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Miss Europe

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.

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

Date Venue Entries Winner
1929.02.07
1930.02.05
1931.02.05
1932.02.11
1933.05.27
1934.09.09
1935.07.06
1936.10.30
1937.12.
1938.09.12
France
France
France
France
Spain
England
England
Tunisia
Algeria
Denmark
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Hungary  Elzbieta "Böske" Simon
Greece  Alice Diplarakou
France  Jeanne Juilla
Denmark  Aase Clausen
Russia  Tatiana Maslova
Finland  Ester Toivonen
Spain  Alicia Navarro Cambronero
Spain 
Antonita Arquès
Finland  Britta Wickström
Finland  Sirkka Salonen