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Iêda Maria Vargas (born Iêda Maria Britto Vargas, c. 1943), is a Brazilian who was crowned Miss Universe in Miami Beach, Florida in 1963. She was the first person from her country to win a major international beauty pageant. Vargas is a native of Rio Grande do Sul. During her term she opened the Capital Plaza Mall in Landover Hills, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.[1]

After living in Miami, for five years, Vargas returned to her native country, once again, as a permanent resident. She was a celebrity in Brazil, but, internationally, her fame faded as years went by because she preferred a private life.

In 1968, Martha Vasconcellos of Bahia became the second Brazilian to win the Miss Universe contest. As of 2009, Vargas and Vasconcellos are the only Brazilians to win the Miss Universe crown.

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  1. ^ "Capital Plaza Center Opened by Gov. Tawes," by Donald L. Hymes, The Washington Post, Times Herald, Aug 8, 1963, p. A17.

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Preceded by
Maria Olívia Rebouças Cavalcanti
Miss Brasil
1963
Succeeded by
Ângela Teresa Reis Vasconcelos
Preceded by
Norma Nolan
Miss Universe
1963
Succeeded by
Corinna Tsopei

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