a look at beauty contests – past and present

Webmaster: Donald West, Vancouver, Canada

Information and photographs were compiled from pageant program books, extensive research in libraries and networking with other pageant fans and former contestants. Corrections and additions will be gratefully accepted. Cross-references have been made to the Big 3 – Universe, World and International – and Miss Europe (which began before these three international pageants).

Please do not contribute pictures that were copied from eBay, as these are the property of the successful bidders.

Due to a large volume of e-mails, Donald is unable to accommodate requests for data about pageants not covered in this site. He does not trade – nor sell – pageant videotapes.

During the era of British supermodel Twiggy (1966 to 1969), there was a contest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to select a Twiggy look-alike. The 10 finalists are shown above. Unfortunately, the result was not published in Vancouver newspapers. Donald would have voted for the third from the left.

Contributors

Agustín de la Rosa (Spain)
Ana Maria Pollak (Argentina)
Anuar bin Othman (Malaysia)
Basilio Quesada Chanto (Costa Rica)
Cecilio Gentapa (Philippines)
Claudio Rodríguez (Chile)
Connie Fitzpatrick McNaughton (Canada)
Dan McEvily (USA)
Daniel Dubosselard Zimmermann (Brazil)
Daniel Gonzalez Villamediana (Venezuela)
Darren Martin-Green (Jamaica)
David Aizik (Israel)
David Tittle (United Kingdom)
Daryl Schabinger (USA)
Dawid Baraniak (Poland)
Dennys Ehlars (Venezuela)
Eeva Karjalainen (Finland)
Emppu (Finland)
Eve Tam Chuck-Yan (Hong Kong) Frederick Ip (Hong Kong)
Greg Borowski (USA)
Guillermo Mendoza Iriarte (Colombia)
Heidar Jonsson (Iceland)
Ilkka Leppanen (Finland)
Jeannie Szoradi (USA)
Jesús Rodriguez (Venezuela)
Jimmy Harris Jr. (USA)
Jimmy Steele (Canada)
Jo Ann Odum Aldrich (USA)
John McConney (Barbados)
Jorge Serna (Mexico)
Jose Alfredo Tellez Santiago (Mexico)
Jose Medel Bello (Mexico)
Juan Félix Ruiz Lima (Spain)
Julio Rodrigues (Venezuela)
Kaarina Hautaniemi (Finland)
Kevin Pedro Lemos (Portugal)
Leanne Sorby (New Zealand) Marcelo Brando (Brazil)
Marianne Hermsen (Netherlands)
Markku Erkkilä (Finland)
Meher Castelino (India)
Michael Knittel (Germany)
Milan B. (USA)
Nanny Nielen (Holland)
Natalia Elisa Gonzalez (Argentina)
Neil Craig (Bahamas)
Orlan Michael Yumang (USA)
Patrick Mount (Canada)
Peracio de Melo (Brazil)
Rantsu (Finland)
Roberto Macedo (Brazil)
Sally-Ann Fawcett (United Kingdom)
Sandra Campbell Burnham (Canada)
Trevor Adair (Northern Ireland)
Tyto Ortiz (Mexico)
William Prendiz de Jurado (USA)
Woo-jae Chung (Korea)
Zekiye Yaras Meric (Turkey)

Links
Belleza Venezolana

BeauLand

Beauties of Miss Yugoslavia

Beauty School

Beautyworlds: The Culture of Beauty

Canadian Pageant Fans’ HQ

Cat Walker (Finland)

Comite Miss France

Gianotti: Miss Italy

Global Beauties

Hong Kong Pageant Page Jimmy’s Pageant Page

Mabuhay, Pageants!

Macedo: Miss News

Mademoiselle Canada

Male Pageant World

Miss Bahamas

Miss Hong Kong Beauty

Miss Latina

Miss Nicaragua

Miss Universe Canada
Miss Universe Critic

Miss World Canada

Miss World New Zealand

Missosology

Mister Belgium

Pageant Information Center

Pawee’s Beauties Kiss & Tell

Reinas de Costa Rica

Remembering Seaside Beauty Contests

The World of Miss (Poland)