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|Birthday/Birthplace||Armi Helena Kuusela
(1934-08-20) 20 August 1934
|Height||165 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Title||Suomen Neito 1952
Miss Universe 1952
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Armi Helena Kuusela (August 20, 1934, Muhos, Finland), Finnish model winner of Suomen Neito, and first winner of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, on June 29, 1952. < / p>
Armi Kuusela’s parents were Aarne Kuusela (father) and Martta Kyrö (mother), they met in Ontario, Canada, where they also got married, but soon after they returned to Muhos, in Finland.
Martta gave birth to five daughters and a boy. One of the daughters died when she was only 2 and a half years old. Armi was born on August 20, 1934, being the fourth daughter of that marriage.
He lived his childhood in welfare with a lot of friends.
He went to school in Muhos, and in 1951 he started attending the University of Women, in Porvoo. At that time he had tastes of swimming, skiing and gymnastics. After successfully completing his exams he decided to go to the University of Helsinki, to learn gymnastics.
When Armi Kuusela easily won the Suomen Neito (National Beauty Contest in Finland), she traveled to the United States to compete to be Miss Universe and as Suomen Neito captured the crown. But born on August 20, 1934, his coronation was only 17 years. At the time he had 49 kg. and 1.65 m.
Immediately after winning, she acted for a Finnish film, called Maailman kaunein tyttö (World Council of the most beautiful girl), where she acted herself, and Tauno Palo, also played Jack Coleman (opposite paper). It was directed by Veikko Itkonen, and written with credits by Mika Waltari.
Although part of her contract to win was with Universal Studios, she chose not to take advantage of her after the denial of the first part they chose for her (in a movie with Abbott and Costello) and discuss the contract (through Sirkka his sister since he was a minor and do not speak English), suggests that he should marry Tony Curtis to avoid problems with his work permit.
On February 22, 1953, Kuusela took a trip around the world, during which time he met a Filipino businessman, Virgilio Hilario. Less than a year later, after being crowned, on May 4, 1953, Armi opted to renounce her Miss Universe crown before finishing her year of reign to marry Hilario. They got married in Tokyo, but then they lived in the Philippines, where they formed a family of five children:
- Arne Hilario
- Anna-Lisa K. Hilario
- Jussi Hilario
- Eva-Maria Hess
- Mikko Hilario
Virgilio Hilario died of a heart attack on September 7, 1975, so on June 8, 1978 he married an American diplomat named Albert Williams. Today they live near San Diego (California).
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