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Miss Universe 1959
Akiko Kojima
Date24 July 1959 (1959-07-24)
PresentersByron Palmer
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California, United States
BroadcasterCBS
Entrants34
Placements15
Debuts
  • Bolivia
  • Burma
  • Luxembourg
Withdrawals
  • Alaska
  • Australia
  • British Guiana
  • Chile
  • Paraguay
  • Singapore
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela
  • West Indies
Returns
  • Austria
  • Iceland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
WinnerAkiko Kojima
 Japan
CongenialitySodsai Vanijvadhana
 Thailand
PhotogenicPamela Anne Searle
 England
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Miss Universe 1959 was the eighth Miss Universe pageant, held at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California, United States on 24 July 1959. This was the last year that the pageant was held in Long Beach before it moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 1960.

At the end of the event, Luz Marina Zuluaga of Colombia crowned Akiko Kojima of Japan as Miss Universe 1959.[1] Kojima was the first representative of Japan, and the first Asian woman to win the contest.[2]

Contestants from thirty-four countries and territories competed in this year's pageant. The pageant was hosted by Byron Palmer.

Background

Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, the venue of Miss Universe 1959

Selection of participants

Contestants from thirty-four countries and territories were selected to compete in the pageant.

Debuts, returns, and withdrawals

This edition saw the debuts of Bolivia, Burma, and Luxembourg, and the returns of Austria, Iceland, Thailand, and Turkey. Thailand last competed in 1954, while Austria, Iceland, and Turkey last competed in 1957. Alaska, Australia, British Guiana, Chile, Paraguay, Singapore, Suriname, Venezuela, and the West Indies withdrew after their respective organizations failed to hold a national competition or appoint a delegate.[3]

Christine Matias of the Philippines was set to compete at Miss Universe, but was barred by her university, the Philippine Women's University, as they do not allow their students to wear a swimsuit in front of the public.[4][5] Aida Kadamani was supposed to represent the United Arab Republic at Miss Universe, but withdrew after refusing to wear a swimsuit in front of the judges.[6] She was then replaced by Nawal Ramli, but she also did not push through with the competition as the pageant organizers failed to answer her queries whether she could substitute Kadamani.[6] Indonesia was supposed to compete for the first time, but was not able to send a candidate due to protests in Jakarta against the creation of Miss Indonesia.[7] Other countries who would not sanction their people to appear in swimsuits according to Oscar Reinhardt, then-executive producer of Miss Universe Inc., include Ireland, Portugal, and Spain.[5] Spain and Portugal would send their first representatives in the following year.

Results

Miss Universe 1959 participating countries and territories

Placements

Placement Contestant
Miss Universe 1959
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 15

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Friendship
Miss Photogenic
Miss Popular Girl

Pageant

Format

Same with 1955, fifteen semi-finalists were chosen at the preliminary competition that consists of the swimsuit and evening gown competition. Each of the fifteen semi-finalists gave a short speech during the final telecast using their native languages. Afterwards, the fifteen semi-finalists paraded again in their swimsuits and evening gowns, and the five finalists were eventually chosen.[11]

Selection committee

  • Maxwell Arnow – American director
  • Claude Berr – French director, writer, producer, actor and film distributor[12]
  • Ghislaine R. de Amador – Ecuadorian judge[12]
  • Vion Papamichalis - film producer
  • Joseph Ruttemberg - Ukrainian-American photojournalist and cinematographer
  • Vincent Trotta – American artist[11]
  • Paul Wellmann - American journalist

Contestants

Thirty-four contestants competed for the title.[13]

Country/Territory Contestant Age[a] Hometown
 Argentina Liana Cortijo[14] 20 Buenos Aires
 Austria Christine Spatzier 19 Vienna
 Belgium Hélène Savigny[15] 24 Brussels
 Bolivia Corina Taborga[16] 19 La Paz
 Brazil Vera Regina Ribeiro[17] 19 Rio de Janeiro
 Burma Than Than Aye[18] 19 Rangoon
 Canada Eileen Butter[19] 25 Ancaster
 Colombia Olga Pumarejo[20] 20 Barranquilla
 Costa Rica Zianne Monturiol[21] 20 Heredia
 Cuba Irma Buesa Mas[22] 19 Havana
 Denmark Lisa Stolberg[23] 18 Copenhagen
 Ecuador Carlota Elena Ayala 19 Guayaquil
 England Pamela Anne Searle 21 Surrey
 France Françoise Saint-Laurent 18 Neuilly-Plaisance
 Germany Carmela Künzel[24] 19 Berlin
 Greece Zoitsa Kouroukli[25] 18 Athens
 Guatemala Rogelia Cruz[26] 18 Guatemala City
Hawaii Hawaii Patricia Visser[27] 21 Honolulu
 Holland Peggy Erwich[28] 22 Rotterdam
 Iceland Sigríður Þorvaldsdóttir[29] 18 Reykjavík
 Israel Rina Issacov[30] 19 Tel Aviv
 Italy Maria Grazia Buccella[31] 18 Trento
 Japan Akiko Kojima[32] 22 Tokyo
 Luxembourg Josée Pundel[33] 19 Grevenmacher
 Mexico Mirna García Dávila 18 Mexico City
 Norway Jorunn Kristjansen[23] 18 Moss
 Peru Guadalupe Mariátegui Hawkins[34] 18 Callao
 Poland Zuzanna Cembrzowska[35] 19 Warsaw
 South Korea Oh Hyun-joo[36] 19 Seoul
 Sweden Marie Louise Ekström[37] 20 Sundsvall
 Thailand Sodsai Vanijvadhana[38] 22 Bangkok
 Turkey Ecel Olcay[15] 19 Istanbul
 United States Terry Lynn Huntingdon[39] 19 Mount Shasta
 Uruguay Claudia Bernat[40] 20 Montevideo

Notes

  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

References

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  21. ^ "Hace 50 años, viernes 4 de setiembre de 1959". La Nación (in Spanish). 4 September 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  22. ^ "Pulchritudinous pyramid". Herald-Journal. 16 July 1959. p. 18. Retrieved 13 October 2023 – via Google News Archive.
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  28. ^ "Miss Holland 1959". Het vaderland (in Dutch). 6 May 1958. p. 4. Retrieved 13 October 2023 – via Delpher.
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  39. ^ "Californian is Miss USA". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. 23 July 1959. p. 6. Retrieved 28 July 2023 – via Google News Archive.
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