The first “Miss Universe” pageant took place in 1952, and it was then that the most beautiful woman on the planet was chosen for the first time in history. Over the years, the beauty pageant has undergone many changes, experimented with various tests and added various tasks to the participants. The criteria by which a participant’s appearance and parameters are assessed have also changed over the decades. Miss Universe has quickly become the biggest pageant, broadcast to more than 500 million viewers in nearly 200 countries worldwide.
It has been almost 70 years since the first Miss Universe was announced. Every year, the pantheon of beauties expands, adding women from all over the world. But today, let’s take a look at Asia’s most exciting pageant winners.
1) Akiko Kojima (Japan) — Miss Universe 1959
22-year-old Akiko Kojima became Asia’s first Miss Universe.
2) Apasra Hongsakula (Thailand) — Miss Universe 1965
In 1965, the Asian woman was crowned for the second time. Thailand’s stunner Apasra Hongchakula won over the judges with her incredible charisma.
3) Gloria Maria Diaz (Philippines) — Miss Universe 1969
The greatest year of the last century (couldn’t have been better than ’69, am I right?) we had a blast from the Philippines. — Gloria Maria Diaz.
4) Georgina Risk (Lebanon) — Miss Universe 1971
Two years after Gloria, Georgina Risk of Lebanon was crowned.
5) Maria Margarita Moran (Philippines) — Miss Universe 1973
The Philippines struck back in 1973! 19-year-old Maria Margarita Moran won not only the main prize, but also the title of Miss Photogenic.
6) Rina Messinger (Israel) — Miss Universe 1976
An Israeli woman dominated the 25th Miss Universe pageant — Rina Messinger.
7) Borntip Lick it (Thailand) — Miss Universe 1988
Twelve years have passed since Asia won the Miss Universe title and in 1988 Borndip Nakierunganog made her country proud!
8) Sushmita Sen (India) — Miss Universe 1994
Strangely, the first Miss Universe from India was selected in 1994, 40 years after the first pageant. Sushmita Sen’s killer smile brought her success and made her a national celebrity.
9) Laura Dutta (India) — Miss Universe 2000
But if you thought Sushmita was famous, wait till you hear about Laura Dutta! She was 22 when the big hit finally hit her. After winning the Miss Universe title, she started acting in films and became one of India’s biggest Bollywood stars.
10) Ryo Mori (Japan) — Miss Universe 2007
The second Japanese winner was Ryo Mori, a 31-year-old model. He had planned to go into show business, but those plans went awry.
11) Pia Alonso Wurtzbach (Philippines) — Miss Universe 2015
The second most recent Miss Asia to win the title was Pia Alonso Wurtzbach from the Philippines. Most of you probably know her as actress and model Pia Romero.
12) Catriona Gray (Philippines) — Miss Universe 2018
The new winner of the Miss Universe pageant is another woman from the Philippines — Catriona Grey, a Filipina-Australian model and an amazing singer!
I wonder who will win the 2020 crown.