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France: The first country to ever win Miss Universe and Miss World in the same year.




Wining the crown is the ultimate aim for every beauty pageant aspirant. While no woman has ever claimed two major titles, there are instances when both Miss Universe and Miss World crowns were claimed by the same country in the same year. The double win was first achieved by France in 1953 when Christiane Martel was crowned Miss Universe by actress, Julia Adams. Martel was crowned Miss France by outgoing titleholder Claude Godart and represented France at Miss Universe 1953 where she became the second Miss Universe winner.



Martel's runners-up in the 1953 pageant was Myrna Hansen of the USA, followed by delegates of Japan, Mexico, and Australia.


The same year Denisse Perrier won the Miss World title for France at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, UK. Perrier was crowned Miss France World 1953 by Miss France World 1952, Nicole Drouin. She represents France in Miss World 1953 pageant. Perrier was the third person to be chosen as Miss World in 1953, representing France.

Perrie has entered acting and her most memorable scene is an uncredited appearance in the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. In the scene, after a little persuasion from James Bond, who starts throttling her with the top of her bikini, she gives up and tells the location of the villain of the film.



Perrier also became active in local government in her native France. She was one of the judges at the 2005, 2010 and 2011 Miss World contests.

Perrier's runners-up were Alexandra Ladikou of Greece, Marina Papaelia of Egypt followed by Manel Illangakoon of Ceylon, Elizabeth Chovisky of Monaco and Mary Kemp Griffin of USA.

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