Macel Wilson

Macel Patricia Leilani Wilson (born May 5, 1943) is the first Asian American to win the Miss USA beauty pageant, a film editor for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, and a visual artist.

Macel Patricia Leilani Wilson
Born (1943-05-05) May 5, 1943
Known forFormer Miss USA

Miss USA 1962

In 1962, she became Miss USA, becoming the first Asian American to win that beauty pageant.[1][2] Her title at that pageant was Miss Hawaii USA. She went on to place as a semi-finalist in the 1962 Miss Universe Pageant. Ms. Wilson later filled in at the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, Florida when Miss Universe Norma Nolan of Argentina fell ill with the measles.[3] She appeared on The Tonight Show on October 16, 1962.[4]

Life in Denmark and Tunisia

In 1967, Macel Wilson moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and married Jens Henrik Packness, a civil engineer. She then began studying film at University of Copenhagen and painting in private classes. She also began work as a film editor at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. From 1973–1976, she and her family lived in Tunis, Tunisia, where she continued her art studies at the Tunisian School of Fine Arts in Le Bardo. In 1977 she returned to Copenhagen. In 1978, she resumed work as a film editor with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation until leaving in 2000. She continued her art studies and had several exhibitions in Danish galleries starting in 1999.[5]


  1. "Miss USA : Contestant Profiles : Past Titleholders". New York: Miss USA L.P., LLLP. Retrieved 2011-03-19. Miss USA 1962 Macel Wilson
  2. Singka, Ranny (2009-05-08). "Miss USA The Second Decade 1962-1971". Behind The Crown - The on-line magazine covering the Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA, Miss AMerica, and Miss World Pageants. Anurun Production, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  3. "Beauty Has Measles". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, FL. 1962-12-31. p. 3A. OCLC 2720408. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  4. "'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' Episode dated 16 October 1962 (TV episode 1962)". Seattle, WA:, Inc. (, Inc). Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  5. "Macel - Personal data". Copenhagen, Denmark. 2009-03-09. Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  • "Macel" (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10. Archive of Macel Wilson's web site, in Danish and English
  • "Macel Wilson". Seattle, WA:, Inc. (, Inc). Retrieved 2011-03-19.
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