Miss International 1960

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Miss International 1960
The pageant was held at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
DateAugust 12, 1960
PresentersByron Palmer
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California, United States
WinnerStella Márquez
CongenialityJulia Ann Adamson
 British Guiana
PhotogenicSigridur Geirsdottir
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Miss International 1960, the 1st Miss International pageant, was held on August 12, 1960 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California, United States.[1] 52 contestants competed for the title. Stella Márquez of Colombia was crowned as the first Miss International.[1]

Miss International was created due to internal conflicts with the Miss Universe pageant.[2]


Miss International 1960 participating nations and results
Placement Contestant
Miss International 1960
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 15
Special Awards
Awards Contestant
Miss Friendship
 British Guiana – Julia Ann Adamson
Miss Photogenic
 Iceland – Sigridur Geirsdóttir †
Miss Popularity
 Belgium – Caroline Lecerf[b]
Preliminary Competition Winners
Awards Contestant
Best in Playsuit
Day 1:  Iceland – Sigridur Geirsdóttir †
Day 2:  England – Joyce Kay
Day 3:  United States – Charlene Lundberg
Best in Evening Gown
Day 1:  Colombia – Stella Márquez
Day 2:  Poland – Marzena Malinowska
Day 3:  Norway – Lise Hammer
Best National Costume
Day 1:  Venezuela – Gladys Ascanio
Day 2:  Iceland – Sigridur Geirsdóttir †
Day 3:  Ceylon – Yvonne Gunawardene


Did not compete


  1. ^ Sigridur was also named "Miss Photogenic".[4]
  2. ^ Voted by parade viewers.
  3. ^ Chin-Yi competed as "Miss China".


  1. ^ a b c "Srta. Colombia® 1959 María Stella Márquez" (in Spanish). Concurso Nacional de Belleza de Colombia. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Associated Press (August 22, 1959). "Pageant shifted". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Long Beach, California. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Current Events". Current Events. Vol. 6. 1960. p. 78-81.
  4. ^ "Miss Photogenic". Lawton Constitution. Lawton, Oklahoma. August 11, 1960. p. 12. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Ofer Aderet, 'Half-Breed': The Secrets of Miss Israel Finalist Born to an Arab Father and Jewish Mother Haaretz 5 September 2021

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