Who Won the Miss Universe Pageant?

Paulina Vega

The Miss Universe pageant began in Long Beach, California in 1952. The pageant is held over a two week period and, according to the organizers, is more than a beauty pageant. Contestants must be intelligent, well-mannered and cultured.

It's "rival" pageant is the Miss World pageant. The United States has had the most Miss Universe title holders with eight.

The current Miss Universe, crowned in 2016, is Iris Mittenaere of France.

YearMiss UniverseCountry1st Runner Up
2016Iris MittenaereFranceRaquel Pelissier (Haiti)
2015Pia WurtzbachPhilippinesAriadna Gutierrez (Colombia)
2014Paulina VegaColumbiaNia Sanchez (United States)
2013Gabriela IslerVenezuelaPatricia Rodriguez (Spain)
2012Olivia CulpoUnited StatesJanine Tugonon (Philippines)
2011Leila LopesAngolaOlesya Stefanko (Ukraine)
2010Ximena NavarreteMexicoYendi Phillipps (Jamaica)
2009Stefania FernandezVenezuelaAda Aimee de la Cruz (Dominican Republic)
2008Dayana MendozaVenezuelaTaliana Vargas (Colombia)
2007Riyo MoriJapanNatalia Guimaraes (Brazil)
2006Zuleyka RiveraPuerto RicoKurara Chibana (Japan)
2005Natalie GlebovaCanadaCynthia Olavarria (Puerto Rico)
2004Jennifer HawkinsAustraliaShandi Finnessy (United States)
2003Amelia VegaDominican RepublicMariangel Ruiz (Venezuela)
2002Justine PasekPanama 
 Oxana Fedorova of Russia dethroned
2001Denise M QuinonesPuerto Rico 
2000Lara DuttaIndia 
1999Mpule KwelagobeBotswana 
1998Wendy FitzwilliamTrinidad & Tobago 
1997Brook LeeUnited States 
1996Alicia Machada FajardoVenezuela 
1995Chelsi SmithUnited States 
1994Sushmita SenIndia 
1993Dayanara TorresPuerto Rico 
1992Michelle McLeanNamibia 
1991Lupita JonesMexico 
1990Mona GrudtNorway 
1989Angela VisserHolland 
1988Porntip NakhirunkanokThailand 
1987Cecilia Bolocco FonckChile 
1986Barbara Palacios TeydeVenezuela 
1985Deborah Carthy-DeuPuerto Rico 
1984Yvonne RydingSweden 
1983Lorraine DownesNew Zealand 
1982Karen Diane BaldwinCanada 
1981Mona Irene Lailan Saez CondeVenezuela 
1980Shawn WeatherlyUnited States 
1979Maritza SayaleroVenezuela 
1978Margaret GardinerSouth Africa 
1977Janelle CommissiongTrinidad & Tobago 
1976Rina MessingerIsrael 
1975Anne Marie PohtamoFinland 
1974Amparo MunozSpain 
1973Maria Margarita MoranPhilippines 
1972Kerry Anne WellsAustralia 
1971Georgina RizkLebanon 
1970Marisol MalaretPuerto Rico 
1969Gloria DiazPhillippines 
1968Martha VasconcellosBrazil 
1967Sylvia HitchcockUnited States 
1966Margareta ArvidssonSweden 
1965Apasra HongsakulaThailand 
1964Kiriaki Corinna TsopeiGreece 
1963Ieda Maria VargasBrazil 
1962Norma NolanArgentina 
1961Marlene SchmidtGermany 
1960Linda BementUnited States 
1959Akiko KojimaJapan 
1958Luz Marina ZuluagaColombia 
1957Gladys ZenderPeru 
1956Carol MorrisUnited States 
1955Hillevi RombinSweden 
1954Miriam StevensonUnited States 
1953Christiane MartelFrance 
1952Armi KuuselaFinland