Today in History - September 19th. 1888 - First Beauty Pageant in Spa - Belgium

In Spa, the First Beauty Pageant, or Miss election, took place on
September 19th. 1888 in Spa (Belgium).

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Bertha Soucaret, a girl who was 18-year and came from Guadeloupe won the 
competition. She received 5000 Belgian Francs, which was a lot during that
time.

The First Beauty Pageant was held already in 1859 in Scotland and organized
by Archibald Montgomerie,13th. Earl of Eglinton.

The competition was won by Georgiana Seymour,Duchess of Somerset
and she was proclaimed as 'Queen of Beauty'.



First Beauty Pageant - Picture: Wikipedia