Miss World 1956

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Miss World 1956
Petra Schürmann-1956.jpg
Date 15 October 1956
Presenters Eric Morley
Venue Lyceum Ballroom, London, United Kingdom
Entrants 24
Debuts Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, Tunisia
Withdrawals Australia, Ceylon, Cuba, Honduras, Monaco
Returns Egypt, Switzerland, Turkey
Winner Petra Schürmann
← 1955
1957 →

Miss World 1956, the sixth edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 15 October 1956 at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, UK. 24 contestants competed for the Miss World. The winner was Petra Schürmann, who represented Germany. She was crowned by Miss World 1955, Susana Duijm of Venezuela.

The announcement of the winner was marked by a moment of confusion. The United States representative, Miss USA 1956 first runner-up Betty Lane Cherry, was given the winner's sash to wear just before the ceremony, and briefly it was reported that she was the winner. She ultimately was named as the first runner-up, commenting to the press that "two seconds don't make one first".[1][2]


Final results Contestant
Miss World 1956
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
5th runner-up



The Top 6 of Miss World 1956


  • Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, and Tunisia competed in Miss World for the first time.

Returning countries[edit]

  • Egypt, Switzerland, and Turkey last competed in 1954.


  1. ^ Eddy Gilmore, "Miss Germany Wins World Beauty Title", Associated Press in San Mateo Times, 16 October 1956. Retrieved 2017-02-17 via Newspapers.com free to read
  2. ^ Dale Linder-Altman, " It's happened before: Orangeburg queen also incorrectly labeled winner", The Times and Democrat, 22 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "OPERA HOUSE RECITAL". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 August 1964. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Miss World Competition Through the Years". E!. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

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