Full Name: Gladys Rosa Zender Urbina
Date of Birth: October 19, 1939 (age 70)
Place of Birth: Peru
Preceded by: Carol Morris
Succeeded by: Luz Marina Zuluaga
Miss Universe 1957 – Gladys Zender - Peru Biography
Gladys Zender in 1957 was the first Latin American woman to win the Miss Universe crown. As of this writing, this exotic Swiss-Peruvian beauty is still considered the youngest Miss Universe in history. After winning the title, Gladys became an instant celebrity. She was featured as cover girl in Peru’s widely distributed news magazines and adored by fans of thousands. A Peruvian song was written and recorded in her honor. In 1965, Gladys went on to marry Antonio Meier to begin her journey as a mother and a wife. Gladys isolated herself into family life together with their four children. She is the mother of Christian Meier, a famous Peruvian actor and singer not only in Peru but in other Latin American countries as well.