Regarding beauty pageants, everything started when she wanted to enter the pageant “the most beautiful girl in Chantellerault”, she asked her uncle carries him to register to the contest, she would win eventually. Later she won Miss Vienne Province, Miss Centre-west of France, Most beautiful Italian girl of France, this because her last name is Italian, she was chosen as the most beautiful Italian in France also.
During these dates was the invitation to enter the Miss Cinemond Pageant who winner goes to Miss Universe and her father’s friends George Magnani tell that Christiane was very beautiful and she could win easily, they register her but saying nothing to Christiane sending pictures to Cinemond, the magazine sponsor, they register her with last name Martel and not Magnani thinking in futures troubles about the Italian last name since there are living in France.
In Paris, all contenders posed in swimsuit and in evening gown and made a speech, that night Christiane was named as Miss Cinemonde 1953 and would go to America to compete in Miss Universe. Her height is 1.69 m, measurements: bust - 81, waist - 56, hips - 81.
Her father told her “you are not going to win, don’t fabricate false hopes” and Christiane replied “don’t worry, I will go to America and in 15 days I will be returning”, she did not know what destiny had for her, she won the Miss Universe 1953 Pageant, news were received by joy in France, she started to made covers of magazines in Europe and she appeared on newspaper in all American Continent and Europe.
Popularity she took advantage to become an actress and in 1954 arrives to Mexico where she filmed many movies in a main role, filming also in Italy. She made 32 movies.
Christiane Martel as Eve in film Adán y Eva / Adam and Eve (1956)
Christiane Martel in film "Rosa Blanca" (1961)
Martel was married briefly to Ronnie Marengo, a department store heir, whom she divorced in 1955. She later married Miguel Alemán Velasco, who would become Governor of Veracruz and is the son of Miguel Alemán Valdés, former president of Mexico. They have three daughters and one son.