Miss Universe in an annual international beauty pageant, It is part of the prestigious Big Four pageants along with the Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International. The pageant is run by the Miss Universe Organisation. The pageant was founded in the year 1952; it started as a local "bathing beauty" competition organized by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, California. Donald Trump acquired the pageant in the year 1996 after the pageant had gained popularity among various pageant lovers.
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The pageant was first televised in 1955. CBS-TV began broadcasting the combined Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in 1960 and as separate contests in 1965. In 2003, NBC-TV outbid the other networks for the TV rights. The pageant is broadcast in the USA on NBC, simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, and webcast on Xbox Live along with many international broadcasting channels
In the year 1998, Miss Universe changed its name from Miss Universe, Inc., to the Miss Universe Organization, and the headquarters moved from Los Angeles, California, to New York City that year. Donald Trump revamped the whole organisation; he inducted many new professionals for the contest headed by its new CEO, Molly Miles, and president Maureen Reidy.
The current logo of Miss Universe was conceptualised in the year 1998, the logo –“The Woman with Stars” was created to represent beauty and responsibility of women around the Universe. Before the logo was created the contest used the slogan “Redefined for Today” to promote the pageant.
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Miss Universe is a very prestigious beauty pageant with women across the globe vying to wear the coveted crown. The title holders are not only a symbol of beauty, they also have a responsibility towards the welfare of the under privileged. The chosen Winner is expected to travel across the globe and work for humanitarian causes.
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The contestants of Miss Universe are selected through national pageants in their respective countries. These women are an epitome of beauty and intellect, they are talented and aspire to succeed, but most importantly these lovely ladies want to work for the betterment of the lives of others.
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Miss Universe 2016
At the conclusion of the splendid finale of Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere of France was crowned as the winner. The finale was held at the Mall of Asia Arena, and at the conclusion of the gala finale, Pia Wurtzbach crowned Iris as her successor.
Miss Universe 2015
Miss Universe 2015 was Pia Wurtzbach from Philippines. Pia was crowned Miss Universe on December 20, 2015 at the pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.
Miss Universe 2014
The Miss Universe 2014 was Paulina Vega Dieppa from Colombia, who was crowned on January 25, 2015 at Florida International University, in Doral, Miami, Florida, USA.
Miss Universe 2013
Miss Universe 2013 was Gabriela Isler from Venezuela, who was crowned on November 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.