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Newly-crowned Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere from France blows a kiss during a news conference inside a Mall of Asia arena in metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. Reuters

The 66th Miss Universe pageant is all set to be held on November 26 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contestants from 93 countries and territories have participated in this year's beauty pageant, surpassing the previous record of 89 contestants in 2011 and 2012.

Last year, Miss France Iris Mittenaere won the coveted Miss Universe 2016 title beating 86 other contestants at a glittering ceremony held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Every year, the international beauty pageant is held in more than 190 countries worldwide and seen by more than half a billion people annually. The current Miss Universe pageant was founded by Pacific Knitting Mills, a California-based clothing company and manufacturer of Catalina Swimwear in 1952. The first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach, California in 1952 and was won Armi Kuusela from Finland.

However, Kuusela later gave up her title to get married, shortly before her year was completed. Since then, the world has witnessed a number of beauties being honoured with the title of Miss Universe. While the world is all gearing up to welcome Miss Universe 2017 with utmost warmth and happiness, IBTimes Singapore has compiled some interesting facts about the last 10 winners of Miss Universe.

Riyo Mori

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Miss Japan Riyo Mori waves after being crowned Miss Universe 2007 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City May 28, 2007. Reuters

Riyo Mori was crowned Miss Universe in 2007 by the outgoing titleholder Zuleyka Rivera. Apart from modelling, Mori a successful Japanese actress and dancer. In 2016, Mori was invited to be the guest judge in the preliminary competition of 65th Miss Universe in the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Dayana Mendoza

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Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela smiles after being crowned Miss Universe 2008 during the annual pageant held this year in central Vietnam's resort city Nha Trang on July 14, 2008. Reuters

Dayana Mendoza beat 27 other candidates to win the title of Miss Universe 2008 and she became the second woman to represent the Amazonas state to win. At present, Mendoza is working an actress and model in Venezuela.

Stefania Fernandez

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Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez (L) is named Miss Universe 2009 while 2008 Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela prepares to place the crown on her head during the annual pageant at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas August 23, 2009. Reuters

Stefanía Fernández Krupij is currently working as a Venezuelan TV host and model. She won the Miss Universe 2009 title and earned a Guinness World Records by being the first Miss Universe winner who was crowned by a compatriot.

Ximena Navarrete

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Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete of Mexico smiles next to Guadalajara's mayor Aristoteles Sandoval after receiving a "Key to the City" in Guadalajara September 21, 2010. Navarrete, who is originally from Guadalajara, won the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas on August 24, 2010. Reuters

Jimena "Ximena" Navarrete Rosete is a Mexican actress, TV Host, model and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 2010. She became the second Mexican to win the prestigious title of Miss Universe.

Leila Lopes

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Miss Angola Leila Lopes is crowned by Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete of Mexico after being named Miss Universe 2011 during the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo September 12, 2011. Reuters

Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe in the year 2011 at the age of 25 years. At present, she is working as an Angolan actress, TV host, and model.

Olivia Culpo

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Miss USA Olivia Culpo reacts as she is crowned by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola (C) during the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada December 19, 2012. Reuters

Born in 1992, Olivia Culpo is an American actress, model, and a television presenter. She won the title of Miss Universe in 2012.

Gabriela Isler

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Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler poses for photographers at a news conference after winning the Miss Universe 2013 pageant at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow November 9, 2013. Reuters

María Gabriela de Jesús Isler Morales is a Venezuelan TV Host, fashion model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Isler was also crowned Miss Venezuela 2012. According to reports, she is the seventh Miss Universe from Venezuela and the third Miss Universe from Venezuela in six years.

Paulina Vega

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Colombia's Miss Universe Paulina Vega gestures during a news conference in Bogota April 27, 2015. Reuters

Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe in the year 2014. Currently, she is working as a Colombian actress, television host, and a model.

Pia Wurtzbach

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2015 Binibining Pilipinas Universe and reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach makes her final farewell walk during the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines-Universe) beauty pageant coronation night in Quezon City, metro Manila April 18, 2016. Reuters

Pia Maria Alonzo Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German actress, TV host, and a model. She won the title of Miss Universe in 2015.

Wurtzbach has appeared in films such as Kung Ako Na Lang Sana (2003), All My Life (2004), and All About Love (2006). She also went on to become a stylist, makeup artist and beauty writer for Philippine Daily Inquirer's 2bU section.

Iris Mittenaere

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Pia Wurtzbach places the Miss Universe crown on Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. Reuters

Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe in 2016. Iris beat 85 contestants to become the second French Miss Universe after Christiane Martel won the title 63 years ago. At present, she is working as a model.