Miss Universe 2013: Which Country Has Won The Most Titles?

Miss Universe 2013: Maria Gabriela Isler
Miss Universe 2013 Reuters

Gabriela Isler, Miss Venezuela has been declared the most beautiful woman of the universe in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant. The event that took place in Moscow had the South American beauty crowned by outgoing title holder, Olivia Culpo. This is the seventh tilte for Venezuela. This means that Venezuela has won more major international beauty competitions than any other nation, including now seven Miss Universe titles: according to Fox News "beauty queens rank alongside baseball players and oil as the country's biggest exports."  

While Gabriela Isler will bring home a seventh crown for Venezuela, in fact the USA has won the most Miss Universe crowns in the world with 8: the US won Miss Universe in 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997 and 2012. However, Miss Universe is only one of four world beauty pageants including Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth. What makes Venezuela so incredible, is that it has won the most titles across all four competitions: Venezuela has TWENTY titles. The USA is in second place with 14.

In 2009, Venezuela, became the first country to achieve consecutive wins at the Miss Universe pageant, when 2008 winner Dayana Mendoza crowned her successor Stefania Fernandez. Philippines and India are next on the list with 8 wins apiece. Puerto Rico is third on the list of Miss Universe winners with five beauties crowned.


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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.