First crowned European queens at Big 4 major beauty pageants in the decade (2011 – 2020)

02 Apr 2020 | Priya Bhardwaj

Europe had a fairly decent decade at the major international beauty pageants from 2010 till now as the continent sent remarkable beauties to represent their respective countries at the international platforms. While it missed to win a lot of crowns, the countries sure won a considerable spot in the Top with consistency.

European beauties not only impressed everyone with their beauty but also with their strong intellectual characteristics. Throughout the decade, France gave brilliant performances in Miss World by placing in the Top 5 consistently. Ukraine, Spain and France also placed in the Top spots in Miss Universe through the decade. So, without further ado, lets take a look at the winners who opened Europe’s account in the four major pageants –

Mireia Lalaguna from Spain was crowned Miss World 2015 as she opened Europe’s account in the decade. She is a Spanish actor, model and a beauty queen who also made history for her country as she pioneered Spain’s win in Miss World. She has obtained a degree in pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. During her reign, Mireia travelled to Indonesia, Puerto Rico, United States, India, Kenya, Russia, China, Philippines, Korea, England, South Africa, Ghana, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Jersey and Spain.


Mireia Lalaguna from Spain was crowned Miss World 2015


Iris Mittenaere from France opened Europe’s account in Miss Universe in 2016 when she was crowned the new queen at the finale held on 30th January 2017 in Philippines. Iris is a model and a television host. Prior to becoming Miss France, Mittenaere was in her fifth year of a dental surgery fellowship and planned on becoming a dental surgeon after graduating. Her journey during her reign and post reign has been nothing short of incredible as she presented an award at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique.


Iris Mittenaere from France winner Miss Universe 2016


She also competed in the ninth season of Danse avec les stars, the French version of Dancing with the Stars with Anthony Colette, and together they placed second in the season's finale. She also released her first autobiography titled in French Toujours y croire : Miss Univers, une jeune femme (pas) comme les autres which means Always believe in yourself: Miss Universe, a young woman (un)like any other.

In Miss International, Europe has failed to win a crown in this decade as the last crown was won in 2008 where Alejandra Andreu from Spain was crowned the new queen. Nevertheless, Finland, Netherlands and United Kingdom did win top placements through the decade.

Tereza Fajksová from Czech Republic pioneered Europe’s win in Miss Earth in 2012 as she was crowned the new queen. She also made history as she made the first ever diva from Czech Republic to win Miss Earth crown. As Miss Earth queen, Tereza travelled to the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, to grace and to serve as a chief judge of Miss Earth Reunion Island 2013. She has definitely fulfilled all of her duties as an Earth queen and served the organization with dedication and sincerity.


Tereza Fajksová from Czech Republic Miss Earth 2012