CAIRO, Oct. 2 (SEE)- Lebanon is known for its exceptional contributions in various artistic fields, especially fashion and beauty industries. Miss Lebanon is one beauty pageant that draws global attention each year.
To take part in the contest, in relevance to international criteria, a candidate should be a single lady aged between 18-27 years who enjoys a good-looking if not attractive appearance, possesses a charming charismatic personality, proficient in English and has a social responsibility profile.
In the early stages, contestants undergo several training courses that qualify them to the finalists. They are prepared on various levels intellectually, socially and physically as the crowned beauty represents Lebanon internationally at Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss World and Miss International.
The front-runners then compete to awe the judging panel with ingenious answers for their tricky questions. The final stage is always the one that draws most attention as it is held on one of Beirut’s grand stages and aired live with the contestants dressed in gorgeous designer gowns.
Over the years, the contest has been suspended several times due to civil wars but has always came back astonishing its audiences.
The contest was first established in 1930 and has been aired exclusively on Lebanese channel LBC up until 2017. Maya Reaidy, a 22-year-old pharmacy student, was crowned Miss Lebanon 2018 after surpassing other runners. The 2018 contest was organized by Lebanase Ministry of Tourism in conjuction with Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010. The contest was aired on Lebanese MTV network.
The most noteworthy titleholders of this famous contest are: Georgina Rizk who won Miss Universe 1971, Christina Sawaya who won Miss International 2002, actress Nadine Nassib Njeim and actress and radio announcer Valerie Abou Chacra who was 3rd runner-up in Miss World 2015.