Malou Hansson, (born in 1983 in Järfälla, Uppland, Sweden) served as Miss Sweden in 2002. She was the first black woman to hold this beauty pageant title.
Hansson, competing as “Miss Uppland”, was suggested as a potential candidate for the Miss Universe pageant by a celebrity panel, and the viewers selected her as the winner via a telephone poll. She served as Sweden’s representative in the Miss Universe 2002 pageant but she did not place in the top 10.
Hansson, while the first black woman to win the crown, was not the first black woman to compete for the title of Miss Sweden. Other black Miss Sweden-contestants during the years have included such as Jessica Folcker (2nd R-UP 1993) and Ida Sofia Manneh (1st R-UP 2001).