Miss Universe 1959

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Miss Universe 1959
Date 24 July 1959
Presenters Byron Palma
Venue Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California, United States
Broadcaster KTTV
Entrants 34
Placements 15
Debuts Bolivia, Burma, Luxembourg
Withdrawals Alaska, Australia, British Guiana, Chile, Paraguay, Singapore, Surinam, Venezuela, West Indies
Returns Austria, Iceland, Thailand, Turkey
Winner Akiko Kojima
← 1958
1960 →

Miss Universe 1959, the 8th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 24 July 1959 in Long Beach, California, United States. 34 contestants competed and in the end Akiko Kojima of Japan won the competition, becoming the first Asian woman to win the title. She was crowned by Luz Marina Zuluaga from Colombia. This was the last year that the pageant was held in Long Beach before it moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 1960, before the establishment of the Miss International pageant.


Miss Universe 1959 participating nations and results


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 1959
1st runner-up
  •  Norway - Jorunn Kristjansen
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
  •  Brazil - Vera Regina Ribeiro