgren, Izabella Lipka
1975 Vivianne Van der Cauter  Belgium Monaco  Monaco Marga Scheide
1976 Maria Teresa Maldonado Valle  Spain Andorra la Vella  Andorra Torill Mariann Larsen, Nina Kristine Ronneberg
1978 Barbara-Ann Neefs  Holland Reggio Emilia  Italy Nazan Saatçi
1982 Athens  Greece Mirja Riita Helenius, Margot Keune
1984 Trine Elisabeth Mørk  Norway Vienna  Austria Dinka Delić
1986 Raquel Bruhn  Sweden Valletta  Malta Evangelina Mantzana
1987 Sandrina Rossi  France Frankfurt  Germany
1992 Yolanda Marcos Gonzales  Spain Catania  Italy Anne Jandera, Elena Liafou, Tatiana Zaghet
1996 Mimmi Gunnarsson (Dethroned)  Sweden Izmir  Turkey Tanya Lise Chitty, Kelly Hodson
Jenni Rautawaara (Assumed)  Finland
1998 Nataša Spasojević  Yugoslavia
1999 Anna Maria Tudorache  Romania Taormina  Italy Linda Kvalvaag, Iveta Vanaga
2002 Amandine Hatzithomas  Greece Warsaw  Poland Antonella Vella

Countries and territories by winning the title[edit]

Country/Territory Titles Year(s)
 France 4 1953, 1958, 1959, 1987
 Germany 3 1957, 1968, 1970
 Sweden 2 1986, 1996 (dethroned)
 Spain 1976, 1992
 Norway 1974, 1984
 Greece 1 2002
 Romania 1999
 Yugoslavia 1998
 Finland 1996 (assumed)
 Holland 1978
 Belgium 1975
 Italy 1973
 Denmark 1967
 Great Britain 1952
  Switzerland 1951

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Štefica Vidačić: The neglected muse. Biography of the novel of the film musician and UFA general music director Willy Schmidt-Gentner. Frieling, Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-89009-804-5, S. 48–50
  2. ^ Ida Ograjšek Gorenjak: Hollywood comes to Central Europe: the Fanamet beauty contest in Central and Southeastern Europe, in: Iskra Iveljić (Hrsg.): The Entangled Histories of Vienna, Zagreb and Budapest (18th-20th Century), FF-Press, Zagreb 2015, ISBN 978-953-175-584-9, S. 222
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ https://www.rbth.com/arts/history/2017/05/30/beauty-in-exile-miss-russia-pageants-in-paris-before-world-war-ii_773367
  5. ^ a b c d e "QUEENS - Miss Europe". Archived from the original on 1 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2020.

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