First MISS UNIVERSE pageant took place in 1952 in Long Beach, California featuring 29 delegates vying for the crown. The first woman crowned MISS UNIVERSE was Armi Helena Kuusela, a 17-year-old high school student from Finland. She was crowned with the priceless crown of the Romanoff’s that was worn by the last of the three czarinas of Imperial Russia, containing 1.529 diamonds with a combined weight of 300-carats.
The year 1960 would bring the competition its first coast-to-coast network telecast and in 1966, the event was broadcast in “living-color-telecast” for the first time. In 1972, the MISS UNIVERSE competition was held for the first time out of the USA in Puerto Rico, where the first broadcast via satellite would be staged, and would bring the pageant into the homes of viewers and fans around the globe. A lot has changed in past 50-some years in the world and so is MISS UNIVERSE. Today’s delegates are more often aimed to achieve a higher level of education, political aspirations, charitable involvement or entrepreneurs. Titleholders have gone on to high profile careers in government, engineering, medicine, law, business, finance, genetic research, broadcasting, publishing, fashion, film and television.
Today’s MISS UNIVERSE is a fast-paced competition featuring some of the world’s most ambitious and accomplished women. These are women of power and grace, intelligence, commitment, substance and style.
Miss Universe Croatia Pageant was held for the first time in 1997, in Opatija, when the organizer was Hrvatska tiskara. First Croatian winner was Kristina Čerina of Split.
In 1998 Vladimir Kraljević takes over organization of the pageant, and develops the project into most prestigious and most serious beauty pageant in Croatia. Pageant is live telecast by Croatian National Television (HRT), with the highest ratings.
Miss Universe Croatia titleholders:
1997: Kristina Čerina, Split; graduate of College of Economics in Split;
1998: Ivana Gržetić, Dubrovnik: after successful modeling career in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and Japan, graduate of American College of Management and Technology in Dubrovnik and opens her own tourist agency in Dubrovnik (www.adriatic-sea-kayak.com
2000: Renata Lovrinčević, Split: during her reign graduates at College of Physical Education in Split; she is working as the manager of fitness in Wellness Center Guliver Energy in Split;
2001: Maja Cecić-Vidoš, Rijeka: with husband (professional hand-ball player and member of Croatian Handball team) runs their coffee shop in hometown Rijeka;
2002: Ivana Paris, Pazin: graduate of journalism and PR at Dubrovnik University;
2003: Ivana Delač, Rijeka: graduate of College of Hotel Management in Ika; runs her PR and events agency in Zagreb
2004: Marijana Rupčić, Nuštar: student of Law and Faculty of Economics in Osijek; works in the bank in Osijek
2005: Jelena Glišić, Plaški: student at Law University in Zagreb; works as a model.
2006: Biljana Mančić, Split: graduate of American College of Management and Technology in Dubrovnik (2008); founded her travel agency in Trogir
2007: Jelena Maroš, Split: student at Law University in Split
2008: Snježana Lončarević, Slavonski Brod, student at College of Hotel Management in Ika
2009: Sarah Ćosić, Split, first Miss Universe Croatia who placed among Top 15 at Miss Universe Pageant; student at Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Zagreb; works as a model
2010: Lana Obad, Zagreb, gratuate of Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Zagreb; works for international audit company
2011: Natalija Prica, Zagreb, Student at School of Dental Medicine of University of Zagreb (6th year); works as a model
2012: Elizabeta Burg, Vrbanja, Top 16 at Miss Universe 2012 Pageant; student at Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZŠEM); works as a model