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Who was the first Miss Universe?

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The title of Miss Universe was first held by Armi Kuusela in 1952. The Finnish contestant was invited to participate in the first-ever Miss Universe pageant after winning her country's national beauty pageant, Suomen Neito. Kuusela chose to relinquish her crown in May 1953 to get married.

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Since Kuusela's win in 1952, there has been a new Miss Universe crowned yearly. As of 2015, there have been 64 winners from 34 different countries. The first pageant had only 30 contestants, but more countries have joined; the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant had 86 contestants. The United States has won the most Miss Universe titles, with eight winning contestants.

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