Martha Rocha Death| Obituary – Martha Rocha sadly passed away at age 83 , Maria Martha Hacker Rocha was a Brazilian model, the first winner of Miss Brasil in 1954, and the runner-up to Miss Universe.
At the age of 18, in 1954, after winning the title of Miss Bahia in her home state, she became the first Miss Brazil to become a finalist of the Miss Universe pageant. However, despite wide acclamation, even in the USA, for her to win the title of Miss Universe, it was Miss USA, Miriam Stevenson, who won the title.
It is said that the final judgment came down to the fact that Miriam’s hip measurement was 2 inches (51 mm) smaller than that of Martha. The narrower look was the “standard measure” at that time.
It is also said that after her victory, Miriam donated one of the two cars she had won (at Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants) to Martha, since she already had one even before taking part in beauty pageants. After Miss Universe, she worked as a model and advertising girl at Hollywood studios. For example, she earned US$ 30,000 to do a Gessy Lever advertisement.
Martha Rocha became a Brazilian reference of beauty and her name was used for a cake, a song, in poetry, and street names in the state of Bahia, Santa Catarina and São Paulo.
Martha participated in international horse championships alongside Queen Elizabeth II, and met Prince Charles, among other celebrities. She also imprinted her hands into the Ipanema Walk of Fame, in 2013.
Her name was given to the famous Martha Rocha aquamarine, found near Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It weighed 134 pounds and yielded more than 300,000 carats of superb blue gems. It is said that the color was so intense and rich that it was likened to her eyes, and even today her name is a classification of tone and intensity when rating the finest-color aquamarines.