Top 10 biggest national beauty pageants in the world

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Beauty pageants are one of the most followed fashion events in the world. Over the years, they have played a crucial role in catapulting various stars to this fascinating world of glitz and glamour. Several beauty pageant winners have went to become some of the most influential celebrities and personalities in the world. They have made a mark for themselves and have excelled in different fields like arts, cinema, entertainment, technology, medicine, showbiz and many more. These prestigious fashion and glitzy events have proven to be the Launchpad for various international celebrities in world. So, here we present 10 of the biggest and most prestigious national beauty pageants in the world.  

10. Puteri Indonesia

Puteri Indonesia is a national beauty pageant in Indonesia. It was established in the year 1992.It is the oldest and most prestigious national beauty pageant of Indonesia. The winner of Puteri Indonesia pageant represents the nation at the annual Miss Universe pageant. Apart from crowning Indonesia’s representative for the Miss Universe pageant, Puteri Indonesia also selects Indonesia’s representatives for Miss International and Miss Supranational beauty pageants. Since its inception in the year 1992, the pageant has produced 1 Miss International winner (2017) and 1 Miss Grand International winner (2016) for Indonesia. The pageant is one of the most celebrated and highly anticipated beauty pageants in Asia.

9. Mexicana Universal

Mexicana Universal (formerly known as Nuestra Belleza Mexico) is an annual beauty pageant in Mexico. The pageant was created by Mexico’s first Miss Universe titleholder, Lupita Jones in the year 1994. The winner of Mexicana Universal beauty pageant represents Mexico at Miss Universe beauty pageant and the runners-up are sent to Miss International and Reina Hispanoamericana beauty pageants. Mexicana Universal is the biggest and longest running national pageant in Mexico. Since the pageant’s inception in the year 1995, it has produced 1 Miss Universe winner (2010) and 2 Miss International winners (2007 and 2009) for Mexico. The pageant is headed by its founder Lupita Jones and it is often regarded is one of the most prestigious national pageants in the world.   

8. Miss South Africa

Miss South Africa is an annual beauty pageant in South Africa. The pageant is organized by Sun International Group in association with Cell C. The pageant was established in the year 1943 and is the oldest surviving national beauty pageant in South Africa. The winner of the pageant represents South Africa at the annual Miss Universe pageant and the runner-up is sent to Miss World contest. The pageant is one of the biggest and longest running beauty pageants in the world. It is famous for its very high production value and exceptionally stunning winners. Since its inception in the year 1943, the pageant has produced 2 Miss Universe winners (1978 and 2017) and 3 Miss World winners (1958, 1974 and 2014) for South Africa.

7. Miss Lebanon

Miss Lebanon is Lebanon’s most respected and longest running annual beauty pageant. The pageant is organized by Lebanese Ministry of Tourism. The pageant was first held in the year 1930 and eventually became the biggest and most celebrated beauty pageant in Lebanon. The winner of Miss Lebanon beauty pageant represents the nation at Miss Universe beauty pageant and on some occasions either the winner or a runner-up is sent to Miss World or Miss International beauty pageant. The pageant is one of the oldest surviving beauty pageants in the world. The pageant has produced 1 Miss Universe (1971) and 1 Miss International (2002) winner for Lebanon. As per Wikipedia, the winner of Miss Lebanon beauty pageant receives a cash prize of $400,000 making it one of the most extravagant and lavish beauty pageants in the world.

6. Senorita Colombia

Senorita Colombia is a national beauty pageant in Colombia. The pageant was first held in the year 1934 and eventually became the biggest and most looked forward fashion events in the South American continent. The pageant holds the rights to select Colombia’s representatives for Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, Reina Hispanoamericana and Miss United Continents beauty pageants. The winner of Senorita Colombia beauty pageant represents Colombia at Miss Universe beauty pageant and the runners-up are sent to the above mentioned international pageants. The Senorita Colombia beauty pageant has 2 Miss Universe winners (1958 and 2014) and 3 Miss International winners (1960, 1999 and 2004) for Colombia. The pageant is the driving force behind Colombia’s success at international beauty pageants.

5. Miss Russia

Miss Russia is an annual beauty pageant in Russia. The pageant was created in the year 1989 and is responsible for selecting Russian representatives to the Miss Universe and Miss World beauty pageants. The winner of the pageant represents nation at Miss Universe and Miss World beauty pageant and on some occasions a runner-up is appointed to represent Russia at the said international pageants in case the winner is unable to do so. The pageant is one of the biggest beauty pageants in the world. It is famous for awarding its winners with the most lucrative and the most extravagant prizes and awards. The Miss Russia pageant has produced 1 Miss Universe winner (2002, later dethroned), 2 Miss World winners (1992 and 2008) and 2 Miss Europe winners (1999 and 2002).

4. Miss France

Miss France is the oldest known beauty pageant in the world. The pageant was first held in the year 1920, making it the longest running beauty pageant. The pageant is currently headed by former Miss France winner Sylvie Tellier, Miss France 2002. The winner of Miss France beauty pageant represents France at Miss Universe beauty pageant and the runner-up competes at Miss World beauty pageant. The pageant is famous for its longevity, legacy, world class production and high entertainment value. Miss France is one of the most popular fashion events in the world. The pageant is also famous for awarding its winner with some of the most expensive and prestigious awards and prizes. As per Wikipedia, the winner of Miss France pageant receives 100,000 Euros, an apartment in Paris and a monthly salary of 3,000 Euros. Since the pageants inception in the year 1920, the Miss France beauty pageant has produced 2 Miss Universe winners (1953 and 2016) and 1 Miss World winner (1953) for France.

3. Miss Venezuela

Miss Venezuela is the most successful national beauty pageant in the world. It has produced the most number of international beauty queens out of all the national beauty pageants in the world. The pageant has produced 7 Miss Universe winners, 6 Miss World winners, 8 Miss International winners and 2 Miss Earth winners. The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant is often referred to as the goldmine of beauty queens in the world for producing the maximum number of winners when it comes to the Big 4 international pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth). The pageant was established in the year 1952 and is currently headed by 3 former Miss Venezuela winners and international beauty queens, Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe 2013), Jacqueline Aguilera (Miss World 1995) and Nina Sicila (Miss International 1985). The winner of Miss Venezuela represents the nation at Miss Universe beauty pageant and runners-up compete at Miss World and Miss International beauty pageants. The Miss Venezuela pageant is the most followed and most looked forward national beauty pageant in the world.

2. Miss USA

The Miss USA beauty pageant is a national beauty pageant in the United States of America. The winner of Miss USA beauty pageant represents the United States at Miss Universe pageant. The pageant is owned by IMG, the parent organization of Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA pageants. The Miss USA pageant is the most watched national beauty pageant in the world. The pageant is also famous for providing the maximum media coverage to its winner out of all the national level beauty pageants in the world. The winner of Miss USA pageant lives in the Miss USA apartment owned by IMG during her reign. The pageant is biggest beauty pageant in the United States and has produced most number of Miss Universe winners in the history of the prestigious international beauty pageant. The pageant has produced 8 Miss Universe winners for the United States making the nation the most successful participating country at the Miss Universe pageant.

1. Binibining Pilipinas

The number 1 spot in the list goes to the pageant which is often referred to as the power house of beauty queens in the world. The pageant is also regarded as the most celebrated and biggest national level beauty pageant in the world that awards 8 titles including runners-up on  its coronation night. The highest number of titles to be awarded by a single national beauty pageant. It is the prestigious Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.  The pageant is the longest running annual beauty pageant in Asia. The pageant was first held in the year 1964 and eventually became the biggest and most watched beauty pageant of Asia. The winner of Binibing Pilipinas beauty pageant represents the Philippines at Miss Universe pageant and other titleholders compete at Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand International and the Miss Globe beauty pageants. The reigning Miss Universe and Miss Intercontinental titleholders are also from the Philippines, they Catriona Gray (Miss Universe 2018) and Karen Gallman (Miss Intercontinental 2018). The Binibining Pilipinas titleholders has often played the role of the Asian torchbearers on some occasions when it comes to international pageantry. It is headed by its founder and president, Stella Araneta, Miss International 1960. The pageant has produced the highest number of international beauty queens in Asia and is also known as the driving force behind the success of the Philippines in the pageant industry. The pageant is responsible for making the Philippines the best performing nation in the pageant industry.

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