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1954 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant
Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
Long Beach, California, USA
July 24
On-stage Master of Ceremonies: Bob Russell


Winner: UNITED STATES - Miriam Stevenson
1st Runner Up: BRAZIL - Maria Marta Hacker Rocha
2nd Runner Up: HONG KONG - Virginia June Lee
3rd Runner Up: GERMANY - Regina Ernst
4th Runner Up: SWEDEN - Ragnhild Olausson

16 SEMI-FINALISTS:
ARGENTINA - Ivana Olga Kinslinger
BRAZIL - Maria Marta Hacker Rocha
CUBA - Isis Margarita Finlay
COSTA RICA - Marian Esquivel McKeown
FRANCE - Jacqueline Beer
GERMANY - Regina Ernst
*GREECE - Rika Diallina
HONG KONG - Virginia June Lee
ITALY - Maria Teresa Paliani
NORWAY - Mona Stormes
PANAMA - Liliana Torre
PERU - Isabella Leon Velarde Dancuart
PHILIPPINES - Blesilda Mueler Ocampo
SWEDEN - Ragnhild Olausson
URUGUAY - Ana Moreno
U.S.A. - Miriam Stevenson

AWARDS:
Miss Friendship: *GREECE - Effie Androulakakis ( Rika Diallina's first runner-up )
Most Popular in the Parade (Public Favorite): MONTANA, Dawn Oney

* Miss Greece, Rika Diallina, and Miss Korea, Pu Rak Hi, were denied entry into the U.S. because of their alledged Communist affiliations. Miss Greece was disqualified from obtaining a U.S. visa for allegedly illustrating a book on Communism. Miss Korea, who had fled North Korea in 1950, was denied her U.S. visa for questionable, but unconfirmed political activities before she fled to the south. Both women were replaced by their runners-up, Effie Androulakakis and Kai Sun Hai. U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles intervened in the Greek case, allowing Miss Diallina to enter the U.S. on a "temporary permit entry". Miss Diallina arrived just a few days before the final event, and after her runner-up, Miss Androulakakis, had won the Miss Friendship award. Miss Androulakakis was asked to remain in the competition as Miss Crete. She declined, saying Miss Diallina was "the choice the people of my country to represent them here". Miss Diallina made top 16 at the final event.
[source: BEAUTY SCHOOL "The Fabulous 1950's"
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