The Miss Universe Crown is awarded to the winner of Miss Universe. This is an annual international Beauty pageant run by Miss Universe Organization, and the most important element of the event is the crown. We have seen an evolution of Miss Universe crown through the years. It has changed 10 times over the course of its 65-year history.
So, here we present to you the Evolution of Miss Universe Crown through the years and Best crowning moments.
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The Romanov Imperial nuptial Miss Universe Crown (1952-1953)
It was the first crown and previously owned by the Russian czar. It was used when Armi Kuusela of Finland won. It is believed to be made with approximately 1,535 flawless diamonds and was insured for $500,000. Ironically, a nuptial crown was used to honour a “Miss.”
The Christiane Martel Crown/ Metallic Bronze Miss Universe Crown (1953-1954)
Between 1953 to 1954, the Miss Universe crown was replaced by a metallic bronze one. As the Evolution of Miss Universe crown through the years. France’s Christiane Martel was the first and the only winner to wear this design. It is probably the most unusual of all the crowns because it featured a very solid design and did not feature crystals or Rhine stones unlike the other crowns.
Star of the Miss Universe Crown (1954-1960)
Star of the universe became the next Miss Universe Crown and it was named as such because of the star shape at the top of the crown. It consisted of approximately of 1,000 oriented cultured and black pearls set in solid gold and platinum with a weight of 1.25 pounds. It is said to be valued at $500,000.
The 10th Anniversary Crown/ The Rhinestone Crown (1961-1963)
In 1961, the Miss Universe Organization wanted to have a special crown to commemorate its 10th anniversary. Marlene Schmidt of Germany won this crown for the first time and her successor Norma Nolan of Argentina were the only two winners who wore the Rhinestone crown.
The Sarah Coventry Miss Universe Crown (1963-1973)
The year 1963 heralded in the pageant’s most famous crown, responsible for making the new rhinestone Miss Universe crown which featured a female figure (holding a scepter) at its centre place. It is known as The Lady or The Queen’s Crown. Ieda Maria Vargas of Brazil, Miss Universe 1963, had the privilege of being the first winner to use this crown.
The Chandelier Miss Universe Crown (1973-2001)
The design was slightly modified in Sarah Coventry Crown in the year 1973 for the wearer’s ease. This crown was used until 2001, when it was replaced due to a sponsorship deal, thus ending the tradition. The last winner to wear the Sarah Coventry crown was Miss Universe 2001, Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico.
The Mikimoto Miss Universe Crown (2001-2007)
It was named as Mikimoto as it was designed by an official jewelry sponsor of the Miss Universe organisation. The crown depicted the phoenix rising, signifying status, power and beauty, as stipulated in their sponsorship deal. The crown has 500 diamonds of almost 30 carats (6.0 g), 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls, ranging in size from 3 to 18 mm diameter and is valued at $250,000. The Crown was designed for the pageant on Mikimoto Pearl Island in Japan with the Mikimoto crown and tiara being first used for Miss Universe 2002. Several months after being crowned with the new Mikimoto crown, Federova became the first Miss Universe titleholder to be dethroned.
CAO Fine Jewelry Miss Universe Crown (2007-2008)
Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, became the only winner to ever wear the crown designed by CAO Fine Jewelry of Vietnam. The estimated value of this crown was $120,000 and was made of 18- carat white and yellow gold having more than 1,000 precious stones. White, light pink and cognac are the main hues in the crown which represented inspiration and feeling. This however is the least impressive of crowns in terms of beauty if compared to previous years. Fortunately, it was used in 2008.
Peace Crown by Diamond Nexus Labs (2009-2013)
From 2009–2013, Diamond Nexus Labs made the Miss Universe crown. Miss Universe 2009, Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela, was the first to wear the Peace crown made by Diamond Nexus Labs. The pageant powerhouse produced 2 winners in a span of 5 years (2009-2013) when this crown was being used. It was promoted as an eco-friendly crown because the stones were all synthetic.
The DIC Miss Universe Crown (2013-2016)
The most iconic Miss Universe crown for younger Filipino pageant fans is the one made by Diamond International Corporation (DIC), estimated to be worth $300,000. Paulina Vega of Colombia was the first to wear this crown in 2014.The Philippines’ very own Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, became the second titleholder to wear this crown. When this crown is passed on to the next Miss Universe, it will mark the end of Pia’s amazing reign and the end of a successful hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in Manila.
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Miss Multiverse is an annual international personality contest, turned in to reality TV show by its creator Linda Grandia; testing talent, endurance, drive, intellect and substance. Throughout recorded history, the beauty industry celebrated the ultimate beauty and splendor of women by means of association with the Universe theory. Nowadays the theory of a single Universe has evolved in to the “Multiverse” in the mean time Beauty Pageants and women have also evolved, with women becoming versatile, independent, educated and empowered. Modern women are; multi-faceted, multi-talented, multi-benevolent, multi-tasking, multi-skilled and much more.
The most important element of the Miss Multiverse Competition is the priceless crown, which is a symbol of achievement beyond beauty. The legendary challenges, and adventures towards winning the crown has evolved thought the years. The tests in this competition are now claimed to be the hardest ever seen in beauty competitions. So, here we present to you the glimpse of the best Miss Multiverse crowning moments in brief.
2015 – Debora Lyra representing Brazil crowned Miss Multiverse 2015.
Up until this year. The Miss Multiverse organization granted two crowns, for two categories, (Miss and Mrs.) In 2016 the organization unified both categories in to one brand of beauty (Miss Multiverse) claiming that eternal beauty is ageless thereby has no age category. One Crown should embody the totality of what it means to be Miss Multiverse.
2016 – Siria Bojorquez representing the USA crowned Miss Multiverse 2016.
Siria Bojorquez was the first to claim the new crown designed by Philippine Crown Designer Ramona Haar. Inspired by the multifaceted qualities of the competition. Nothing can best symbolize the totality of Miss Multiverse than a Mandala inspired crown. In Sanskrit, Mandala means Circle and its definition reflects wholeness, perfection, and eternity.
2017 – Corin Stellakis representing the USA crowned Miss Multiverse 2017.
Corrin Stellakis bested 29 beauties from all over the globe, most notable was her IQ test results, her overall physical and mental balance. Corrin inherited the crown from co-American Siria Bojorquez.
2018 – Diana Kubasova representing Latvia Crowned Miss Multiverse 2018.
Diana Kubasova proved to be very Versatile by winning many challenges. Among the most notable, Diana won The Last Woman Standing. This is an intensive exercise of six hours, under the blistering sun that required mental concentration above physical strength. Contestants are able to quit and tap out at any time until… the last woman remains standing. The challenges, faced by the contestants brings out abilities and personal qualities that reflects to the Mandalas of the crown. Mandalas are incredibly versatile – a characteristic that truly suits a Miss Multiverse.
Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Since his death in 2000, Morley’s widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant. Along with Miss Universe, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants. The most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions.
However along its journey, the pageant started the practice of crowning its winners in 1955. The crown has been changed eleven times throughout the history of the pageants. The first crown review for three consecutive editions from 1955 to 1957. Venezuela’s Carmen Susana Duijim was the first crowned winner and ended the reign of Finland’s Marita lindahl. The second Miss World crown, was unveiled in the 1958 for the crowning of South Africa’s Penelope Ann Coelen.
In 1972 a new crown design was again used; however, it was only used for that year, but its tenure wouldn’t end there, as it is poised to make another comeback later. Belinda Green has the distinction of being the first to wear that crown. The 11th miss world crown episode started from 1979 until 2017. Back to previous years the crown design of 1972 made a return after a 7 Edition hiatus. Copped by Gina Swanson of Bermuda, the crown has been used ever since, including recent reigning queen Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico in 2017.
In 2018 Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce De Leon wins Miss World 2018, Manushi Chhillar passed on the coveted crown to Vanessa in a grand ceremony held at Sanya city arena in China.
This legendary crown has become the most iconic and longest youth crown of the Miss World pageant. The symbol of (beauty with a purpose). The crown is nicknamed the blue crown. For its colors, turquoise features and blue stones.