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.
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
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
webmaster's collection, plus contributions from Markku, Juan, Raisa, Stefan,
Pepe and many others over the past 13 years.