Beauty and glamour have for 50 years been the main ingredients of the local Miss Gibraltar Contest. The winner goes on to compete for the most coveted beauty title on Earth - 'Miss World'. Over so many years producers have seen many girls smile and many others cry. All have lived days of tension and excitement. Each benefiting from their moment of stardom in their own particular way.

The first ever Miss Gibraltar contest was staged in 1959. It was organised by the Vox Newspaper. Won by Viola Abudarham, the first election of a Miss Gib took place at a dance organised at the CFCA hall situated at the southern end of Main Street.

Looking back, many will be shocked to learn that Gibraltar's first ever Miss Gibraltar was married at the time, since it was not until the show was revived in 1964 that the rules, as we know them today applied. In fact the reason for the absence of 4 years is ambiguous, some suggest it was due to lack of response by Gibraltarian girls, while others assure that no producer was willing to take on the challenge.

Viola Abudarham was the first Miss Gibraltar, in 1959.

The 1981 competition was also riddled with problems when winner Yvette Bellido, resigned on her return from the Miss World Contest. After countless efforts for her to change her mind proved fruitless the crown was passed to 1st Princess, Pilar Ford. But just when problems seemed over, Pilar cut short a visit to Morocco, where she was representing the Rock at the Miss Nations contest, and returned home stepping down from Miss Gibraltar. The crown was then handed over to 2nd Princess Michelle Lara who went on to win the title of Miss Friendship at the 1982 Miss Europe Contest. She continued involved with the show up until 1988, coaching contestants.

The Miss Gibraltar contest continues to be the highlight of the local social calendar. The winner, as traditional, represents Gibraltar at the Miss World Beauty Pageant. It is part of our culture, our tradition and also a perfect platform at an international competition where the winner represents Gibraltar before a television audience of over one billion and reminds the world that she comes from "British Gibraltar."