*The pageant was first televised in 1955. CBS began nationally broadcasting pageant from 1960. In 2003 NBC took over the television rights.
*In 1972, the Miss Universe Pageant was held outside the continental US for the first time, taking place in Dorado,
*In 2008, the Miss Universe Pageant was held in a current Communist state for the first time, taking place in Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa province,
*Miss Universe 1957, Gladys Zender from
*At 64 inches (1.63 m) tall, Miss
*Trinidad & Tobago's Janelle Commissiong became the first woman of black descent to be crowned Miss Universe, in 1977 in
*The first black African to win Miss Universe of was Mpule Kwelagobe, of
*Only once have black women won Miss Universe in succession. Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago won the title in 1998, followed by Mpule Kwelagobe of
*This year, Kosovo has sent its first ever delegate.
*Interestingly, two delegates who fell wearing their evening gowns advanced to the final question round. They were Miriam Quiambao, Miss
*2002's winner, Oxana Fedorova of
*Natalie Glebova of
*The largest interval between a nation winning Miss Universe (at present) is
*The shortest gap is two years;
*The Philippines has won the Miss Photogenic award seven times (including a back-to-back and a three-peat), followed by the UK and Puerto Rico, both with five.
*The Miss Universe crown used from 2002-2007 was designed by Mikimoto, the official jeweler sponsor of the Miss Universe Organization. For Miss Universe 2008 a new crown was unveiled. Valued at $120 thousand dollars, it is made of 18K white and yellow gold. But this Vietnamese crown will use in the 57th edition only and the Mikimoto crown will return in 2009. The 2008 Miss Universe Pageant will be held in Nha Trang, the capital of
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