FACTS & TIDBITS: Miss Universe Pageant Trivia 101

In a few hours, the world will stop as we all witness 80++ beauties from all around the world walk the stage gracefully as they compete for the title of Miss Universe 2011, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

But before we cheer for our very own Shamcey, let me share some of the facts that I got from the Internet about the pageant. I’m not really a die-hard fanatic of pageants so these is meant to just amuse people who have not religiously followed the contest. Let’s start:

1. The first Miss Universe winner, Armi Kuusela from Finland, married Filipino businessman Virgilio ?Gil? Hilario even before her reign ended. The Gil-Armi apartments, which used to stand along Ayala Avenue, was named after the couple. They owned the building.

2. The Miss Universe pageant was first held in California in 1952, a year after the first Miss World contest was staged.

3. The country with the highest number of Miss Universe winners is USA, with seven titleholders. It is followed by Venezuela with six queens, then Puerto Rico with five.

4. The Philippines’ Gloria Diaz won in 1969, the year the practice of asking the final five candidates the same final question started.

5. The Philippines has the most Miss Photogenic winners in Miss Universe with seven recipients.

6. Russia’s Oxana Fedorova holds the highest recorded swimsuit score in the Miss Universe pageant. She garnered 9.886 points. She won the title but was later dethroned; she was the first and only titleholder not to finish her reign.

7. Colombia has the highest score in evenin gown in Miss Universe history. Carolina Gomez received 9.897 points in 1994, which was held here in Manila.

8. Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza has been designing the competition gowns and national costumes of the Philippines’ representatives to the Miss Universe since 2000. He made Miriam Quiambao’s national costume in 1999, but only added beads to the vintage Halston evening gown Quiambao wore.

9. Venezuela is the first and only country to bag a back-to-back victory in the Miss Universe pageant.

10. Miss Australia Jennifer Hawkins, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2004, was trained by Peter Sereno, a Filipino.

11. In 1999, Botswana sent Mpule Kwelagobe as its first ever delegate to the pageant and she won the title.

12. In 2007, Riyo Mori of Japan was crowned in Mexico City, Mexico in another controversial competition. All ten finalists were brunettes.

13. Miss Universe 2000, Lara Dutta’s (India) finalist interview was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her perfect interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark.

14. Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado, of Venezuela, was warned to be possibly dethroned by the organization because she exceeded the maximum weight required during her reign, but the requirement was not enforced.

15. Did you know that in its entire pageant history, no winner of the Miss Congeniality Award has ever gone to win the Miss Universe title? This proves that being the friendliest and/or the most well-liked won’t bring you to the top in this competition.

Goodluck Shamcey! Happy watching everyone! 🙂

Note: To all die-hard fanatics and Pageant Gurus out there; all information were gathered from the Internet. If there are things here that are incorrect or inaccurate, please let me know. Thanks!

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