According to a press release by the Philippine Postal Corporations (PPC) last week, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2016, will be immortalized by two commemorative stamps.
After approval and permission from Miss Universe Organization and Bb. Philipnas Charities Inc., the stamps will be released later this month to honor Ms Wurtzback “as the third Filipina to win the prestigious and much coveted Miss Universe crown.”
These soon to be released stamps remind us a piece of Haiti’s pageant history, a time when one of our own elected Miss Universe was also honored by the “Office des Postes d’Haiti”.
A few months after her election in December 1959 as Miss Haiti, Claudinette Fouchard flew to Cali(Colombia) to participate In the 1960 edition of Reina Mundial del Sucre (World sugar Queen).
Claudinette Fouchard brilliantly represented us, returning not only with the crown but also as an inspiration for women of color. In a time where segregation was so present in the US, Miss Haiti 1960 made the cover of American magazines like Jet Magazine and Ebony showing thousands of women that there should be no limit to their dreams.
To honor the World Sugar Queen, the Office des Postes d’Haiti issued on May 1960 five different stamps. Available in multiple shades, these stamps were worth 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 gourde and 2.50 gourdes.
Claudinette Fouchard has been so far, the first and only Haitian beauty queen featured on our postal stamps.