Miss Mona Lisa 1958

February 1958: A jury of “celebrated painters” convened for the Mona Lisa Grand Prix awarded the title of “Mona Lisa 1958” to Luce Bona. What made the award slightly unusual is that Bona hadn’t been a contestant. The judges just happened to see her as she was walking by outside and decided she was the one. At least, that was the story reported in the press.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Feb 19, 1958

Here’s the winner from the previous year, Maria Lea. Apparently the gimmick of this contest was that the winner posed in a picture frame, which made her somehow like the Mona Lisa.

The Lincoln Star – Jan 13, 1957

Later in 1958 a jury of French mystery writers selected Luce Bona as the girl with the “Most Devilish Eyes.” I’m assuming she was actually entered into that contest.

I can’t find any references to Luce Bona after 1958. Perhaps she gave up modeling, despite such a promising start.

Wilmington News Journal – Apr 12, 1958

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