Logo of the Miss International Pageant.
|Motto||Love, Peace and Beauty|
|Affiliations||Miss Paris Group |
Miss International (Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant) is a Japanese-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. The pageant was first held in 1960. Miss International is the fourth largest pageant in the world in terms of having crowned national winners to participate in the international contest.
Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants. The Miss International Organization and the brand are currently owned, along with Miss International Japan, by ICA (International Cultural Association) and Miss Paris Group. The pageant crown used by the organization is supplied and patented by the Mikimoto pearl company.
The pageant was created in Long Beach, California, United States in 1960 after the departure of the Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach. Hosted in Long Beach until 1967, the pageant moved to Japan from 1968–1970, being hosted each year in the same city as the Expo '70. For 1971, it was held in Long Beach again, but since that time it has been held annually in Japan until 2003. Since 2004, it is held in China or Japan. The first winner of the pageant in 1960 was Stella Araneta of Colombia.
Since then, Japan became the host country and the pageant has mostly been held in Japan, around autumn season either in October or November.
The pageant is also called "Miss International Beauty". 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.
The winner of Miss International 2012, Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan was dethroned and did not crown her successor due to contract dispute with another talent agency; instead Miss International 2008 Alejandra Andreu took over in passing on the crown to Bea Santiago of the Philippines. 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 was harassing Yoshimatsu.
Crowns of Miss International
- Mikimoto Crown (1970-1998; 2015–present) — The crown was again used when Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico crowned Edymar Martinez of Venezuela as Miss International 2015.
- Pearl Crown (1999-2005; 2007-2014) - This crown was used from 1999-2005 and 2007-2014.
- Crystal Crown (2006) - In 2006, Daniela di Giacomo of Venezuela was crowned.
|Edition||Country||Title Holder||National Title||Number of Entrants|
|2018||Venezuela||Mariem Velazco||Miss Venezuela||77|
|2017||Indonesia||Kevin Liliana||Puteri Indonesia||69|
|2016||Philippines||Kylie Verzosa||Binibining Pilipinas||69|
|2015||Venezuela||Edymar Martínez||Miss Venezuela||70|
|2014||Puerto Rico||Valerie Hernandez||Miss International Puerto Rico||73|
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