Miss Lebanon - Lebanon's Official National Beauty Pageant (Arabic: انتخابات ملكة جمال لبنان ) is a beauty contest in Lebanon.
Miss Lebanon is the only national beauty contest that awards prizes worth more than half a million US dollars to its winners. It is broadcast by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC).
During one year, the Lebanese winners compete in two of the five international pageants which include the four major beauty pageants, (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss International, and a minor international pageant Miss Intercontinental), while two handpicked national contestants are chosen for the remaining ones.
- In the 1972 Miss Universe pageant in Dorado, Puerto Rico, the 1971 winner, Georgina Rizk, was not allowed to attend due to government restrictions because of fears of a terrorist attack. These fears were triggered when, two months prior to the pageant, bombings occurred outside the hotel in which Miss USA, Tanya Wilson, was then staying. Lebanon did not send a delegate to the pageant that year either.
- In the 1993 Miss World pageant, in Sun City, South Africa, a photograph caused outrage in Lebanon, with Miss Lebanon, Ghada El Turck, accused of collaborating with the enemy, with the Israeli contestant, Tamara Porat. It was four months before Ghada was allowed to return to her country, which is officially still at war with Israel. The picture was scanned from the Times Magazine, November 22, 1993.
- Christina Sawaya, winner of the Lebanese pageant in 2001, dropped out the Miss Universe 2002 pageant, because she wouldn't compete in a pageant alongside Miss Israel, Yamit Har-Noy. As for other contestants, most, like Miss Egypt, Sally Shaheen, was upset and disappointed that Christina dropped out and said the controversy at the pageant has nothing to do with politics.
- Lebanon was planning not to have a pageant for 2008, due the few national fightings, but due to positive evolution, and as declared by LBC, 18 contestants were formerly chosen in 2008 through casting and competed to earn the crown of Miss Lebanon. The pageant started on July 4 2008, and the crowning night was held on July 11.
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