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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Catriona, Katarina, Ahtisa & Celeste: Winning (Manalo) Cortesi of 2 Cats

Pardon the title but I just had to do a wordplay on the names of the Philippine reps to the four biggest international pageants.

Last October 7th saw the final addition to Team Philippines for 2018 with the crowning of Katarina Rodriguez. And finally we have the quartet of Kat for Miss World, Ahtisa Manalo for Miss International, Silvia Celeste Cortesi for Miss Earth and Catriona Elisa Gray for Miss Universe.

Silvia Celeste Cortesi – winning a back-to-back challenge in your home-turf is a huge mountain to climb, I have no doubts that Celeste (like her namesake) will shoot for the skies. Celeste should make full arsenal of the fact that the country is hosting the ME pageant.
What she should anticipate for: is to have stamina for the month long competition that would test her focus. The pageant is not only glamour but real hot-under-the-sun pre-pageant activities…so she must be prepared heavily for that.
Strong Competition from: ladies from South Africa, Guam, India and Puerto Rico.
Should focus on: public speaking. Italian being her first language and English as her second language might hinder her from expressing her thoughts in a fluid manner.

Ahtisa Manalo – the baby of the group! I am worried a bit on her age being so young and fresh but I am reminded of the fact that the average Miss International winners age is around 21 years old. So what a relief!
What she should anticipate for: daily MI activities as she and the rest of her fellow candidates will be up for numerous pre-pageant activities in Japan. She gotta have stamina!
Strong Competition from: Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Poland…
Should focus on: looking fresh and young but embedded within a professionalism and confidence that we saw on Kylie Verzosa and Bea Rose Santiago.

Katarina Rodriguez – her’s was a strategic and unsurprising win as Miss World Philippines. And hopes are now pinned to her to do much better than her predecessor in MW. Kat has a steep fight ahead but I have high hopes that she could score the second blue crown for the country.
What she should anticipate for: heavy social media voting and make use of her delegation of followers who will help her in crucial voting aspects of the pageant.
Strong Competition from: the ladies representing France, Mexico and  Puerto Rico.
Should focus on: the Topmodel competition, as most MW winners fared very well in this aspect of the pageant.

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Catriona Gray – save the best for last, and we have the strongest of the four competing in December 17th (morning in Bangkok). Gotta say that she is perhaps the Philippines’ highest chance of winning in an Alpha pageant this year. I’d dare say our 4th Miss Universe crown is within grasp.
What she should anticipate for: close-door interviews, it accounts for 60% of the semis. She has to come across as relatable to the judging panel despite all her personal achievements.
Strong Competition from: reps coming from South Africa, USA, Colombia, & Great Britain.
Should focus on: presenting what she could do for the MUOrg as winner.
I am with high hopes that we could bring home at least 1 major crown this year. Should we do so, the country would be the first country to bring home at least 1 Alpha pageant title for 6 consecutive years… and who wouldn’t want that?

Asia: Hosting All of 2018’s Alpha Pageants

Asia is currently the focus of every international pageant as four of the biggest international pageants are held in Asia. Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World are all being hosted in Asian countries which shows why this continent is the market that the Alpha pageants are fighting for.

Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand – with the finale to be held in December 17 (am, Bangkok time) it is expected that the spectacle will live up to its claims as the most prestigious pageant in the Universe. With an estimated USD$15 million budget, the Ms Universe competition is going to be a most awaited event that will be broadcasted live all over the world from the Impact Arena.

Miss World in Sanya, China – China is hosting Ms World yet again with the coronation of the winner on the 8th December, a day after it’s European rival, Miss Supranational crowns its winner.
Miss International in Tokyo, Japan – judging by the teasers we have been seeing on the Ms International’s official Facebook page, we are expected to see a very packed pre-pageant activities for its candidates. The MI pageant is one of the beauty contests that have the best pre-pageant activities scheduled every year. The finals will be at the Tokyo Dome on November 9.

Miss Earth in Pasig City, Philippines – the pageant is to be held live from the Mall of Asia Arena (which also hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant) on November 3rd. Notable to watch would be the opening activities of the pageant in the re-opening of the paradise island of Boracay!
The international pageant season is almost upon us and each country has started  their preparations for the international pageant competitions ahead (and for some at least mid-way through preparations). A huge majority have selected their respective reps to Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World with only a few still in the process of searching for their candidates for each pageant. Asia, with its rich cultural heritage and wealth of tourist attractions is certainly going to be welcoming these gals will arms wide open…

Does the Philippines Lack Quality Beauty Queens?

Several weeks ago I have read a very intriguing piece of essay/article that practically said this: the Philippines have many beauty pageants but it lacked quality in its queens. Add to it is the criticism that the country has too many pageants, candidates being unintelligent to answer simple questions, and a general downfall on the quality of Filipina candidates.

LACK OF QUALITY BEAUTY QUEENS
Let’s first address the biggest issue: Do we lack great quality queens? IMHO, that’s a huge “hell the f#ck no”! Continue reading “Does the Philippines Lack Quality Beauty Queens?”

The Biggest Scandals and Controversies of Miss World

The Miss World pageant has perhaps been the pageant that has had to endure the most number of scandals through its history.
10. Resignations galore – Helen Morgan of Wales and Gabriela Brum of Germany are two high profile resignations form the pageant. Helen was found out to be an unwed mother after her coronation which prompted the pageant to change their rules regarding unwed mothers joining the pageant. Gabriela Brum on the other hand was said to have resigned due to her posing on Playboy magazine prior to winning. MW is the only pageant among the Big 4 to have multiple resignations and dethronements.
9. Miss World Apartheid – one of the biggest stain in the MW brand was its involvement in the Apartheid issue in segregating a Miss Africa South and a Miss South Africa (one black and one white)in the 70’s. This practice continued until 1976.

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Sandwich Wins in Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World

What is a ‘sandwich victory’? And what countries have claimed sandwich victories in the four biggest pageants in existence?
A sandwich victory happens when a country wins two titles within three years with a year gap between the two. Some countries might aspire for back to back wins but sandwich victories are more common and easier to achieve. The Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World are the most prestigious pageant crowns that any pageant fan would follow or for any pageant girl would aspire to win. And hence, the focus on these four pageants…

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Countries that Won Miss Universe and Miss World in the Same Year

What countries have had the Miss Universe & Miss World titles simultaneously? Well, read on and find out…

THE TWO OLDEST PAGEANTS IN EXISTENCE
The Miss Universe and Miss World pageants ate two of the oldest pageant in in existence. So it is no surprise that they have been the most followed competitions by pageant fans around the world. To such a point that each has argued which title is more prestigious than the other. While there are other pageants like the Miss Earth and Miss International, there is no doubt that the aforementioned two are the biggest rivals in pageantry. We have already previously featured which countries have had multiple Alpha pageant wins in a single yearContinue reading “Countries that Won Miss Universe and Miss World in the Same Year”

Maeva Coucke, Miss France 2018

It has been a while since we have had a strong redhead competing in Miss Universe. Miss France 2018 Maeva Coucke is a rare find.

The newly single Miss France (reportedly she and her boyfriend of almost 3 years called it quits last month) is perhaps the most highly talked about redhead to compete in Miss Universe since Alyssa Campanella of the USA in 2011. While Alyssa may have been born blonde, Maeva is actually a brunette. The 5’9″ green-eyed beauty is one of the perceived strong contenders in Miss Universe this year. She graduated with a BTS in International Business and is taking up a law degree in hopes to become a corporate lawyer. With her mother diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Maeva advocates for this cause during her reign as Miss France.

Pageant fans are in agreement that she would be one of the ladies to watch out for in Miss Universe.  However, there are insider rumors that the MW org wanted Maeva to compete in Miss World instead. This is despite having Eva Colas crowned as the Miss World France. Although we are just filing this under rumors for now.
No doubt about it, IMHO if Maeva is sent to Miss World she would be our next Miss World winner. How about you ladies and gents? Do you think Maeva would do better in Miss Universe or in Miss World?

The Crowns Used in the Miss World Pageant


Just like the Miss Universe pageant  the Miss World pageant also had a number of crown changes. But did you know that the practice of crowning MW winners only started in 1955?

The very first winner Kerstin ‘Kiki’ Haakonson wasn’t crowned during the Festival Bikini Contest, as it was only the press that named the contest as Miss World. The victory rites during her time involved standing at the highest level of a podium (much like the Olympics) with a bouquet and sash. Throughout the history of the pageant the crown has been changed eleven times.

The first ‘crowned’ winner was Venezuela’s Carmen Susana Duijm. It was only used 3 times. The second crown was used at the crowning of South Africa’s Penelope Anne Coelen in 1958. It was only used for that edition of the pageant. In fact the three crowns after the original was used only once each.

The fifth Miss World crown was used for 9 years and the UK’s Rosemarie Frankland was the first to wear it. The crown made the pageant’s record for the first to be used in 9 consecutive editions. It concluded its run in 1969 with Austria’s Eva Reuber-Staier in 1969.

Jennifer Hosten of Grenada was crowned with a new one in 1970. The crown was nicknamed the jester’s crown/ the fool’s crown because of its design. That year was also controversial as the Prime Minister of Grenada was among the judges. It was also the year where the MW allowed two ladies from South Africa to compete (one black, one white) because of the apartheid issue.
In 1972 a new crown design was again used. It was only used for that year but its tenure wouldn’t end there as it is poised to make another comeback later. Belinda Green has the distinction of being the first to wear that crown.

1973 & 1974 were the years of short-lived reigns and short lived crowns. Marjorie Wallace like her rhinestone crown didn’t last long. Helen Morgan’s crown only lasted a year as well. By 1976 yet another crown was used, this time it was Jamaica’s Cindy Breakespeare’s honor to wear that crown. The crown was worn by 3 winners and lasted until 1978.
The crown design of 1972 made a comeback by 1979, Gina Swainson was first to wear the revised crown and it has been used ever since.

 

Miss World Trivia


MISS WORLD TRIVIA
Oldest Miss World winner – Aneta Kręglicka of Poland, she was 24 years & 8 months old when she won in 1989.
Youngest Miss World Winner – Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico, she was 18 years & 1 month old when she won in 1975.
Average Age – the average age of all Miss World winners is 21.2 years old.
27 out of the 66 Miss World winners were only teenagers (between the ages of 18-19)

Photogenic Miss World Winners – four Miss World titleholders were also given the Miss Photogenic award in the years they competed.
Venezuela – Astrid Herrera in 1984
India – Aishwarya Ria in 1994
Venezuela – Jacqueline Aguilera in 1995
India – Diana Hayden in 1997
The Longest Reign of a Miss World winner –  Sweden’s Kiki Hakansson for 474 days (July 29, 1951 to November 14, 1952), followed by Megan Young of the Philippines as Miss World 2013 for 442 days!
The Shortest Reign of a Miss World winner – Venezuela’s Ivian Sarcos who reigned from November 6, 2011 to August 18, 2012. She held the title for only 286 days.

First Miss World Winners from each continent:
Africa – Antigone Costanda (Egypt) Miss World 1954
Asia – Reita Faria (India) Miss World 1966
Europe – Kici Håkansson (Sweden) Miss World 1951
Oceania – Penelope Plummer (Australia) Miss World 1968
North America – Carole Joan Crawford (Jamaica) Miss World 1963
South America -Susana Duijm (Venezuela) Miss World 1955
Longest Gap between Two  Winners from the same Country – 41 years with Puerto Rico’s Wilnelia Merced (1975) and Stephanie Del Valle who won in 2016.  At second is South Africa in the years 1974-2014, the gap was 40 years.
Shortest Gap between Two  Winners from the same Country  – this is shared by three back to back wins from:
* Sweden – Kerstin ‘Kiki’ Hakansson and May Louise Flodin in 1951 and 1952
* United Kingdom – Ann Sidney and Lesley Langley in 1964 and 1965
* India – Yukta Mukhey and Priyanka Chopra in 1999 and 2000