Catharina Lodders
Lodders in 1963
Catharina Johanna Lodders

(1942-08-18) 18 August 1942 (age 79)
(m. 1964)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Holland 1962
Miss Benelux 1962
Miss Europe 1962
(3rd Runner-up)
Miss International 1962
(3rd Runner-up)
Miss World 1962

Catharina Johanna Lodders, now Catharina Evans[1] (born 18 August 1942 in Haarlem) is a Dutch model and beauty queen who won the 1962 Miss World contest, representing the Netherlands.[2]

Prior to the Miss World contest, she was crowned Miss Holland in May 1962. Winning Miss Holland would therefore give her a chance to be crowned Miss International 1962 in Long Beach, California and to succeed compatriot Stam van Baer. Lodders placed 3rd Runner-Up to eventual winner Tania Verstak of Australia. She was then also crowned Miss Benelux, followed by Miss World later that year. She became the second woman (after Corine Rottschafer in 1959) from the Netherlands to win the title. The pageant was held in London. Upon winning the contest, she was quoted as saying "I don't think I'm the most beautiful girl in the world - I am the most beautiful girl here."[2]

On 12 December 1963, as a 21-year-old Dutch model and former beauty queen from Haarlem, the Netherlands,[3] Lodders accepted the marriage proposal[4] of 22-year-old American singer/songwriter/dancer Chubby Checker.[5] Checker said he met Lodders in Manila the prior January. (Checker's song "Loddy Lo", a No. 13 hit in late 1963, was written about her.) They married on 12 April 1964 at Temple Lutheran Church in Pennsauken, New Jersey.[6] They later raised their children in Paoli, Pennsylvania.[7] Their first child, Bianca Johanna Evans, was born in Philadelphia on 8 December 1966.[8]


  1. ^ Chubby Checker visits former pastor, Jan 21, 2016, Jean Etsinger, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  2. ^ a b "Miss World -1962". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  3. ^ UPI Telephoto (NAP 1404993…New York Bureau)
  4. ^ UPI Telephoto (NAP 121201-12/12/63)
  5. ^ "Chubby Checker To Wed Beauty". Reading Eagle. UPI. 12 December 1963. p. 46. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  6. ^ AP Wire Photo 1964
  7. ^ UPI Telephoto NAP 021702-02/17/1965
  8. ^ AP wire photo (jfu 5-2200-jfu-stass) 1966
Awards and achievements Preceded by Rosemarie Frankland Miss World 1962 Succeeded by Carole Crawford