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Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Universe Pageant

  • Premiered: 
    July 9, 1960
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: pageant

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1952, young women from around the world compete for the title of Miss Universe. The first pageant, held in Long Beach, CA from June 23-29, featured 30 contestant from the United States, foreign nations and U.S. territories, with daily radio coverage on KGER that included interviews with various contestants. On the last night of that inaugural event, 10 semifinalists from Finland, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, United States and Uruguay vied for the title, with Finland's Armi Kuusela wearing the crown by the end of the night. The pageant was first nationally televised on July 9, 1960, when it was broadcast live on CBS from the Miami Beach Convention Hall Auditorium in Miami Beach, FL. CBS remained the television home of the MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT through 2002, after which NBC aired the pageant from 2003-2014. FOX has broadcast the event since 2015. In 2021, there were two Miss Universe Competitions -- one in May (delayed from Dec 2020 because of COVID) and one in December.
The 71st Annual Miss Universe Competition aired live on the Roku Channel on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 8pm ET. Jeannie Mai Jenkins hosts, along with Olivia Culpo, from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. The event features almost 90 women from around the globe vying for the job of Miss Universe, through the process of personal statements, in depth interviews, and various categories including evening gown & swimwear. The evening culminates with the 70th Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, crowning her successor.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: Miss Universe Competition


  • Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (2012, 2015 Dec, 2017 Nov) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Map It!
  • Crocus City Hall (2013) - Moscow Russia
  • FIU Arena (2015 Jan) - Miami, Florida USA - Map It!
  • IMPACT Arena (2018 Dec) - Bangkok Thailand
  • Mall of Asia Arena (2017 Jan) - Manila Philippines
  • Tyler Perry Studios (2019 Dec) - Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (2021 May) - Hollywood, Florida USA
  • Universe Dome (2021 Dec) - Eilat Israel
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (2023) - New Orleans, Louisiana USA