Miss International

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Miss International
Logo of the Miss International Pageant.
MottoLove, Peace and Beauty
TypeBeauty pageant
Official language
Akemi Shimomura
AffiliationsMiss Paris Group [1]
Miss International sash

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.[1][2] Miss International is the fourth largest pageant in the world in terms of having crowned national winners to participate in the international contest.[3][4][5]

Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.[6] The Miss International Organization and the brand are currently owned, along with Miss International Japan, by ICA (International Cultural Association) and Miss Paris Group.[7] The pageant crown used by the organization is supplied and patented by the Mikimoto pearl company.

The incumbent Miss International is Mariem Velazco of Venezuela who was crowned on 9 November 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.[8][9]


The pageant was created in Long Beach, California, United States in 1960[10] after the departure of the Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach.[11] Hosted in Long Beach until 1967,[12] 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.[13] 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".[14] 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.[13]


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;[15][16][17] 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.[2][18]

Crowns of Miss International[edit]

Recent titleholders[edit]

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

Winners' gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MOFA examines beauty contest's 'belittling'". The China Post. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Adelstein, Jake. "First lady scrutinizes blackballing of beauty queen". The Japan Times. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ Kerongo, Grace (10 November 2015). "Kenyan Beauty Crowned Miss International in Tokyo". All Africa. Archived from the original on 12 November 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ King, Kathryn (30 April 2015). "Former Miss Manawatu goes international". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ Hartman, Jan (1 October 2018). "Paid? The New Miss Ukraine 2018 Controversial". The Siver Telegram. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ Enriquez, Amee (2 February 2014). "Beauty Pageant Basics". bbc.com. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Beauty Pageant Basics". Missosology. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Mariem Claret Velazco - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Miss International 2018 - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "6th place winner low-rates Miami". The Miami News. 13 August 1960. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  11. ^ "May settle dispute over beauty pageant". Lewiston Evening Journal. 22 August 1959. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Pageant shifted". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 23 April 1968. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  13. ^ a b History of Miss International Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Miss-international.org. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  14. ^ "Miss Germany Tops Beauties". The Hartford Courant. 14 August 1965. Retrieved 16 November 2010. Ingrid Fiffi Finger, was named Miss International Beauty Friday.
  15. ^ News, Tokyo Times (17 December 2013). "Japanese Miss International 2012, dethroned after harassment scandal". Tokyo Times. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  16. ^ Ornos, Riza (17 December 2013). "No Farewell Walk for Miss International 2012 Reigning Queen Ikumi Yoshimatsu". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  17. ^ Adalia, JB (17 December 2013). "Miss Philippines Wins Miss International 2013". Kicker Daily. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  18. ^ 株式会社スポーツニッポン新聞社マルチメディア事業本部. "ミス・インターナショナル代表72人 東京タワーで"頂点"祈願". Retrieved 3 January 2016.

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