We're hiring! Join our team! Click for more info.

Meet The First Miss Lebanon Ever!

From the mythological goddess of beauty Aphrodite to modern-day beauty queens and kings, beauty has always been celebrated.

Today, beauty pageants may not be fondly looked upon, because of how they objectify women in these contests.

But, 90 years ago, things were different, and Miss Lebanon started a new and exciting experience for women across the country.

The first Miss Lebanon was crowned in 1930. Her name was Leila Zoghbi.

At this time, Lebanon was still under the French Mandate.

There was still more than a decade until Lebanon gained its independence.

Miss Lebanon wasn’t even a televised event until 1975.

Since 1975, the show has been broadcast on LBC.

The most famous winner was Georgina Rizk, the first Lebanese to win Miss Universe in 1971.

Pictures of Leila are a reminder of how beauty ideals change with the times.


Our team works tirelessly to ensure Lebanese people have a reliable alternative to the politically-backed media outlets with their heavily-funded and dangerous propaganda machines. We've been detained, faced nonstop cyber attacks, censorship, attempted kidnapping, physical intimidation, and frivolous lawsuits draining our resources. Financial support from our readers keeps us fighting on your behalf. If you are financially able, please consider supporting The961's work. Support The961. Make a contribution now.

Meet The First Miss Lebanon Ever!

Share this article with your friends!

Not now
Share via
Don\'t Miss Out!