The first “Miss Universe” contest took place in 1952, that’s when the most beautiful woman on the planet was chosen for the first time in history. Over the years, the beauty pageant has undergone many changes, experimented with various trials, and added various tasks for participants. The criteria by which the participant’s appearance and parameters were evaluated have also changed over the decades. Miss Universe has quickly become the largest pageant out there, airing in almost 200 countries worldwide to an audience of over 500 million people.
It’s been almost 70 years since the first Miss Universe was announced. And every year, the pantheon of beauties has been expanding, adding girls from all over the world. But today, we’ll take a look at the most wonderful pageant winners from Asia.
1) Akiko Kojima (Japan) — Miss Universe 1959
22-year-old Akiko Kojima was the first-ever Miss Universe winner from Asia.
2) Apasra Hongsakula (Thailand) — Miss Universe 1965
The second time an Asian girl was crowned happened in 1965. The stunning Apasra Hongsakula from Thailand won over the judges with her immense charisma.
3) Gloria Maria Diaz (Philippines) — Miss Universe 1969
The nicest year of the last century (can’t get better than the ’69, am I right?) brought us a bombshell from the Philippines — Gloria Maria Diaz.
4) Georgina Rizk (Lebanon) — Miss Universe 1971
Just two years after Gloria, Georgina Rizk from Lebanon donned the crown.