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 biggest newspaper in the Netherlands “De Telegraaf” started the search for Miss Holland 1967 in the end of 1966. There were many pre-pageants everywhere in the Netherlands. The finals would be broadcasted on television in a show called: “Een beetje lente in huis” (A bit of spring at home). But just as the show started there was an interruption as Princes Beatrix of the Netherlands gave birth to Prince Willem Alexander the new crown successor.
It was Miss Zuid-Holland Irene van Campenhout, who did win the crown and first runner-up was Nente van der Vliet, who was also first runner-up at the Miss Zuid Holland pageant.
Like in 1965, Irene also went to Rio de Janeiro for the pre-Miss Universe pageant. At the Miss Universe pageant, Irene did make the the semi-finals. She was mentioned as one of the sophisticated girls in the pageant by Ana Maria Cumba, a chaperone who wrote a book about the pageant after being a chaperone for 22 years.