Skip to main content

Iceland returns to international pageantry

FANNEY INGSVARSDOTTIR / Arnor Halldorsson Photography

     Ungfrú Ísland (Miss Iceland) pageant is returning to international pageantry. The country was absent in 2014 Miss World pageant and has not competed in Miss Universe since 2009 when Ingibjörg Raghnheidur Egilsdóttir placed in the Top 15. The Icelandic franchise for both Miss World and Miss Universe has been bought by the owners of World Class, Björn Leifsson and Hafdís Jónsdóttir, with former Miss Iceland Fanney Ingsvarsdóttir serving as the national director. Fanney succeeds Íris Telma Jónsdóttir, another former Miss Iceland, who was the director in 2013. The national finals of Ungfrú Ísland 2015 will be held on September 5 at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik. The winner will succeed the reigning Ungfrú Ísland 2013,Tanja Ýr Ástþórsdóttir, and represent Iceland in Miss World 2015. It is reported that the 1st runner-up will compete in Miss Universe 2015.

     For a small country of nearly 325,000 people, Iceland has had impressive success in world pageantry, starting with Guðrún Bjarnadóttir who was crowned Miss International 1963. Icelandic beauties so far have placed fourteen times in Miss International and has won the Miss World crown three times with Holmfridur Karlsdóttir (1985), Linda Pétursdóttir (1988) and Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir (2005). It has never won the Miss Universe crown, but Anna Geirsdóttir came close to winning it in 1962 when she placed 1st runner-up.

     Visit the official website of Miss Iceland at 


Popular posts from this blog

Trans-Identified Male Crowned “Miss Greater Derry 2023,” Takes Home Women’s Scholarship

A local beauty pageant is attracting ample mockery on social media after a trans-identified male was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded a scholarship intended for young women. Brían Nguyen , 19, was awarded the crown in the Miss Greater Derry pageant, held on November 8 in the Greater Derry area of New Hampshire. The competition is a locally-run event under the national Miss America series of pageants. In addition to winning the crown, Nguyen will receive the  Miss Greater Derry Scholarship , a financial award established to support young women. Nguyen, who is male, is a freshman at Nashua Community College majoring in Business Management. After his win, Nguyen wrote on  Facebook : “ I am ecstatic to be the FIRST transgender woman to be a Miss America local titleholder, and I hope to make everyone proud and become the first to walk the Miss America stage. I am Brían Nguyen, your Miss Greater Derry 2023 .” Nguyen had previously announced on Instagram that he has intention

Miss America CEO & Others Resign Amid Scandal Over Offensive Emails – Update

2nd UPDATE, 12:03 PM:  Miss America Organization  CEO  Sam Haskell  resigned his post today amid an investigation into offensive emails he sent about a pageant winner. In a statement He has resigned along with president and COO Josh Randle and Lynn Weidner, the board chair who sent emails involved in the controversy. Related Two More Ex-Fox News Employees Join Defamation Suit Against Bill O'Reilly - Update According to a Twitter post from Dan Meyers, who is taking over as interim chairman, Weidner will remain on the board during a transition period: View image on Twitter Miss America Org ✔ @MissAmericaOrg Update from the Board of Directors... 3:01 PM - Dec 23, 2017   35 35 Replies     144 144 Retweets     291 291 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy UPDATED, 5:30 PM:  The Miss America Organization suspended its chief executive today, less than 24 hours after emails surfaced in which he disparaged the

Miss USA Vice-President Max Sebrechts Accused Of Sexual Harassment

IMAGE COURTESY: MISS ACADEMY  Max Sebrechts, the husband of Crystle Stewart, President of Miss USA organization (and formerly Miss USA 2008), has been accused of sexual improprieties by several Miss USA 2021 contestants, according to a YouTube video “Miss USA Scandal?” by Natly Denise, a “truther and pop-culture enthusiast.” You can watch the entire video here: On her video, Natly displays a screenshot  of an anonymous email sent to the affiliates of IMG/Endeavor including to Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO). The email was cc’d to Crystle and Michael Hannah (franchise director of Miss USA). The author of the email claims that MUO has been sent substantial evidence of Sebrechts’ sexual predatory behavior and Shugart has known about it for a while but didn’t say anything (obviously to cover it up and to protect Crystle). Natly also displays screenshots of direct messages sent to her by former Miss USA contestants (the names hav