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
Website Official website

Miss International (Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant) is an annual international beauty pageant held since 1960.[1] Miss International is one of the largest beauty pageants in the world after 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]

The current Miss International is Valerie Hernandez of Puerto Rico who was crowned on 11 November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Traditionally, Miss International lives in Tokyo during her reign.


The pageant was created in Long Beach, California, USA in 1960[3] after the departure of the Miss Universe pageant to Miami Beach.[4] 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 Expo '70. For 1971 and 1972, it was held in Long Beach again, but since that time it has been held annually in Japan.[6]

The pageant is also called "Miss International Beauty".[7] 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.[6]

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]

For full list and details, see List of Miss International titleholders.
Year Country/Territory Miss International National Title Location Number of Entrants
2015 TBA TBA TBA Tokyo, Japan TBA
2014  Puerto Rico Valerie Hernández 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
2011  Ecuador Fernanda Cornejo Miss Ecuador Chengdu, China 67
2010  Venezuela Elizabeth Mosquera Miss Venezuela Chengdu, China 70

Winners' gallery[edit]

By number of wins[edit]

For the full details, see Miss International country rankings.
Country/Territory Titles Winning Years
 Venezuela 6 1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010
 Philippines 5 1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013
 Spain 3 1977, 1990, 2008
 Colombia 1960, 1999, 2004
 Poland 1991, 1993, 2001
 USA 1974, 1978, 1982
 Australia 1962, 1981, 1992
 Puerto Rico 2 1987, 2014
 Mexico 2007, 2009
 Norway 1988, 1995
 Germany 1965, 1989
 Costa Rica 1980, 1983
 United Kingdom 1969, 1972
 Japan 1 2012
 Ecuador 2011
 Lebanon 2002
 Panama 1998
 Portugal 1996
 Greece 1994
 England 1986
 Guatemala 1984
 France 1976
 Yugoslavia 1975
 Finland 1973
 New Zealand 1971
 Brazil 1968
 Argentina 1967
 Iceland 1963
 Netherlands 1961

Performances by country and continental region[edit]

Region Titles Best Performance
America 23 Venezuela (6), Colombia, United States (3), Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico (2), Argentina , Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala and Panama (1)
Europe 20 Britain/England, Poland and Spain (3), Germany and Norway (2), Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Holland, Portugal, and Yugoslavia[^] (1)
Asia 7 Philippines (5) Lebanon, and Japan (1)
Oceania 4 Australia (3), New Zealand (1)
Africa 0

Competing states[edit]

Map of Miss International-winning countries as of 2014.
  •  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.


  • 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.[9]
  • One Miss International delegate placed as semifinalist in the pageant and later won the Miss Universe title:
  • Longest Reign:
    • 1965: Germany Ingrid Finger reigned for 624 days (more than 20 months). due to cancellation of Miss International 1966
  • Shortest Reign:
  • One winner has been crowned Miss International on their home turf:
  • Longest Gap between titleholders from the same country:

Double/Triple Wins in a Decade[edit]

No Double/Triple Win[edit]

  • 1960 - 1969

1970 - 1979[edit]

1980 - 1989[edit]

1990 - 1999[edit]

2000 - 2009[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. ^ "6th place winner low-rates Miami". The Miami News. 13 August 1960. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "May settle dispute over beauty pageant". Lewiston Evening Journal. 22 August 1959. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pageant shifted". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 23 April 1968. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b History of Miss International. Miss-international.org. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  7. ^ "Miss Germany Tops Beauties". The Hartford Courant. 14 August 1965. Retrieved 16 November 2010. Ingrid Fiffi Finger, was named Miss International Beauty Friday. 
  8. ^ "A Pinay to take centerstage at the Miss International 2009 - Page 2". Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Zabił ze złej miłości". Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland). 8 June 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 

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