The first international beauty contest: in the XIX century, chose the most beautiful girl in the world
• The first-ever international beauty contest: in the XIX century, chose the most
beautiful girl in the world
September 19, 1888 in the Belgian resort town of Spa, the first in the history of international beauty contest. For the title of most beautiful girl in the world claimed by 350 participants, 21 of which reached the final. And the idea of beauty, and the selection principles and rules of the competition in the XIX century differed significantly from modern standards.
The winner of the contest for the cover of a magazine and a caricature of the first world beauty contest. The caption: contestants; judges; blonde or brunette?
In the summer of 1888 there was an announcement in the newspapers about the beauty contest, to be held in September in the resort town of Spa in Belgium. All those wishing to claim the title of most beautiful girl on the planet offered to post your photo with a brief information about yourself. The newspaper has received 350 applications - from Austria, America, Algeria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, France and Sweden. Of these, the jury selected 21 girls - they would personally continue to participate in the competition at Spa. Participants were not allowed to appear in public - they settled on a separate floor of the hotel, from where they traveled in a closed carriage only in a casino lounge, where the competition was held. Before awarding the prizes no one was allowed to see the participants. All travel costs and accommodation of girls took over the casino.
The winner of the first international beauty contest in the history of March Sukkar
Competition organizer was Hervé du Lorrain, 10,000 francs for the grant of premiums allocated casino winners. The most beautiful girl selected by a jury of eight men, among whom were painters, sculptors and other representatives of creative professions. The contest was held for 12 days. Every day, the girls paraded before the jury in the casino salon. In this case, they were all dressed in long dresses and the men who were present in the hall - in a frock coat.
On the 12th day, we announced the winners of the contest. The most beautiful girl of the planet was named 18-year-old Creole from Guadeloupe March Sukkar, she was awarded the first prize of 5000 francs. Second prize in 2000 went to Franks Flemish Angela Delroze. The third place and 1,000 francs a native of Vienna gave Marie Stevens. After the awards ceremony casino arranged a grand ball for the participants, judges, local authorities and representatives of the press.
Owners of 3rd and 4th prizes Marie Stevens and Olga Nadyaska
Even the first ever beauty contest was not without funny things and scandals. One of the participants so everyone was struck by its beauty that the jury unanimously decided that it is - out of competition. It was the Algerian girl Fatma. The resourceful entrepreneur demanded admission with wanting to look at it. And when the jury announced the winner of the contest, one of the participants, annoyed with this result, I went to the lucky ... and spat in her face!
The winners of the beauty contest received not only an impressive cash prizes, but also the worldwide popularity Martha Sukkar within the first three days after the announcement of the results obtained over a hundred marriage proposals. But she rejected them, stating the desire to pursue an acting career. Unfortunately, information about its further fate.