Antigone Costanda

Antigone Costanda (Arabic: أنتيجون كوستان) (Greek: Αντιγόνη Κωνσταντά, born c. 1934 in Alexandria) is an Egyptian designer, model and beauty queen who won Miss World 1954.[2] The pageant took place on October 18, 1954 in London, England with the participation of 16 contestants. In addition to Arabic, Costanda speaks Greek, English, Italian and French fluently. The Greek-Egyptian beauty was the first Miss Egypt candidate to win the title of Miss World for Egypt.[3]

Antigone Costanda
Born1934 (age 8485)[1]
OccupationModel, entrepreneur
Years active1953present
Home townCairo, Egypt
TitleMiss Egypt 1953
Miss World 1953
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Egypt 1953
Miss World 1954

According to Eric Morley's 1967 book, "The Miss World Story", Costanda was positively beaming as she claimed that her victory was also for the Miss World 1953 second runner-up status of Marina Papaelia.

The following year, during the 1955 Miss World beauty pageant held in London, Costanda did not attend the event because of political hostilities between Egypt and Britain over the Suez Canal. Neither did the Iolanda Gigliotti, later known as Dalida, the Miss Egypt 1954. British actress Eunice Gayson crowned Miss Venezuela as the new Miss World.

Prior to winning Miss World, Costanda was gaining experience in the modelling profession and was appearing in numerous publications. Winning Miss World further helped her to reach the top of her profession, becoming a successful model in the Middle East, France, Italy and Greece. Her career in later years moved into interior design. She ran a company designing the interior of business buildings.[4] She was one of the judges at the Miss Egypt 2006 contest.

  1. Who Us an USA on Greece Its Local, CBS, CBS This Morning, 26 November 2018
  2. "Miss Egypt Becomes Miss World In Beauty Contest In London". Ocala Star-Banner. October 19, 1954. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  4. Mitra, Ipshita (31 July 2013). "Miss Worlds of the 50s and where they are now". Retrieved 29 December 2018.

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