Miss Europe 1954

Miss Europe 1954 was the 17th edition of the Miss Europe pageant and the sixth edition under the Mondial Events Organization. It was held in Vichy, France, on June 20, 1954. Christel Schaack of Germany, was originally crowned Miss Europe 1954, by outgoing titleholder Eloisa Cianni of Italy. However, it was later revealed that Schaack was a widow and thus she was disqualified from Miss Europe and stripped of her crown. The crown then went to the 1st runner-up Danièle Génault of France. Despite being a widow, Schaack was allowed to keep her national Miss Germany title as the requirements for Miss Germany at the time only stated that single unmarried women can participate with no ban on widows or women with annulled marriages. The jury for this years pageant, in response, gave her the title of "Honorary Miss Europe", even though Danièle Génault of France was awarded the official crown and title. The Mondial Events Organization/Miss Europe Organization continued to list Schaack as the official winner on their website until the site was shut down in 2006.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Miss Europe 1954
DateJune 20, 1954
VenueVichy, France
WithdrawalsMonte Carlo, Portugal, Spain & Turkey
ReturnsIreland & Poland
WinnerChristel Schaack (Dethroned)
West Germany Germany
Danièle Génault (Assumed)
France France
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Final results Contestant
Miss Europe 1954
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up






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  7. ^ a b "Yvonne de Bruyn". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  8. ^ "Miss Holland 1954 | Miss Holland Now |" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  9. ^ "Nadia Bianchi". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
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