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Vintage Photos of the Miss Universe Pageant

They’ve been dressed to nines every year since the pageant started, but the styles have changed a lot since 1952.

Years of crowns

Years of crowns beauty pageantNARONG SANGNAK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach California on June 28, 1952. Thirty contestants competed for the crown and 17-year-old Armi Kuusela of Finland came out on top as the first titleholder in history. More than 65 years later the Miss Universe Organization is still encouraging girls to be confident and bring positive change to their community. Take a look at what some of the very first pageants looked like. Also, look at how much the Miss America pageant has changed throughout the years.

1954: Meeting the stars

1954 Miss Universe PageantEd Widdis/AP/Shutterstock

The 1954 Miss Universe contestants visited the Universal movie studio lot to have their pictures taken with movie stars. Tony Curtis and Jeff Chandler are seen here posing with the girls after greeting them at the studio gate.

1957: Press events

1957 Miss Universe photo opMarty Lederhandler/AP/Shutterstock

Movie star Gary Cooper poses with Miss Universe contestants at a press reception in New York.

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