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Miss International ( Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant) is an annual international beauty pageant held since 1960. Miss International is one of the largest beauty pageants in the world after [1 ] Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Earth contests in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. [2 ]
Miss International is part of the
Big Four international beauty pageants. [3 ]
The current Miss International is
Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico who was crowned on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Traditionally, Miss International lives in Tokyo during her reign.
History [ edit ]
The pageant was created in
Long Beach, California, USA in 1960 after the departure of the [4 ] Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach. Hosted in Long Beach until 1967, [5 ] the pageant moved to Japan from 1968–1970, being hosted each year in the same city as the [6 ] 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".
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 [8 ] world peace, goodwill, and understanding. [7 ]
In 2013 edition, for the first time in history, the winner of
Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan didn't 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.
Starting 2015, the finalists will each be asked a different question by the judges chosen randomly.
Recent titleholders [ edit ]
Winners' gallery [ edit ]
By number of wins [ edit ]
1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010
1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013
1977, 1990, 2008
Colombia 1960, 1999, 2004
Poland 1991, 1993, 2001
USA 1974, 1978, 1982
Australia 1962, 1981, 1992
Puerto Rico 2
Mexico 2007, 2009
Norway 1988, 1995
Germany 1965, 1989
Costa Rica 1980, 1983
United Kingdom 1969, 1972
New Zealand 1971
Performances by country and continental region [ edit ]
North America 11
United States (3), Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico (2), Guatemala and Panama (1)
South America 12
Venezuela (6), Colombia (3), Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil (1)
England/ Britain, Poland and Spain (3), Germany and Norway (2), Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Holland, Portugal, and Yugoslavia (1) [^]
Philippines (5) Lebanon, and Japan (1)
Australia (3), New Zealand (1)
Competing states [ edit ]
Map of Miss International-winning countries as of 2014.
Colombia is the first South American country to win the title in 1960.
USA has won three Miss International titles in cycles of four years ( 1974, 1978, 1982).
Tunisia highest placement of an African country in 1996, she placed first runner-up.
Delegates [ edit ]
Miss International remains the only pageant with no winner resigned or dethroned.
Miss International remains the only Big 4 pageant that has never been won by an African, leaving it with a dubious sub title of most racist pageant.
Almost all Miss International titleholders are still alive today, except the
1991 winner, Agnieszka Kotlarska of Poland, who was stabbed to death by a stalker in 1996. [10 ]
Five Miss International winners placed as runners-up or semifinalists in the Miss Universe pageant:
Three Miss International winners placed as semifinalists in the Miss World pageant prior to their win at Miss International:
Two Miss International delegates placed as runners-up in the pageant and later won the Miss World title:
One Miss International delegate placed as semifinalist in the pageant and later won the Miss Universe title:
1965: Ingrid Finger reigned for 624 days (more than 20 months). due to cancellation of Miss International 1966
Didn't Place at Miss Universe nor at Miss World but later won Miss International Title:
One winner has been crowned Miss International on their home turf:
Longest Gap between titleholders from the same country:
Shortest Gap between titleholders from the same country:
Double/Triple Wins in a Decade [ edit ]
No Double/Triple Win [ edit ]
1970 - 1979 [ edit ]
1980 - 1989 [ edit ]
1990 - 1999 [ edit ]
2000 - 2009 [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]