Miss Chiquita

Miss Chiquita
Miss Chiquita

Miss Chiquita

GET TO KNOW OUR FIRST LADY OF FRUIT

In her early years Miss Chiquita found fame in the fruit aisle as an animated banana. Drawn in 1944 by cartoonist Dik Browne, creator and illustrator of Hägar the Horrible and Hi and Lois comics, Miss Chiquita put a personal face on the Chiquita Bananas. She showcased a festive and fun personality as the resident expert for everything you ever wanted to know about bananas.

As the decades progressed, so did Miss Chiquita’s look as she was slowly brought to life. Oscar Grillo, artist and creator of The Pink Panther, transformed her from animated banana to a woman in 1987, reflecting the image the public had of Miss Chiquita as a real person. She still wears a hat laden with fruit cornucopia, her red skirt swapped out for a stylish blue dress and heels.

Now over 70 years old, Miss Chiquita remains the indisputable first lady of fruit and still brings a smile to the faces of banana fans everywhere.
Miss Chiquita
Wearing a red skirt and wide hat filled with fruit, the 1944 commercial spot featured Miss Chiquita swaying and singing along to her catchy jingle while educating consumers on great nutritional value and why bananas must ripen to be at their most delicious. She was a big celebrity, making guest appearances in top radio shows.
Miss Chiquita