Miss Universe

Finland’s Armi Kuusela wins Miss Universe 1952

Miss Universe 1952 Armi KuuselaArmi Kuusela from Finland beat 29 other contestants to win Miss Universe 1952 on Sunday, June 28 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California (USA).

The 18-year-old beauty was crowned with a one-time royal nuptial tiara of Catherine the Great of Russia that was loaned to the pageant.

Armi became the first woman to win Miss Universe in history. She was awarded a seven-year motion picture contract, a $3,000 car, and a $2,500 wristwatch.

The runners-up were from Hawaii, Elza Edsman, Greece, Ntaizy Mavraki, Hong Kong, Judy Dan, and Germany, Renate Hoy.

Mexico’s Olga Llorens, South Africa’s Catherine Higgins, Sweden’s Anne Marie Thistler, United States’ Jackie Loughery, and Uruguay’s Gladys Fajardo completed the Top 10 semi-finalists.

Uruguay’s Gladys Fajardo and Montana’s Valerie Johnson were awarded Miss Friendship.


Miss Universe 1952: Finland – Armi Kuusela

1st Runner-Up: Hawaii – Elza Edsman

2nd Runner-Up: Greece – Ntaizy Mavraki

3rd Runner-Up: Hong Kong – Judy Dan

4th Runner-Up: Germany – Renate Hoy

Top 10

Mexico – Olga Llorens

South Africa – Catherine Higgins

Sweden – Anne Marie Thistler

United States – Jackie Loughery

Uruguay – Gladys Rubio Fajardo

Miss Universe 1952 Armi Kuusela

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