Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Miss Universe and Miss USA are among the most recognized beauty pageants. The pageant was founded in 1952 by the California clothing company Pacific Mills, and is owned, along with Miss USA, by Donald Trump.
In 1998, Miss Universe, Inc., changed its name to the The Miss Universe Organization, and moved its headquarters from Los Angeles, California, to New York City.
In 1998, the logo of Miss Universe – "the woman with stars" – was created, representing the beauty and responsibility of women around the Universe.
Miss Universe is part of the Big Four international beauty pageants.
In 2015, after Trump made statements about illegal aliens from Mexico in his presidential campaign kickoff speech, NBC decided to end their business relationship and stated that they will no longer air the pageant, or the Miss USA pageant, on their networks.
The current Miss Universe is Paulina Vega of Colombia who was crowned on 25 January 2015 in Doral, Florida, USA. Traditionally, Miss Universe lives in New York City during her reign.