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The International Pageant of Pulchritude, also known as the “International Beauty Contest” or the “Miss Universe Contest,” was a beauty contest that began in 1926 featuring contestants from multiple nations. The last pageant event in the U.S. was held in 1931 although additional “Miss Universe” events were held until 1935. The pageant was the first international contest and served as a model for modern contests.
The contest originated in Galveston, Texas, United States. The last “Miss Universe” event of this pre-World War II era was held in Brussels, Belgium [in 1935].