34 contestants competed and in the end Akiko Kojima of Japan won the competition, becoming the first Asian woman to win the title.

09 Apr, 2020, 12:34PM IST Don't miss out on your morning cup of coffee: It can lower risk of liver cancer. MISS UNIVERSE 1959. Verizon said it was handling an average of 800 million wireless calls a day during the week. Miss Universe 1959, the 8th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 24 July 1959 at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California, United States. Gloria Diaz of the Philippines was crowned by Martha Vasconcellos of Brazil at the end of the event. Beliau dinobatkan oleh Luz Marina Zuluaga dari Colombia.

Miss Universe 1959, Japan - Akiko Kojima 1st runner-up, Norway - Jorunn Kristjansen 2nd runner-up, USA - Terry Lynn Huntingdon 3rd runner-up, England - Pamela Anne Searle 4th runner-up, Brazil - … With Terry Huntingdon, Akiko Kojima, Jorunn Kristjansen, Vera Regina Ribeiro. Miss Universe 1969, the 18th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 19 July 1969 at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. Hello! At 5'7", Akiko measured 37-23-38 inches, which many believed as "incredible dimensions" for an Asian.

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Back in 1959, Asia registered its first-ever victory in Miss Universe when Miss Japan Akiko Kojima was crowned winner and besting other favorites like 1st Runner-Up Jorunn Kristjansen of Norway and 2nd Runner-Up Terry Lynn Huntingdon of the US. Miss Universe 1959, pertandingan Miss Universe ke-8, telah diadakan pada 24 Julai 1959 di Long Beach Municipal Auditorium di Long Beach, California, Amerika Syarikat. Diaz became the first Filipino and third Asian to win the pageant beating 60 other contestants from all around the world. A Tokyo-based model at the time, Akiko went to Long Beach with impressive vital statistics. She was crowned by Luz Marina Zuluaga from Colombia. The first Miss Universe to originate from the Asiat, Akiko was a 22-year-old model from Tokyo, Japan when she bested four other finalists from Norway, the USA, England, and Brazil for the 1959 Miss Universe crown in Long Beach, California. 34 peserta bertanding dan akhirnya Akiko Kojima dari Jepun memenangi pertandingan, menjadi wanita Asia pertama yang memenangi gelaran.