Since Armi Kuusela from Finland first won Miss Universe back in 1952, the competition has crowned many beautiful women and given them the coveted title. Of course, some countries have been more successful than others.
Below, we’ll look at the countries that have produced the most Miss Universe winners; you might be surprised at who wins it all!
Countries With Two Winners
Many countries have won the competition twice. These include not only Finland, which apparently hasn’t had the best luck since 1952, but also other countries like France, Australia, Canada, and Japan.
Even some countries that traditionally do well in beauty competitions, like Brazil, Columbia, and Thailand, have only won Miss Universe twice. Rounding out the list of two-time winners are Mexico, India, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Countries With Three Winners
Only two countries have produced three Miss Universes. They are Sweden and South Africa. Sweden won the competition in 1955, 1966, and 1984, with Yvonne Ryding capturing the crown in 1984. Meanwhile, South Africa has been more recent in its victories, winning in 1978, 2017, and 2019. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won in 2017, while Zozibini Tunzi won the crown in 2019. Ms. Tunzi became only the second black woman in Miss Universe history to win the crown.
In fourth place by the number of winners is the Philippines. This island country has produced four victors over the course of the pageant, with victories in 1969, 1973, 2015, and 2019. Pia Wutzbach won the crown in 2015, while Catriona Gray won it in 2018.
Interestingly, Ms. Gray was born in Australia but chose to compete in the Philippines due to it being her mother’s homeland.
Despite having a population of only a bit more than 3 million people, Puerto Rico hits above its weight when it comes to pageant victories. Per capita, it has more winners than any other country in the world. The country has won Miss Universe five times, in 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, and 2006. Actress Zuleyka Rivera was the country’s most recent winner.
Long-time fans of beauty pageants knew that this one was coming. Venezuela has won Miss Universe more than any country save one, with seven victors. It first won the crown in 1979 and has followed up with victories in 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, and 2013.
It is the only country to have won the title twice in a row, with Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez winning it in 2008 and 2009, respectively. More recently, Gabriela Isler won in 2013.
The United States
Those who thought they needed to pack their bags to find a beauty queen can relax; the United States has won Miss Universe more than any other country. It maintains a narrow lead on Venezuela with eight victors, having won the crown in 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, and 2012.
Chances are you’ve heard of America’s most recent victor, Olivia Culpo, who has transitioned her Miss Universe success into a career in entertainment.
Since it started about 70 years ago, Miss Universe has already left its mark on pageants around the globe. In the future, one can only expect that more countries will join the ranks of those having won multiple titles. However, many firmly believe that it will still be a contest between the United States and Venezuela to see who reigns supreme.