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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Miss Universe Beauty Pageant Contest

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest run by the Miss Universe Organization. Along with its rival contests – Miss World and Miss Earth – this pageant is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world.

The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996.

In 1998, Miss Universe changed its name from Miss Universe, Inc. to Miss Universe Organization and the headquarters moved from Long Beach, Los Angeles to New York City that year. Donald Trump brought in a new team of professionals to the contest headed by its new CEO, Molly Miles, and president Maureen Reidy. Miles coined the slogan "Redefined for Today" for promotion of the pageants. That year, the new Miss Universe logo was born: The Woman with the Stars, which is still used today.

The current Miss Universe is Stefanía Fernández, from Venezuela. She won the title on August 23, 2009.


Year
Country/Territory
Miss Universe
( National title )
Coverage
2013

Panama to host Miss Universe 2013

2012

Road to Miss Universe 2012


2011

Miss Angola Leila Lopes crowned Miss Universe 2011



* Coverage
* Contestants


2010
Mexico
Jimena Navarrete
Nuestra Belleza México 2009 (Winner)

* Coverage
2009
Venezuela
Stefania Fernandez
( Miss Venezuela )
( Winner /
Best National Costume /
National Costume /
Gown /
Interview /
Albums /
Playlists /
Schedule /
Contestants )

2008
Venezuela
Dayana Mendoza
( Miss Venezuela )

( Winner /
Contestants )

2007
Japan
Riyo Mori
( Miss Universe Japan )

2006
Puerto Rico
Zuleyka Rivera
( Miss Puerto Rico Universe )

2005
Canada
Natalie Glebova
( Miss Universe Canada )

2004
Australia
Jennifer Hawkins
( Miss Universe Australia )

2003
Dominican Republic
Amelia Vega
( Miss Dominican Republic )

2002
Russia (Dethroned)
Oxana Fedorova
( Miss Russia )

Panama
Justine Pasek
( Miss Panama )

2001
Puerto Rico
Denise Quiñones
( Miss Puerto Rico Universe )

2000
India
Lara Dutta
( Femina Miss India )

1999
Botswana
Mpule Kwelagobe
( Miss Universe Botswana )

1998
Trinidad and Tobago
Wendy Fitzwilliam
( Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe )

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