| Author: Lindsey Brand

Pageants such as Miss Universe have existed globally for a long time now. They have been present over the years in various forms and have occupied a significant part of our history. Over time the contest has seen the evolution of beauty standards and how perceptions relating to beauty have changed over time. We have compiled a list of all winners back from 1952 to allow you to glance back in time and see who we consider being beautiful today.


1. 1952 – MISS FINLAND

Miss Universe started in the year 1952 even though other pageants existed way before that. It was among the most spectacular pageants ever conducted and was won by Armi Kuusela, a 17-year-old girl Finland. Succeeding her great win, she spent time traveling and met her husband on her tour. She decided to surrender her title in order to marry the businessman.



2. 1954 – MISS USA

In 1954 the pageant was won by Miriam Stevenson who was an American citizen and she was the first woman from her country who had won Miss Universe. That year witnessed a tie between her and the contestant from Brazil and they had to face a tiebreaker before the proclamation of the winner. She was awarded a Hollywood contract. She went on to appear on TV or judge various pageants.



3. 1955 – MISS SWEDEN

The contest was hosted in California and was won by Hillevi Rombin Schine, from Swedish origin. She wanted to build a career in acting and so she took acting classes to work in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she only landed some minor roles in a few movies and later got married.



4. 1956 – MISS USA

This was the second instance when an American contestant won the pageant. Carol Morris was a student from Drake University. She was also a swimmer and a sorority sister before her big win. She portrayed her talent by playing the violin for the judges. Carol was active in her role as Miss Universe and later entered the line of acting.



5. 1959 – MISS JAPAN

Akiko Kojima was the first Asian to ever have won this beauty pageant in 1959. She was the quickest to move on from the roles of Miss Universe and got married very early. Unlike others, she didn’t end up choosing acting as a career. This was mostly based on the culture they followed in Japan.


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