Complete list of Miss Universe 1952 candidates

Teresita Torralba Sanchez, Judy Dan, Ada Gabriela Bueno
Teresita Torralba Sanchez, Judy Dan, Ada Gabriela Bueno

The first edition of Miss Universe will take place at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California, United States on June 28, 1952. “The Prince Who was a Thief” star Piper Laurie will attend the international beauty pageant to crown the inaugural queen.

The winner will wear with the Romanov Imperial Nuptial Crown. The crown of Catherine the Great of Russia was loaned to the international beauty pageant.

Miss Universe was organized by Catalina Swimwear manufacturer Pacific Knitting Mills. Based in California, United States, the clothing company was the sponsor of Miss America.

When Miss America 1951 Yolande Betbeze refused to pose for publicity pictures wearing Catalina Swimwear, Pacific Knitting Mills decided to pull out from Miss America. This led to the birth of Miss Universe.

Originally, Rosa Adela “Nenela” Prunell was the representative of Uruguay. She was replaced by Gladys Rubio Fajardo.

Including Fajardo, 30 women from 30 countries and territories are competing for the Miss Universe 1952 crown. Here is the complete list:


AlaskaShirley Burnett20
AustraliaLeah MacCartney
BelgiumMarianne “Myriam Lynn” Mullender
CanadaRuth Carrier
ChileMaría Esther Saavedra Yoacham
CubaGladys Lopez
DenmarkHanne Sørensen
FinlandArmi Helena Kuusela175’5″
FranceClaude Goddart
GermanyRenate Hoy
Great BritainAileen P. Chase
GreeceNtaizy Mavraki17
HawaiiElza Kananionapua Edsman20
Hong KongJudy Dan21
IndiaIndrani Rahman22
IsraelOra Vered
ItalyGiovanna Mazzotti
JapanHimeko Kojima
MexicoOlga Llorens Pérez-Castillo
NorwayEva Røine24
PanamaElzibir Gisela Malek
PeruAda Gabriela Bueno
PhilippinesTeresita Torralba Sanchez
Puerto RicoMarilia Levy Bernal
South Africa Catherine Edwina Higgins
SwedenAnne Marie Thistler21
TurkeyGelengul Tayforoglu
USAJacqueleen Loughery225’4″
UruguayGladys Rubio Fajardo
VenezuelaSofía Silva Inserri235’5″

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