Miss Universe 1953 – Christiane Martel (France)

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1953 - Christiane Martel (France)

Christiane Martel, born Christiane Magnani, won the 1953 Miss Universe pageant representing France. However, she was not a titleholder from the “official” Miss France pageant. Martel’s runners-up in the 1953 pageant was Myrna Hansen of the U.S., followed by delegates of Japan, Mexico, and Australia. Shortly after her reign, Martel embarked on a successful career in international films, appearing in movies such as Yankee Pasha, So This Is Paris, Abajo el Telón, the 1956 version of Corazón salvaje (playing the villain Aimée), Viva el Amor!, Rosa Blanca and her last film to date, 1961’s Leoni al Sole.

Martel was married briefly to Ronnie Marengo, a department store heir, whom she divorced in 1955. She later married Miguel Alemán Velasco, who would becomeGovernor of Veracruz and is the son of Miguel Alemán Valdés, former president of Mexico. They have three daughters and one son. Their son, Miguel Alemán Magnani is a stakeholder of Televisa and the owner of low-cost airline, Interjet.

She made recent television appearances at the Miss Universe pageants in 1989, 1993, and 2007 that were held in Mexico. Her last television appearance was on December 3, 2011 at the Miss France pageant.

MISS UNIVERSE 1953 Results
Miss Universe 1953 – Christiane Martel (France)
1st Runner-up – Myrna Hansen (USA)
2nd Runner-up – Kinuko Ito (Japan)
3rd Runner-up – Ana Bertha Lepe (Mexico)
4th Runner-up – Maxine Morgan (Australia)
Top 16:
Austria – Lore Felger
Canada – Thelma Brewis
Denmark – Jytte Olsen
Germany – Christel Schaack
Italy – Rita Stazzi
Norway – Synnøve Gulbrandsen
Panama – Emita Arosemena
Peru – Mary Ann Sarmiento†
South Africa – Ingrid Mills
Turkey – Ayten Akyol
Uruguay – Alicia Ibáñez

Alaska – Muriel Hagberg
Australia – Maxine Morgan
Austria – Lore Felger
Belgium – Elayne Cortois
Canada – Thelma Elizabeth Brewis
Denmark – Jytte Olsen
Finland – Teija Anneli Sopanen
France – Christiane Magnani (Christiane Martel)
Germany – Christel Schaack
Greece – Doreta Xirou
Hawaii – Aileen Lauwae Stone
Italy – Rita Stazzi
Japan – Kinuko Ito
Mexico – Ana Bertha Lepe Jiménez
Norway – Synnøve Gulbrandsen
Panama – Emita Arosemena Zubieta
Peru – Mary Ann Sarmiento†
Philippines – Cristina Monson Pacheco
Puerto Rico – Wanda Irizarry
South Africa – Ingrid Rita Mills
Sweden – Ulla Sandkler
Switzerland – Danielle Oudinet
Turkey – Ayten Akyol
Uruguay – Ada Alicia Ibáñez Amengual
USA – Myrna Rae Hansen
Venezuela – Gisela Bolaños Scarton

Historical significance
a. France won Miss Universe for the first time.
b. USA, Germany, South Africa, Uruguay and Mexico placed for the second consecutive year.
c. Japan, Canada, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Panama, Peru, Turkey and Australia placed for the first time.
d. Austria and Switzerland competed the first time.
e. Chile, Cuba, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, and Israel withdrew their participation to the contest.
f. Miss Morocco-Colette Ribes did not compete in the contest


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