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…?
The Netherlands has a very multicultural society, this means that the way we look in our country changes a lot. But even today we hear a lot of times: Miss Netherlands should be tall and Blond with blue eyes. We have even read it about our beautiful Zoey Ivory, who is at the Philippines at this time to represent the Netherlands at the Miss Universe pageant. Zoey is a very dutch woman and her parents are from the Netherlands and Curacao.
In 1981 however, we had a beauty queen which would meet the requirements of a tall and blond with blue eyes that so many wish to see from our country: Ingrid Schouten.
Ingrid is a beautiful woman who went to the Miss Universe pageant in New York and would make the semi-finals. Ingrid is the sister of a very populair comedian in the Netherlands: Tineke Schouten and worked as a model at the time she became Miss Holland. One month before the miss Universe finals, the Miss Europe finals took place and Ingrid placed as first runner-up. Funny detail: 8 of the 21 contestants from the Miss Europe 1981 pageant also participated at the Miss Universe 1981 pageant and Miss Sweden who placed as 2nd runner-up at the Miss Universe pageant became just 3rd runner-up at the Miss Europe pageant.