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Miss Europe 1930 candidate: Yvette Labrousse

Miss Europe 1930 candidate: Yvette Labrousse
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French postcard. A.N., Paris, No. 1a. Studio M. Pergay, Paris.

Yvonne Labrousse, later known as Om Habibeh, was born 15 february 1906 in Sète, France, and died 1 July 2000 in Le Cannet, near Cannes. She was the wife of l'Aga Khan III, after having been elected as the 7th Miss France in 1930.

Yvette Blanche Labrousse was the daughter of the tram driver Adrien Labrousse and Marie Bouet, a couturière originally for Lyon. After bieng elected Miss Lyon in 1929, then Miss France in Paris in 1930, she joined the Miss Europe 1930 pageant in Paris, won by Miss Greece. She started to travel around the world and settled in Egypt. There Labrousse met her future husband, the Sultan Aga Khan III, 48th Imam of the Nizari Ismaili community, whom she married on 9 October 1944 in Switzerland and whose fourth and last wife she was. She converted to the Islam and took the name of Om Habibeh, fully Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan. She was dearly loved by her people because of her generosity to the poor and the elderly, and by her own husband as well, who was very close to her. In 1954, Om Habibeh was given the title of Mata Salamat, which literally means serene or peaceful mother. She undertook the pelgrimage to Mecca in 1955. In Le Cannet she built a villa named Yakimour, after her nickname Yaki (Yvette/Aga/Khan) and Amour. When her husband died in 1957, he had stated in his will that his successor, his grandson Karim, would have Om Habibeh as advisor for the first seven years of his reign. Om Habibeh started building at Aswan a mausoleum to her husband, immediately after his death, while finishing it took 16 months. Om Habibeh remained well-known for her charity, such as by the Om Habibeh Foundation (1991). Her gesture of daily placing a red rose on her husband's tomb while in Egypt - when she was away in Europe a gardener would put the roses there - enforced the reputation of the legendary romance between Om Habibeh and her Aga Khan. Om Habibeh aka Yvette Labrousse died on 1 July 2000 at the age of 94 years.

Sources: French and English Wikipedia.
Date: 2013-09-28 02:26:35

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Mlle Jacqueline Bertin. Miss France 33.
Punkmemory 2013-10-23 11:36:03
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/punkmemory] You could be right, even if here she is indicated as Mireille Bertin: tipsimages.it/Photo/ShowImage_Editorial_Popup.asp?IMID=26...
Truus, Bob & Jan too! 2013-10-23 14:15:10
Punkmemory 2013-10-23 14:24:41

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