Miss Universe winners: 1952-2010

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Take a look at the photos of the pageant's 48 winners all the way back from 1952.

The Miss Universe pageant has ended in Las Vegas: this year, Mexico's Jimena Navarrete was named the most beautiful woman of the world. Take a look at the photos of the pageant's 48 winners all the way back from 1952.

© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The contest was founded more than 50 years ago. The first Miss Universe pageant was held in 1952 in Long Beach, California. It was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland.
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The contest was founded more than 50 years ago. The first Miss Universe pageant was held in 1952 in Long Beach, California. It was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Christiane Martel was the only French to win the Miss Universe crown. It happened in 1953.
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Christiane Martel was the only French to win the Miss Universe crown. It happened in 1953.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1954, 21-year-old Miriam Stevenson became the first woman from the United States to win the pageant.
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In 1954, 21-year-old Miriam Stevenson became the first woman from the United States to win the pageant.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The pageant was first televised in 1955. The Miss Universe crown was won by Hillevi Rombin from Sweden
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The pageant was first televised in 1955. The Miss Universe crown was won by Hillevi Rombin from Sweden
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1956, 20-year-old Carol Morris became the second Miss U.S.A. to win the Miss Universe title. In 1960, photos of happy Carol and her newborn son Christopher made the front pages of the American newspapers.
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In 1956, 20-year-old Carol Morris became the second Miss U.S.A. to win the Miss Universe title. In 1960, photos of happy Carol and her newborn son Christopher made the front pages of the American newspapers.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Gladys Zender from Peru won the title in 1957.
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Gladys Zender from Peru won the title in 1957.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The only Colombian among the Miss Universe winners was Luz Marina Zuluaga (1958).
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The only Colombian among the Miss Universe winners was Luz Marina Zuluaga (1958).
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The 22-year-old Japanese supermodel Akiko Kojima won in 1959
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The 22-year-old Japanese supermodel Akiko Kojima won in 1959
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Linda Bement was the third Miss U.S.A. to be crowned as Miss Universe. It happened in 1960
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Linda Bement was the third Miss U.S.A. to be crowned as Miss Universe. It happened in 1960
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Miss Germany Marlene Schmidt was named the most beautiful in 1961
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Miss Germany Marlene Schmidt was named the most beautiful in 1961
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1962, the title was won by Miss Argentina Norma Nolan
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In 1962, the title was won by Miss Argentina Norma Nolan
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Ieda Maria Vargas from Brazil became Miss Universe in 1963
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Ieda Maria Vargas from Brazil became Miss Universe in 1963
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The Greek Kiriaki Corinna Tsopei won in 1964.
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The Greek Kiriaki Corinna Tsopei won in 1964.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Apasra Hongsakula was the first Thai among the beauty queens in 1965.
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Apasra Hongsakula was the first Thai among the beauty queens in 1965.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Margreta Arvidsson continued the winning series of Sweden in 1966.
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Margreta Arvidsson continued the winning series of Sweden in 1966.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Sylvia Louise Hitchcock from the United States became Miss Universe in 1967.
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Sylvia Louise Hitchcock from the United States became Miss Universe in 1967.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Martha Vasconcellos became the second Brazilian among the pageant winners (1968).
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Martha Vasconcellos became the second Brazilian among the pageant winners (1968).
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The 19-year-old Gloria Diaz from the Philippines became Miss Universe in 1969.
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The 19-year-old Gloria Diaz from the Philippines became Miss Universe in 1969.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Marisol Malaret from Puerto Rico won the title a year later.
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Marisol Malaret from Puerto Rico won the title a year later.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The first and the only Lebanese winner was Georgina Rizk (1971).
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The first and the only Lebanese winner was Georgina Rizk (1971).
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The Australian Kerry Anne Wells became Miss Universe in 1972.
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The Australian Kerry Anne Wells became Miss Universe in 1972.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Margarita Moran took the crown away to the Philippines a year later.
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Margarita Moran took the crown away to the Philippines a year later.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Spanish actress Amparo Munoz won in 1974.
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Spanish actress Amparo Munoz won in 1974.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Anne Marie Pohtamo from Finland became the world’s beauty queen in 1975.
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Anne Marie Pohtamo from Finland became the world’s beauty queen in 1975.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Rina Messinger was the first Miss Universe from Israel (1976).
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Rina Messinger was the first Miss Universe from Israel (1976).
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Janelle Commissiong from Trinidad and Tobago became in 1977 the first black woman to win the Miss Universe title.
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Janelle Commissiong from Trinidad and Tobago became in 1977 the first black woman to win the Miss Universe title.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1978, the winner’s crown was sent to South Africa. Margaret Gardiner became Miss Universe.
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In 1978, the winner’s crown was sent to South Africa. Margaret Gardiner became Miss Universe.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Maritza Sayalero became the first winner from Venezuela (1979).
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Maritza Sayalero became the first winner from Venezuela (1979).
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Shawn Nichols Weatherly from the United States was crowned Miss Universe in 1980.
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Shawn Nichols Weatherly from the United States was crowned Miss Universe in 1980.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1981, the crown was delivered again to Venezuela, to Mona Irene Lailan Saez Conde.
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In 1981, the crown was delivered again to Venezuela, to Mona Irene Lailan Saez Conde.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1982, Canada’s Karen Diane Baldwin won the pageant in Peru.
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In 1982, Canada’s Karen Diane Baldwin won the pageant in Peru.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.A year later, Lorraine Downes from New Zealand won the crown.
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A year later, Lorraine Downes from New Zealand won the crown.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1984, Scandinavian features were again in fashion. Yvonne Ryding from Sweden became Miss Universe.
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In 1984, Scandinavian features were again in fashion. Yvonne Ryding from Sweden became Miss Universe.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The second Miss Universe from Puerto Rico Deborah Carthy-Deu gains the crown in 1985 in Miami Beach.
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The second Miss Universe from Puerto Rico Deborah Carthy-Deu gains the crown in 1985 in Miami Beach.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Barbara Palacios Teyde continued the triumphal series of Venezuela in 1986.
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Barbara Palacios Teyde continued the triumphal series of Venezuela in 1986.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 1987, Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck from Chile was named Miss Universe.
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In 1987, Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck from Chile was named Miss Universe.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Porntip Nakhirunkanok from Thailand won in 1988.
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Porntip Nakhirunkanok from Thailand won in 1988.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.The first Dutchwoman won the pageant in 1989. Her name was Angela Visser.
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The first Dutchwoman won the pageant in 1989. Her name was Angela Visser.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Norway’s Mona Grudt started the decade with victory (1990).
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Norway’s Mona Grudt started the decade with victory (1990).
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Lupita Jones represented Mexico in 1991 and won.
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Lupita Jones represented Mexico in 1991 and won.
© Photo : Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.In 2002, Oksana Fedorova became the first Miss Universe from Russia. Later she gave up the title.
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In 2002, Oksana Fedorova became the first Miss Universe from Russia. Later she gave up the title.
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