Before “Miss Czech Republic” existed, there was a similar pageant that took place between 1966 and 1979, known as Girl of the Year. Alžběta Štrkulová, a popular TV presenter in the Czech Republic, won in 1967. At the time, she was the most successful titleholder in the Eastern bloc. Unfortunately, this competition was banned by communist regime.
Miss Czech Republic used to send its winner to Miss Universe or Miss Europe, after a while it only sent it to Miss World, then to neither. It would also choose representatives to international competitions like Miss International, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Model of the year, Queen of the World and Miss Maja International.
Miss Czech Republic began in 1989 under the name Miss Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. In 1990 the competition was renamed Miss Czechoslovak Federative Republic. In 1993, when Czechoslovakia split into two countries (the Czech Republic and Slovakia), the competition was renamed Miss Czech and Slovak Republic. Since 1994 it became Miss České republiky, organized by director Miloš Zapletal between 1989 and 2008. In 2009, Miss World 2006, Taťána Kuchařová, became the new director.
In 2005, former titleholder Michaela Maláčová founded rival competition Česká Miss, which now sends representatives to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth. In 2010, the two organizations signed an agreement of partnership, where the two rival organizations would have Maláčová as president.
The most bizarre thing about the Czech Republic is its fixation on these two contests and many, many regional beauty contests that take place here, You would think that an ex-communist nation would be very much against such things but here, it is a matter of national pride. Perhaps its because Czech women are so beautiful? For whatever reason, these two competitions are televised and heavily watched. The winners are treated like true Princesses and should one of them actually win a grander title, they are national heros…. the mind boggles!