Prior to it, she was crowned Mission Holland in May 1962. Winning Mission Holland would therefore give her a chance to be crowned Mission International 1962 in Long Beach, California and to succeed compatriot Stam van Baer. The pageant was held in London.
Upon winning the contest, she is quoted as saying "I don"t think I"m the most beautiful girl in the world - I am the most beautiful girl here".
On 12 December 1963, as a 21-year-old Dutch model and now former beauty queen from Haarlem, the Netherlands, Lodders accepted the marriage proposal of 22-year-old American millionaire singer/songwriter/dancer Chubby Checker. Checker said he met Lodders in Manila the prior January.
Their first child, Bianca Johanna Evans, was born in Philadelphia on 8 December 1966.