Sweden has crowned its delegates for three of the five most important beauty pageants in the world.
Miss Universe Sweden
A former Miss Earth Sweden was crowned Miss Universe Sweden 2017. Frida Fornander, 21 years old, is crowned as Sweden’s candidate for Miss Universe 2017.
Fornander works as a professional model and has participated in more than 15 international beauty competitions. She was Miss Earth Swede 2014 and has competed at the Philippines.
“I’m so grateful and excited about this opportunity, yet humble since my journey to reach the crown has been long,” Fornander posted on her Instagram account. “I will do my best to make all of you proud on the Miss Universe stage!”
Miss Earth Sweden
The Miss Earth Sweden 2017 title was bestowed to Camilla Fogdestedt. A 25 year-old model from Halland, Camilla will compete at Miss Earth 2017 finals slated on November 4 in Manila, Philippines.
Miss International Sweden
Lina Ljungberg was crowned Miss International Sweden 2017. This 20-year-old beauty from Östergötland will compete in Miss International 2017 to be held in Japan.
Sweden is most successful in Miss Universe. The Scandinavian nation has already won the Miss Universe thrice. It first won the crown in 1955 courtesy of Hillevi Rombin.
In 1966, Margareta Arvidsson became the second Swedish woman to be crowned the most beautiful woman in the universe. Finally, Yvonne Ryding brought the third victory of Sweden at Miss Universe.
In Miss International, the highest placement of Sweden was the 1st runner-up finish of Annika Hemminge in 1968. In 1984, Gunilla Maria Kohlström placed 2nd runner-up and was the last Top 5 finish of Sweden in the Japanese-owned pageant. The last semifinal finish of Sweden in Miss International was in 2011 when Denice Andrée was called as part of the Top 15.
Last year’s Top 8 finish of Cloie Skarne at Miss Earth 2016 was the best ever for Sweden in the Philippine-owned pageant. Sweden placed thrice since it began participation in 2003. Aside from Skarne’s Top 8 placement, Sweden made it to the semifinals in 2007 Ivana Gagula (Top 16) and in 2011 Renate Cerljen (Top 16).