Macel Wilson
Wilson upon winning Miss USA 1962
Macel Patricia Leilani Wilson

(1943-05-05) May 5, 1943 (age 80)
Alma materMiami Dade College
University of Copenhagen
  • Film editor
  • visual artist
Jens Henrik Packness
(m. 1967)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Hawaii USA 1962
Miss USA 1962
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss USA 1962
Miss Universe 1962
(Top 15)

Macel Patricia Leilani Wilson (born May 5, 1943) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 1962. Previously crowned Miss Hawaii USA 1962, Wilson was the first entrant from Hawaii, first Asian American, and first woman of color to win Miss USA. Later in life, Wilson relocated to Denmark and became a film editor for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and a visual artist.


Wilson began competing in pageantry after she was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 1962. As Miss Hawaii USA, Wilson competed at Miss USA 1962 in Miami. She went on to win the title, becoming the first entrant from Hawaii, first Asian American, and first woman of color to win the title.[1][2] As Miss USA, she went on to place in the Top 15 at Miss Universe 1962, also held in Miami, behind winner Norma Nolan of Argentina. After Miss Universe, Wilson was asked to fill in for Nolan during a Miss Universe event at the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami when Nolan fell ill with the measles.[3]

Personal life

Wilson attended President Theodore Roosevelt High School and Miami Dade College.[4]

In 1967, Wilson married Danish civil engineer Jens Henrik Packness and relocated with him to Copenhagen. While in Denmark, Wilson began studying film at the University of Copenhagen and taking private painting classes. They returned to Copenhagen in 1976. Wilson became a film editor at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) in 1978, until her retirement in 2000, and has held art exhibitions in Danish galleries since 1999.[5][third-party source needed]


  1. ^ "Miss USA : Contestant Profiles : Past Titleholders". New York: Miss USA L.P., LLLP. Retrieved 2011-03-19. Miss USA 1962 Macel Wilson
  2. ^ Singka, Ranny (2009-05-08). "Miss USA The Second Decade 1962-1971". Behind The Crown - The on-line magazine covering the Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA, Miss AMerica, and Miss World Pageants. Anurun Production, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  3. ^ "Beauty Has Measles". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, FL. 1962-12-31. p. 3A. OCLC 2720408. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  4. ^ "Macel Wilson". Macel Wilson. Retrieved January 16, 2023.
  5. ^ "Macel - Personal data". Copenhagen, Denmark. 2009-03-09. Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2011-03-19.