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MISS UNIVERSE: TOP15 Most Beautiful EVER (in random order). As 15 mais lindas, em ordem aleatoria:
(09) IEDA MARIA VARGAS, MISS BRAZIL, MISS UNIVERSE 1963.
Ieda Maria Vargas, jah coroada como Miss Universo 1963.
Ieda Maria Vargas e sua "corte" de belezas.
Ieda Maria Vargas sendo coroada Miss Universo 1963 por sua antecessora, a argentina Norma Beatriz Nolan, Miss Universo 1962.
Ieda, jah coroada como a mulher mais linda do mundo em 1963, no trono da beleza. Linda!
Ieda, em Miami Beach, festejando a sua vitoria.
Ieda Maria Vargas, em traje tipico no Miss Universo, em Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Ieda Maria Vargas, em close, belissima.
Ieda, linda, em seu traje tipico belissimo, no Miss Universo.
Ieda no Rockfeller Center, em Nova York, "saboreando" a sua vitoria.
Ieda desfilando em Miami Beach, no Miss Universo, em maillot (maio), swimming suite.
Ieda em close, jah eleita a mais bela de todas no mundo.
O Brasil inteiro ansiava por ter uma Miss Universo, que veio pelas "maos" da gaucha Ieda Maria Vargas. O Brasil, antes de Ieda, jah tinha chegado bem perto por diversas vezes, com varias Vices Misses Universo: em 1954, com a deslumbrante baiana Marta Rocha; depois, em 1957, com a linda e meiga amazonense Terezinha Morango; em seguida (1958), com a "perfeita" e "classuda" carioca Adalgisa Colombo; em 1959, a bela carioca Vera Ribeiro, foi quinta colocada no Miss Universo; e em 1962, com a linda baiana Maria Olivia Reboucas, tambem quinta colocada no Miss Universo.
Ieda Maria Vargas foi nossa primeira Miss Universo, nessa nova fase do concurso, que comecou em 1952, em Long Beach, California, USA.
Ieda Maria Vargas foi eleita Miss Universo 1963, em Miami Beach, Florida, USA, disputando o titulo com mais outras 49 Misses de outras partes do mundo.
O Brasil "parou" para receber Ieda em sua volta, apos ser eleita Miss Universo, nos Estados Unidos. Ieda desfilou em carro aberto pelas ruas do centro do Rio de Janeiro, e os cariocas a aplaudiram freneticamente.
Ieda Maria Vargas, Miss Rio Grande do Sul, Miss Brasil e Miss Universo 1963.
Ieda Maria Vargas, Miss Universe 1963, from Brazil.
Ieda recebendo a coroa de Miss Universo, em 1963, de sua antecessora, Norma Beatriz Nolan, Miss Argentina e Miss Universo 1962.
Ieda Maria Vargas coroando sua sucessora, a deusa grega Kiriaki Tsopei, Miss Grecia e Miss Universo 1964.
Ieda Maria Vargas trouxe muita alegria ao Brasil ao ser coroada Miss Universo 1963. Belissima!
(10) MARLENE SCHMIDT, MISS GERMANY (ALEMANHA), MISS UNIVERSE 1961.
A belissima Marlene Schmidt, Miss Alemanha (Germany), foi eleita Miss Universo 1961 em Miami Beach, Florida, USA, concorrendo com outras 47 Misses de muitos paises.
After placing consistently in the semi-finals and finals since 1952, Germany finally ran away with the Miss Universe title. The closest they got before this was in 1956 with Marina Orschel who was first runner-up to Carol Morris of the USA. Germany had no comment over the news that their delegate, Marlene Schmidt, had won the coveted Miss Universe crown. Rosemarie Frankland of Wales, Marlene's runner-up, goes on to win Miss World 1961.
A linda Marlene Schmidt, Miss Alemanha (Germany), sendo coroada como Miss Universo 1961 por sua antecessora, a tambem muito bonita Linda Bement, Miss USA e Miss Universo 1960.
Marlene Schmidt em traje tipico de seu pais.
A segunda colocada no Miss Universo 1961, Miss Pais de Gales (Wales), Rosemarie Frankland, foi eleita, meses depois, Miss World 1961 (Miss Mundo 1961), em Londres, Inglaterra.
A Miss Brasil, a bonita Stael Abelha, de Minas Gerais, nao se classificou entre as semifinalistas no Miss Universo.
The trained engineer Marlene Schmidt (born 1937 in Breslau, Germany, now known as Wroclaw, Poland) came to fame as winner of the 1961 Miss Universe pageant. Later she had a career in the movie industry.
She was raised in East Germany, the state also known in those days as German Democratic Republic. There she gained a masters degree in engineering. In 1960 she and her family moved to West Germany and lived in Stuttgart.
In 1961, keen on winning the car that was offered as prize, she entered the state pageant of Baden-Württemberg. From there the 173 cm (5'8") tall blonde with black eyebrows went on to represent her state in the national pageant in the glamorous spa town of Baden-Baden, where she was created Miss Germany.
This gained her a trip across the Atlantic to Miami Beach, Florida to compete with 47 other young ladies from around the world for the crown of Miss Universe, a pageant then organized by Paramount Studios. The blonde became the tenth consecutive German entrant into the semi-finals of the event - which was a record then, later only bettered by the USA, Venezuela and lately also India. Most importantly, Marlene Schmidt went on to win the competition, thus becoming the first and to-date only German to be crowned Miss Universe, ahead of Miss Rosemarie Frankland from Wales who went on to console herself with the Miss World title of the same year.
In 1962 Marlene Schmidt became the third of by now eight wives of the American tv actor Ty Hardin who was famous for the title role in the western-series Bronco. They settled in the USA. The marriage, that lasted until 1966, produced one daughter, who remained Schmidt's only child, but who has nine half-siblings on her father's side.
Later, notably between 1972 and 1986, Marlene Schmidt became envolved in the movie industry, where she acquired credits as actress, producer and writer in altogether eleven productions. None of the flicks achieved particular merit for plot or other production values apart from generally offering a liberal dose of female nudity, albeit the 1972 skin-fest The Stepmother distinguished itself for gaining an Oscar nomination for its musical score.
Eventually Marlene Schmidt decided to return to Germany, where she nowadays lives in Saarbrücken.
Miss Universe 1961 Crowning (A coroacao da Miss Universo 1961), Video.
Source: Pageantopolis, Youtube, Wikipedia
(11) MARGARETHA ARVIDSSON, MISS SWEDEN (SUECIA), MISS UNIVERSE 1966:
Margareta Arb Arvidsson—Sweden
A belissima sueca Margaretha Arvidsson foi eleita Miss Universo 1966 em Miami Beach, Florida, USA, disputando o titulo com outras 57 Misses de diversos paises.
As belezas de Ana Cristina Ridzi, Miss Brasil, e Margaretha Arvidsson, Miss Suecia (e Miss Universo 1966).
Margaretha Arvidsson sendo coroada Miss Universo 1966 por sua antecessora, a tailandesa Apasara Hongsakula, Miss Universo 1965.
Margaretha Arvidsson, em traje tipico de seu pais (Suecia) no Miss Universo.
A linda Margaretha Arvidsson, Miss Universo 1966, e suas princesas (TOP 05).
Margaretha Arvidsson, de cabelos negros.
Margaretha Arvidsson e outras, em Miami Beach, no Miss Universo.
O Miss Universo 1966 teve grandes belezas e a escolha de Margaretha foi bem dificil. Alem dela, o juri ficou indeciso tambem com a linda Miss Finlandia (Vice Miss Universe 1966), Satu Charlotta Östring (que tambem foi quinta colocada no Miss Europa 1966; e depois concorreu ao Miss Internacional 1969 e tambem foi segunda colocada). E a belissima Miss Thailand (Tailandia), Jeeranun Savettanun, que foi terceira colocada no Miss Universo.
Margaretha Arvidsson tambem ganhou o premio de Miss Fotogenia, por ser a mais fotografada (a preferida dos fotografos).
Depois, jah como Miss Universo, Margaretha Arvidsson visitou muitos paises, entre eles, o Brasil, onde foi muito "festejada".
A bonita carioca Ana Cristina Ridzi, Miss Brasil 1966, nao chegou a ser semifinalista.
(12) KIRIAKI TSOPEI, MISS GREECE, MISS UNIVERSE 1964
O perfil de uma deusa da beleza: Kiriaki Tsopei
Uma deusa grega chamada Kiriaki Tsopei
A deusa grega, Kiriaki Tsopei, sendo coroada Miss Universe 1964 por sua antecessora, a brasileira Ieda Maria Vargas.
Kiriaki Tsopei, Miss Grecia e Miss Universo 1964, e Ieda Maria Vargas, Miss Brasil e Miss Universo 1963.
A linda Kiriaki Tsopei foi eleita Miss Universo 1964 em Miami Beach, Florida, USA, concorrendo cou outras 59 Misses de diversos paises.
A Miss Brasil, a lindissima carioca-paranaense Angela Vasconcelos, foi semifinalista.
Kiriaki Tsopei e as finalistas, sua corte da beleza
Miss Universe: Corinna Tsopei , Greece (Grecia)
2: Brenda Blackler, England (Inglaterra)
3 Ronit Rinat, Israel
4: Siv Marta Aberg, Sweden (Suecia)
5: Lana Yi Yu, China
Kiriaki Tsopei, jah vitoriosa, em Miami Beach
Apos ter sido eleita Miss Universo, Kiriaki Tsopei fez carreira no cinema americano, onde fez alguns filmes, destacando-se o excelente "Um Homem Chamado Cavalo" (A Man Called Horse, em 1970), onde eh a atriz principal do filme, e "Perdidos no Espaco" ( "Lost in Space") como a Princesa Reyka (em 1967).
Kiriaki Tsopei no filme "Perdidos no Espaco" ("Lost in Space") como a Princesa Reyka.
Kiriaki Tsopei como atriz, adotou o nome de "Corina Tsopei".
(13) HILLEVI ROMBIN, MISS SWEDEN (SUECIA), MISS UNIVERSE 1955:
A linda sueca Hillevi Rombin foi eleita Miss Universo 1955 em Long Beach, California, USA, disputando o titulo com outras 32 Misses de outros paises. Inclusive, venceu a grande favorita (que ficou em segundo lugar), a bela Miss El Salvador, Maribel Arrieta (foto abaixo):
A beleza suave de Hillevi Rombin era comparada a beleza da atriz americana Grace Kelly, que depois foi a Princesa de Monaco.
Hillevi Rombin sendo coroada Miss Universo 1955 por sua antecessora, a americana Miriam Stevenson, Miss Universo 1954.
Hillevi Rombin ao lado da Miss Brasil 1956, a linda gaucha Maria Jose Cardoso, que ficou entre as semifinalistas no Miss Universo 1956.
A belissima sueca Hillevi Rombin, Miss Universo 1955, coroando sua sucessora, a americana Carol Morris, Miss Universo 1956.
Hillevi Rombin, Miss Universo 1955, e a americana Carol Morris, Miss Universo 1956.
A belissima sueca Hillevi Rombin, Miss Universo 1955, coroando sua sucessora, a americana Carol Morris, Miss Universo 1956.
A Miss Brasil 1955, a bonita cearense Emilia Correia Lima, ficou entre as semifinalistas no Miss Universo 1955.
The second Scandinavian delegate to win the title, Hillevi was a very athletic individual. After her reign as Miss Universe, she went on with a movie career in Hollywood and eventually married a movie produced. Unfortunately, she met a tragic death along with her second husband, former US Senator David Schine and her eldest son when their private plane crashed in Los Angeles in 1996.
She grew up in Uppsala, Uppland and was the Swedish national decathlon champion before she competed in the pageant. A remarkable athlete, Rombin excelled in gymnastics, track & field, and downhill snow skiing. After winning the pageant, she left Sweden for Hollywood to fulfill her acting contract with Universal Pictures, part of the prize package as Miss Universe. She studied acting along with John Gavin, Clint Eastwood, and Barbara Eden, among the other contract actors also in training. Universal put her in a couple films, with just one or two lines, to give her some exposure and experience. She can be seen in The Benny Goodman Story  (1955) as someone who asks for an autograph and in Istanbul  (1957) as a flight attendant near the end; she has small speaking roles in both films and her name can be seen in the credits. Before she would get any further with acting, she left it when she married.
During her year reign as Miss Universe, while traveling around the U.S., she met her future husband G. David Schine, whose family was in the hotel business and would later himself be in the film and music businesses. She would not pursue an acting career and instead married, soon starting a large family with Schine. They married in 1957, went on to have six children, and were married for almost 40 years until their deaths together in 1996.
She, her husband, and one of their sons died in a plane crash in 1996, the result of an engine failure shortly after take off. She was 62 years old and the first Miss Universe to pass away. She and her husband and son are buried together at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
Miss Universe 1955 is Miss Sweden, Hillevi Rombin
María Isabel Arrieta Gálvez, always called Maribel, was a remarkable young woman, and, as several people commented to me, undoubtedly "the most beautiful girl in El Salvador." There is evidence to back that up. In 1953 she was chosen "Miss Latin America" from among 43 contestants and rode a float in Pasadena's Rose Parade. Then in 1955 Maribel represented her country as "Miss El Salvador" at the "Miss Universe" competition in Long Beach, California. She came in second to the entrant from Sweden, Hillevi Rombin.1 Maribel was a national celebrity when she returned to El Salvador after the competition, and a considerable crowd, including Enrique Alvarez and his brother Ernesto, was on hand to meet her at the airport.
In fact Maribel's friends had expected her to win the top spot in the contest. One of her classmates from Los Angeles still has a firm opinion:
She was NOT the second most beautiful girl in the world. She was the MOST beautiful (inside and out). We were all certain that she would become Miss Universe. Why didn't she? She did a very stupid thing. The day before the big judging, she went out on the beach and got a sunburn!!!!! Her skin was pink, pink, pink in that swimsuit! In fact, one of the judges did tell her that she lost points for that, and that's what cost her the contest.2
A history of the pageant (found on the internet) confirms that 1955 produced an unusual "scandal" because "a group" questioned the final judgment, insisting that Maribel, described as "the most exact double of Marilyn Monroe," ought to have won. In any case, Maribel had a couple of consolations in addition to her second place finish.. First, she was voted "Miss Congeniality" by the other contestants, their own choice for the nicest person among them. She also obtained a short-term contract and acting lessons from Hollywood's Universal Studios, and in November of that year starred in the Mexican film comedy "Nos veremos en el cielo" ("We'll meet in heaven"), which was screened in 1956. Unfortunately the film was less memorable than Maribel's Miss Universe appearance, and it seems to have been the only one she made.3
Maribel was also a serious artist, and studied at LA's College of Art during the early 1950s. In 1953 she received a prize for one of her lithographs and was accepted as a member of the Watercolor Society of Los Angeles. Decades later her paintings appeared in international shows in France, Spain, Belgium, the United States, and Italy. In 1983 one of her pictures won first prize at the International Exposition of Monaco.
One more interesting testimony to Maribel is that she unwittingly played the role of Beatrice for a young Nicaraguan poet in exile:
There in San Salvador, Rigoberto fell in love, with the most passionate Platonic love I have ever seen, with a beautiful young Salvadoran named Maribel Arrieta, the only Central American to win second place in the global contest "Miss Universe."
One day he showed me an exquisitely lettered album full of manuscript poems dedicated to Maribel. I believe that she never came to know Rigoberto personally, since all this happened by way of us.4
The Nicaraguan poet was Rigoberto López Pérez, who in 1956 assassinated the dictator Anastasio Somoza García and lost his own life in the act. For many (but of course not quite all) Nicaraguans he is a beloved national hero. The fate of the album of poems written to Maribel is, unfortunately, unknown.
For several years Maribel Arrieta and Enrique Alvarez were frequently together, and friends expected them to marry. Enrique was from a wealthy coffee-growing family; he was also a leading athlete in several sports and was described as "a divine dancer." Certainly he was one of El Salvador's most eligible bachelors.5 Maribel in turn was more than just good-looking; "she was a beautiful person inside and out," says Enrique's friend Antonio Cabrales:
She was fair, blonde, looked something like Marilyn Monroe, that type, but much more beautiful. Marilyn was more sexy, this girl was very humble, very nice--a beautiful girl. She used to come to the games, and that was [Enrique's] girl friend. I used to go with him to give her serenades, guitar playing and love songs, and he'd sing and everything ... I remember all those years.
He really liked this girl. For some reason something happened and he didn't continue with her. Otherwise I think his life might have changed, gotten married ... He never married.
Another friend and colleague, Lino Osegueda, had this to say about Enrique and Maribel: "They were really in love and planned to marry. But her finish in Miss Universe opened for her a year of modeling and touring in Europe, and this led to their breakup. A bit later, Enrique was very upset to read that she was going to marry a nobleman."7
And so she did. In December 1956 Maribel was appointed chancellor of the Salvadoran consulate in Amberes, Belgium, where she served until 1963. There she met Jaques Thuret. When the two were married in April of 1961, Maribel herself joined the Belgian nobility as the Baronesa de Thuret. But after the death of Enrique Alvarez 20 years later, Lino received an envelope from Maribel with a photo from the 1950s showing her dancing with Enrique. She couldn't keep it anymore, she explained, since seeing it made her too sad. Lino speculates that the frustrated love affair with Maribel could be the reason Enrique never married, but he isn't sure, and neither is anyone else.
Maribel's marriage with Jaques Thuret produced three children, but their relationship was not a happy one; "Jaques was not a nice man," according to one of her friends. Fortunately Maribel had other interests. She kept up diplomatic work in various positions, and in 1977 became a cultural attaché for the Salvadoran mission to the European Community. Living in Europe also allowed her to continue to study and work as an artist--with considerable success, achieving her first international show in 1974 in France.
Maribel expressed her religious and compassionate feelings by caring for seriously ill persons making the pilgrimage to Lourdes in search of help. She even studied nursing (in Brussels) in order to do this work, and made many trips at her own expense. The Order of Malta in El Salvador honored her devotion with the "silver medal of merit Melitense" in 1981, and with the title "Dama de Gracia Magistral" in 1985. Maribel died in 1989 at the age of 55 years.
(14) CECILIA BOLOCCO, MISS CHILE, MISS UNIVERSE 1987:
A belissima Cecilia Bolocco, Miss Chile e Miss Universo 1987, foi eleita a mulher mais linda do mundo em 1987 em Singapura (Singapore), disputando o titulo com mais outras 67 Misses de muitos paises.
Miss Universo 1987, resultado final:
1 Chile Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck (Miss Universo 1987)
2 Italy Roberta Capua
3 USA Michelle Renee Royer
4 Venezuela Inés Maria Calero Rodríguez
5 Puerto Rico Laurie Tamara Simpson Rivera (que, logo depois, foi eleita Miss International 1987)
A linda Jacqueline Meirelles, Miss Brasil 1987 (de Brasilia), em traje tipico no Miss Universo 1987. Jacqueline Meirelles ganhou o premio de Melhor Traje Tipico do certame. Jacqueline Meirelles nao chegou a ser semifinalista no Miss Universo 1987.
A belissima Cecilia Bolocco, atualmente, em 2008. Continua linda! Alias, mais linda do que nunca!
(15) RINA MESSINGER, MISS ISRAEL, MISS UNIVERSE 1976:
A belissima Rina Messinger, Miss Israel e Miss Universo 1976, foi eleita em Hong Kong, concorrendo (e vencendo) outras 71 Misses de muitos paises.
A linda Rina Messinger sendo coroada Miss Universo 1976 por sua antecessora, a bonita Anne Marie Pohtamo, Miss Finlandia e Miss Universo 1975.
"I'm no politician. I think my being Miss Universe will show people that Israel
has another side, not only war." That was one of the first statements of the
new Miss Universe from Israel, Rina Messinger. Still there was controversy in the pageant. Several delegates had
complained about the various activities they were forced to attend. Several delegates were allegedly asked to stay behind and entertain the
rich wealthy Hong Kong elite, the
veracity of which has not yet been
proven until today.
A Miss Brasil 1976, a paulista Katia Moretto, nao chegou a ser semifinalista.
After her reign as Miss Universe, Rina Messinger stayed in New York where she worked in Public Relations for the Jewish Agency and the Bonds. After four years she returned to Israel and continued working in Public Relations for a big business company. There she met her soon-to-be husband, a very successful businessman. They had 2 daughters (Sharona, today 20 & Daniela, 18) and they have lived happily ever after. Her married name is Rina Goder.
In 1991, she decided to fulfill her dream and started studying law in the Tel-Aviv University. After completing her bachelors degree with honours, she and her family left for the Netherlands, where her husband had his business, and Rina completed her Masters degree, specializing in family law.
In 2002 after six years in the Netherlands, the family returned home to Israel, Rina is a family lawyer in one of biggest law firms in Tel-Aviv, working on her doctorate and appearing every week in the morning show of Channel 10, where she gives advice in family law. She still looks very beautiful and enjoys her family - her 2 daughters are gorgeous - and she fondly remembers her reign as Miss Universe. In 1981, she wrote a book on her experience as Miss Universe, in which she also wrote about the less glamorous side of being the most beautiful girl in the world. Overall, she does not regret having been Miss Universe 1976.
Rina Messinger, Miss Universo 1976, uma belissima Miss Universo!