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1929

Miss Europe 1929
Hungary

1930 (eventual winner is 5th from right, back row)

Miss Europe 1930
Greece

 

In 1921 Maurice de Waleffe started the Miss France pageant, with beauty queens from 49 cities.  The winner was Pauline Po, from Corsica, whose father immediately kept her at home.  The most famous Miss France was Yvette Labrousse, from 1930, who later became Princess Begum Aga Khan III. 

In December 1928 Maurice de Waleffe planned the Miss Europe pageant, to be held in February in the Paris Opera with an international jury of artists.  Invitations were sent to each of the 21 European countries to send a national representative.  All except three countries accepted the invitation.  The Miss Europe pageants were held annually throughout the 1930s until 1939, when World War II caused its cancellation.  Maurice de Waleffe passed away in 1946.  The pageant was not revived until 1948, under different organizers. 

Points were awarded for: personality & feminine charm, grace of carriage & movement, naturalness, beauty of voice & speech, figure, and merit as a photographic sitter, as well as for facial beauty.

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webmaster's collection, plus a few contributions from Markku Erkkila (Finland),
Juan Félix Ruiz Lima (Spain) & Raisa Säynäjäkoski (Finland).  Thanks also to Pepe Medel for the 1933 list.
If other contributors were unintentionally overlooked, please contact the webmaster.

1929 February 7
Paris, France
18 entries
1930 February 5
Paris, France
19 entries
Winner
Hungary  Elzbieta "Böske" Simon

Remainder
Austria  Lisl Goldarbeiter (winner Universe '29)
Bulgaria  Luba Yotzoff
Denmark  Vibeke Mogensen
England  Benny Dick (Universe '29)
France  Germaine Laborde (Universe '29)
Germany  Elisabeth Yvette Rodzyn
Greece  Aspasie Karatja
Holland  Johanna Koopman (Universe '29)
Ireland  Clara Russell-Stritch
Italy  Derna Giovannini
Luxembourg  Ketty Hipp (Universe '29)
Poland  Wladyslawa Kostakowna
Romania  Marioara Ganescu
Russia  Irina Levitskaya
Spain  Pepita Samper Bono
Switzerland  Annie Haussel
Yugoslavia  Stanislava Matijevitch

Winner
Greece  Alice Diplarakou

Remainder
Austria  Ingeborg von Grienberger
Belgium  Jenny Vanparays
Bulgaria  Konika Tchobanova
Czechoslovakia  Milada Dostalova
Denmark  Esther Petersen
England  Marjorie Ross
France  Yvette Labrousse
Germany  Dorit Nitykowski
Holland  Rie Van der Rest
Hungary  Maria Papst
Ireland  Vera Curran
Italy  Mafalda Morittino
Poland  Zofia Batycka
Romania  Dona Zoica
Russia  Irene Wentzel
Spain  Elena Plá Mompó
Turkey  Mubedjel Namik
Yugoslavia  Stephanie "Caca" Drobniak

 


Miss Europe 1931
France

Miss Europe 1932
Denmark

1933

1933
Spain & Russia (Miss Europe 1933)

1932
Spain & Italy

1933
Norway, Hungary, Germany, Scotland (tall), Spain, Russia, Romania, Turkey, England, France, Italy & Belgium

 

1931 February 5
Paris, France
16 entries
1932 February 11
Nice, France
15 entries
1933 May 27
Madrid, Spain
14 entries
Winner
France
  Jeanne Juilla

Remainder
Austria
  Berta von Haetjens
Belgium  Anita Metta Du Chateau (winner Universe '31)
Denmark  Inge Arvad
England  Bettie Mason
Estonia  Lilli Silberg
Germany  Ingrid Ruth Richard
Greece  Chryssoula Rodis
Holland  Mary Lelyveld
Hungary  Maria Tasnady-Fekete
Italy  Claudia Bracetti
Romania  Tanti Vuroseanu
Russia  Marina Shalyapina
Spain  Ermelina Carreño
Turkey  Naschide Saffet Hanim
Yugoslavia  Katica Urban

Winner
Denmark  Aase Clausen

Remainder
Argentina 
Isabel Frank

Belgium
  Suzanne Dandin
England  Gwen Stallard
France 
Émilienne “Lyne” Caisson de Souza
Germany  Ruth Behnen
Hungary  Ica Lampel
Italy  Rosetta Montali
Paris’ South American colony  Ludmilla Riberio (of Peru)
Poland  Zofia Dobrowolska
Romania  Lilian Delescu
Russia  Nina Pohl
Spain  Teresita Daniel
Turkey  Keriman Halis Hanem (winner Universe '32)
Yugoslavia  Olga Djouritch

Winner
Russia
  Tat’yana Maslova

Remainder
Belgium  Simone Eraerts
Denmark  Karen Marie Lowert
England  Angela Ward
France  Jacqueline Bertin
Germany
  Charlotte Hartmann
Hungary  Julie Gal
Italy
  Ivana Fusco
Norway  Gudrun Hilditch Rygh
Romania  Dina Mihalcea
Scotland
  Avia Talbot
Spain
  Emilia Docet
Turkey  Nazire Hanem
Yugoslavia  Dragica Ugarkovitch

 


1934
Front   Russia, Belgium, Atlantic (black dress), Italy, Norway, Finland & Hungary (with book)

Miss Europe 1934
Finland

1935

1936
Top  Russia, Ireland & Hungary
Bottom  Belgium & France

 


Miss Europe 1935
Spain

Miss Europe 1938
Finland
1934 September
Hastings, England
16 entries
1935 July 6
Torquay, England
15 entries
Winner
Finland
  Ester Toivonen

Remainder
Atlantic
  Louise Lyman (American)
Belgium  José Mandelaers
Denmark  Ethel Louis
England  June Lammas
France  Simone Barillier
Germany  Maria Magdalena Kant
Holland  Sonja Coers
Hungary  Renée Gosztony
Italy  Tosca Giusti (Universe '35)
Norway  Elsa Lindseth
Poland  Maria Zabkiewicz
Romania  Hélène Dona
Russia  Yekaterina Antonova
Siberia  Nadezhda Fomenko (Universe '35)
Spain  María Eugenia Henríquez Girón

Winner
Spain
  Alicia Navarro Cambronero

Remainder
Belgium
  Stéphanie Boumans
Czechoslovakia  Trude Böhm (Universe '35)
Danube (Region)  Maria Nagy (Universe '35)
Denmark  Ellen Örregaard
France  Gis
èle Préville (Universe '35)
Great Britain  Muriel Oxford (Universe '35)
Greece  Nicky Papadopoulou
Holland  Stella Elte
Hungary  Eva Feher
Italy  Vanna Panzarasa
Norway  Gerd Lovlien (Universe '35)
Russia  Marianne Gorbatovsky (Universe '35)
Rhenanie (Saar Region)  Elizabeth Pitz
Tunis (Tunisia)  Georgette Temmos

 

1936 October 30
Tunis, Tunisia
15 entries
1937 December
Constantine, Algeria
9 entries
1938 September 10
Copenhagen, Denmark
12 entries
Winner
Spain
  Antonita Arquès (Universe '35)

Remainder
Belgium
  Laura Torfs
Caucasus Region  Tatiana Ouchakoff
England  Laurence Atkins
France  Lyne Lassalle
Greece  Nella Sikiari
Holland  Mia Kramer
Hungary  Maria Nagy (also Europe '35)
Ireland  Dany O'Moore
Morocco
Norway  Aslaug Simonsen
Russia  Ariane Gedeonova
Sweden  Birgit Engquist
Syria-Lebanon
Tunisia  Ethel Azzopardi

Winner
Finland
  Britta Wickström

Remainder
Belgium
  José Decoeur
Denmark  Tove Arni
France  Jacqueline Janet
Norway  Lisbeth Grung
Poland  Jozefa Kaczmarkiewicz
Russia  Anna Betoulinski
Spain  Ambarina De Los Reyes
Switzerland  Jacqueline Reyboubet

Did not compete
Holland  Elsie Schimpf (no permission from her mother)
 

Winner
Finland
  Sirkka Salonen

Remainder
Belgium  Mary Van Leda
England  Doris Williams
France  Annie Carriques
Greece  Luisa Papadiamantakis
Hungary  Anny Zalay
Norway  Else Hammer
Russia  Kseniya Dachkevitch
Spain  Isa Reyes
Sweden  Doris Lundh
Switzerland  Maita Brun
Yugoslavia  Olga Dinjaski