Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest run by the Miss Universe Organization.
The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996.
Alongside with its rival Miss World and Miss Earth contests, this pageant is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The current Miss Universe is Dayana Mendoza, from Venezuela.