DATE
July 17, 1953

HOST
Bob Russell

VENUE
​Long Beach, CA - USA

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RESULTS

WINNER
FINLAND
Christiane Martel

1ST RUNNER UP
USA
Myrna Hansen

2ND RUNNER UP
JAPAN
Kinuko Ito

3RD RUNNER UP
MEXICO
Ana Bertha Lepe

4TH RUNNER UP
AUSTRALIA
Maxine Morgan


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SPECIAL AWARD
Miss Congeniality
LOUISIANA*
Jeanne Thompson

Miss Photogenic
USA
Myrna Hansen
MISS UNIVERSE
1953
Miss Universe 1953, the 2nd Miss Universe pageant, was held on 17 July 1953 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California, United States. Contestants from 26 countries competed in the pageant, which was held concurrently with the Miss USA 1953 event. 17-year-old Christiane Martel from France won the competition, becoming the second Miss Universe. The previous titleholder, Armi Kuusela, resigned before her reign ended, and therefore Martel was crowned by actress Julie Adams.​

CONTESTANTS

ALASKA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BELGIUM
CANADA
DENMARK
FINLAND
FRANCE
GERMANY
GREECE
HAWAII
ITALY
JAPAN
MEXICO
NORWAY
PANAMA
PERU
PHILIPPINES
PUERTO RICO
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
USA
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA
Muriel Hagberg
Maxine Morgan
Lore Felger
Elayne Cortois
Thelma Elizabeth Brewis
Jytte Olsen
Teija Anneli Sopanen
Christiane Martel
Christel Schaack
Doreta Xirou
Aileen Lauwae Stone
Rita Stazzi
Kinuko Ito
Ana Bertha Lepe Jiménez
Synnøve Gulbrandsen
Emita Arosemena Zubieta
Mary Ann Sarmiento
Cristina Monson Pacheco
Wanda Irizarry
Ingrid Rita Mills
Ulla Sandkler
Danielle Oudinet
Ayten Akyol
Myrna Rae Hansen
Ada Alicia Ibáñez Amengual
Gisela Bolaños Scarton
Lore Felger
Thelma Brewis
Jytte Olsen
Christel Schaack
Rita Stazzi
Synnøve Gulbrandsen
Emita Arosemena
Mary Ann Sarmiento
Ingrid Mills
Ayten Akyol
Alicia Ibáñez
AUSTRIA
CANADA
DENMARK
GERMANY
ITALY
NORWAY
PANAMA
PERU
SOUTH AFRICA
TURKEY
URUGUAY
*During that time, Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants are held at the same time and anyone on both pageants can win the Miss Congeniality award.