It’s almost that time again, the Miss Universe pageant. The Netherlands have won this prestigious title once, back in 1989, when Angela Visser did get the crown. The dutch delegates have been a favorite on many Miss Universe pageants, but not that many made the cut.
Many believe, Miss Nederland 2016, Zoey Ivery, will make the cut this year and become one of the top 5. That would mean that she will be the 14th girl to become a semi-finalist. When she would become a finalist, Zoey would just be the 6th girl from the Netherlands to be one.
Who are the girls that made it…?
1984: Nance Neede, Semi-finalist
For many the crowning of Nancy Neede as Miss Holland 1984 was a bit of a shock as she is the first black woman the crowned Miss Holland and represent the Netherlands at the Miss Universe pageant. But she proved that al those sceptic people were very wrong in the end! She was a instant hit at the Miss Universe pageant winning the swimsuit preliminary and becoming one of the semi-finalists. Still a lot of pageant followers believe that she should have won the crown.
For us from Miss Holland Now, she would have been the first Miss Universe from the Netherlands instead of the second Miss Universe of color as many write about the participation of Nancy at the Miss Universe pageant.
After the Miss Universe pageant she became also a semi-finalist at the Miss World pageant. One of the judges there was Oleg Cassini who was perplexed that Miss Holland didn’t become Miss World 1984. He asked her to become one of his muses. He made it possible for Nancy to become a very successful model in the USA.
Nowadays the beautiful Nancy is a Yoga instructor and still one of the most famous Miss Hollands from the past.