- Miss World is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morleyin 1951. Since his death in 2000, Morley's wife, Julia Morley, co-chairs the pageant.
- Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. The contest was founded in 1952 by Californiaclothing company Pacific Mills.The pageant became part ofKayser-Roth and thenGulf+Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trumpin 1996 and is currently owned byWME/IMG.
- Miss International, also called "Miss International Beauty". The contestants are expected to serve as "Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty", showing tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.
- Miss Earth is an annual pageant organised by Philippine-basedCarousel Productions through theMiss Earth Foundation. The non-profit organization aims to promote awareness levels and knowledge on currentenvironmental issues and what actions can be done by power of broadcasting and other media campaigns globally where the annual winners are expected to spend a year delivering talks to schools and other organizations and work on projects with other institutions, includingGreenpeace, World Wildlife Foundation, and United Nations Environment Program.
Most victorious countries
The first country to win all four major international pageant titles was Brazil, when it won Miss Earth 2004. Brazil has won two Miss Universe crowns, two Miss Earth crowns, one Miss World crown, and one Miss International crown.
In winning Miss Earth 2005, Venezuelabecame the second country to win titles for each of the Big Four pageants. It has produced seven Miss Universe titles, seven Miss International titles, six Miss World titles, and two Miss Earth titles.By winning Miss Earth 2013, Venezuela became the first country to win all four pageants multiple times.
The third country to win all titles of the Big Four pageants was the Philippinesafter winning Miss World 2013. The Philippines currently has six Miss International crowns, four Miss Earth crowns, three Miss Universe crowns, and one Miss World crown. By winningMiss World 2013, Miss International 2013, Miss Earth 2014 and 2015, andMiss Universe 2015, the Philippines became the fastest country to win all four major titles by achieving the feat in a span of only three calendar years. And by winning Miss Earth 2017, the Philippines has the longest winning streak of any country.
So far, the Philippines has the most number of consecutive years on possession of at least one of the Big 4 beauty pageant titles, at 5 (Philippines: 2013 to 2017). In 2013 Venezuela and the Philippines together won the Big 4 beauty pageant titles (Venezuela: Miss Universe and Miss Earth; Philippines: Miss International and Miss World). Brazil became the first nation in the world to win at least 2 of the Big 4 beauty pageant titles in the same year and eventually win at least once in all of the Big 4 beauty pageants beginning 1968 (Miss Universe and Miss International), followed by Venezuela in 1981 (Miss Universe and Miss World), 2013 (Miss Universe and Miss Earth); and the Philippines in 2013 (Miss World and Miss International), 2015 (Miss Universe and Miss Earth).
The following countries have won all the titles of the Big Four pageants:
|COUNTRY||MISS WORLD||MISS UNIVERSE||MISS INTERNATIONAL||MISS EARTH||# of WINS|
|Venezuela||1955, 1981,1984, 1991,1995, 2011||1979, 1981, 1986,1996, 2008, 2009,2013||1985, 1997, 2000, 2003,2006, 2010, 2015||2005, 2013||22|
|Philippines||2013||1969, 1973, 2015||1964, 1970, 1979, 2005,2013, 2016||2008, 2014,2015, 2017||14|
|Brazil||1971||1963, 1968||1968||2004, 2009||6|