Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Akiko Kojima, the first ever Asian to win Miss Universe pageant

Akiko Kojima was born on October 29, 1936 in Tokyo.

In 1959 she created history as the first Asian to ever win the Miss Universe title.

Ever since, that unique feat has been equalled only once by her countrywomen, 48 years later to be exact in the form of Miss Universe 2007, Riyo Mori.

Akiko was just a 22-year-old model from Tokyo, Japan when she beat 4 other finalists from Norway, USA, England, and Brazil for the 1959 Miss Universe crown in Long Beach, California.

At 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 metres), Akiko measurement of 37–23–38 inches (94–58–96 cm), was at that time described as "incredible dimensions".

She denied having undergone breast surgery.

Soon after her reign, Akiko settled into a quiet married life.

It took 48 long years before another Japanese national, Riyo Mori, equalled Akiko's historic achievement.

Riyo Mori won the Miss Universe pageant in 2007 in Mexico City.

Congrats to both Akiko Kojima and Riyo Mori.

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