The first Greek woman to be crowned ‘Miss Europe’ was Aliki Diplarakou way back in February, 1930.
However, this Greek beauty was far from simply being a pretty face. Well-educated, independent and articulate, Diplarakou confounded prejudices about beauty pageant contestants.
She was a polyglot who spoke four languages and later toured the U.S. giving lectures on ancient and modern Greek culture.
A daring spirit, later in the 1930s she also dressed up in men’s clothes and smuggled herself into the monks’ sanctuary on Mount Athos which had stood “inviolate” by women since the time of the Byzantine Empire, save for twice harboring female refugees.