In beauty pageants, the term “Powerhouse” refers to the country that sends out exceptional delegates to major beauty pageants – Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International. Most of the time, pageant enthusiasts refer to countries that places as semifinalists year after year in major pageants.
I have two definitions for this term: (1) The loose definition is more or less similar to to definition above. This means that a powerhouse country needs to prove itself every year. (2) On a very strict context, powerhouse for me is a country that won a crown in all of the major beauty pageants. This will only apply to just a few countries today and gives the tag a sense of exclusivity.
Following my strict definition, let us relive the winning moments of the very first POWERHOUSE country in the beauty pageant world – BRAZIL!
The country’s very first crown was a Miss Universe crown with
Ieda Marie Vargas in 1963
The second crown for the country was the 1968 Miss International win
of Maria da Gloria Carvalho
The 1971 Miss World win of Lucia Petterle was the country’s 3rd crown!
And, the Miss Earth win of Priscilla Meirelles in 2004 sealed their Powerhouse status!