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The First Ever Miss Universe Contest, 1952

It was the lovely Armi Kuusela from Finland who won the first ever Miss Universe contest in 1952*, with Miss Hawaii, Miss Greece, Miss Hong Kong and Miss Germany in the runner up positions.  Interestingly Miss United Kingdom, Aileen P. Chase, who was a runner up in Miss World the previous year didn’t even make it into the semi finals. Beauty is a fickle business isn’t it?

For winning Miss Finland was awarded a box of chocolates, a gold bangle and a return ticket on Pan American Airways! She gave up her crown before the end of her year-long rein to get married.

If you’re wondering why there are American States represented there alongside countries it’s because Miss USA and Miss Universe were held at the same time!  It was Miss New York who won and became Miss USA for that year.

*The title Miss Universe had also been used by the International Pageant of Pulchritude in the 1920s and 30s but Miss Universe was officially founded in 1952.

Miss India at Miss Universe 1952 Miss Greece at Miss Universe 1952

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Image source and copyright: Time LIFE archives

7 thoughts on “The First Ever Miss Universe Contest, 1952

  1. Dar

    “Miss Welcome to Long Beach”

    Hmmm, I’m not familiar with that country.

    Also, I noticed to Miss Communist Nation or any such thing.

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    • vilvintage Post author

      Interesting isn’t it? The countries which took part were Alaska, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela…

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      • Dar

        It would be interesting to see when Communist nations were allowed to participate.

        Also, didn’t you used to use Disqus for comments?

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        • vilvintage Post author

          You’re absolutely right about Disqus, thanks for noticing! The plugin was disabled for some reason – no idea why. Should all be working again now :)

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