30 January 2010

The Beauty Queen who was pregnant during her Miss World pageant

In 1983, at the Miss World pageant in London, Iceland was represented by Unnur Steinsson who finished as a finalist - 4th runner-up in fact.

22 years later in Sanya, China, Iceland once again made the headlines when a sweet looking girl captured the crown of Miss World 2005. She was Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir, the third woman from her country to be crowned Miss World after Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir in 1985 and Linda Pétursdóttir in 1988

But did you know that Unnur Steinsson is the mother of Unnur Birna? Of course, everybody knows this. They are probably the most successful mother-daughter tandem in a beauty pageant.

But what you probably don't know was Unnur (the mother) was three months pregnant during the pageant in November 1983. And that baby in her womb was the future Miss World Unnur Birna.

Obviously, the mother violated the pageant’s rules and warranted disqualification. But she was not disqualified because this was not found out until after the pageant. This was unfair to the candidate who placed 16th at Miss World 1983 (there were Top 15 at that time).

Unnur Steinsson gave birth on May 25, 1984.

Another trivia: Steinsson also competed in the Miss Young International 1980 held in Manila and was named Miss Mabuhay (Friendship), Miss Punctual and third runner-up. She was also Iceland’s delegate in the Miss Universe 1983 pageant.

Today, mother and daughter both became movie actresses in their country.

The first picture is the mother and the second one is the daughter.