Miss Universe Canada

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Miss Universe Canada
MottoConfidently Beautiful
TypeBeauty pageant
Official language
Denis Davila
WebsiteOfficial website

Miss Universe Canada or "Beauties of Canada" is a national beauty pageant in Canada.

Beauties of Canada Organization gained the exclusive rights to send a Canadian representative to the Miss Universe Pageant in 2002. Created by Brandon Mclennan, the company President is Nicaraguan-born Canadian Denis Davila.

The Miss Universe Canada contest was first held in 2003, with the first winner being Leanne Marie Cecile. Cecile made the Top 10 in Miss Universe 2003.

Natalie Glebova was crowned the winner in 2005 and went on to become Miss Universe 2005. Glebova's successor Alice Panikian was viewed as a strong contender to win the 2006 Miss Universe crown and placed in the Top 10.


In 2010, Miss Universe Canada made headlines when Maria Al-Masani, the first beauty pageant contestant of Yemeni origin, competed.[1][2][3][4] This was controversial due to accommodating her religious beliefs by allowing her to wear a semi-transparent sarong over her swimsuit.[1][2][5][6] In 2012, CNN World News named her one of its eight "agents of change" to follow, the only Canadian to receive that designation.[7]

The 2012 contest was accused of transphobia after disqualifying a transgender contestant, Jenna Talackova (Jana Talačková), for not being a "naturally born female". A spokesperson from Miss Universe Canada released a statement saying she was disqualified because on her entry form she stated she was born a female, which was not the case. Eventually, Talackova was let back into the competition.[8]

After this, Sahar Biniaz dropped out of the Miss Universe pageant a few days prior to it starting, having allegedly hurt her foot.[9] Adwoa Yamoah, the first runner-up, replaced her and competed in Miss Universe 2012.

On May 27, 2013, two days after the Miss Universe Canada 2013 pageant, it was announced that Denise Garrido was the winner. As it turned out, Garrido was actually 3rd runner-up and due to a mathematical error was named the winner. Calgary's Riza Santos was the actual winner. During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurred the following day), a typo was discovered in the top five entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition.[10][11]


Miss Universe Canada[edit]

Riza Santos - Miss Universe Canada 2013 (Filipino)
Sahar Biniaz - Miss Universe Canada 2012 (Iranian)
Elena Semikina - Miss Universe Canada 2010 (Moldovan)
Natalie Glebova - Miss Universe Canada 2005 (Russian)
  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner
Year Miss Universe Canada Represented Hometown Placement Special Awards
2019 Alyssa Boston Tecumseh Tecumseh, Ontario Unplaced
2018 Marta Stępień South Ontario Windsor, Ontario Top 10
2017 Lauren Howe Ontario Province Toronto, Ontario Top 10 Best National Costume (Top 12)
2016 Siera Bearchell Saskatchewan Province Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Top 9
2015 Paola Núñez Valdez Central Toronto Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2014 Chanel Beckenlehner South Ontario Caledon, Ontario Unplaced Best National Costume (Top 5)
2013 Riza Santos Alberta Province Calgary, Alberta Unplaced
2012 Sahar Biniaz* Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia Did not compete
Adwoa Yamoah Lower Alberta Calgary, Alberta Unplaced
2011 Chelsae Durocher Lower Canada Tecumseh, Ontario Unplaced
2010 Elena Semikina[12] Southeast Ontario Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2009 Mariana Valente[13] Richmond Hill Richmond Hill, Ontario Unplaced
2008 Samantha Tajik[14] Upper Canada Richmond Hill, Ontario Unplaced
2007 Inga Skaya[15] Northwest Toronto Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2006 Alice Panikian[16] Ontario Province Toronto, Ontario Top 10
2005 Natalie Glebova[17] Toronto City Toronto, Ontario Miss Universe 2005
2004 Venessa Fisher[18] Ontario Province Waterdown, Ontario Unplaced
2003 Leanne Marie Cecile[19] Ontario Province Tecumseh, Ontario Top 10

Miss International Canada[edit]

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner

The following is a list of all Miss International Canada titleholders in under Beauties of Canada or Miss Universe Canada since 2003.

Year Miss Canada Represented Hometown Placement Special Awards
2019 Megha Sandhu Montréal Montreal, Quebec Unplaced
2018 Camila Gonzalez North Toronto Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2017 Marta Stępień Upper Canada Windsor, Ontario Unplaced
2016 Amber Bernachi Amherstburg Windsor, Ontario Top 15
2015 Kathryn Kohut South Alberta Wetaskiwin, Alberta Unplaced
2014 Kesiah Papasin Etobicoke Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2013 Sarah Ainsley Harrison National Capital Region Ottawa, Ontario Unplaced
2012 Marta Jablonska South Ontario Hamilton, Ontario Unplaced
2010 Katie Starke East Ontario Uxbridge, Ontario Unplaced
2009 Chanel Beckenlehner Ontario Province Caledon, Ontario Top 15
2008 Elena Semikina Northwest Toronto Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2007 Justine Stewart Atlantic Canada Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2006 Emily Ann Kiss Southwest Ontario Toronto, Ontario Unplaced
2005 Micaela Smith Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta Unplaced
2004 Adelynn Cupino British Columbia Province Vancouver, British Columbia Unplaced
2003 Katarzyna Dziedzic Alberta Province Edmonton, Alberta Unplaced

  • Note:
    • 2016: Amber Bernachi won Miss Eco International 2017 in Egypt.

Miss Canada 1952–1994[edit]

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner


The Canadian Search Miss Universe or Miss Canadian Universe was hosted by Terry Lynn Meyer, a former Miss Canada and Seanna Collins. The special entertainment guests were Tyler Hamilton and Dendra Taylor. After Miss Canada stopped the annual pageant in 1993, the new franchise was taken by former Miss Canada, Terry Lynn Meyer.

Year Represented Miss Canada Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
2002 Etobicoke, Ontario Neelam Verma[20] Top 10
2001 Montreal, Quebec Cristina Rémond Unplaced
2000 Edmonton, Alberta Kim Yee Top 5
1999 Windsor, Ontario Shannon McArthur Unplaced
1998 Calgary, Alberta Juliana Thiessen Unplaced
1997 Red Deer, Alberta Carmen Kempt Unplaced
1996 Vancouver, British Columbia Renette Cruz Unplaced
1995 Calgary, Alberta Lana Buchberger 2nd Runner-up
1994 Dawson Creek, British Columbia Susanne Rothfos Unplaced
1993 Calgary, Alberta Nancy Ann Elder Unplaced


The Miss Canada pageant obtained the franchise for the Miss Universe Pageant in 1978, when that year's first runner-up, Andrea Leslie Eng, competed internationally. From 1979 to the final contest, the winners of Miss Canada went on to compete. Miss Canada 1982, Karen Baldwin, being the only Miss Canada to also win Miss Universe. The show was popular in the 1970s, with up to 5 million viewers, but declined in the 1980s, until it was cancelled. Producers of the show cited mounting production costs, as the reason for cancellation, along with the absence of host Jim Perry, who went into semi-retirement after the 1991 pageant. The last winner was Miss Canada 1992 Nicole Dunsdon from British Columbia.

Year Represented Miss Canada Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
1992 Summerland, British Columbia Nicole Dunsdon Unplaced
1991 Edmonton, Alberta Leslie McLaren Unplaced
1990 Niagara Region, Ontario Robin Lee Ouzunoff Unplaced
1989 Laurentians Region, Quebec Juliette Powell Unplaced
1988 London, Ontario Mary-Melinda Gillies Unplaced
1987 Niagara Region, Ontario TinaMay Simpson Unplaced
1986 Cranbrook, British Columbia Rene Newhouse Unplaced
1985 Calgary, Alberta Karen Elizabeth Tilley Top 10
1984 Edmonton, Alberta Cynthia Michele Kereluk Unplaced
1983 Manitoba Jodi Yvonne Rutledge Unplaced
1982 London, Ontario Karen Dianne Baldwin Miss Universe 1982
1981 Laval, Quebec Dominique Dufour 1st Runner-up
1980 Calgary, Alberta Teresa "Terry" Lynn Mackay Top 10
1979 Manitoba Heidi Quiring Unplaced
1978 Vancouver, British Columbia Andrea Leslie Eng Unplaced


Between 1969 and 1977 the Miss Dominion of Canada pageant originated when the Bruno family of Ancaster, Ontario obtained franchise rights to select and send Canada's exclusive representatives to Miss Universe. The winner of Miss Dominion of Canada competed to Miss Universe. The Miss Universe franchise in Canada was taken over by the nationally televised Miss Canada contest in 1978.

Year Represented Miss Canada Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
1977 Burnaby, British Columbia Pamela Mercer Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1976 Blind River, Ontario Normande Jacques Unplaced
1975 Leamington, Ontario Sandra Margaret Emily Campbell Unplaced
1974 - Deborah Tone Unplaced
1973 Port Colborne, Ontario Deborah Anne Ducharme Unplaced
1972 Perth, Ontario Bonny Brady Unplaced
1971 Windsor, Ontario Lana Drouillard Unplaced
1970 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Norma Joyce Hickey Unplaced
1969 Toronto, Ontario Jacquie May Perrin Unplaced
1968 Chatham, Ontario Nancy Wilson Top 15
1967 Toronto, Ontario Donna Marie Barker Unplaced
1966 - Marjorie Anne Schofield Unplaced
1965 Hamilton, Ontario Carol Ann Tidey Top 15
1964 St. John’s, Newfoundland Mary Lou Farrell Unplaced
1963 Regina, Saskatchewan Jane Kmita Unplaced
1962 Toronto, Ontario Marilyn McFatridge Top 15
1961 Toronto, Ontario Wilda Reynolds Unplaced
1960 Galt, Ontario Edna Dianne MacVicar Unplaced
1959 Ancaster, Ontario Eileen Butter Unplaced


In 1952 Miss Toronto 1951 competed to Miss Universe 1952. Between 1952 and 1958 Miss Universe Canada selected by Miss Toronto Organization in Canada. In 1957 Miss Toronto won the Miss Canada and went to Miss Universe in the USA. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) a runner-up is sent.

Year Represented Miss Canada Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
1958 Toronto, Ontario Eileen Cindy Conroy Unplaced
1957 Toronto, Ontario Gloria Noakes Top 16
1956 Toronto, Ontario Elaine Evelyn Bishenden Unplaced
1955 Toronto, Ontario Cathy Diggles Top 16
1954 Toronto, Ontario Joyce Mary Landry Unplaced
1953 Toronto, Ontario Thelma Elizabeth Brewis Top 16
1952 Toronto, Ontario Ruth Carrier Unplaced

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ nurun.com. "Beauty to cover up in pageant".
  4. ^ "Arab-American Rima Fakih wins Miss USA 2010, Update: stripping photos revealed".
  5. ^ "Former Erie resident in beauty pageant controversy".
  6. ^ "Beauty to cover up in pageant".
  7. ^ "Women and the Arab uprisings: 8 'agents of change' to follow". CNN.
  8. ^ "Transgender Miss Universe Canada Finalist Jenna Talackova Disqualified From Competition". Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  9. ^ "Toronto, GTA and Central Ontario casting for Miss Canada Universe". www.reocities.com. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "Miss Universe Canada crowns wrong contestant".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Miss Universe 2010: the best pictures of Elena Semikina, Canada". La voz libre. July 21, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  13. ^ "Miss Universe Canada 2009". Calgary Sun. May 22, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  14. ^ "TO's Tajik crowned Miss Universe Canada". Toronto Sun. Canadian Online Explorer. April 29, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "The next Miss Universe?". Sun Media. Canadian Online Explorer. March 14, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  16. ^ "Miss Universe Canada 2006". National Post. canada.com. March 22, 2006. Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  17. ^ "Go for the crown". La Prensa. March 5, 2005. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  18. ^ "Waterdown teen takes pageant title". The Hamilton Spectator. January 27, 2004. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  19. ^ "Canuck contestant faces SARS test". Toronto Sun. Canadian Online Explorer. May 13, 2003. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  20. ^ "Miss Canada Universe 2002". MyBindi.com. 2002. Archived from the original on January 9, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2011.

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