Ms. International

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The Ms. International female bodybuilding contest was considered to be the second-most prestigious competition for female bodybuilders (second only to the Ms. Olympia competition), from its inception in 1986 through 2013. It was first held in 1986 by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB.). In 1987, the IFBB allowed the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to sanction the Ms. International as an amateur event. In 1988, the contest was again sanctioned by the IFBB. From 1989 on, the contest was part of the Arnold Sports Festival.

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The top all-time winners are Iris Kyle with seven titles and followed by Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia with five titles. The only amateur to win the overall title was Kathy Segal.

In 2013, it was announced that IFBB would drop Ms. International from the 2014 IFBB Pro Schedule. [1]

History

1986–1988

The first Ms. International was held in 1986, and was sanctioned by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (I.F.B.B.). The contest was held in conjunction with the men's event, which was called the IFBB Pro World Championship. Ben Weider proclaimed that the top six finishers would qualify for IFBB pro status, and be invited to compete at the 1986 IFBB Pro World in Toronto. The 1986 and 1988 Ms. Internationals were designated as pro-am contests, and top amateurs were also invited to compete. In 1987, Ms. International was an amateur event sanctioned by the AAU. In 1988, Jim Lorimer and Arnold Schwarzenegger felt the women's competition should become a regular event along with the men's. [2]

1989–1999

Since 1989, the men's Pro World Championship was renamed the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic and the Ms. International become part of The Arnold Classic Weekend. That same year Tonya Knight had to forfeit both her placing and prize money from the 1988 and 1989 Ms. International when it was found out that she used someone else to take her drug test at the 1989 Ms. Olympia. The first narrow victory came in 1991 when Tonya Knight topped Anja Schreiner by a score of 30 to 32. [2] There has been some controversy at the 1992 Ms. International. Anja Schreiner and Paula Bircumshaw both had the same body height, however, Paula had much more muscle and weight (162 lbs). The judges regulated her to eighth place and the judges did not, as custom, called out the top ten competitors on stage before announcing the winners. However this time, they only announced the top six competitors on stage in order to prevent Paula back on stage. The audience rioted over this decision and changed Paula's name. Paula did come back on stage only to give the judges the middle finger. Because of this, she was given a year's suspension. In 1996, Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls became the first to win both Ms. International and Ms. Olympia in the same year.

2000–2005

The 2000 contest saw the introduction of weight classes, with a posedown between the two class winners to decide the overall championship. In 2004, Iris Kyle won her first heavyweight and overall Ms. Intentional. In 2005, Iris skipped the Ms. International, and focused defending her Olympia title, allowing Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia to win.

2006–2013

The contest reverted to the single, open-class format in 2006. In 2006 and 2007, Iris won both Ms. Internationals. In 2007, the NPC Arnold Amateur was created as part of the Arnold Classic Weekend, which contained amateur women's bodybuilding. The Arnold Amateur Ms. International, unlike Arnold Classic Ms. International, contains weight classes. From 2007 to 2010 the Arnold Amateur Ms. International contained three weight classes, lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. The overall winner of the Amateur Ms. International wins an IFBB pro card. In 2011, the middleweight was removed.

There was a bit of a controversy in the 2008 Ms. International. Iris was placed 7th due to "bumps" on her gluts which according to head IFBB judge, Sandy Ranalli, “distortions in her physique.”, [3] The second most narrowest victory in Ms. International history came at the 2008 Ms. International, when Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia edged runner-up Dayana Cadeau, by the score of 30 to 32. [2] Iris Kyle rebounded at the 2009 Ms. International, which she won. Iris went on to win both the 2010 and 2011 Ms. International. Due to a leg injury, Iris could not compete in the 2012 Ms. International, which was won by Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia. In 2013, Iris Kyle won back her Ms. International title.

On June 7, 2013, event promoter of the Arnold Sports Festival, Jim Lorimer, announced that in 2014, the Arnold Classic 212 professional men's bodybuilding division would replace the Ms. International women's bodybuilding competition at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival. Lorimer, in a statement, said “The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter-century, but in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to introduce the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014. We are excited to create a professional competitive platform for some of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular competitors.” [4]

2018

On January 5, 2018, Beth Mandyck, a female bodybuilder, filed a sex discrimination lawsuit with the city of Columbus, Ohio over the IFBB canceling the Ms. International from the Arnold Sports Festival. She has also started a change.org petition. Her complaint has been backed by Iris Kyle, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, former Olympic gold medalist and the CEO of Champion Women, an advocacy group for women in sports, and Women's Sports Foundation. [5]

Winners

Ms. International Overall Winner, by Year

YearOverall Champion
1986 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Erika Geisen
1987 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Segal
1988 Flag of the United States.svg Cathey Palyo
1989 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Paisley
1990 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura Creavalle
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Tonya Knight
1992 Flag of Germany.svg Anja Schreiner
1993 Flag of the United States.svg Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls
1994 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura Creavalle
1995 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura Creavalle
1996 Flag of the United States.svg Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls
1997 Flag of the United States.svg Yolanda Hughes-Heying
1998 Flag of the United States.svg Yolanda Hughes-Heying
1999 Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates
2000 Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates
2001 Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates
2002 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2003 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2004 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle
2005 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2006 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle
2008 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2009 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle
2010 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle
2011 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle

Professional Bodybuilding (IFBB)

YearOverallHeavyweightLightweightVenue
1986 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Erika Geisen
1988 Flag of the United States.svg Cathey Palyo
1989 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Paisley 1 Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1990 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura Creavalle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Tonya Knight Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1992 Flag of Germany.svg Anja Schreiner Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1993 Flag of the United States.svg Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1994 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura CreavalleGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1995 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura CreavalleGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1996 Flag of the United States.svg Kim Chizevsky-NichollsGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1997 Flag of the United States.svg Yolanda Hughes-Heying Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1998 Flag of the United States.svg Yolanda Hughes-HeyingGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
1999 Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2000 Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates Flag of the United States.svg Brenda Raganot Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2001 Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dayana Cadeau Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2002 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Flag of Ukraine.svg Valentina Chepiga Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2003 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Catherine LeFrançois Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2004 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dayana CadeauGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2005 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Flag of the United States.svg Brenda RaganotGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2006 Flag of the United States.svg Iris KyleHeavyweight category not held.Lightweight category not held.Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Iris KyleGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2008 Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-GarciaGreater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2009 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2010 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2011 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Notes:

Amateur Bodybuilding (AAU)

YearOverallTallMediumShortMasters 35+ MiddleWeightMasters 45+Venue
1987 Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Segal Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Segal Melissa Croft Trump Castle Casino and Hotel
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1988 Flag of the United States.svg Cathy Butler Flag of the United States.svg Jodi Osborne Flag of the United States.svg Cathy Butler Lisa Morrone Josette Gish Carol Verrono Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Amateur Bodybuilding (NPC)

YearOverallLightweightMiddleweightHeavyweightVenue
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Dianne Brown Flag of the United States.svg Dianne Brown Flag of the United States.svg Shar Courtney Flag of the United States.svg Marcia Ferguson Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2008 Flag of Mexico.svg Maria Segura Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joanne Stewart Flag of the United States.svg Holly Nicholson Flag of Mexico.svg Maria Segura Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2009 Flag of Russia.svg Elena Shportun-Willemer Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Johanna Dejager Flag of Russia.svg Elena Shportun-Willemer Flag of Argentina.svg Maria Rita Bello Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2010 Flag of Argentina.svg Maria Rito Bello Flag of the United States.svg Lisa Aranda Flag of Russia.svg Marina Lemenovskaya Flag of Argentina.svg Maria Rito Bello Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2011 Flag of Russia.svg Alevtina Goroshinskaya Flag of Russia.svg Marina Lemenovskaya Middleweight category not held. Flag of Russia.svg Alevtina Goroshinskaya Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2012 Flag of Russia.svg Olga Puzanova Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lo Kit Ming Flag of Russia.svg Olga Puzanova Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
2013 Flag of Croatia.svg Branka Njegovec Flag of Croatia.svg Branka Njegovec Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Kashma Siana Maharaj Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Ranking of Ms. International Champions

RankingMs. International championYear(s)Number of wins
OverallHeavyweightLightweight
1st Flag of the United States.svg Iris Kyle 2004 (heavyweight & overall), 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013710
2nd Flag of Venezuela.svg Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia 2002 (heavyweight & overall), 2003 (heavyweight & overall), 2005 (heavyweight & overall), 2008, and 2012530
3rd Flag of the United States.svg Ondrea Gates 1999, 2000 (heavyweight & overall), and 2001 (heavyweight & overall)320
4th Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Laura Creavalle 1990, 1994, and 1995300
5th Flag of the United States.svg Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls 1993 and 1996200
5th Flag of the United States.svg Yolanda Hughes-Heying 1997 and 1998200
6th Flag of Australia (converted).svg Erika Geisen 1986100
6th Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Segal 1987100
6th Flag of the United States.svg Cathey Palyo 1988100
6th Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Paisley 1989100
6th Flag of the United States.svg Tonya Knight 1991100
6th Flag of Germany.svg Anja Schreiner 1992100
7th Flag of the United States.svg Brenda Raganot 2000 (lightweight) and 2005 (lightweight)002
7th Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dayana Cadeau 2001 (lightweight) and 2004 (lightweight)002
8th Flag of Ukraine.svg Valentina Chepiga 2002 (lightweight)001
8th Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Catherine LeFrançois 2003 (lightweight)001

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