The First Ever Miss Universe Contest, 1952

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Armi Kuusela from Finland was the first winner of the event. She was 17 at the time. She was awarded a box of chocolates, a gold bangle and a return ticket on Pan American Airways.

 

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The contest was held on 28 June 1952 in Long Beach, California, USA.

 

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Miss United Kingdom, Aileen P. Chase, who was a runner up in Miss World the previous year didn’t even make it into the semi finals.

 

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Miss Hawaii, Miss Greece, Miss Hong Kong and Miss Germany were all runners up.

 

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