Miss Universe 1957

Miss Universe 1957, the 6th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 19 July 1957 in Long Beach, California, United States. In this pageant, 32 contestants competed. Gladys Zender of Peru won the competition, becoming the first Latin American woman to be crowned as Miss Universe, and was crowned by Carol Morris of the United States.

Last competed in 1953

Last competed in 1955

Miss USA, Leona Gage (MD), was announced as a semi-finalist, but she was ejected from the pageant the afternoon before the final after it was discovered that she was married and the mother of two young children. Miss Argentina, Mónica Lamas, who had placed 16th in the preliminary, took over the vacated spot.

Gage was also stripped of her title and was replaced by Charlotte Sheffield (UT), but Sheffield was unable to compete because the preliminary competition had already taken place, thus marking the first and as of 2020 only time that a Miss USA did not compete at Miss Universe. Sheffield competed at Miss World 1957, but was unplaced.[1]


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