Miss Universe Canada

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Miss Universe Canada
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Toronto
Miss Universe
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Reina Internacional del Café
Miss United Continent
World Miss University
Official language
Denis Davila
Website Official 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. However it is believed that it was because she was over age.[9] Adwoa Yamoah, the first runner-up, replaced her and competed in Miss Universe 2012.

On 27 May 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]


Riza Santos - Miss Universe Canada 2013
Sahar Biniaz - Miss Universe Canada 2012
Elena Semikina - Miss Universe Canada 2010
Color key
  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss Canada Hometown Heritage Placement
2016 Siera Bearchell[12] Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Moose Jaw Canada TBA
2015 Paola Nunez Valdez Flag of Ontario.svg Toronto Dominican Republic
2014 Chanel Beckenlehner Flag of Ontario.svg Caledon Germany
2013 Riza Santos Flag of Alberta.svg Calgary Philippines
2012 Sahar Biniaz* Flag of British Columbia.svg Vancouver Iran Did not compete
Adwoa Yamoah Flag of Alberta.svg Calgary Ghana
2011 Chelsae Durocher Flag of Ontario.svg Tecumseh France
2010 Elena Semikina[13] Flag of Ontario.svg Toronto Moldova
2009 Mariana Valente[14] Flag of Ontario.svg Richmond Hill Brazil
2008 Samantha Tajik[15] Flag of Ontario.svg Richmond Hill Iran
2007 Inga Skaya[16] Flag of Ontario.svg Toronto Russia
2006 Alice Panikian[17] Flag of Ontario.svg Toronto Bulgaria Top 10
2005 Natalie Glebova[18] Flag of Ontario.svg Toronto Russia Miss Universe 2005
2004 Venessa Fisher[19] Flag of Ontario.svg Waterdown United Kingdom
2003 Leanne Marie Cecile[20] Flag of Ontario.svg Tecumseh France Top 10
2002 Neelam Verma[21] Flag of Ontario.svg Etobicoke India Top 10
2001 Cristina Rémond Flag of Quebec.svg Montreal France
2000 Kim Yee Flag of Alberta.svg Edmonton China Top 5
1999 Shannon McArthur Flag of Ontario.svg Windsor Republic of Ireland
1998 Juliana Thiessen Flag of Alberta.svg Calgary Norway
1997 Carmen Kempt Flag of Alberta.svg Red Deer United Kingdom
1996 Renette Cruz Flag of British Columbia.svg Vancouver Philippines
1995 Lana Buchberger Flag of Alberta.svg Calgary Germany 2nd runner-up

Miss Canada[edit]

In 1952-1994 Miss Canada winners in under another organization competed at Miss Universe pageant, in some years Canada was using Dominion of Canada at the pageant. In 1995 was beginning for Miss Universe Canada pageant to send the candidate to the Miss Universe pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Canada Placement
United States 1952 Ruth Carrier
United States 1953 Thelma Elizabeth Brewis Top 16
United States 1954 Joyce Mary Landry
United States 1955 Cathy Diggles Top 16
United States 1956 Elaine Evelyn Bishenden
United States 1957 Gloria Noakes Top 16
United States 1958 Eileen Cindy Conroy
United States 1959 Eileen Butter
United States 1960 Edna Dianne MacVicar
United States 1961 Wilda Reynolds
United States 1962 Marilyn McFatridge Top 15
United States 1963 Jane Kmita
United States 1964 Mary Lou Farrell
United States 1965 Carol Ann Tidey Top 15
United States 1966 Marjorie Anne Schofield
United States 1967 Donna Marie Barker
United States 1968 Nancy Wilson Top 15
United States 1969 Jacquie May Perrin
United States 1970 Norma Joyce Hickey
United States 1971 Lana Drouillard
Puerto Rico 1972 Bonny Brady
Greece 1973 Deborah Anne Ducharme
Philippines 1974 Deborah Tone
El Salvador 1975 Sandra Margaret Emily Campbell
Hong Kong 1976 Normande Jacques
Dominican Republic 1977 Pamela Mercer
Mexico 1978 Andrea Leslie Eng
Australia 1979 Heidi Quiring
South Korea 1980 Teresa "Terry" Lynn Mackay Top 10
United States 1981 Dominique Dufour 1st runner-up
Peru 1982 Karen Dianne Baldwin Miss Universe 1982
United States 1983 Jodi Yvonne Rutledge
United States 1984 Cynthia Michele Kereluk
United States 1985 Karen Elizabeth Tilley Top 10
Panama 1986 Rene Newhouse
Singapore 1987 TinaMay Simpson
Taiwan 1988 Mary-Melinda Gillies
Mexico 1989 Juliette Powell
United States 1990 Robin Lee Ouzunoff
United States 1991 Leslie McLaren
Thailand 1992 Nicole Dunsdon
Mexico 1993 Nancy Ann Elder
Philippines 1994 Susanne Rothfos

Miss Canada at International pageants[edit]

Representatives at Miss International[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

In 2000 after joining with Miss Canada pageant, the second title or candidates of Miss Universe Canada will be appointing to compete at Miss International pageant.

Year Miss International Canada Placement
Japan 2000 Angeliki Lakouras Top 15
Japan 2001 Shauna Leah-Ann Olechow
Japan 2002 Alicia Victoria Altares
Japan 2003 Katarzyna Dziedzic
China 2004 Adelynn Cupino
Japan 2005 Micaela Smith
China 2006 Emily Ann Kiss
Japan 2007 Justine Stewart
Macau 2008 Elena Semikina
China 2009 Chanel Beckenlehner Top 15
China 2010 Katie Starke
Japan 2012 Marta Jablonska
Japan 2013 Sarah Ainsley Harrison
Japan 2014 Kesiah Papasin
Japan 2015 Kathryn Kohut
Japan 2016 Amber Bernachi TBA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/03/18/13272286.html
  2. ^ a b http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=a92bb754-62f0-4e8d-af6b-27ee4db7c10a
  3. ^ http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/national/2010/03/18/13272311.html
  4. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/17/arab-american-wins-miss-usa-2010/
  5. ^ http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100411/NEWS02/304099897
  6. ^ http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/03/18/13272621-qmi.html?cid=rssnews
  7. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/03/world/africa/women-arab-uprisings/
  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 2015-12-25. 
  10. ^ http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2013/05/27/20853401.html
  11. ^ http://www.beautiesofcanada.com/muc/2013/05/miss-universe-canada-2013-final-results/
  12. ^ "Siera Bearchell crowned as Miss Universe Canada 2016". www.angelopedia.com. Angelopedia. 12 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Miss Universe 2010: the best pictures of Elena Semikina, Canada". La voz libre. July 21, 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Miss Universe Canada 2009". Calgary Sun. May 22, 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "TO's Tajik crowned Miss Universe Canada". Toronto Sun. Canadian Online Explorer. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "The next Miss Universe?". Sun Media. Canadian Online Explorer. March 14, 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Miss Universe Canada 2006". National Post. canada.com. March 22, 2006. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Go for the crown". La Prensa. March 5, 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Waterdown teen takes pageant title". The Hamilton Spectator. January 27, 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  20. ^ "Canuck contestant faces SARS test". Toronto Sun. Canadian Online Explorer. May 13, 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "Miss Canada Universe 2002". MyBindi.com. 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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