Since beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, and considering that beauty certainly comes from all parts of the world, it can be difficult to assert that one nation's females' relative beauties are greater than that of another nation. However, we have made the best attempt possible to rank such physical characteristics by means of ranking countries by the sum of their title-holders in two of the world's most competitive international beauty pageants. Namely, these are Miss World and Miss Universe.
6. United Kingdom (5 Miss World Winners)
In terms of beautiful women, the United Kingdom ranks sixth in the world, gifting the world the opportunity to appreciate the stunning beauties of 5 ladies who went on to win the title of Miss World for their country. Rosemarie Frankland became the first British woman, and the seventh European one, to win the title of Miss World in 1961. Ann Sidney, Lesley Langley, and Helen Morgan also won the Miss World titles for United Kingdom in 1964, 1974, and 1983, respectively. The most recent Miss World winner from the United Kingdom was Sarah-Jane Hutt, who achieved the title in the year 1983.
5. Sweden (3 Miss World, 3 Miss Universe)
Swedish women are often seen as both beautiful and independent, and have managed to woo the world with their charms for ages. Sweden can thus boast of producing 3 Miss World and 3 Miss Universe winners. Hillevi Rombin Schine was the first Miss Universe winner representing Sweden, and the one who won the title in 1955, becoming the fourth Miss Universe winner in the world. Sadly, in 1996, she became the first Miss Universe to pass away, doing so amidst a plane crash in 1996. Margareta Arvidsson and Yvonne Ryding were the other two Miss Universe winners from Sweden, and they won the title in the years 1966 and 1984, respectively. In 1951, Kiki Håkansson became the first beauty queen to win the Miss World title for Sweden. Her crowning was surrounded by controversy when she wore a bikini during the ceremony, which was ridiculed by the Pope as well as some others in religiously conservative countries. The Swedish beauties May Louise Flodin and Mary Ann Catrin Stävin won the Miss World title for themselves in the years 1952 and 1977, respectively.
4. Puerto Rico (5 Miss Universe, 1 Miss World)
The spectacular Caribbean island of Puerto Rico has produced equally spectacular ladies, and several have won universal appreciation for their incredible beauty. 5 Miss Universe and 1 Miss World winner have hailed from this country. Wilnelia Merced, a model, was the first, and only, Puerto Rican to win the Miss World title, doing so in 1975. The first Puerto Rican lady to grab the much coveted Miss Universe title was Marisol Malaret, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1970. In 1985, Deborah Carthy-Deu, and in 1993, Dayanara Yari Torres Delgado, also won the Miss Universe titles from Puerto Rico. Delgado, a multi-talented model, actor, singer, and writer, acted as an ambassador for UNICEF and established the Dayanara Torres Foundation, funding the education of underprivileged children in her home country. The last two Puerto Rican ladies to win the Miss Universe title were Denisse Maria Quiñones August, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2001, and Zuleyka Jerris Rivera Mendoza, who became Miss Universe 2006.
3. India (5 Miss World, 2 Miss Universe)
Since ages of long ago, Indian women have been revered and loved for their elegant beauty and radiant looks. The definition of Indian beauty is associated with dynamism, with the mind-boggling ethnic diversity of India reflected in the distinctive appearances of the country’s beautiful ladies. Indian women have thus always managed to perform exceedingly well in international beauty contests, and India has produced 5 Miss World and 2 Miss Universe winners over the years. Reita Faria became the first Indian woman to be crowned Miss World in 1966. After winning the crown, instead of following the usual course of acting in films and continuing her modelling career, she went on to complete her medical studies and became the first Miss World winner to qualify as a doctor. In 1994, Aishwarya Rai was the next Miss World winner from India, and her stunning looks and elegant personality soon made her a world famous lady. She became a superstar in India by acting in a lead position in a large number of Bollywood films, and she also participated in charities and also became a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, and Priyanka Chopra also won Miss World titles for India, doing so in the years 1997, 1999, and 2000, respectively. Priyanka Chopra is presently one of the leading ladies of Indian cinema and enjoys huge stardom in the country. Sushmita Sen, in 1994, and Lara Dutta, in 2000, won the Miss Universe titles for India. Both are currently highly successful Bollywood actors with huge fan followings of their own.
2. United States (8 Miss Universe, 3 Miss World)
The United States of America appears to have an abundance of beautiful women, becoming the second country in the world in terms of hosting the world’s most beautiful women. Marjorie Wallace was the first U.S. lady to win the Miss World beauty pageant in 1973. However, soon after winning, she started dating a string of famous celebrities, and 104 days later was stripped off her title for failing to comply with the Miss World duties. Gina Tolleson and Alexandria Mills also won the Miss World titles for the USA in 1990 and 2010, respectively. The United States has also made a major impact in the Miss Universe beauty contest, where 8 glamorous ladies from the country have emerged victorious as Miss Universes since 1954. In 1954, Miriam Stevenson was the first Miss Universe winner hailing from the USA. Carol Morris, in 1956, Linda Bement, in 1960, Sylvia Hitchcock, in 1967, Shawn Weatherly, in 1980, Brook Lee, in 1997, and Olivia Culpo, in 2012, were the other seven Miss Universe winners to come from and represent the USA.
1. Venezuela (7 Miss Universe, 6 Miss World)
Latino women appear to have among them some of the most beautiful women in the world, as revealed by the statistics exhibiting Venezuela as the highest ranking country in the world in terms of the number of Miss World and Miss Universe winners hailing from this country. A staggering number of 7 Miss Universe winners and 6 Miss World winners have been from the South American nation of Venezuela. Maritza Sayalero became the first Venezuelan beauty to win the Miss Universe title in 1979. Her victory brought an immense joy to her countrymen, and thereafter many parents in Venezuela even named their daughters Martiza after her own name. The other Miss Universe winners from Venezuela were Irene Sáez (1981), Bárbara Palacios (1986), Alicia Machado (1996), Dayana Mendoza (2008), Stefanía Fernández (2009), and Gabriela Isler (2013). 1955 marked an important year in Venezuela, as this was when the country got its first Miss World winner, Susana Duijm. Pilin Leon, Astrid Carolina Herrera, Ninibeth Leal, Jacqueline Aguilera, and Ivian Sarcos are the other Venezuelan beauties to win the Miss World titles, doing so in the years 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, and 2011, respectively.
Which Country Has Won the Most Beauty Pageants?
Countries who have won the most beauty pageants include Venezuela, the United States, India, and Puerto Rico.
Countries By List of Miss Universe and Miss World Titles
|Rank||Country or Territory||Number of Miss Universe Title Holders||Number of Miss World Title Holders||Total Titles|
|19||Trinidad and Tobago||2||1||3|
About the Author
Oishimaya is an Indian native, currently residing in Kolkata. She has earned her Ph.D. degree and is presently engaged in full-time freelance writing and editing. She is an avid reader and travel enthusiast and is sensitively aware of her surroundings, both locally and globally. She loves mingling with people of eclectic cultures and also participates in activities concerning wildlife conservation.
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