Almost every little girl grows up with the fantasy of becoming a 'queen'. Ever since the Miss World pageant, an international beauty contest, was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951, some girls began to realise those dreams. Along with Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the 'Big Four' international pageants—the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions.
Want to know all about the women who were declared beauty queens right from 1951 to present? Read on!
Since the pageant was founded in 1951, let's learn some fun facts about all the contestants till 1960.
The first-ever miss world, Kiki Hakansson, was born in Sweden in 1929 and won the pageant held in London. She had previously won the title of Miss Sweden and was a model by profession.
Fun fact: she was the only one to be crowned in a bikini, after which she was condemned by the Pope. This led to the ban of bikinis in the pageant in 1952. Even though bikini was reintroduced later, Kiki remains the only one to have been crowned wearing a bikini.
The second winner of the Miss World title was a beauty called May-Louise Flodin. Like Kiki, she was also Swedish, a former Miss Sweden winner, and also a model!
Born in France in 1935, Denise was declared the winner of the Miss World pageant in 1953. She later went on to become an actress, her most famous role being in the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. She was also actively involved in politics.
The fourth winner of the pageant, Antigone, was born and bred in Egypt. She was a model by profession and later went on to run her own interior designing company.
Born in 1936, Susana was the first woman from Venezuela to bag the Miss World title. As you know, this feat has been repeated several times after her. She later turned to acting and appeared in several films and TV shows.
Born in 1956, Petra was the first German to bag the title of Miss World. She has worked in the fields of films, radio and television and authored a few books--a powerhouse of true talent!
In the Miss World pageant held in 1957, Finnish beauty Marita won the coveted crown. She was a model by profession.
This South African beauty won the coveted crown in the year 1958 in London. Besides being a model and actor, she also ventured into fashion, launching her own line of clothing and beauty products.
In the year 1959, it was a stunner from The Netherlands who won the Miss World title. She went on to have a very successful modelling career and even launched her own modelling agency in the Netherlands.
This gorgeous lady was born and bred in Buenos Aires, Argentina and crowned Miss World in 1960 in London. She had previously won the title of Miss Argentina and was a model by profession.
Read on to know more about the beauty queens who won over the world from 1961-1970
The first Miss World winner from Wales, Rosemarie won the crown in 1961. She was a successful model and actor.
The second beauty to win the title from the Netherlands, Catharina was crowned the winner in 1962. She had previously won the title of Miss Holland and was a model.
Carole made Jamaica proud by being crowned the first Miss World from her country. Fun fact: The Jamaica Post issued a set of stamps imprinted with her picture after she won the title.
Ann Sidney, an Englishwoman, was born in 1944 and won the title in 1964. She went on to become a famous actor, appearing in movies like The Avengers, Performance, and Are You Being Served?
The UK experienced a double whammy and had TWO Miss World winner from their country win the title back to back! Lesley was crowned in 1965, and was an actor and a model.
Reita made history by not only being the first contestant from India to win the title, but also the first woman from the continent of Asia! She was previously crowned Miss Bombay 1966 and Eve’s Weekly Miss India 1966. Instead of going down a glamorous career path of acting or modelling, this beauty decided to pursue a degree in MBBS.
Born in 1946, Madeline was the first contestant from the country of Peru to bag the crown. She was also a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe 1966 contest.
This Australian stunner won the title in 1968 and was a librarian by profession. Later, she had a successful career as an actor and a model.
Eva was the first Austrian beauty to take the crown back home to her country. She later had a very successful acting career, appearing in films like The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, and Octopussy.
Jennifer was the first beauty to bag the title from the country of Grenada. However, her reign wasn't without controversy. There were rumours that she had won because of the influence exerted by the Prime Minister of her country, who was one of the judges. She went on to become a radio announcer, development worker, diplomat, author, and model.
Want to know more about the beauties who won the coveted title from 1970-80? Scroll down.
This gorgeous Brazillian bombshell, who won the world's heart in 1971, was a doctor by profession, and helped underprivileged children by giving them medical care when required.
Born in 1952, Belinda was the second Australian beauty to win the title. She was crowned in London in 1972.
Marjorie was the first woman from the United States of America to win the title in 1973. However, she faced scandal after scandal. She was stripped of her title after 104 days for not “fulfilling the basic requirements of the job”. The stunner was reportedly engaged to Formula One driver Peter Revson. However, she had an affair with the Welsh singer Tom Jones. This violated her contract and she was asked to step down from her role.
The title of Miss World was first won by England's Helen Morgan in 1974. However, it was soon discovered that she was unmarried but had an eighteen-month-old child. She was stripped of her title and the crown was then passed on to South Africa's Anneline Kriel, who became a famous model.
Born in 1957, Wilnelia was the first beauty from Puerto Rico to win the title. She was a model and actor and later founded a charity to help Puerto Rico’s underprivileged children.
Born in 1954, Cindy did Canada proud by becoming the first woman from the country to win the prestigious title. She went on to become a very famous jazz musician.
Swedish beauty Mary bagged the third such title for her country in 1977. She has worked in several films, including two James Bond movies – Octopussy and A View to a Kill.
Silvana was the second stunner from Argentina to take the title back to her country. She later had a successful career as a model and an actor.
Gina was the first woman from Bermuda to win the title for her country in 1979. After she won, her country honoured her by putting her image on Bermudian postage stamps.
This was a difficult year for the pageant winners. The first winner, Gabriella from Germany, resigned just 18 hours later, stating that her boyfriend was against her holding this title. The crown the passed on to the first runner up, America's Kimberly, who's life took a tragic turn when her boyfriend shot himself upon hearing the news of her signing a modelling contract to go to Japan.
Scroll ahead if you want to know more about all the beauties who won this title from 1980-90
Pilín was crowned Miss World on November 12, 1981 at the event held in London and hailed from the country of Venezuela. She went on to become a journalist and writer.
Born in 1960, this beauty from Dominican Republic was the first from her country to be awarded the title. She was also an architect as well as a popular TV host.
Hailing from England, Sarah was crowned Miss World on November 17, 1983 in London, UK. What stood out about her was that she refused to admit that she was the most beautiful woman in the world.
Yet again, another Venezuelan beauty won the heart of the world by winning the title of Miss World. Astrid was also named Miss World Americas.
Icelandic beauty Hólmfríður was the first one from her country to win the title. She later worked at a local kindergarten in Iceland.
Giselle was the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to win this coveted title. She was awarded the Chaconia Medal and a BWIA plane was named after her.
This Austrian beauty was named the winner at the Miss World pageant that was hosted in London, UK on November 12, 1987. She became a popular TV host and model.
Born in 1969, Linda was crowned Miss World at the Miss World pageant in London in 1988. She became a businesswoman, owning a spa named Baðhúsið for more than 20 years.
Born in 1965, Aneta was the first and only woman from Poland to win this prestigious title.
Fun fact: She is a professional dancer and also holds a degree in economics.
Born in 1970, Gina won the title in 1990 at the event held in London. The American beauty later went on to become a very successful model.
Read on to know more about the beauty queens who won over the world from 1991-2000.
Yet another Venezuelan beauty, Ninibeth, won the coveted Miss World crown in 1991. She later became a businesswoman and a model.
Julia was crowned Miss World in 1992 at the pageant hosted at Sun City, South Africa. This Russian beauty has worked as an actress and modelled for several famous brands.
The second beauty to win the prestigious title from Jamaica, Lisa is presently a Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South East. In fact, she served as Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture from 2012 to 2016.
India's heartthrob who is also considered the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai, won the title for the country in 1994. She went on to become an extremely famous actor and is also the brand ambassador for several international brands. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009 and was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.
This Venezuelan beauty won the title for the country-yet again-in the year 1995. Interestingly, she also won the Top Model of the World title in 1995. Presently, she runs a modelling agency in her country.
Irene, a beautiful Greek girl, won the laurel for her country in the year 1996- making her the first woman from her country to ever win the title. She later pursued a successful career in modelling.
This Indian stunner was the third woman to win this title in the year 1997. She went on to become an actor, model and author.
Israeli beauty Linor deserved this crown for more than one reasons. She was raped at knifepoint by her travel agent only a short while before she won the crown. After winning the title, she became an advocate against sexual violence.
Indian beauty Yukta Mookhey won yet another crown for India in the year 1999. She is an actor, model and politician and is also involved in social and charitable causes for the underprivileged. Currently, she is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party in India.
Priyanka Chopra is a woman who needs to introduction. Her career took off after she won the title of Miss World in 2000, and she has never looked back. She has received several accolades for her acting, both on national and international levels. She also received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, from the Government of India for her contribution to arts. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She has also been named one of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ by the Time magazine.
Scroll below to find out all about the beauties who the title in the past decade.
Agbani made history for becoming not only the first Nigerian to win the title, but also the first native African. She is now a very successful model and also has a bachelor's degree from New York University.
This Nigerian beauty made history by being the first native African woman to win the prestigious title.
This beauty from Turkey was crowned at the pageant held in London, United Kingdom. She is a fantastic dancer and has even appeared on a season of Dancing With The Stars.
This stunner from Ireland is the daughter of a musician and has an arts degree in Sociology and Art History from University College Dublin. She is training to be a nutritional therapist and has also written a bestselling book, titled Eat Yourself Beautiful. Talk about being a jack of all trades!
This stunner from Peru is so much more than a pretty face. Maria was studying to be a high school teacher before she won the title. She is a professional Marineradancer. She was also named Peruvian national champion of Triathlon and Pentathlon. She has plans of starting her own tourism company, and is actively involved in charity work. Phew!
We don't think there's anything this Icelandic beauty cannot do! She has studied to be a lawyer and an anthropologist, served as a police officer at Keflavík International Airport, has been the chairman of the college social club, and taught dance. Besides that, she also has a very successful career in the fashion and beauty industry and has also acted in films, sang and danced at various events, played the piano, and choreographed performances.
The 2007 winner is a powerhouse of talent. Not only does she have a degree in science from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, but has also represented China in the field of sports at the international level.
This towering Russian beauty (Ksenia is 5'11!) won the pageant held in Johannesburg. Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, she is also an athlete, and has been involved in callisthenics, swimming, and biathlon all her life.
Kaiane hails from the tiny country of Gibraltar and has had a serious political career after winning the Miss World crown in 2009. presently, she is the mayor of Gibraltar and besides being a politician, she is also known for her dancing skills. She is trained in hip hop, modern, contemporary, and commercial styles of dancing. Who says politicians have to be boring?
This American stunner is the third woman from the United States to win the prestigious title. She is presently working as a model and a photographer.
Want to know more about all the stunner who won the title in the decade that just went by? Read on.
Yet again, another Venezuelan woman won the title of Miss World in 2011. For someone who was orphaned at 8 and brought up in a convent by nuns, she has had a really inspiring life story. More power to you, Ivian!
This stunner from China is a powerhouse of talent. Besides being a professional Chinese folk singer, she is also an actress, television host, singer and model. In fact, she was the winner of the title of Miss Talent in the pageant.
The fourth American woman to win the crown held at the pageant in Indonesia, Megan has several tricks up her sleeve. She is a TV show host, movie actor, and even pursued a course in filmmaking. What a star!
This beauty from South Africa was perhaps born to be Miss World someday! After all, she has been modelling since the age of 15. She even went on to win 'Elite Model Look, South Africa', that very year. She is currently pursuing a degree in medicine and is also the chairperson of The Strauss Foundation, an NGO.
Mireia is the first woman to win the crown from Spain, and she certainly deserved it. Her beauty and grace aside, she also has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Copenhagen.
This dark-haired stunner turned heads when she won the title in 2016. She visited India in June 2017, and was received very warmly. At present, she is studying Law and Communication at Pace University, New York City.
Manushi Chhillar is the latest woman to win the crown from India, and she is a national pride. While her infectious smile makes heads turn, her focus is on her medical degree that she is pursuing from Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat. She is also a professionally-trained Kuchipudi dancer and has attended the National School of Drama.
In 2018, Vanessa made history by being the first-ever Mexican woman to win the prestigious title. Holding a degree in International Business, she’s passionate about volunteering and has also been continuously involved with organizations that support people with disabilities.
Jamaican bombshell Toni-Ann won the title held little over two months ago in London. She is the fourth woman from her country to take home the crown, she was also the winner at the talent round.Wear that crown high, Toni-Ann!
So, which one of these beauty queens has inspired you the most?
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