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Miss World 1967

By Julio Rodríguez Matute

EVENTS IN 1967.-

               1967 was declared as the International Year of the Tourist by the United Nations. This year began with a heavy snowfall in Mexico and Guatemala and the Cedar Falls operation by US forces in the Vietnam War. In Venezuela, President Raúl Leoni inaugurated the Angostura Bridge over the Orinoco River, the largest in South America and, in Nicaragua, the massacre of Roosevelt Avenue occurred. In Cape Canaveral, Apollo I caught fire during a test, resulting in the death of three American astronauts. The island of Anguilla, in the Caribbean, became independent from St.Kitts and Nevis and became a Republic, not recognized by any other country. The Republic lasted only two years, while the eastern region of Nigeria separated from the country and became independent with the name of Biafra, known for the famine that its people lived months later. The Republic of Biafra failed in the early 1970s and reintegrated into Nigeria. In June, the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab countries occurred in the Middle East, where the eastern part of Jerusalem was annexed to the Hebrew state. That same month, on Sunday 25, the first test of world satellite TV transmission from Los Angeles to 26 countries of the world was made. The Expo 67 world fair was held in Montreal, the Eurovision Festival was won by the United Kingdom with the song “Puppet on a string” performed by Sandie Shaw and the American Sylvia Hitchcock won the Miss Universe crown in Miami Beach on July 15 . During the deferred transmission of this contest, fifteen days later, the tragic earthquake in Caracas occurred, a city that had celebrated its four hundred-year anniversary just few days before and had welcomed Miss World, Miss Universe and many of the universal candidates before leaving for Miami. In October, the pro-Castro guerrilla man Ernesto “Ché” Guevara was killed in Bolivia, in November the South Yemen became independent from the United Kingdom and in December, the South African doctor Christiaan Barnard successfully achieved the first heart transplant. The movie “The Graduate” with Dustin Hoffman and “The Jungle Book” by Walt Disney were released on the big screen; the “Carol Burnett Show” premiered on US television and the Mexican Armando Manzanero’s song “This afternoon I saw it rain” sounded successfully on Latin American radio. In Venezuela, after two years of transmission, the RCTV novel “The Right to Be Born” starring Raúl Amundaray and Conchita Obach culminated succesfully. In 1967, Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañón, American actress Julia Roberts and German tennis player Boris Becker were born. That year, the French actress Martine Carol who had been a judge in Miss World 1965, died.

COUNTRIES CHOOSE THEIR QUEENS.-

                On October 10, 1966, the “Miss Ecuador 1967” contest was held, an event that took place earlier to take advantage of the visit of the reigning Miss Universe to that country. However, for not being eighteen, the Ecuadorian beauty Laura Baquero was disqualified upon arriving in Miami Beach for Miss Universe, so she was sent to compete later in Miss World. On December 31, 1966, Jeanne Beck was elected as Miss France, but due to a dispute between the De Fontenays and the organizers of Miss Europe, everlasting allies of Morley, they decided to send the first runner-up of the Miss Cinemonde 1967, Carole Noe, as the French representative to Miss World.

                On February 2, the election of “Miss Switzerland 1967” was held and the organizers decided that the winner, Edith Fraefel, would go to Miss World, while the first runner-up would go to Miss Universe. In March, in Mar del Plata, the contest “Queen of the Coast” was held and the winner would go to London. The winner was the beautiful María del Carmen Sabaliuskas, “Miss Córdoba”, from the city of Río Cuarto, from Lithuanian parents, 5 feet 9 inches tall, measurements 36-26-38 and a law student at the University of El Salvador in Buenos Aires. As the first runner-up was elected “Miss Mar del Plata” Ana María Contini of only 16 years of age. According to the judges, Ana María got two more votes than María del Carmen but the breach of the requirement of being 17 to compete for the Miss World crown led the judges to crown Sabaliuskas. The 2nd. Runner-up was Miss Ursula Koenig.

                The Czechoslovakian Alzbeta Strkulova was crowned “1967 Girl” in the city of Ostrava and would be the first representative of her country in the Miss World contest in London and in Miss Europe 1968 in Congo. Her finalists were Zuzana Porízková and Iva Filipová. On June 15, at the Theater of the Military Academy of Caracas, the Miss Venezuela contest was held with 16 participants. The first runner-up, Irene Bottger, would be the representative of her country in Miss World. On Saturday 17 of that same month, the “Dominican Beauty Contest” was held in Santo Domingo. Miss Sugar would go to Miss Universe and Miss Coffee to Miss World. Both the Miss Venezuela and the Dominican contest were attended by Reita Faria, Miss World 1966. On July 1, in Rio de Janeiro, “Miss Brazil 1967” was elected among 26 candidates. The winner, Sao Paulo’s Carmen Silvia de Barros Ramasco gave up the title after participating in Miss Universe, so the first runner-up, Miss Paraná, Wilza de Oliveira Rainato of the city of Jandaia do Sul, assumed as Miss Brazil and with that title she traveled to London. That same day Miss Donna Barker was elected as Miss Dominion of Canada 1967 in Niagara Falls. In Nigeria, the organizers of the official contest of that country took the rights of Miss World and their 1967 winner, Roseline Yinka Balogun, would be in charge of represent the Nigerian national colors in London. In the Philippines, the organizing agency that was in charge of the selection of the 10 best fashion models in the Philippines, chose 9 of the 37 models that participated for the opportunity to represent the Philippines in Miss World. Margarita Favis Gómez was proclaimed as Miss Philippines 1967 during that show.

               On Thursday, August 17, Miss Jennifer Lewis of Steyning Crescent, Glenfield was elected as “Miss United Kingdom 1967” in Blackpool among 40 candidates. Jennifer had previously been Miss England that same year and had achieved the position of second runner-up in Miss Universe held in Miami Beach in July. During the live broadcast on the BBC, Lewis dropped her crown twice! The finalists were Jennifer Gurley and Nine Scott. Two days later, on Saturday, August 19, the final of the “Miss USA-World” contest was held at the Civic Center in Baltimore, with 50 participants, and Miss California, Pamela Valari Pall was crowned. The finalists were Johnnie Lee, Miss Washington; Peggy McNeill, Miss Oregon; Gigi Dahl, Miss Arizona and Susan Lee Glickman, Miss Los Angeles.

Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria

                On Sunday, September 3, “Miss Italy 1967” was held in Salsomaggiore. The winner, Cristina Businari, was sent to Miss Universe 1968, while the great favorite, Tamara Baroni, had to settle with the Miss Elegance sash. Later it was said that she had not won because she was married and had children, a rumor that was never confirmed, however, she was sent to London to Miss World. Again, the Mexicans would send the winner of the “Miss Mexico in Los Angeles” contest, María Cristina Ortal, 22, to the English competition.

                On Saturday, October 21, the first edition of the Australian contest “Quest of Quests” was held in Sydney, where representatives of that country would be chosen to Miss World, Queen of Pacific, Miss Teen International and Miss Universe. The winner was Judy Lockey, 19, a resident of Randwick, New South Wales, born in England but naturalized weeks before, who would be the flag bearer of Australia in London. The last candidates to be elected were Miss Kenya, Miss Uganda and Miss Tanzania. All three were crowned by Miss World Reita Faria in early November in their respective countries. Miss Tanzania was elected on Friday, November 3, Miss Uganda was crowned on Sunday the 5th and the last of the African trio, Miss Kenya, was chosen on Thursday, November 9.

THE WRITER MORLEY.-

                Once the Miss World 1966 contest concluded, two journalists approached Morley and asked him why he was not writing a book telling the story of the contest. Until that moment, Morley published once a year the official magazine or “program book” of the contest, but it was clear that it could not capture all the anecdotes about the seventeen years of the contest. Then, thinking it better, he took the idea and from the end of 1966 he began writing his autobiographical book entitled “The Miss World’s Story” which was finally published and presented to the media on Thursday, October 19, 1967 at the Waldorf Hotel, with the presence of numerous beauty queens, including Miss World of 1961, Rosemarie Frankland and Miss World 1959, Corine Rotschafer. Others who were present were Patricia Armstrong, Miss Ireland 1967; Lena McGarvie, Miss Scotland 1967; Sonia Ross, Miss Britain 1967, Diana Westbury, Miss United Kingdom 1963; Jennifer Lewis, Miss United Kingdom 1967; Jennifer Lowe, Miss United Kingdom 1966; Jackie White Miss United Kingdom 1962; Eileen Sheridan, Miss United Kingdom 1958; Leila Williams, Miss Great Britain 1957; Patricia Butler, Miss Great Britain 1954 and Judi Breen, Miss Festival of Britain 1951.

ARRIVAL IN LONDON.-

                By 1967, Morley had 74 directors or “sponsors” in the same number of countries and territories, although five others decided not to continue sending representatives to Miss World (Uruguay, Paraguay, Rhodesia, Tahiti and Senegal). The first official casualty was again Miss Spain, Francisca “Paquita” Delgado Sánchez, for the presence of Miss Gibraltar in the contest. In the Bahamas, Jordan, Liberia and Singapore, no national beauty pageants were held for Miss World that year, while in Colombia and Thailand no representatives were selected at that time. According to the “program book” by October 30, the participation of 65 countries had been confirmed. Miss Ceylon, Seedevi de Zoysas Tewaitta Ragama, had declined to travel to London, so that, at the last minute, on November 9, the directors of Ceylon registered Miss Therese Fernando, resident in England, as their representative. The seventeenth edition of Miss World would be held from November 9 to 17, as always, in London.

               The first candidate to arrive in the British capital was Miss New Zealand, Pamela McLeod of Christchurch on Thursday, October 26. Just that day, Reita Faria Miss World was opening an army shop in London just before leaving for her last trip as Miss World to the African continent. On Monday 30, Miss Turkey arrived and on Thursday, November 2, Miss Costa Rica, who by the way was the daughter of an English coffee planter who lived in that Central American nation. Subsequently, on Monday, November 6, Miss Czechoslovakia and Miss Jamaica arrived. The latter attended a reception offered by the High Commissioner of Jamaica in London the next day. The representatives of South Africa, Japan, Ecuador and Yugoslavia came on Tuesday 7 to the Heathrow Airport, while the next day Miss Tanzania, Miss Canada, Miss Switzerland and Miss Chile arrived. By the way, upon arriving at the London airport, the Chilean candidate found out that, sadly, no one was waiting for her. In Chile they had given wrong the day of her arrival! She was lucky because an official from the Chilean embassy, ​​who was also on the plane, took over the matter and placed her in a London hotel. The next day she contacted the Miss World organization and moved to the official host hotel.

                On Thursday, November 9, the day the contest officially began, a contingent of 32 beauties arrived, including the representative of the United Kingdom who made an appearance at the St.Pancras train station. That day, 10 of the candidates who had already arrived received the press at the official hotel of the event, the Waldorf and, later, some made short walks on the embankment of the Thames and the surrounding area, accompanied by their infallible chaperones.

INDIA WITHDRAWS.-

                The winner of the “Eve’s Weekly Miss India 1967”, Naqi Jehan Ali, was denied her right to compete in the Miss World contest in London by order of the Indian government. The winner of the world competition the previous year had been precisely Miss India, Reita Faria, a medical student who angered her government by visiting Vietnam. Reita had not visited her country since winning. She decided to go to Vietnam with the Bob Hope show during Christmas and the celebrations in India for her victory turned into riots. She was attacked in newspapers and on television for going against India’s neutral attitude towards the Vietnam War. Since then, she had engaged to an American lawyer and was currently in Kenya. A spokesman for Mecca, organizers of the contest, said: “We expect a Miss India. We have not heard anything from them. They have simply ignored us.” The High Commissioner of that country in London did not comment, but a senior staff member revealed that the government had prohibited Miss India from participating in the contest because Miss Faria disliked them, since she arrived in London she had tried to Westernize “She has been very naughty and we couldn’t risk that would happen again,” said the Hindu officer.

PRESS PRESENTATION.-

                The first official activity of the contest was held on the morning of Friday, November 10 with the visit of the beautiful participants to the famous Trafalgar Square, where they posed for the press and played with the pigeons. Later, in the afternoon, the 45 beauties that had arrived so far posed in a swimsuit for journalists at the Waldorf Hotel. Morley took advantage of checking the girls’ swimsuits and banned the one Miss Sweden was wearing, a pink swimsuit but with provocative openings on the sides that was very revealing. She definitely couldn’t wear it for the final night! Evidently, the Swedish was one of the most photographed girls that afternoon.

CANDIDATES

NO SHOWS:

                The 45 girls that posed for photographers that day were: Miss AUSTRALIA (Judy Lockey), Miss AUSTRIA (Christl Bartu), Miss BELGIUM (Mauricette Sironval), Miss CANADA (Donna Marie Barker), Miss CHILE (Margarita Verónica Téllez Gabell), Miss COSTA RICA (Marjorie Furniss Pacheco), Miss CYPRUS (Lalla Michaelides), Miss CZECHOSLOVAKIA (Alzbeta Strkulova), Miss DENMARK (Sonja Jensen), Miss ECUADOR (Laura “Laurita” Elena Baquero Palacios), Miss FINLAND (Hedy Rännäri), Miss FRANCE (Carole Noe), Miss GERMANY (Ruth Köcher), Miss GHANA (Araba Martha Vroon), Miss GREECE (Mimika Niavi), Miss GUYANA (Shakira Baksh), Miss HOLLAND (Monica van Beelen), Miss HONDURAS (Alba María Bobadilla Hohl) , Miss IRELAND (Gemma McNabb), Miss ISRAEL (Dalia Regev), Miss JAMAICA (Laurel Williams), Miss JAPAN (Chikako Sotoyama), Miss KOREA (Young-hwa Chong), Miss LEBANON (Sonia Faris), Miss LUXEMBOURG (Marie- Josée Mathgen), Miss MALTA (Mary Mifsud), Miss MEXICO (María Cristina Ortal), Miss MOROCCO (Naïma Benjelloun), Miss NEW ZEALAND (Pamela McLeod), Miss NIGERIA (Roseline Yinka Balogun), Miss NORWAY (Vigdis Sollie), Miss PANAMA (Carlota Lozano), Miss PERU (Madeleine Antonieta Hartog Bel), Miss PORTUGAL (Teresa Amaro), Miss SOUTH AFRICA (Disa Duivestein), Miss SWEDEN (Eva Elisabet Englander), Miss SWITZERLAND (Edith Fraefel), Miss TANZANIA (Theresa Shayo), Miss TUNISIA (Rekaia Dekhil), Miss TURKEY (Nese Yazicigil), Miss UGANDA (Rosemary Salmon), Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Jennifer Lynn Lewis), Miss UNITED STATES (Pamela Valari Pall), Miss VENEZUELA (Irene Margarita de la Concepción Böttger González) and Miss YUGOSLAVIA (Aleksandra Mandic).

              The media began to highlight the representatives of Sweden, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States, France and Czechoslovakia as favorites. They also promoted the Africans since it was the first time in the history of the contest that a large group of girls from the black continent participated. Miss Uganda said it had been a good idea and that the participation of so many Africans could bring much-needed publicity to the continent. After the presentation to the press and after giving some interviews, the participants changed clothes to attend an elegant welcome cocktail in the Lyceum Ballroom. That night two more candidates arrived in London: Miss ARGENTINA (María del Carmen Sabaliuskas) and Miss BRAZIL (Wilza de Oliveira Rainato).

UNUSUAL EXPERIENCES.-

                Miss South Africa’s most unusual experience was “having tea with billionaire witch doctor Khotso in his palatial home in Pondoland”; Miss Portugal was chased by an elephant, Miss Tanzania by a lion and Miss Holland by a flock of swans in a lake; Miss Lebanon wanted to meet George Brown, Miss Guyana Michael Caine and Miss Czechoslovakia the Loch Ness monster. Miss Honduras confessed that she liked music, poetry, reading and dancing; Miss Costa Rica said she wanted to be a decorator and Miss Panama wanted to see the jewels of the British crown. Miss Peru confessed that she had sold her car in order to pay for her trip to the contest and Miss Chile that she was afraid of spiders and that she was a supporter of miniskirts and women’s liberation. A journalist wrote in a renowned London newspaper: “And so it drags on, this year as last year. More PR baloney ; more limping interviews ; more quintessential Miss World-ery. It wouldn’t be so bad if the girls themselves were actually stunning. But there they stood and chattered at the Waldorf yesterday : amiable, helpful, terribly nice, but not (two thirds of them at least) even particularly pretty. Finland, Sweden, and Germany are fragile, animated blondes of quality. Miss Guyana smoulders satisfactorily. Peru has beautiful, wide eyes. Miss Cyprus might be worth fighting a civil war for. Otherwise (with no disrespect to America, Canada, Britain, or France), you could safely reckon to find as fetching a supporting cast with a 20-minute King’s Road or Regent Street dragnet. Decked out in standard mini-kit, the World girls are anywhere girls, dollies from the boutique next door.” .

FRENCH DRAMA.-

               The Miss World contest, which has never been noted for its tranquility, was again involved in another controversy. It was a dispute between two Miss France. While Miss France official Jeanne Beck protested her right to be the representative of that country in the contest, another girl, Carole Noe, a 19-year-old drama student, had arrived in London as the representative of that country. Although Miss Beck threatened to appear in London with her lawyers and the organizers of Miss France threatened not to send more contestants, Morley defended the presence of Miss Noe since she had been officially enrolled in the contest by her French sponsors.   

PROTESTED QUEEN.-

                Another controversy arose with the representative of Ghana. Mr. I.K. Bolson, general secretary of the “International Entertainments Promotions Agency” of that African country, denounced that they had a contract signed with Mecca to be the directors who would send a representative of their country to the London competition, however, Flamingo magazine had usurped the rights and without authorization they had organized a contest where Miss Araba Martha Vroon was elected as “Miss World Ghana 1967”. The plaintiff said he would not hesitate to take legal action against Mecca Promotions if they accepted Miss Vroon’s participation in the event and that he had sent a cable to Mecca with that imposition. However, Morley said he had not received any and without giving further details said that Miss Vroon would officially remain in the contest.

ANOTHER KIDNAP ATTEMPT.-

                On Saturday, November 11, the contestants made their tour of the city of London, visiting, among other points, Buckingham Palace where they observed the famous changing of the guard. In addition, they took the opportunity to do what women most like to do: Go shopping! Three more candidates arrived that day: Miss DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Margarita Rosa Rueckschnat Schott), Miss ITALY (Tamara Baroni) and Miss GAMBIA (Janie Jack). On Sunday 12, the 50 contestants who had arrived in the British capital so far attended the University of Cambridge to participate in a new debate with the students of the Cambridge Union.

                But early that day, organizers received a phone threat announcing plans to kidnap Miss U.S.A. which injected the problem of the Vietnam War into the Miss World contest for the second consecutive year. Contest officials said they had hired former policeman Fred Jones, a sturdy and impassive judo expert, to protect Pamela Pall, 20, of Norwalk, California. A person who called that Sunday said the students planned to kidnap the beauty of brown hair as a protest against the role of the United States in Vietnam.

Mexico, Chile & Peru

              The burly bodyguard shadowed Miss United States during the visit to the University of Cambridge. “I couldn’t imagine they wanted to kidnap me!” Pamela said, a bit blankly when she was told about the phone call. But now she has a bodyguard like Miss South Africa had last year because of a similar threat related to the issue of apartheid. Contest spokesman said: “We were notified early today that students would try to kidnap her while the girls left their bus to begin the visit. So we changed the route of the tour and brought an ex-police and judo expert to keep an eye on her”, he said. Contest officials took the threat seriously, in view of a violent reception that Prime Minister Harold Wilson had in the university two weeks ago on the subject of Vietnam, and the attempted kidnapping of Miss South Africa last year.The girls made their tour without any sign of disturbance, but due to the change of plans, Miss Pall missed seeing Trinity College where Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, was studying. Pall finally was smuggled from a side-door apart from the other contestants to avoid any would-be kidnapers. Three more candidates arrived on Sunday: Miss KENYA (Zipporah Mbugua), Miss GIBRALTAR ( Laura Bassadone) and Miss PHILIPPINES (Margarita “Maita” Favis Gomez). In the evening, the young women attended an elegant dinner at a West End nightclub.

LOST HER LUGGAGE.-

                Maita Gomez, from the Philippines, who arrived Sunday night for Miss World, was in a state close to hysteria. “Practically all I have to wear are the clothes I’m standing up in”, Miss Gomez told contest officials when she arrived at Heathrow Airport on a Scandinavian Airlines flight from Copenhagen, Denmark. She had flown there from Manila. The dark-eyed medical student was wearing a pink-striped trouser suit and a floppy suede hat. In the next four days she would need street clothes and cocktail dresses galore, an evening dress, a swim suit and a native costume. The last item may be the hardest to replace. Miss Gomez was the last of 53 contestants to arrive for the Miss World Contest, which would be staged Thursday night. Preliminary appearances and visits have been under way since Friday but the only judging will take place Thursday night. Miss Philippines’s luggage appeared, happily, two days later.

MISS WORLD THREATENED TO BOYCOTT THE CONTEST.-

                The reigning Miss World, Reita Faria of India, threatened that Sunday to boycott the coronation of her successor due to a new row with the organizers. “I’m not going to crown the new titleholder until they pay me the rest of the money they owe me,” said Faria, who claimed that Mecca Promotions owed her the sum of £ 3,000. “Everything Miss World has brought to me has been anguish and disorganization,” said the beauty. “I have gained £ 13,000 during the year and almost everything has gone on airfare and hotels and on things like that.” “I’m ashamed to admit it but the only thing left in the bank is £ 500.” Morley responded by saying that her contract included that she should crown her successor. “But if she doesn’t want to do it, then we’ll have to make other arrangements,” he said. About the money, he said she was not owed so much, that he would have to meet her because she had accepted jobs that she should not have done and that he was not aware of her situation. And if she had only saved £ 500 it was not Mecca’s fault but her own.

OTHER ACTIVITIES.-

In Trafalgar Square

                On Monday, November 13, in the morning, the contestants paid a visit to the BBC headquarters. For a strategic issue of the television, the filming of the parade of nations in national costumes of that day was postponed, but each participant recorded a small speech that would be used during the introductions in the case of being selected as a semifinalist. After the recording, the candidates returned to the Waldorf hotel to put on their national costumes. Earlier in the morning, the representative of CEYLON (Therese Fernando) who had been registered at the last minute by the sponsors of her country, had joined the group. At 4 pm that day the last contestant arrived, Miss ICELAND (Hrefna Wigelund Steinthorsdóttir). With the arrival of Miss Iceland, Morley officially closed admission to the pageant and several pre-registered candidates failed to arrive on time for the beauty contest. They were Miss ARUBA (Ankie Bruin), Miss BOLIVIA (Gloria Badrutt Landivar), Miss GUATEMALA (María Porras Rottman), Miss HONG KONG (Jiahui Ma), Miss MALAYSIA (Rosenelly Abu Bakar), Miss NICARAGUA (Alma Therese Benard Gamero), Miss SURINAM (Licella Zuiverloon) and Miss TRINIDAD-TOBAGO (Patsy Wilson). The causes for which these candidates did not arrive are unknown but it is presumed that it could have been due to an economic issue. Nor did Miss El Salvador, Miss Algeria (elected at the last minute) and Miss Syria, this one on the subject of the war with Israel, but their identities are unknown.

               The girls arrived terribly late from the recording. The press chief, Mr B. Kehoe excused himself with a journalist who was looking to interview the girls. “I don’t have girls. Not one. They are all switching to their national costumes. Some take longer than others, especially Miss Japan for the theme of her hairstyle.” Shortly after, the Waldorf lobby was flooded with the contestants dressed in their traditional costumes. Miss Costa Rica and Miss Panama were trying to comfort Miss Honduras who felt homesick. “Come on girls, everyone must get on the buses,” shouted a man with a list that marked the presence of each of them as they left the lobby. “I am missing Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany and Iceland. Anyone who calls them to their rooms?” A girl in a Tyrolean dress came out of the elevator at that moment. “Come, Austria,” said the man. “Where is Germany?” “Germany is coming down,” Austria replied and ran to the bus through a horde of passersby. Miss Holland, in a white-capped Dutch cap and wooden shoes, ran to the bus and her clogs sounded loud on the pavement. “Greece must be sick,” says the assistant. “Greece is sick,” Mr. Kehoe replied tired. Miss Germany came out of the elevator and was asked “Have you seen Iceland?” “No,” she replied as she ran to her bus. The buses left for the Savoy hotel. Suddenly a girl dressed in green silk appeared, looking worn and anxious. “Who are you?” a journalist asks. “Iceland,” she says quietly. “You missed the bus, Iceland,” says Kehoe angrily. “You must take a taxi.” “Oh honey,” says the chaperone from Iceland, rummaging through her purse. “You have sufficient money?” Kehoe asks. “Oh yeah.” She responded while leaving the hotel next to Miss Iceland. “Why was Iceland late?” asked a journalist. “She only arrived in London at four in the afternoon today,” Kehoe replied.

                This year there were changes and instead of a lunch, the charity gala which is organized as every year by the Variety Club of Great Britain at the Savoy Hotel, would be this time a dinner. Participants attended dressed in their traditional costumes and brought their national gifts that would be auctioned for charities. For the first time, the distribution of beauties was not done in alphabetical order. On Tuesday, November 14, the contestants went to the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster, being on this occasion received by the parliamentarian Fred Harris of the conservative party. In the afternoon, the candidates attended their first rehearsal at the Lyceum.

SICK BEAUTIES.-

                A problem of international proportions worried the doctors and organizers of the Miss World contest on Wednesday, November 15. Twelve of the beauties who participated in the contest became ill and at least two had doubtful participation in the finals. The first to get sick was Miss Greece, who fell in bed with tonsillitis on Monday. Miss South Africa later became ill after arriving from the House of Commons and then Miss Portugal, who collapsed in a hotel corridor with a gastric complaint and a high temperature. Others who had an upset stomach but nothing serious were Miss Lebanon, Miss New Zealand, Miss Denmark, Miss Korea and Miss Italy. Shortly after, four more became ill: Miss Finland (which collapsed during Tuesday’s rehearsal and had to be taken back to the hotel), Miss Mexico, Miss Switzerland and Miss Sweden. Miss Greece and Miss Portugal “are definitely in doubt for the finals,” according to a contest official. “Quite a few of us seem to have caught a bug,” said Miss Mexico. “I think it could be the change of weather and food. I hope I feel better for the contest, but my throat hurts a lot.” Miss Sweden complained of recurrent kidney trouble. Miss Switzerland and Miss Finland had “the bug”. “It’s very distressing,” said the contest official. “But they are receiving the best medical care. The contest has to continue as scheduled.” Eric Morley, organizer of the contest since 1951, attributed the diseases to acclimatization problems and said he thought the girls would be ready for the finals. However, despite their illnesses, all the girls, except Miss Greece, appeared Wednesday night in the general rehearsal of the finals. Six of the girls disobeyed the doctor’s orders and attended Lyceum. And the night of that Wednesday the individual introductions of the candidates was recorded in their national costumes which the BBC would transmit during the finals on Thursday. This filming had been postponed for that day to integrate in it the presence of the host Simon Dee, commentator Michael Aspel and musical stars Malcolm Roberts and Los Zafiros into the recording. Early that same day, the contestants attended the Alan’s beauty salon in Berkeley Square, which was sponsoring the event, to become beautiful for the grand finale.

FAVORITES OF THE BOOKMAKERS.-

                Miss South Africa, Miss United Kingdom and Miss Sweden were the favorites of the bookmakers on the eve of the Miss World contest. After studying the beauties, Jamaican journalist Raymond Palmer of The Gleaner newspaper said that his seven finalists would be Miss Peru, Miss Czechoslovakia, Miss Germany, Miss Sweden, Miss Israel, Miss Japan and Miss Jamaica. The reigning Miss World, the Indian Reita Faria, would crown her successor around 10 p.m. Thursday. Betting house William Hill Ltd., of London, one of the largest in Britain, cited Miss South Africa and Miss United Kingdom as joint betting favorites with a probability of 5-1. The second favorite was Miss Sweden with a 6-1 rating. Hill reported that big bets for Miss Germany had reduced her odds overnight from 16-1 to 8-1, making her the third favorite along with Miss Czechoslovakia. Hill cited Miss Australia and Miss Peru with 10-1, Miss Israel and Miss Guyana with 12-1 and Miss United States with 14-1. All others were at least 20-1. Bookmaker Joe McKee, who runs a betting office in Belfast and has been making a book about the event for five years, said: “Prices are based on newspaper photographs, the advertising they receive and comments of the journalists who cover the contest. Then, when the money begins to arrive, we adjust the odds so that the weight of the bets determines to what odds a girl is quoted”. Joe makes a great betting event of the contest with a large screen in his shop with the photographs of the contestants. It was quoting Miss South Africa with 5-1 as the favorite, Miss Sweden with 6-1 and third Miss United Kingdom with 7-1 as second favorite, other odds cited by McKee: 10-1 Miss Czechoslovakia, Miss Israel, Miss United States; 12-1 Peru, Germany, Ghana; 14-1 Australia, Guyana; 15-1 Austria; 16-1 Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico; 20-1 Chile, Denmark, New Zealand; 25-1 Belgium, Cyprus , Honduras, Ireland, Norway, Panama, Venezuela, Yugoslavia. 33-1 – Costa Rica, Greece, Holland, Morocco, Switzerland, Uganda. 50-1 – Ecuador, Jamaica, Korea, Tunisia, Turkey. 66-1 – Luxembourg, Malta, Nigeria, Portugal, Tanzania.

Miss Peru

               For the journalist Don Short of the Daily Mirror, his favorites were Miss Guyana, Miss South Africa and Miss United Kingdom. The bookmaker Grand International gave the following picture: South Africa and the United Kingdom with 6-1. With 7-1 Sweden, with 8-1 Germany. Then with 10-1 Australia, Czechoslovakia and Peru. With 12-1 Guyana and Israel. The United States was 14-1, followed by New Zealand with 16-1 and slightly behind Denmark, Finland and Morocco with 20-1. With 25-1: Norway, Austria, Canada and Ireland. With 33-1: Ceylon, Gibraltar, Honduras, Japan, Malta, Portugal and Venezuela. Argentina, Italy and Switzerland shared a 40-1. With 50-1 were Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Jamaica, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Tunisia and Yugoslavia. With 66-1 were Cyprus and Korea and with 100-1 the representatives of Costa Rica, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda.

COMPUTER SELECTS ITS OWN MISS WORLD.-

                The vital statistics of the 55 contestants of the Miss World were entered on a computer on Thursday and an image of the average contender for this year’s title came out. The computer produced this image of Miss Average: Age 19.9 years; bust 35.8 inches; waist 22.9 inches; hips 36 inches; height 5 feet 6.7 inches; weight 122 pounds. By giving a numerical value to the color of hair – ranging from one for blonde through darker shades to eight for black – the computer even worked out that the average hair shade was dark auburn to brown. Who comes nearest to being Miss Average? – Miss United Kingdom, model Jennifer Lewis. Jennifer is 20. Her vital statistics are 36-23-36. She is slightly under the average height at 5 feet, 6 inches, and only a pound off the average weight at 121 pounds. Also close to the average are Miss Canada, Donna Barker, and Miss Lebanon, Sonia Faris. Miss Canada is 20. Her vital statistics are 36-23-36, and her height 5 feet, 6 inches, but she is well under the average weight at 115 pounds. Her hair is dark blonde and her eyes hazel. Miss Lebanon is 19 and her vital statistics are 36-22-36. She is slightly over the average for height at 5 feet 8 and weight at 124 pounds. Her hair is brown and her eyes hazel.

THE FINALS.-

                On Thursday, November 16, was the day of the grand finale of Miss World 1967. Miss Greece, who could not tape her introduction in national costume the night before, improved in time to participate in the finals of the contest. The event once again featured a record of 55 contestants, including the debuting countries of Czechoslovakia, Panama and Uganda, and the return of Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika). Some of the candidates already had previous experience in international beauty pageants; Miss Peru had been a semifinalist in Miss Universe 1966 while Miss England came from being 2nd. runner-up in Miss Universe 1967. Also from Miss Universe 1967 came Miss Canada, Miss Austria, Miss Belgium, Miss Luxembourg and Miss New Zealand. In Miss Europe, in addition to the Belgian, the English and the girl from Luxembourg, Miss Ireland had also competed there. The only young woman who came from competing in Miss International was Miss Ecuador.

Miss Peru

                At 7:15 pm the doors of the Lyceum were opened to the public. At 7:55 Phil Tate and his orchestra did the overture of the contest followed by the British National Anthem and the fanfare that announced the beginning of the show. Wally Green, on behalf of the Lyceum, welcomed Eric Morley to the stage, who after his customary words of thanks and welcome, proceeded to introduce the 9 members that made up the panel of judges. They were:

1- The Ambassador of Indonesia in the United Kingdom, General Ibrahim Adjie.

2- Princess Elizabeth of Toro, from Uganda.

3- Richard Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon.

4- Irish-American actress and singer Maureen O’ Hara.

5- Peter Dimmock, General Manager of Broadcasts of the BBC and Chairman of the Judges.

6- American actor Richard Chamberlain, main character of the TV program, “Dr. Kildare”.

7- Henry Thynn, sixth Marquiss of Bath.

8- Lady Worrell, wife of the Jamaican senator Frank Worrell.

9- And the first Secretary of the Embassy of Paraguay in the UK, Pedro Silva Patiño.

               As a novelty, the parade of “Nations of the World” was held this year in swimsuits with the introductions made by Morley and where the 55 contestants appeared one by one in swimsuits, most with citrus colors that were very fashionable, and placing in their final position on stage for the closure. Once they were all on stage, the contestants posed for the judges in groups, some of 10 and others of 12 contestants, depending on their position on stage, who turned so that the judges could observe them on all four sides and evaluate them together. The last group was made of nine candidates, from Miss Switzerland to Miss Yugoslavia.

                After a 15-minute intermission entertained by the Phil Tate orchestra, the participants paraded in their evening gowns similar to what they did in swimsuits, and introduced once again by Eric Morley. At 9:05 p.m. the uninterrupted broadcast of the event began on BBC, presenting the recording they made the night before with the national costumes, which also included photographs of places of interest in each of the countries represented. The broadcast continued live when the Master of Ceremonies, Simon Dee, proceeded to call the 15 semifinalists in alphabetical order who made their individual parade in evening gowns while in the background they heard the small speech that each of them had previously recorded .

                They were: Miss ARGENTINA (María del Carmen Sabaliuskas, 20-year-old law student, from Río Cuarto, Córdoba); Miss CANADA (Donna Marie Barker, stenographer and 20-year-old model from Toronto); Miss CHILE (Margarita Verónica Téllez Gabell, 17-year-old student from Santiago); Miss CZECHOSLOVAKIA (Alzbeta Strkulova, 22-year-old student from Kosica, Slovakia); Miss FRANCE (Carole Noe, 19-year-old drama student from Montfermeil); Miss GERMANY (Ruth Köcher, a 19-year-old student from Krefeld); Miss GHANA (Araba Martha Vroon, 18-year-old hairdresser from Accra); Miss GUYANA (Shakira Baksh, 20-year-old stenographer from Georgetown); Miss ISRAEL (Dalia Regev, 22-year-old computer programmer, from Tel-Aviv); Miss ITALY (Tamara Baroni, 20-year-old photographic model, from Parma); Miss PERU (Madeleine Antonieta Hartog Bel, 21-year-old photographic model, from Piura); Miss SOUTH AFRICA (Disa Duivestein, 21-year-old secretary of Umbogintwini, Natal); Miss SWEDEN (Eva Elisabet Englander, 20-year-old secretary of Boras); Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Jennifer Lynn Lewis, 20-year-old model, from Steyning Crescent, Glenfield); and Miss UNITED STATES (Pamela Valari Pall, 20, and a student from Norwalk, California).

                After the introduction of the 15 semifinalists in their gowns and while the girls switched to their swimsuits, the Spanish group “Los Zafiros” was presented, they were composed by Alberto Martín, Pepe Pazos and Ricardo Ogando, who enlivened the audience with a couple of songs. Subsequently, Simon Dee called on stage the 15 semifinalists for their parade in swimsuits, and then they went on stage all together and posed in groups so that the judges could make their pertinent evaluation. Immediately, Michael Aspel appeared on stage to announce the 7 finalists and as he was calling them, he interviewed them briefly. They were Miss ARGENTINA, Miss CZECHOSLOVAKIA, Miss GERMANY, Miss GUYANA, MISS ISRAEL, Miss PERU and Miss UNITED KINGDOM. The Argentine candidate spoke in Spanish, Czech in her native language and Peruvian in French. Singer Malcolm Roberts gave a brief serenade to the 7 finalists and then performed the song “Love is a many-splendored thing”. Simon Dee proceeded to call the outgoing Miss World, Reita Faria, who had already settled differences with Mecca and finally showed up to crown her successor. Alan B. Fairley also took the stage to present the awards on behalf of Mecca and Eric Morley to announce the result in reverse order, while the seven finalists were waiting anxiously behind. Miss Peru was grooming with a small hand mirror but it fell to the floor and shattered. Bad omen? It wasn’t for her!

                Fifth place went to Miss UK, Jennifer Lewis, who received £ 100 prize; fourth place went to Miss ISRAEL, Dalia Regev, with a check for £ 150. In third place and winner of £ 250, Miss GUYANA, Shakira Baksh. As the runner-up and second place winner, it turned out to be Miss ARGENTINA, María del Carmen Sabaliuskas, with a prize of £ 500. All received silver trophies and crowns. Backstage remained Miss Czechoslovakia, Miss Germany and Miss Peru who looked forward to the final verdict.

AND MISS WORLD IS…

               And Eric Morley proceeded to announce that the new 1967 MISS WORLD was … Miss PERU, Madeleine Hartog Bel, a photographic model who liked music and writing poetry, 5 feet 6 inches tall, brown eyes, dark brown hair and Measurements 37-23-37. At the time of the official announcement, Miss Czechoslovakia retired to mourn disconsolate over her defeat. Madeleine received her sash and left the stage in disbelief, denying her triumph, something too unexpected for her. She received her silver trophy from Fairley. Then, the brand new Miss World sat on the royal throne while one of the production assistants, wearing a black top hat, placed the ermine cloak on her shoulders and Reita Faria crowned her. Reita took the silver trophy and handed Madeleine the scepter and then she made her triumphant ride with the usual official Miss World march. Madeleine’s emotion was so great that she hardly sat down again on the throne at the end of the BBC’s 57-minute broadcast and upon receiving the congratulations from the finalists and the avalanche of journalists and photographers, passed out and had to be revived with aromatic salts.

                The nostalgic daughter of a Peruvian cotton farmer and cattle rancher, Madeleine Hartog Bel, woke up from her faint fading to face a swirl of glamor and a one-year press agenda like the new Miss World. “I can’t believe it, it can’t be me, I can’t say how I feel, I still don’t believe it,” she said surprised. Miss Peru received as a prize her silver trophy, a check for £ 2500, a film test and the possibility of winning thousands of pounds more for personal presentations and promotions during her reign year. She confused the British bookmakers that night by leading a Latin American sweep of the top three in the beauty pageant. Bookmakers favored European and South African beauties and would have to pay 10-1 odds for guessing badly. All Miss Hartog wanted after her victory was to make a phone call to her family in Peru. But it took hours to get her request, as the contest officials took her from one press conference to another and finally to the coronation ball. She could not think of anything but at home, even after a journalist made the call and spoke with her family. When asked if she wanted to entertain American troops in Vietnam at Christmas, she understood only Christmas and said, “Yes, yes, I will spend Christmas with my mother and father.” The prize money she said, she would send it to her mother except enough to “buy my car.” She had sold her car to pay for her trip to the contest.

               An estimated 25 million viewers, half of Britain’s population, watched her succeed on television. Miss Guyana and Miss Argentina, almost crying, fled the stage immediately after the official photographs. On leaving for the celebration, Madeleine almost fainted again of excitement. At the coronation party, held at a nightclub and no longer at the Café de Paris as before, Morley presented the prizes for sixth and seventh place, Miss Czechoslovakia and Miss Germany, who won 50 and 25 pounds respectively. Interviewed on nationwide television later, Miss Hartog-Bel. a Spanish-speaking beauty, said through an interpreter: “Goodnight to all England. “I feel more English than ever because I too have English ancestors.” She told reporters she was engaged to Raul Laos, 35, an industrialist from Lima. “I want to get married but I don’t know when it will be,” said Madeleine, who lived in Paris while working as a model. She also said that the previous year, her sister, Ana Maria, was chosen as Peru’s perfect secretary.. She also confessed that she did not like life in the countryside and that she could not stand cows; she didn’t like The Beatles either. Madeleine was the third Latin American to obtain the coveted crown in the seventeen years of the contest. The first was the Venezuelan Susana Duijm in 1955 and the second, the Argentine Norma Cappagli in 1960. Just ten years earlier, Peru had won the title of Miss Universe. The big surprise of the contest was the elimination of the very favorite South African secretary in the second elimination round.

                The next morning, as was traditional, Madeleine received the press in her room at the Waldorf Hotel while she had breakfast and read the press. She later visited the Mayor of London, Sir Gilbert Inglefield at the Mansion House. She was wearing a mink coat lent by her roommate, Miss Argentina. The beautiful South American Miss World stayed in London a few more days to then travel to the US and from there to Guam, Thailand and Vietnam with the USO tour of Bob Hope along with other stars such as Rachel Welch, Barbara Mc Nair and Bill Crosby. Between December 19 and 29, 1967, the group of artists led 17 presentations throughout southern Vietnam and the Thai border. More than 100,000 American and allied soldiers spent Christmas with the occurrences of Hope and his dialogue with Miss World. In Danang, Madeleine visited a field hospital and said that “I broke into tears after seeing all the seriously injured children, and Bob (Hope) was trying to comfort me, because I wanted to leave behind all the affairs of Miss World and return to work like a nurse”. On December 28, the fright of his life would pass when the Vietcong forces tried to tear down the plane she was traveling on, although she later declared: “I was very pleased to work for the soldiers. The trip with Hope has been the best way to begin the reign”.

                On January 5, 1968, she returned to Peru where she was received with honors by President Belaúnde in Lima. But not everything was rosy. The communists had appeared at the Jorge Chavez airport to receive her with eggs and tomatoes for having gone to support the American soldiers in Vietnam. The leftist Genaro Ledesma proposed to revoke her nationality. Madeleine paraded through the central streets of Lima aboard an open car and attended multiple receptions. Among the anecdotes, she said that in the middle of her reception she lost a shoe and had to go to a store to buy another. Days later, northern Peru was partying for the visit of Miss World. The beautiful girl ruffled streets and squares with her presence and as much as her boyfriend, Raul Laos, did the impossible to stop the multiple compliments, nothing stopped them. In the VIII Festival of the Marinera in Trujillo, Madeleine floated her sympathy and was encouraged to dance a Marinera dance with the very handsome Pepo Manucci, in front of the attentive gaze of thousands of people. Once the piece was finished, the excitement was total, as expected.

               As Miss World, she toured South America, Europe and part of Asia. Madeleine was not so tame during her year of reign and she did not do what she didn’t want to do, which brought some disappointment to Morley. “We are her agents but she gives us very little attention,” said the director of Mecca Promotions. Shortly before completing her reign, Madeleine took a tour of Australia and was a judge in the “Quest of Quests” contest, where the winner was the one who later became herz successor, and for whom he had to fight as president of the judges, asserting her double vote to elect her Miss Australia. In November 1968 she relinquished her Miss World crown in London. Before delivering the scepter, Madeleine criticized the organization, leaving the parameters of a beauty queen. On her way back to Peru, she declared: “I don’t agree with beauty titles. These must disappear, because a lot are being commercialized.”

BIOGRAPHY OF MADELEINE HARTOG.-

                Madeleine Antonieta Hartog Bel was born in Camaná, Arequipa, on June 12, 1946. Her father Alfredo Hartog Granadino, a Piuran of Peruvian-Belgian descent, owned a farm and the Princess Theater and was Mayor of Camaná in 1947. Her mother was Henriette Bel Houghton belonging to one of the most emblematic families of Sullana. Madeleine was the youngest of seven brothers, Alfredo, Ana María, Betty, Cecilia (Chichi), Teresa and an unidentified one. When she was a child she almost died drowned and was rescued by a villager. After spending her childhood in Camaná, her father sent her to study in Lima. She studied at the school of nuns San José de Cluny where she graduated in 1962 as the best student. Then she lived for a while with her family in Pacasmayo. Later she went to live in Piura, where she worked as a secretary in the San Jorge Automotive Company. She won the Miss Piura 1966 contest and then was elected Miss Peru on Monday, July 4, 1966 at the Alcazar Theater in Miraflores. She traveled to Miami Beach on July 8 to participate in the Miss Universe contest where she managed to be a semifinalist on the 16th of that month, an event won by the Swedish Margareta Arvidsson. After returning from the contest she made a last trip to her hometown. The population of Camaná concentrated on the Plaza de Armas excited, eager to see and applaud her. For this, she had previously arranged a decorated car to parade through the streets and was paid a tribute in the presence of all the authorities of the province. Subsequently, a lunch was offered in her honor in the rooms of the Hotel for Tourists. Her parents did not allow her to accept a scholarship to study law in Hawaii nor did they allow her to model in Paris. Months later and already 21 years old, she could make decisions for herself and in August 1967, she decided to emigrate by boat to France where she served as a model in the Agence Dorian Leigh, the most important modeling agency in Paris, city where she learned to speak French .

               A couple of months later, and thanks to her campaigns as a model in the city, she was recognized by Claude Berr of the Miss Europe Committee, who went to the Peruvian Embassy to contact Madeleine and convince her to compete in London. Days later, the Consul of Peru in France formally invited Madeleine to participate in Miss World, and she thought it would be a good idea and that she would take it as a vacation from her hard work as a model, so she went to the Embassy of Peru in Paris where they lent her a national costume and she had to sell her car to pay for the cost of clothing and airfare to London, where she finally obtained the first Miss World crown for Peru on Thursday, November 16, 1967. During the contest, the organizers thought that Madeleine wore a wig, an object that was forbidden according to the rules, but in reality it was a hairpiece because she had short hair, in the end she was allowed to wear it. The devaluation of the pound sterling, which went from US $ 2.80 to US $ 2.40, occurred two days after her coronation, and it “pinched” her a bit. As Miss World, she had many commitments. At the end of 1967, she accepted the invitation for a tour with Bob Hope to make a courtesy visit to US troops within the geographic area of ​​the Vietnam War. In January she was received with honors in Peru and with part of the money she earned, she opened a boutique in Lima. Later, in Australia, she was declared Life President of the national beauty event and crowned her successor in London on November 14, 1968. Later she returned to live in Paris where she began studying sociology at La Sorbonne. There she met Achille Peretti, President of the French National Assembly, with whom she had a romantic relationship. She met billionaire Aristotle Onassis with whom she had dinner with her boyfriend at the famous Parisian restaurant Maxim’s. In 1970 she decided to close her Lima boutique because she wanted to become a writer and devote herself to journalism. In July 1971, People Magazine published that Madeleine was expecting a child and was sentimentally linked to a Peruvian politician. The editor of the magazine, Enrique Escardó, was sentenced for the crimes of defamation and slander to a six month imprisonment.

                In 1975 her father died and she returned to Peru. In Lima, for reasons of destiny, she met the American citizen Harold “Harry” Arthur Davis, about fifteen years older than her and soon after, in 1976, she married him and settled in the United States where she worked successfully as a Medical-legal interpreter for various companies. In the eighties, she adopted Christina Maria Davis, born in Chile in 1981, as her daughter. In 1992 she acquired U.S. citizenship and began working in a perfume shop. In 1994 she returned briefly to Peru and was president of the jury in the Miss Peru pageant of that year. In December 2004, Madeleine did not hide her happiness for the triumph of Maju Mantilla, the second Peruvian elected Miss World: “What a pleasure! It’s wonderful news … a reason for great satisfaction for the country. Maju’s triumph is fine, I have seen her on the internet, she is a pretty girl and also a northern girl, so I pass the crown with pride and wish her all the luck in the world in this new stage of her life … “. She was widowed on June 13, 2002 and currently lives in Stuart, Florida, USA, where she is away from the show business.

WHAT THEY DID AFTER.-

* María Sabaliuskas, Miss Argentina: After her participation in London she traveled through Australia, France, Germany, Yugoslavia and Spain posing for different brands of products and clothes that led her to settle in New York where she worked for the agency “Stewart” and then enrolled at Columbia University to pursue her law career. Then she did an astronomy course that led her to leave the law school and start her aviation career. She obtained her title as a first and private commercial pilot (with authorization for night flights and by instrument), and a certificate of ATP (Airline Transport). On March 5, 1979 she returned to Argentina because of a call to hire pilots that made “Aerolineas Argentinas”. The beautiful airplane pilot, with 1568 hours of flight as a captain or co-pilot in her career, was rejected as a woman. She fought for her rights and on August 28 of that year she achieved that the condition of “male sex” as an entry requirement was removed from the Airlines’ board of directors. Thus she became the first aircraft pilot of Aerolineas Argentinas. She died in 2011 of a heart attack.

* Shakira Baksh, Miss Guyana: She was famous for her seer skills. Upon arriving in London, she was convinced that she would get a good place in the contest and did it. She also said she wanted to meet the British actor Michael Caine whom she admired a lot and not only met him but also married him in 1973 !! She made a career as a professional model and was a film actress. She had a daughter, Natasha. She still lives with her husband in the city of London.

* Alzbeta Strkulova, Miss Czechoslovakia: She made a career in film and television as an actress, also devoted herself to modeling and was a TV presenter. She got married and she was Mrs. Sebová. She lived for a time in the US where she was in charge of her business. She returned to live in Kosica where she is currently away from the media.

* Tamara Baroni, Miss Italy: She also became an Italian film actress and appeared in the erotic magazine Playmen in 1970. She had a relationship with the industrialist Pierluigi Bormioli, who was married, in the late sixties but in a jealous attack she tried to run over his wife, Maria Stefania Balduino Serra, for which Baroni was accused of attempted murder. She spent 46 days in prison, but was acquitted. She was married eighteen years with Giuseppe Bertelli but the marriage was annulled a few years later by the Broken Sacrament. She had a second husband, Iller Pattacini, from whom she soon divorced. She was linked in 1987 with Gianni Garbellini, with whom she had three children. In 2014 she moved to Brazil.

* Margarita Tellez, Miss Chile: In an interview she gave for the Chilean Charm portal in 2002 she said she was married with two children. One lived in the United States and the girl, with her in Santiago.
At that time she was a businesswoman with her own restaurant chain.

* Wilza de Oliveira Rainato, Miss Brazil: She did a modeling career in the US for a while and then returned to Brazil where she decided to study Social Sciences. In 1970 she married and had two children. She died on October 6, 2015 in Londrina of a heart attack.

* Maita Favis Gomez, Miss Philippines: She studied sociology and dabbled in politics and fought for the liberation of women in her country. At the time of the Marcos dictatorship, she was imprisoned in 1973 for founding a political movement in Baguio. She escaped from prison and lived hidden in the mountains for several years before being recaptured and forced to live under house arrest. She subsequently worked for many years as a social activist. She died of a heart attack on July 12, 2012 in Quezon City.

In 1994

* Carlota Lozano, Miss Panama.- She dedicated herself to the fitness world and was an aerobics instructor. She married and had four children. She opened one of the first gyms Panama had. She participated in the Mrs. World contest in 1986 where she qualified as 4th runner-up.

* Irene Bottger, Miss Venezuela: After the contest she married Doctor Álvaro Requena Mandé and had two children, Alonso and Verónica. She was widowed in March 2017. She lives in Margarita Island.

* Simon Dee: The BBC TV host in London had a very successful show called “Dee Time” in 1967 but was fired in 1969 for disagreeing with his salary. He entered ITV but the rating of his program was a disaster and after months they finished his contract. He tried to work on the radio without success. After the decline of his career, he ended up as a bus driver. He was imprisoned 28 days in 1974 for not paying the rent of his house. He died on August 29, 2009 in Winchester, England at the age of 74.

PICTORIAL GALLERY

Thanks to Donald West, Daryl Schabinger, Edman Raúl Imagen, Carlos Cepeda, Tony Hidalgo, Glamour Argentino, Mario Jerez, Mills Aldorino, Orlando Ospina and Norberto Colón.

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