Miss International

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Miss International
Logo of the Miss International Pageant.
Motto Love, Peace and Beauty
Formation 1960
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Tokyo
Official language
Hirofumi Hashimoto
Key people
Akemi Shimomura
Website Official website

Miss International (Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant) is a Tokyo-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. The pageant was first held in 1960.[1][2][3]

Miss International is part of the Big Three international beauty pageants.

The current Miss International is Edymar Martínez of Venezuela who was crowned on 5 November 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

Traditionally, Miss International lives in Tokyo during her reign.


The pageant was created in Long Beach, California, USA in 1960[4] after the departure of the Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach.[5] Hosted in Long Beach until 1967,[6] the pageant moved to Japan from 1968–1970, being hosted each year in the same city as the Expo '70. For 1971 and 1972, it was held in Long Beach again, but since that time it has been held annually in Japan.[7]

The pageant is also called "Miss International Beauty".[8] Contestants are expected to serve as "Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty", demonstrating tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and, most importantly, a great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.[7]

The organization has been criticized for not standing up for allegedly asking Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Miss International 2012, to skip the succession ceremony and "play sick and shut up" in order to avoid a scandal with a Japanese production company whose president allegedly were harassing Yoshimatsu.[3][9]

In 2013 edition, for the first time in history, the winner of Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan did not crown her successor; instead Miss International 2008 Alejandra Andreu took over in passing on the crown to Bea Santiago of the Philippines. This is also the first time when a past winner crowned two Miss Internationals, one in 2009 where she crowned Anagabriela Espinoza of Mexico.

Recent titleholders[edit]

For full list and details, see List of Miss International titleholders.
Year Country/Territory Miss International National Title Location Number of Entrants
2015  Venezuela Edymar Martínez Miss Venezuela Tokyo, Japan 70
2014  Puerto Rico Valerie Hernandez Miss Puerto Rico Tokyo, Japan 73
2013  Philippines Bea Santiago Binibining Pilipinas Tokyo, Japan 67
2012  Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu Miss International Japan Okinawa, Japan 69

Winners' gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MOFA examines beauty contest’s ‘belittling’". The China Post. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Miss International : Info". Angelopedia.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Adelstein, Jake. "First lady scrutinizes blackballing of beauty queen". The Japan Times. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "6th place winner low-rates Miami". The Miami News. 13 August 1960. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "May settle dispute over beauty pageant". Lewiston Evening Journal. 22 August 1959. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pageant shifted". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 23 April 1968. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b History of Miss International. Miss-international.org. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  8. ^ "Miss Germany Tops Beauties". The Hartford Courant. 14 August 1965. Retrieved 16 November 2010. Ingrid Fiffi Finger, was named Miss International Beauty Friday. 
  9. ^ http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2015/10/29/kiji/K20151029011408860.html

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