Miss World 1951

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Miss World 1951
Date 29 July 1951
Presenters Eric Morley
Venue Lyceum Ballroom, London, United Kingdom
Entrants 26
Placements 5
Debuts Denmark, France, Holland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
Winner Kiki Håkansson
1952 →

Miss World 1951, the first Miss World pageant, was held on 29 July 1951 at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, UK. The contest was originally intended to be a one-off event connected with the Festival of Britain[1]. A total of 26 contestants competed for the inaugural Miss World title; while the names of 16 contestants are archived, there is no information on the remaining 10 contestants who represented Britain.

The winner was Kiki Håkansson from Sweden. She wore a "bikini" when being crowned, the only winner to ever do so.


Final results Contestant
Miss World 1951
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
  •  France - Jacqueline Lemoine
4th Runner-up


Country Contestant
United Kingdom Britain Pat Cameron
United Kingdom Britain Aileen P. Chase
United Kingdom Britain Fay Cotton
United Kingdom Britain Laura Ellison-Davies
United Kingdom Britain Doreen Dawne
United Kingdom Britain Marlene Ann Dee
United Kingdom Britain Brenda Mee
United Kingdom Britain Elayne Pryce
United Kingdom Britain Sidney Walker
United Kingdom Britain Nina Way
United Kingdom Britain Ann Rosemary West
Denmark Denmark Lily Jacobson
France France Jacqueline Lemoine
Netherlands Holland Sabine Aime di Angelo
Sweden Sweden Kiki Håkansson
United States United States Annette Gibson


Contestants who previously competed or will be competing at international beauty pageants:

Miss World
Miss Universe
Miss Europe
  • 1949:  Britain: Elayne Pryce
  • 1953:  Britain: Marlene Ann Dee (1st Runner-up)



  1. ^ http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/first-miss-world-contest The First Miss World Contest. Retrieved 24 June 2017

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