Beauty Pageants in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1888-09-19 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium
  • 1908-08-14 The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.

Film & TV History

1994-01-01 Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant

Film & TV History

1994-04-06 Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into beauty queen Marla Maples' home

  • 1996-12-26 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado

Film & TV History

2019-06-26 Former Gambian beauty queen Fatou "Toufah" Jallow says she was raped by former President Yahya Jammeh as part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1934-08-20 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen (1st Miss Universe, 1952), born in Muhos, Finland
  • 1943-05-14 Elizabeth Ray, American beauty queen, "secretary" and US Congressman Wayne Hays' lover, born in Marshall, North Carolina
  • 1949-06-25 Phyllis George, American beauty queen (Miss America, 1971), sportscaster (CBS, 1974-85), and First Lady of Kentucky, 1979-83, born in Denton, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1954-05-21 Marina Langner, German beauty queen, Miss World runner-up (1975), born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1957-07-20 Donna Dixon, American actress, former beauty queen, and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip; Bossom Buddies), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1958-09-01 Armi Aavikko, Finnish beauty queen (Miss Finland, 1977), and pop singer, born in Helsinki, Finland) (d. 2002)
  • 1961-12-13 Irene Sáez, Venezuelan beauty queen crowned Miss Universe 1981 and politician, born in Chacao, Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1964-06-12 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-09-06 CeCe Peniston, American singer (Finally) and beauty queen (Miss Black Arizona 1989), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1971-09-16 Shawntel Smith, American beauty pageant (Miss America (1996)), born in Muldrow, Oklahoma

Aishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai (49 years old)

1973-11-01 Indian actress and beauty queen (Miss World 1994), born in Mangaluru, India

  • 1974-07-10 (Idalmis) Marina Vidal, American actress, journalist and beauty queen (Miss Florida 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1975-03-28 Shanna Moakler, American model, beauty queen (Miss USA, 1995), and actress (Pacific Blue; Meet The Barkers), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1975-07-13 Danni Boatwright, American model/beauty queen (Miss Teen USA 1992 2nd runner-up), born in Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • 1980-07-02 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • 1980-07-07 Deidre Downs, American beauty queen, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1980-11-05 Eva González, Spanish model and beauty queen, born in Seville, Spain
  • 1981-02-25 Misty Giles, American beauty queen and Survivor contestant
  • 1982-03-07 Kate Michael, American beauty queen
  • 1982-03-27 Kurara Chibana, Japanese beauty queen, first runner-up Miss Universe 2006, born in Naha, Japan

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra (40 years old)

1982-07-18 Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World, 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India

  • 1982-11-21 Aarti Chabria, Indian model, beauty queen (Miss India Worldwide, 1999), and Bollywood actress, born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1983-08-25 Janet Chow, Canadian/Chinese beauty pageant contestant
  • 1984-05-21 Lorena Ayala, Spanish-Dutch model and beauty queen
  • 1984-05-25 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Icelandic actress and beauty queen who won 2005 Miss World, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1984-08-03 Amanda Kimmel, American actress and beauty queen, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984-08-11 Katie Rees, American beauty pageant contestant
  • 1985-09-08 Yendi Phillips, Jamaican beauty pageant contestant (Miss Jamaica Universe 2010), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1988-09-14 Kirsten Haglund, American activist and beauty queen (Miss America 2008), born in Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • 1990-08-06 Jon Benet Ramsey, little beauty queen (murdered in 1996)
  • 1990-09-27 Kylee Lin, American beauty pageant winner
  • 1992-05-08 Olivia Culpo, American beauty queen (Miss Universe 2012) and social media influencer, born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 1993-09-18 Zozibini Tunzi, South African model and beauty queen, (Miss Universe 2019), born in Tsolo, South Africa
  • 1994-01-06 Catriona Gray, Filipino-Australian beauty queen (Miss Universe, 2018), born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV

Tony Trabert

1953-10-26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Yannick Noah

1984-03-02 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

  • 1999-09-26 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

Emmitt Smith

2000-04-22 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

  • 2006-07-07 "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (47) weds former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (27) at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • 2011-05-28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2007-07-09 Former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (28) divorces "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 1 year of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1996-07-17 Sid Sussman, American beauty pageant organizer (Miss U.S.A.), dies of heart attack
  • 1996-12-25 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colorado child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • 2002-01-02 Armi Aavikko, Finnish beauty queen (Miss Finland, 1977), and pop singer, dies at 43
  • 2003-05-18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • 2010-10-05 Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant winner and actress (b. 1939)
  • 2020-05-14 Phyllis George, American beauty queen (Miss America, 1971), sportscaster (CBS, 1974-85), and First Lady of Kentucky, 1979-83, dies of a blood disorder at 70