## Age and the Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth Winners

Age is such an abstract number but it has a been a fascinating topic especially in pageantry. Today’s post is all about the winners of Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth with respect to their ages. We will be talking about the average ages of the winners, what is the mode age and the age range of the winners of each of the 4 biggest international pageants.

But before we do that, let’s review some mathematical terms first. *The “average” is when you add up all the numbers and then divide it by how many the numbers are… The “mode” is the value that occurs most often on the sequence. Also we should note that the ages of the dethroned winners as well as their replacements were accounted for in the calculations below.
MISS EARTH
The Miss Earth pageant is the youngest pageant among the four with only 17 winners. Established in 2001, the pageant has only had 1 dethronement in its history.
Average Age: 21.88 years old or 21 years & 10 months old
Mode Age: 22 years old, 5 out of its 17 winners are 22 years old when they won the title.
Youngest Winner: 19 years old, Džejla Glavović (who was later dethroned for not being able to fulfill the duties and requirements of the pageant).
Oldest Winner: 26 years old, Karen Ibasco (she is the only winner to have a Masters degree when she won the title. Karen graduated with cum laude honors for BS and MS in Applied Physics).
Winning Age Range: 19 to 26 years old, although the age requirements are from 18-27 years old.

MISS WORLD
In contrast, the Miss World pageant is the oldest among the four having been established in 1951. And has three winners who were resigned/ dethroned. It is a year older than the Miss Universe pageant. It also prefers its winners very young as seen below…
Average Age: 19.41 or 19 years & 5 months old
Mode Age: 18 years old with 16 out of 56 winners were all 18 years old. Additional trivia – 30 out of its 56 winners were all teenagers when they won the title!
Youngest Winner: Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico, she was 18 years & 1 month old when she won in 1975.
Oldest Winner: Aneta Kręglicka of Poland, she was 24 years & 8 months old when she won in 1989.
Winning Age Range: 18 to 24 years old, although the age requirements are currently from 18-26 years old. Previously the maximum age allowed were under 25 years old.

MISS INTERNATIONAL
Average Age: 20.7 years old or 20 years & 8 months old
Mode Age: 20 years old and 21 years old, these two ages has 12 winners each
Youngest Winner: 15 years old, Melanie Marquez of the Philippines although is the only one to have won in such a young age.
Oldest Winner: 25 years old, Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan.
Winning Age Range: 15 to 25 years old, currently the age to qualify in the pageant has been from 17 to 26 y/o.

MISS UNIVERSE
Average Age: 21. 17 years old or 21 years & 2 months old
Mode Age: 18 years old, 15 of its winners were of this age when they won.
Youngest Winner: 17 years & 6 months old, Christiane Martel of France and 17 years & 11 months old, Armii Kuusela of Finland
Oldest Winner: 26 years & 4 months old, Brook Mahaelani Lee of Hawaii, USA and 26 years & 2 1/2  months old, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines.
Winning Age Range: 17 to 26 years old, currently the age range requirements of the pageant are those within 18-28 y/o.

If we put them all together, it seems that the optimal age to join an international pageant is between the ages of 20 to 22 years old. However, that might not be the case nowadays. Looking at the winners of the 4 pageants in the past 10 years reveals that the median age of the winners now ranges between 23 to 24 years old. And the trend of having teenage winners are on the wane with only 5 out of 40 alpha queens from 2007-2017.
If you have any queries on how these numbers are gathered, you can always drop us a comment or two on the comments section below…
SOURCES:
* https://www.purplemath.com/modules/meanmode.htm
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## ABS-CBN Ball 2018: Best Dressed Beauty Queens

Everything sparkled during the ABS-CBN Ball last Saturday, September 29th. But those that truly shone were the beauty queens in attendance!
Sashes&Scripts ranked the top 5 best dressed beauty queens that night… All 5 girls showed major leg action with slits that showed off their lovely gams in shiny sparkling outfits that stole the red carpet.

5.  Pia Wurtzbach – Pia took a major fashion risk with her outfit that night. There was a split whether you like it or not. I love the golden goddess look that was part Versace, part Bond Girl (Golden Finger)… It wasn’t an easy look to pull off. I could only imagine that it would have looked great in person and that photos don’t do justice to the whole ensemble. I would have only changed the hair to a Taras Bulba to make it more sleek.

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4. Ariella Arida – she showed major skin that night while maintaining a very polished and dignified overall look. Plunging neckline with a revealing slit and sides, a look that she pulled off effortlessly. She looked every inch a goddess in her peach Hannah Kong gown with an impeccable Grecian updo. The only thing I’d change would be the earring and used a statement shoulder sweeper earring to add more pizzazz to the over all outfit.

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3. Kylie Verzosa – she looked gorgeous in white and I have to say that the white and the bronzed effect on her skin was a perfect combination. Kylie was throwing major curves with her Francis Libiran gown. The gown itself reminded me of Denise Quinones in 2001. Kylie pulled off her ensemble magnificently!

2. Catriona Gray – loved everything about this outfit. From the hair down to the color of her strappy sandals. But I would really give it to Memay Francisco’s makeup that made Catriona’s face luminous that night. Gold is still Catriona’s best color IMHO and the sparkling Mak Tumang gown amplified the sensual aspect of the outfit.

1. Nicole Cordoves –  the golden girl in my list. Love how everything in her outfit was on point. She had on a very understated face and a gold gown cut simply but brought major bling! If you look at her earrings and ring (courtesy of Riqueza Jewellery), it was very Hollywood glam. Then what brought her outfit all together was her nails by Mi & Me Luxury Nails. She was channeling Miss Grand International colors with the emerald and gold colors! Even her eye shadow had gold/ emerald in it (makeup by Anton Patdu). Now that’s what you call well planned.

Comments or thoughts on the list? Let us know on the comments down below!

## Pia, Denise & Zuleyka: Yes to Transfemales in Miss Universe

More and more past winners are now speaking through their actions their support and/or approval on the participation of transfemales in  Miss Universe.
Latest to show her support is Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach who in a news report from ABSCBN said that, “you don’t have to be natural born woman to be Miss Universe.” Pia who is a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community is reported to be open to transgender females in the Miss Universe competition.

In a related report former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico and current Miss Universe Puerto Rico National Director Denise Quiñones confirmed that the local organization will follow the international rules of the MU pageant. In February 17 this year, the MUPR organization eliminated the “birth” clause requirement that included the naturally-born female aspect and instead replaced it with the clause “born in Puerto Rico” and resided in the country for 6 consecutive months. This would make Puerto Rico the latest country to open its pageant to transfemales. This makes 5 with Canada, USA, Israel, Spain and now Puerto Rico.

Former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera also expressed her support for Angela Ponce in the coming pageant. In the Spanish TV show Un Nuevo Dia on Telemundo, the former MU winner gave her support to Ponce and gave her advise for the MU competition. She said to relish every moment of the competition and drown out the noise coming from everywhere because ‘you can never get back the experience‘.

Seems like inclusion is the name of the game. The three former winners alongside Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo are just a few of the recent titleholders who are in favor of transfemales in the MU pageant.

## Long Gaps in Between Miss Universe Victories

Did you know that France had the longest wait in terms of winning its next Miss Universe title? They won their first title back in 1953 with Christianne Martel and had their second win only in 2016 with Iris Mittenaere.

Coming in second is Colombia whose Luz Marina Zuluaga won in 1958 and would only be replicated by Paulina Vega in 2014. It would also been the shortest wait for a Miss Universe victory had Paulina passed her title to Ariadna Gutierrez in what could have been a back-to-back win. Unfortunately, an error was made in the announcement winners and it was the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach who actually won (making the 4th longest gap between 2 wins in Miss Universe history).
Japan holds the record for the third  longest gap between two wins. So far, Japan has won the crown twice. The first time happened when Akiko Kojima became Miss Universe 1959 (8th Edition). The next and second time after 48 years, when Riyo Mori became Miss Universe 2007 (56th Edition).

LONGEST GAP IN WINNING MISS UNIVERSE
Australia, 32 year gap – Miss Universe 1972 & 2004
South Africa, 39 year gap – Miss Universe 1978 & 2017
Philippines, 42 year gap – Miss Universe 1973 & 2015
Japan, 48 year gap – Miss Universe 1959 & 2007
Colombia, 56 year gap – Miss Universe 1958 & 2014
France, 63 year gap – Miss Universe 1953 & 2016
As of now, Peru (61 years and counting), Germany (57 years and counting), Argentina (56 years and counting), Greece (54 years and counting) and Brazil (50 years and counting) are the 5 countries with the longest wait for their next Miss Universe crown…

## The International Titleholders of Binibining Pilipinas

In celebration of the 55th year f the Binibining Pilipinas pageant, I thought that it would be interesting to bring together all of the Bb. Pilipinas titleholders who went on to win international titles. Wouldn’t it be a marvelous reunion of sorts for past and present international winners if they were to be gathered into one stage?

So far, under the management of BPCI, a total of 15 international titles have been collected. Here is a list of the crowns that the BPCI has accumulated throughout the years…
MINOR TITLES
Joanne Santos, Miss Tourism International 1997 (Macau version) – after placing 16th in Miss Universe 1995, Joanne was appointed to compete in the Miss Tourism International pageant based in Macau.
Michelle Reyes, Miss Tourism International 2001 (Turkish version) and Miss Tourism World 2002 – she was Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up in 2001 and is the only BBP winner to win 2 consecutive international titles.
* Maricar Balagtas, Miss Globe International 2001 – ironically, the runners up of Bb. Pilipinas 2001 were the ones that brought home international crowns. Later in 2004 Maricar would then become Bb. Pilipinas Universe.

Kristine Reyes Alzar, Miss Tourism International 2002 – she was crowned Bb. Pilipinas International that same year but she got to compete in two international contests.
Noela Mae Evangelista, Queen of Tourism International 2003 – Noella was 2nd runner up in 2003 but was selected to compete in Mexico City. She was the last Binibini to wear the famous ‘Miriam Quiambao gown’.
* Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Supranational 2013 – the first to be officially crown Bb. Pilipinas Supranational.
* Ann Lorraine Colis, Miss Globe 2015 – the first to be crowned Bb. Pilipinas Globe.

MAJOR TITLES
* Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969
Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1970
* Margarita Moran, Miss Universe 1973
* Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1979
* Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005
* Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013
* Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015
* Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016

Without a doubt, this list is expected to grow more in the coming years. While this is nothing compared to the impressive list won by Miss Venezuela’s Osmel Sousa, it does give us a glimpse of how far BPCI has come through the years. With the Philippines currently at a pageant Renaissance, I am expecting at least a couple more titles would be added to the list before the turn of the decade…

## The 7 Filipino Miss Universe Finals Judges

Back in 2016, I have written about the six select few Filipino judges who have served as judges in Miss Universe. It is noteworthy to mention those that sat as judges on the Miss Universe judging table were accomplished and very well respected artists, diplomats and sports icons. They were selected because of their illustrious careers and their contributions to arts, business, politics, sports, fashion and entertainment.

Today, I wanted to revisit that post and update it with the addition of the latest Filipina to sit as a finals judge, former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.
* Miss Universe 1974 – Carlos P. Romulo in Manila, Philippines; President of the United Nations General Assembly and also a Pulitzer Prize winner for Correspondence
* Miss Universe 1989Josie Cruz Natori in Cancun, Mexico; Filipino world-class lingerie fashion designer
* Miss Universe 1991  – Kuh Ledesma in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; singer & entertainer, Filipino music icon
* Miss Universe 1994Emilio T. Yap in Manila, Philippines; Manila Bulletin Chairperson and a bonafide rags to riches entrepreneur
* Miss Universe 2011Lea Salonga in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tony & Laurence Olivier award winner, singer- actress, and the singing voice of Disney princesses Mulan and Princess Jazmine
* Miss Universe 2014Manny Pacquiao in Doral, Florida, USA; world boxing champion and the only boxer to hold  eight division world championship in the history of boxing
* Miss Universe 2017Pia Wurtzbach in Las Vegas; former Miss Universe winner

It is also noticeable that no Filipina has won the Miss Universe title whenever a Filipino sat as a judge. Will this patter be broken sometime soon? With rumors floating that the Philippines will host the Miss Universe pageant this 2018, will we be seeing another Filipino judge to sit among the panel of the pageant’s finals?

## Should Pia Wurtzbach be a Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Judge?

After her judging stint in Miss Universe last year in Las Vegas, do you think BPCI should invite Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as a judge in Binibining Pilipinas 2018?

## The Philippines’ Longest Streak in Miss Universe

2010-2017 has been longest streak of the Philippines in terms of placements in Miss Universe.

It started off with 4 successive runner up placements with Venus, Shamcey, Janine and Ariella. Then came the Miss Universe win of Pia and culminated with the top 10 placement of Rachel.  This is partly due to the support that the girls have received from the Binibining Pilipinas organization headed by Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta. 8 consecutive years of placements that is only seconded by the 4 successive placements of the Binibining Pilipinas Universe winners of 1972-75. SMA surely stands tall with how her ward has made the country proud.

2010 – Venus Raj, 4th runner up
2011 – Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner up
2012 – Janine Tugonon, 1st runner up
2013 – Ariella Arida, 3rd runner up
2014 – Mary Jean Lastimosa, Top 10
2015 – Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe
2016 – Maxine Medina, Top 6
2017 – Rachel Peters, Top 10

## PhotoCollage of the Day: The Miss Universe Signed Photographs

Since covering the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, I have been conscientiously amassing electronic autographs of the winners on my tablet. I decided that instead of having actual photographs signed, I prefer the electronic ones having learned a lesson back in 1994 when I lost an autographed photo of Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen. That was a painful rookie mistake in my youth that I do not plan to repeat.

So far, I haven’t missed acquiring any of the MU winners’ signatures for my collection since I started covering the MU pageant.
Here are some interesting tidbits on these autographs: Pia’s signature was acquired almost after her reign, Paulina was the easiest to get an autograph from as I was able to get it during the press junket (together with that of MJ Lastimosa’s) and Demi was the most difficult to take due to the insane security at the Miss Universe in Planet Hollywood.

Hopefully I would get the next Miss Universe winner’s autograph without much difficulty…

## Once When the Philippines held 3 of the 4 Alpha Pageant Titles

Once in 2016, the Philippines held three of the four Alpha pageant titles even if it was just for a very brief moment.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursdays, I wanted to take a look back at that moment in 2016.  From October 27th until the evening of October 29th, the Philippines held the Miss International 2016 title courtesy of Kylie Verzosa with the then reigning Miss Miss Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong(before Katherine Espin of Ecuador was crowned Miss Earth 2016) and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Mireia Lalaguna hasn’t passed her title yet at that time.

Would we ever have this moment again in the future?