Miss Universe China

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Miss Universe China Organization
Formation2002; 21 years ago (2002)
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Universe
Official language
Li Xiaoning

The Miss Universe China (Chinese: 环球小姐中国) is a national beauty pageant that selects China's representative to the Miss Universe pageant since 2002.


The Miss Universe China Organization was established in 2002. The first ever Miss Universe China titleholder, Zhuo Ling, was selected in Guangdong province in March, 2002. She represented her country in Miss Universe 2002 and placed 2nd runner-up.

In July 2002, the Miss Universe license for China was awarded to Johnny Kao, a prominent Chinese-American entrepreneur and businessman. The organization held the Miss Universe China pageant for the next few years.

On January 6, 2011, the Miss Universe Organization designated media icon and entrepreneur Yue-Sai Kan as the official licensee for the People's Republic of China. Miss Universe officials and the then-reigning titleholder, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico, traveled to China to award the license to Kan. In her first year, Yue-Sai Kan set up an international calibre pageant, flying in foreign celebrities including Petra Nemcova, Fadil Berisha and Riyo Mori to headline and launching a multimillion-dollar production with major corporate sponsors. In subsequent years, the pageant has raised millions of dollars for China's national charities as well as Kan's China Beauty Charity Foundation. Celebrities including Paris Hilton and Charles Aznavour have participated in the pageant, and former Harper's Bazaar chief Lizzette Kattan provides styling for each year's candidates. Celebrity makeup artist Yuko Takahashi, ruwnay trainer Lu Sierra and DIBS Beauty CEO Jeff Lee have historically prepared the most successful winners in advance of the Miss Universe finals.

Under Yue-Sai Kan, the Miss Universe China Organization conducts a national search for its titleholder, consisting of a combination of regional preliminaries in major cities and provinces and direct auditions.[1] Contestants and titleholders are trained for both the Miss China and Miss Universe competitions by an international panel of experts who prepare them in a wide range of areas, including media skills, presentation, makeup and English lessons. Winners of the Miss Universe China pageant receive one of the most valuable national crowns in the world, a diamond and ruby-encrusted tiara from Luk Fook valued at over US$430,000, as well as wardrobes supplied by Shanghai Tang, Sherri Hill, LOVA and leading Chinese couturier Guo Pei and professional modeling portfolios. They are also invited to walk for various designers at New York Fashion Week and Shanghai Fashion Week and receive red carpet invitations to the Shanghai International Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival.

Nearly every contestant fielded by Kan since she began heading the pageant has brought home an award from the Miss Universe finals, including three finalists and two special awards.

In 2017 Jacky Fan, Xin Fu Lai Enterprise Management Co., LTD. took over Miss Universe China Organization. There will be 33 Regional Competitions happening across the country domestically, 1 Online Regional Competition Area, and 1 Overseas Special Audition happening in the US.

In 2022 Li Xiaoning, took over the Miss Universe China Organization as the new president along with the return of Yue-Sai Kan as official Honorary Chairman.


In 2014, the contest was the subject of a documentary series, "Finding Miss China" (寻找中国美), produced by Jonathan Finnigan and Lucky Devil Films of Singapore. The documentary featured three of the Miss Universe China 2014 contestants from their recruitment to their training and official visit to Colombo to meet Sri Lanka's first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa. The six online episodes of the documentary attracted over ten million viewers in their first month.[2]


  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner

The winner of Miss Universe China represents her country at the Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify the contest, a runner-up is sent

Year Province Miss Universe China Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Placement Special Awards Notes
2024 Shandong Jia Qi [3] 贾琪 賈琪 TBA
  • Jia Qi was initially supposed to participate at Miss Universe 2023; unfortunately, she failed to arrive in El Salvador on time due to visa problems. However, she attended the contest as a member of audience. It was later confirmed that she will be competing at Miss Universe 2024.
2023 Did not compete
2022 Shanghai Sichen Jiang [4] 姜思晨 姜思晨 Unplaced
  • Franchise under Li Xiaoning's directorship.
2021 Zhejiang Shiyin Yang 楊诗尹 楊詩尹 Unplaced
2020 Beijing Jiaxin Sun 孫嘉欣 孫嘉欣 Unplaced
2019 Hebei Rosie Zhu Xin 朱鑫 朱鑫 Unplaced
2018 Liaoning Meisu Qin 秦美苏 秦美蘇 Unplaced
  • The second runner-up awarded as Miss Universe China 2017 after the main winner dethroned.
2017 Sichuan Roxette Qiu 邱蔷 邱薔 Top 16
  • Dethroned — In 2017 the Miss Universe China was in under Jacky Fan (Xin Fu Lai Enterprise Management Co., LTD.) directorship.
2016 Shanghai Li Zhenying 李珍颖 李珍穎 Unplaced
2015 Guangdong Jessica Xue 薛韵芳 薛韻芳 Unplaced
1 Special Award
    • Best National Costume (4th Runner-up)
2014 Beijing Karen Hu 胡彦良 胡彦良 Unplaced
  • Nora Xu resigned her title to complete her undergraduate education and was succeeded by Karen Hu.
Henan Nora Xu 许乃蜻 許乃蜻 Did not compete Resigned
2013 Beijing Jin Ye 靳烨 靳燁 Top 16
1 Special Award
    • Miss Congeniality
2012 Jilin Xu Jidan 许继丹 許繼丹 Unplaced
1 Special Award
    • Best National Costume
2011 Shanghai Luo Zilin 罗紫琳 羅紫琳 4th Runner-up
Miss China Universe
2010 Heilongjiang Tang Wen[5] 唐雯 唐雯 Unplaced
2009 Shandong Wang Jingyao[6] 王静瑶 王靜瑤 Unplaced
1 Special Award
    • Miss Congeniality
2008 Guizhou Wei Ziya[7] 魏子雅 魏子雅 Unplaced
  • Miss Universe China 2007 — rescheduled to participate in 2008.
2007 Liaoning Zhang Ningning[7] 张宁宁 張寧寧 Unplaced
1 Special Award
    • Miss Congeniality
2006 Heilongjiang Gao Yinghui[7] 高英慧 高英慧 Unplaced
  • Qi Fang was replaced by Gao Yinghui as the official representative to Miss Universe 2006.
Shanxi Qi Fang 齐芳 齊芳 Did not compete
2005 Sichuan Tao Siyuan[7] 陶思媛 陶思媛 Unplaced
2004 Tianjin Zhang Meng[7] 张萌 張萌 Unplaced
2003 Fujian Wu Wei[7] 吴薇 吳薇 Unplaced
2002 Shanghai Zhuo Ling[8] 卓灵 卓靈 2nd Runner-up

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Miss Universe China contest officially launched". Xinhua. February 25, 2011. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Finding Miss China". iqiyi.com.
  3. ^ "Nhan sắc Hoa hậu Hoàn vũ Trung Quốc 2023" [Beauty of Miss Universe China]. Tiền Phong (in Vietnamese). 23 October 2023. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  4. ^ "与美共冕 剑桥研究生问鼎环姐桂冠 70届环球小姐上海总决赛完美收官". Sina (in Chinese). 2022-11-21. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  5. ^ "China's new hope for Miss Universe". People's Daily. July 20, 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Girls in Miss Universe 2009". nanyang100.com. August 6, 2009. Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "History". misschinauniverse.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Crown becomes a cross". The Tribune. August 4, 2002. Retrieved 15 May 2008.

Other references[edit]

External links[edit]