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Miss World 1971

By Julio Rodríguez Matute


Walt Disney World opened in October of 1971

                In 1971, American TV host Billy Bush, American actress Winona Ryder, Venezuelan model and actress Patricia Velásquez, Mexican singers Alejandro Fernández, Selena, Paulina Rubio y Thalía, Puerto Ricans Ricky Martín and Elvis Crespo and Argentina’s Diego Torres were born . As for news, the invasion of Laos occurs during the Vietnam War; the marches of hundreds of thousands of people against the war in the US continue. War breaks out between India and Pakistan. East Pakistan becomes independent in the middle of the war, adopting the name of Bangladesh. Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates become independent from the United Kingdom. The Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes Zaire. The violent separatist riots continue in Ireland and the Thursday of Corpus Massacre takes place in Mexico. The tyrant Idi Amin comes to power in Uganda after a coup d’etat. Earthquakes in San Fernando, California, in Burdur and Bingol (Turkey) and in Tuscania (Italy). The “Tempest of the Century” buries in the snow the city of Montreal, Canada. The US achieves its third and fourth moon landing (Apollo 14 and Apollo 15) with success. The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft dies when the cabin is depressurized on the way to Earth from the Salyut 1 space station. The Mars 3 probe, also Soviet, reaches the planet Mars. Lebanese Georgina Rizk is crowned Miss Universe in Miami Beach after having been ignored in Miss World the previous year and the Miss International contest, won by New Zealand’s Jane Hansen, is held for the last time in Long Beach after 3 consecutive years in Japan. Séverine’s song “Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue” gives victory to Monaco in the XVI Eurovision Edition in Ireland. In October, the Walt Disney World amusement park opens in Orlando, Florida. This year the first episode of “El Chavo del Ocho” is broadcast in Mexico and the famous films “The French Connection”, “A Clockwork Orange” and “Fiddler on the Roof” premiere while John Lennon premieres his legendary song ” Imagine”. Chilean Pablo Neruda receives the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Greenpeace environmental organization is founded in Vancouver, Canada. On December 24, a LANSA flight from Lima to Iquitos disintegrates in the air before reaching its first stop in Pucallpa after being struck by lightning. The 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke of Germany survives, the only one of 92 people on board, who fell from a height of almost 3 km to the Amazon rainforest. She walked for 11 days through the jungle until she was rescued. This year the American musician Louis Armstrong, the French dressmaker Coco Chanel, and the Haitian dictator François Duvalier- who was succeeded by his son Jean-Claude Duvalier, 19, – died.


Jennifer Hosten


The glamor of being Miss World doesn’t seem to have turned the beautiful head of Jennifer Hosten. Feted all over the globe since she won the Miss World contest, Jennifer still prefers the quiet of Grenada, the West Indies island of her birth. She describes her home, just north of South America, with a population of 105,000, as “a magnificent volcanic island, lush, green, and tropical.” She said her mother had written a “beautiful” poem about the island which Jennifer would like to recite to the Australian people when she arrives. The raven-haired Miss World, visited Australia from September 8. She was a special guest at the gala Quest of Quests national final at the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, on September 12. Miss World and the girls then toured Australia, taking part in a series of store parades featuring new season’s fashions from top Australian manufacturers Aywon, Watersun, Sport Fashions, and Neater. Miss Universe 1970, Marisol Malaret, from Puerto Rico, and Australia’s Toni Rayward, runner-up to Miss Universe 1971, were also in the parades. They were held at Waltons stores throughout New South Wales from September 13-24; at Waltons Fortitude Valley store, Brisbane, September 27-30; at Boans, Perth, October 4-8; at John Martins, Adelaide, October 11-15; at Waltons, Bourke Street, store, Melbourne, October 18-22. From there, Jennifer left for London to the coronation of her successor.


                In 1971, Julia Morley resumed the contest more strongly after having resigned from Mecca for about two weeks at the end of the previous year. She already had 69 countries with national directors and of them, 65 promised to send a representative to Miss World. In Gambia and Hong Kong no competitions were held this year, while Grenada and Peru did not select any candidates. On the other hand, the directors of Chile, Czechoslovakia and Kenya gave up continuing to send representatives to London. Among the national competitions that were held we have the following:

                * Miss France.- Myriam Stocco, a 21-year-old stylist who was “Miss Languedoc” was elected “Miss France 1971” in the contest held on December 31, 1970 at the Frantel hotel of Rungis, Orly. Stocco was sent to Miss Universe, Miss Europe and Miss World. The finalists were Nadine Labadie-Wolf, “Miss Cote-de-Beaute” and Therese Thiel, “Miss Gascogne.” 31 contestants participated.

Miss Portugal 1971

                * Miss Portugal.- On April 27, at the Casino of Estoril, the Miss Portugal contest was held, being elected Miss Angola, Maria Celmira “Rikita” Bauleth, who resigned the title after returning from Miss Universe. The finalists were Ana Paula de Almeida (from Mozambique, who assumed as Miss Portugal and went to Miss World) and Maria Cándida Mendes.

                * Señorita México.- María Luisa López Corzo was crowned “Miss Mexico 1971” on May 14 at the Camino Real Hotel in the Mexican capital. This year, the organizers decided to send to Miss World the girl who was ranked second, Zita Lucía Arellano Zajur, Miss Zacatecas. Lucia, as she preferred to be called, was 18 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 121 pounds in weight and anatomical measurements of 37-24.5-37.

Miss Sugar 1971

                * Dominican Beauty Contest.- On May 15, 1971, the Dominican Beauty Contest was held at the Hotel El Embajador. This year Manuel Ramírez de La Mota, who since 1962 made the contest, joined Ramón Darío Cruz, who since 1968 made the Miss Tourism pageant. When joining the candidates there was a record number of 48 participants. The first place winner was awarded the title of Miss Dominican Republic and went to Miss Universe (Sagrario Reyes); as Miss Sugar was Haydée Kuret (to the Miss World). The other two queens were Miss Coffee, Dulce María Villeta (who had to go to Miss International but was replaced by the 1970 Miss Coffee, Fatima Schéker) and Miss Merengue, Vivian Guerra (to Miss Tourism of the Caribbean).

                * Miss Venezuela.-  It was held on June 17 at the National Theater of Caracas, with 15 candidates and was broadcast on RCTV for the last time. The winner, Jeannette Donzella (Miss Monagas), went to Miss Universe and the first runner-up, Ana María Padrón (Miss Carabobo) to Miss World. The second runner-up, Dubravska Purkarevic (Miss Nueva Esparta), should have gone to Miss International the following year but was sent to Miss Young International 1972 instead, where she was a semifinalist. The other two finalists were Miss Guárico, Raquel Santi (2nd runner-up in Miss Young International 1971) and Miss Barinas, Dalia Aguirre. Meanwhile, Miss Falcón, Miriam Callegari represented Venezuela twice: in the Reign of the Sea 1971, where she was 3rd. runner-up and then in the “Latin American Queen of Steel 1972”, where she was 2nd. runner-up. Miss Miranda, Zenda Azul Ríos, was found dead on June 6, 1972 in a flat located in the Campo Alegre urbanization of Caracas, which was owned by her boyfriend, Mexican architect Eduardo Quintanilla. The fact meant a whole police scandal for the time which, unfortunately, was never clarified.

                * Miss Brazil.- 26 candidates paraded on Saturday, July 3 at the Maracanãzinho, in Rio de Janeiro, to contest the title of “Miss Brazil 1971”. The winner, Miss Minas Gerais, Eliane Parreiras Guimarães, went to Miss Universe while the first runner-up, Miss Guanabara, Lúcia Tavares Petterle, went to Miss World. The other finalists were Miss Paraná, Marize Meyer Costa (to Miss International), Miss Goiás, Marlene de Oliveira Prates and Miss Sao Paulo, Célia Maria Carvalho de Lima Sanottis.

Miss Ecuador

                * Miss Ecuador.- Again two Miss Ecuador contests were held, the first on June 16 and the second on August 19, 1971. In this second contest, held at the Teatro 9 de Octubre in Guayaquil, the local candidate María Cecilia Gómez was the winner. The finalists were Patricia Chiriboga Mateus, Teresa Hernández, Priscila Parker Rendón and Isabel Chávez Baird. 11 candidates took part in the competition.

                * Miss United Kingdom.- It was held on Friday, August 20 in Blackpool with 45 contestants. The winner was Miss England, Marilyn Ward, 21, of Lymington (Hampshire), who was one of the 12 semifinalists in Miss Universe. As finalists of the “Miss United Kingdom 1971” were chosen Linda Ann Thomas and Anita Gudgeon.

                * Miss Malaysia.- The “Miss Malaysia World 1971” contest was held on Sunday, August 29 at the Negara Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. It was won by the 24-year-old brunette Daphne Munro, Miss Selangor. The finalists were Miss Negri Sembilan, Jean Perera and Miss Johore, Catherine Tan.

                * Miss Italy.- 43 contestants participated in the election of Miss Italy 1971 in Salsomaggiore on Sunday, August 29. The winner was Miss Roma, Maria Pinnone, who was sent to Miss World. Miss Cinema was Nadia Cuccoli and Miss Elegance, Gigliola Caló.

Kerry Ann Wells, center, crowned Australian Dream’s Girl 1971 in the Quest of Quests. She won Miss Universe 1972

                * Quest of Quests.- This event was held at the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney on Sunday, September 12 with 22 candidates and the presence of Jennifer Hosten, Miss World and Marisol Malaret, Miss Universe 1970. As Australia’s Dream Girl was chosen Kerry-Ann Wells, of Perth, Western Australia, who would later become Miss Universe 1972. As the representative of Australia to Miss World was selected Valerie Roberts.

                * Miss World-USA.- The “Miss World-USA 1971” contest was held on Saturday, October 2 at the Hampton Roads Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia and it was won by Karen Brucene Smith, Miss Texas, who was responsible for going to London to Miss World. The finalists were Miss Michigan, Gwen Marie Humble; Miss Arizona, Lindsay Diane Bloom; Miss Pennsylvania, Maria Elena Alberici; and Miss New Hampshire, Jane Floren. 48 contestants participated. As an interesting note, Karen Brucene subsequently competed and won the “Miss International 1974” crown in Japan.

                * Miss Bella Gente.- The election of Miss Argentina for Miss World was held on the night of October 10 in the Channel 13 studios with the participation of 19 young ladies. The winner, as “Miss Bella Gente” was Alicia Beatriz Daneri. Alicia, 20, was born on June 11, 1951 in the Almagro neighborhood, was a teacher and advertising model. Alicia averaged 5 feet 7 inches and her measurements were 34-24-34. The new national queen had been elected Miss Mar del Plata for the Miss Argentina pageant for Miss Universe, where she ranked second. But her desire was to become Miss Argentina and she registered again at the event. Ana María Nemi and Liliana Salerno were the First and Second Princesses.

                * Miss Guam.- On Friday, October 29, Deborah Bordallo, 17, was crowned the first “Miss World Guam” in history at the Cliff hotel in Agana. However, the coronation was symbolic because she was selected by casting since Guam had barely received the proposal to send a representative a few weeks before and there was no time to organize a contest.

                * The national final of the Miss Uganda contest, that was going to be held at the beginning of November, remained unsolved after the contest director “disappeared” along with the prize money, leaving 19 contestants and an audience of 500 people waiting in the ballroom of a capital hotel, for a contest that did not take place. The organizer was searched by the police and it is not known if they found him…

                * The Miss Spain pageant was held late this year (December 4), so the organization had to send a girl from the previous year. The “Miss Nacional” titleholder had married so that then the organizers decided to send whoever followed in order, María García.


                Nicaragua had officially registered their 1971 queen, Xiomara Paguaga Rodríguez, who even appears in the Miss World program book of that year, but for undisclosed reasons was replaced at the last minute by Miss Nicaragua 1969, Soraya Herrera Chavez. On the other hand, the Dutch Pia Solleveld, who had been the second runner-up of Miss Holland 1971, had been in charge of representing her country in Miss World, but for unknown reasons she gave up. In her place was sent the third runner-up Monica Strotmann.


                This year, the contest would be a little shorter than the previous year. It would be held from November 2 to 11 and the final would be held for the first time on a Wednesday. The first participant to arrive in London for Miss World 1971 was Miss Malta, who arrived on Monday, October 25. By October 28, the day the “program book” was sent to print, 63 of the 65 original countries were confirmed. That year, the rights of the Miss World in Costa Rica had been taken by the official Miss Costa Rica, but on that day they confirmed that for reasons beyond their control their queen, Rosa María Rivera, would not be present in London. On the other hand, Bermuda’s participation was not confirmed. The second to arrive in British lands was Miss Canada on Friday, October 29. On Monday, November 1, Miss Australia and Miss Panama arrived, the Panamanian was the sensation because she arrived accompanied by her twin sister, María del Consuelo Rivera, 20 years old. Miss Panama, María de Lourdes, said that the sisters had to throw a coin in the air to decide which of them would enter the Miss Panama contest for Miss World. Miss Australia arrived in Britain for the first time since she emigrated to the country of Oceania twelve years ago. That day Miss Ireland left by boat to Liverpool. That same Monday, the Daily Mirror newspaper decided to make a contest for its readers to win an appointment to have tea with the new Miss World on November 14. Readers had to vote on the qualities that the new Miss World should possess. The winner would be announced on Saturday the 13th.

                On Tuesday, November 2, numerous candidates arrived, including Miss USA, Miss Finland and Miss South Africa. That day 23 of the 25 young women who had arrived until that moment, walked through Trafalgar Square and posed for some photos at the Britannia Hotel, wearing 1910 Eduardian swimsuits, an idea of ​​Julia Morley. They were the representatives of South Africa, Malta, Germany, Philippines, Finland, Israel, Dominican Republic, Trinidad-Tobago, Seychelles, Venezuela, Ecuador, Ireland, Holland, Greece, Luxembourg, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. By the way, the organizers of the Miss World had suggested that the two representatives of that country, Miss Africa South and Miss South Africa, not be photographed together, so both candidates rejected the request of the graphic reporters. There was a fear that the South African government would ban future participation in this country due to the issue of apartheid.

                Wednesday November 3 was the last official day of arrivals and during the day 22 more contestants arrived, for a total of 47. That day, the candidates visited the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum and the police canine training station on the outskirts of London. A curious anecdote happened that night after the arrival of Miss Portugal. On the way to the hotel in the limo, an explosion was heard and Mecca’s staff thought it was a bomb. The vehicle stopped and everyone ran out of the car. It had not been a bomb but a tire of the limousine that had burst!

On Thursday 4 the usual lunch offered by the Variety Club of Great Britain was held for the benefit of disabled children at the Savoy hotel, which was attended by the 47 girls who had so far arrived in the British capital. They all came with their traditional costumes and brought gifts from their countries that were delivered to actor Stanley Baker and the Earl of Burma, Louis Mountbatten. These gifts would be auctioned for the benefit of children’s charities. The Earl, 71, was to preside soon after the United World School Conference but was so delighted with the beauties that he preferred to stay with them. “The delegates here are much nicer than those of the conference, so I asked a deputy to hold the conference without me, here I stay,” said the excited Earl. Among those attending this event was also actor Roger Moore.

                That day the bets began. The firm William Hill had Miss Israel and Miss United States as joint favorites with 10 to 1 in the bets. The aura of the game, when the girls lined up for the first time, brought complaints from the sponsors. “It makes girls look like racehorses and they aren’t,” a Mecca spokesman said. The girls didn’t seem to care. When she was told that she was a favorite, Miri Ben-David, a 19-year-old esthetician who served as a sergeant in the Israeli army, said: “That makes me very happy.” “Even if I don’t win, I can tell my family that I started as a favorite, right?” Of course, the game world was completely new to Miss Israel. “It took me half an hour to explain the system,” said her chaperone. “There are no casinos or gambling in Israel, just a government lottery.” Karen Brucene Smith, 20, of Port Lavaca, Texas, who brought her mother, father and four brothers and sisters to support her in the contest, said: “It’s nice to be a favorite.” Her hobby was poetry, but the young woman, who studies to become a teacher, said quietly: “The other girls look so pretty that I want to pack up and go home.” Her mother, Mrs. Belle Smith, had more confidence. “Brucene has participated in four beauty contests at school, and has always won. I hope she can do the same here,” she said. Miss Israel, whose hobby was writing poetry, had blue eyes, light brown hair, was 5 feet 6 inches tall tall, weighed 114 pounds and her measurements were 35-23-35. Miss USA, with brown hair, whose hobbies included swimming and playing the guitar, was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighed 123 pounds and her anatomical measurements were 36-25-36. Among the list of favorites with 12-1 was Marilyn Ann Ward, Miss United Kingdom, 22, who was a model. “It’s patriotic to bet on the English girl, isn’t it?” she said. “It gives me a warm and pleasant feeling to know that everyone is so loyal.” Also with 12-1 were Monica Strotmann, Miss Holland, 18, and Monica Fairall, Miss South Africa, 23. The largest betting house in Britain, William Hill, admitted that the bets were larger than those of horse racing. “We have to depend on public opinion, because after all they haven’t run before, so to speak, right?” The rival firm, Ladbrokes, had Miss Israel first, Miss Venezuela second and Miss USA, Miss Bahamas, Miss Dominican Republic and Miss United Kingdom in third.


                Three more participants arrived on Thursday afternoon and evening: Miss Japan, Miss Spain and Miss Sweden. On Friday, November 5, the contestants visited the House of Commons for a lunch offered by parliamentarians, an appointment that was already a mandatory tradition in the contest. Later they had a cocktail at the House of Lords and went in groups to the beauty salon of André Bernard of Mount Street to get prepared and at night they attended the official presentation to the press of Miss World 1971. The girls posed individually and then in groups in their swimsuits, in the facilities of the Leicester Square Empire Ballroom. Eric Morley told the media that this year there would be “secret security measures” to avoid possible demonstrations against the contest, such as those occurred the previous year at the Royal Albert Hall. This year the numbers that identified the candidates and that they wore on their wrists until the previous year were eliminated.

              Before starting the presentation, some candidates were interviewed. Lana Drouillard, Miss Dominion of Canada, said she had no high hopes of winning the world crown this year. “I will be happy to enter the last 15 finalists,” said the beauty with blue eyes and brown hair from Windsor, Ontario. “That would be a great honor. But I don’t see the crown when it’s all over.” “I will only be as natural as I can” she said. She returns home on Sunday and after a year modeling in Canada and abroad she will relinquish her title. “I hope to go into Public Relations then”, she said. The 50 candidates who posed that day to the press were:

                Miss AFRICA SOUTH (Gaily Ryan), Miss ARGENTINA (Alicia Beatriz Daneri Batteta), Miss ARUBA  (Maria Elizabeth Bruin), Miss AUSTRALIA (Valerie Roberts), Miss AUSTRIA (Waltraud Lucas), Miss BAHAMAS (Frances Clarkson), Miss BELGIUM (Martine Yasmine De Hert), Miss BRAZIL (Lúcia Tavares Petterle), Miss CANADA (Lana Drouillard), Miss CEYLON (Gail Abayasinghe), Miss CYPRUS (Kyriaki Koursoumba), Miss DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Haydée Modesta Kuret Tejeda), Miss ECUADOR (María Cecilia Gómez Buenaventura), Miss FINLAND (Mirja Hannele Halme), Miss GERMANY (Irene Neumann), Miss GIBRALTAR (Lisette Chipolina), Miss GREECE (Maria Maltezou), Miss GUAM (Deborah Josephine Bordallo), Miss GUYANA (Nalini Moonsar), Miss HOLLAND (Monica Strotmann), Miss ICELAND (Fanney Bjarnadóttir), Miss INDIA (Prema Narayan), Miss IRELAND (June Glover), Miss ISRAEL (Miri Ben-David), Miss ITALY (Maria Pinnone), Miss JAMAICA (Ava Joy Gill), Miss JAPAN (Emiko Ikeda), Miss KOREA (Young-eun Lee), Miss LUXEMBOURG (Mariette Werckx), Miss MALAYSIA (Daphne Munro), Miss MALTA (Doris Abdilla), Miss MAURITIUS (Marie-Anne Ng Sik Kwong) , Miss MEXICO (Zita Lucia Arellano Zajur), Miss NEW ZEALAND (Linda Jan Ritchie), Miss NORWAY (Kate Storvik), Miss PANAMA (María de Lourdes Rivera), Miss PARAGUAY (Rosa María Duarte Melgarejo), Miss PHILIPPINES (Onelia Ison Jose), Miss PORTUGAL (Ana Paula Gonçalves de Almeida), Miss PUERTO RICO (Raquel Quintana), Miss SEYCHELLES (Nadia Morel du Boil), Miss SOUTH AFRICA (Monica Juliana Fairall), Miss SPAIN (María Margarita García García), Miss SWEDEN (Simonetta Kohl), Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (Maria Jordan), Miss TURKEY (Nil Menemencioglu), Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Marilyn Ann Ward), Miss UNITED STATES (Karen Brucene Smith), Miss VENEZUELA (Ana María Padrón Ibarrondo) and Miss YUGOSLAVIA (Zlata Petkovic).




                Sue Dixon looked glamorous enough to be a Miss World contestant. Instead she combed back her long blonde-streaked hair, wore a plain, grey suit, and became chaperone to the girls in the Miss World competition. “It’s true some of the 14 chaperones could look just as attractive as the 60-odd Miss World contestants,” admited Sue. “I’ve never actually thought of entering myself until just now. “And I know I just wouldn’t have the nerve. You have to be a real extrovert and I get butterflies in my stomach just having my photograph taken.” What 24-year-old Sue enjoys is cosseting and pampering this incredible, colourful menagerie of birds in the hectic days before they are paraded across 20 million television screens. “No girl is allowed even one step out of the hotel on her own,” said Sue. “It’s just too risky. “There aren’t any bickering between the girls really. But sometimes you get a girl who imagines she just isn’t as attractive as the others. Then I quietly ask one of the Mecca men who run the contest to chat her up a bit”. A visit to the hairdressers and a new hairstyle does wonders too. Amazingly a lot of the girls think they look terrible. “Then men who bombard them with flowers and invitations to parties certainly don’t think so. It makes me giggle sometimes when I get chatted up as a way through to one of the contestants,” Sue said. “But I don’t worry that they don’t seem to notice me at all. It’s only to boost the masculine ego that they want to be seen with a potential Miss World.” By the way, Sue Dixon later became Julia Morley’s secretary and personal assistant. Through her contacts in Grenada (before joining Mecca she lived and worked on that island) it was that Jennifer Hosten’s participation was achieved in 1970, who later became Miss World!

Argentina, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Norway, France and Ecuador


               On Saturday 6 in the morning, the young contestants went shopping and in the afternoon they did the city tour. Among the sites visited was the famous Tower of London where the girls were photographed with the famous “beefeaters” the guards of the tower dressed in the style of the sixteenth century. That day Miss FRANCE (Myriam Stocco) arrived. In the evening they had the welcome dinner courtesy of Air France. Also that Saturday it was heard of the meetings held by female liberation supporters to discuss ways to interrupt Wednesday’s Miss World contest in London. On Sunday 7 in the morning a photo session was held and the pictures would be shown during the finals and, in the afternoon, a group of 13 participants posed next to the British football star and captain of the team that led to the triumph to England in the final of the 1966 World Cup, Bobby Moore at West Ham Stadium. They were Miss Venezuela, Miss Australia, Miss Paraguay, Miss Germany, Miss Brazil, Miss United Kingdom, Miss United States, Miss Ireland, Miss Israel, Miss Mexico, Miss Portugal, Miss Dominican Republic and Miss Malaysia. In the evening they were evaluated by members of the Daily Mail newspaper for the “Miss Fashion World” contest. That Sunday arrived Miss NICARAGUA (Soraya Herrera Chávez), Miss SWITZERLAND (Patrice Sollner), Miss THAILAND (Boonyong Thongboon) and Miss TUNISIA (Souad Keneari).


                On Sunday, November 7, the representative of Colombia, María Mónica Buitrón Salazar, who was First Princess in Miss Colombia 1970, said she would not participate in the Miss World beauty contest because she could not pay the cost of transporting her luggage to London. Miss Buitrón said in a press conference that the charges for excess baggage she wanted to take to London were $ 140. On the other hand, local organizers in Denmark had a strong protest from feminist groups so they had to choose in a private casting the “Miss Denmark 1971” winner, Dorrit Weinrich. The Nordic beauty did not attend Miss World due to lack of funds. Miss Uruguay, Alba Techeira López and Miss Singapore, Yasmin Saif, who had been hand picked, were also excused. Yasmin represented her country in Miss Universe in 1968 and in Queen of the Pacific 1971 where she was 2nd runner-up. Because Georgina Rizk had been ignored in Miss World the previous year, the organizers of Miss Lebanon decided not to send any representative this year, however a parallel Miss Lebanon contest emerged, whose winner Hind “Nadia” Arslan, would go to Miss World. However, due to the short time, this was not possible. Liberia and Nigeria would send a representative despite not having held that year their national beauty pageant, but they did not arrive in London or their identities were disclosed. And because the Ugandan organizer fled and left the contest unresolved, Uganda was also absent from the great event of world beauty.


                On Sunday 7 it was discovered that Miss Ireland was born in Ulster and according to the rules of Miss World, participants had to be born in the country represented, so the girl was subject to disqualification. The organizers of the beauty contest denied that the rules were going to be altered to allow Miss Ireland to participate. Eric Morley also denied reports of an increase in security precautions for fear of Irish demonstrations. But the next day, Julia Morley learned that if she disqualified Miss Ireland, she would also have to do it with Miss Australia, who was born in Essex, England and with Miss Switzerland, who was born in France, so she decided that all three could continue in competition and promised to review the rules of the contest the following year, so that naturalized women could compete without problems. “I am afraid it seems that Mecca’s rules have been made to be broken,” said Julia Morley. “But we are the best judges to know if a candidate is eligible or not.” “We have one last rule that says that Mecca’s decisions are final in all matters and that is the rule we are invoking at this time.” “It would be a tragedy if a girl had to go home because of a technical mistake or an error of our rules.”

                Monday 8 was a day dedicated exclusively to rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall. At the rehearsal, which lasted for 12 hours, only contestants, chaperones and Mecca staff had access due to security issues. That morning arrived the last candidate, who did not appear in the program book because she had not been reconfirmed. It was Miss BERMUDA (Rena “Rana” Elise Furbert); with her there were 56 final contestants. On Tuesday 9, the contestants attended André Bernard’s Beauty Salon on Mount Street and later they did the general rehearsal and recording of the opening musical number with Johnny Greenland dancers and the parade in national costumes of the 56 girls that BBC would broadcast Wednesday during the finals.


                Some candidates already had experience in international beauty pageants. Miss France had been 3rd. runner-up in Miss Europe 1971 and semifinalist in Miss Universe, where also Miss United Kingdom managed to be a semifinalist representing England. Miss Belgium, Miss Bermuda, Miss Canada and Miss New Zealand also competed in Miss Universe 1971. Miss Switzerland had been semifinalist of Miss Universe 1969 and 2nd. runner-up of Miss Maja International of the same year, while Miss South Africa, Miss Nicaragua and Miss Germany had competed unsuccessfully in Miss Universe of 1968, 1969 and 1970 respectively. Miss Spain competed in Miss International 1970 and Miss Malta in the edition of 1971. In Miss Europe, in addition to the French girl, Miss Belgium, Miss Luxembourg and Miss Portugal also took part.

                Representatives from Bermuda and Guam were debuting in the contest this year, while Aruba and Trinidad-Tobago returned to the event. The tallest contestants were Miss Nicaragua at 5 feet 10 inches; Miss Malta and Miss South Africa, both with 5 feet 9 inches, while the shortest was Miss Thailand with just 4 feet 10 inches!!! The youngest were Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Guam and Miss Yugoslavia who were 17 years of age, while the oldest was Miss Switzerland at 26.

                Miss United States was one of the favorite candidates in the contest. However, a surge of patriotic bettors has raised Marilyn Ann Ward, Britain’s contender for the title, to the forefront and the better betting Tuesday picked her to become the clear favorite along with Miss Israel, who was also one of the main contenders. The main betting houses in London, William Hill and Ladbrokes, cited Miss United Kingdom as the first option. Ladbrokes odds were 9 to 1 and William Hill had her with 8 to 1. Miss USA was the second favorite with odds of 10 to 1 in Ladbrokes and 12 to 1 in William Hill. Miss Israel was 16 to 1. The oddmakers also have found favor with Miss Puerto Rico. Their odds dropped from 35 to 1 on Monday to 20 to 1 on Tuesday. The Ladbrokes company took between £ 30,000 and £ 40,000 in bets in the contest the previous year. This year they expected to take between £ 40,000 and £ 50,000. The odds they offered gave some indication of who could win. “Usually, we are quite good at placing the finalists,” said a spokesman for the bookmaker.

Miss Brazil


               The police protected the 56 girls who were going to compete in the Miss World contest that night for fear of disruptions by women’s liberation organizations and Irish groups. Two threats had been received by telephone to the Britannia hotel, which housed the contestants, and a squad of police bombs searched the building. Nothing was found. These threats, however, were denied by the organizers. Scotland Yard detectives then searched for bombs at the Women’s Liberation office in London in an effort to avoid any interruption of the contest. A woman in the office told reporters that the police couldn’t find anything. Protesters of the liberation of women who consider the contest as an insult to their sex threw smoke and stink bombs in the finals of the previous year, and expelled comedian Bob Hope from the stage temporarily. This year no tickets were sold for the contest. This year’s audience at the Royal Albert Hall had been chosen by invitations among the clients of the show’s sponsors and the Mecca ballrooms across the country, as well as family and friends who came to the British capital to applaud their candidates. This year, organisers were worried their numbers may be swelled by Irish supporters outraged that the Irish Republic’s entrant was born in Northern Ireland. Miss Ireland, June Glover, 22, now lived in Dublin and had a passport from the Republic of Ireland.


                The bets at Ladbrokes were like this: with 9 to 1, Miss United Kingdom. With 10 to 1, Miss United States and with 12 to 1, Miss Venezuela. With 14 to 1 were Miss Australia and Miss Dominican Republic. With 16 to 1, Miss Bahamas, Miss Guyana, Miss Israel, Miss New Zealand, Miss Portugal and Miss Trinidad-Tobago. With 20 to 1 ended Miss Argentina, Miss Holland, Miss Jamaica, Miss Mexico, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss South Africa. Miss Malaysia was 22 to 1 while with 25 to 1 were Miss South Africa, Miss Aruba, Miss Brazil, Miss Guam, Miss India and Miss Tunisia. With 33 to 1, Miss Austria, Miss Canada, Miss Finland, Miss France, Miss Germany, Miss Italy, Miss Mauritius, Miss Paraguay, Miss Spain, Miss Sweden and Miss Turkey. With 40 to 1, Miss Ecuador, Miss Malta, Miss Norway and Miss Panama. With 50 to 1, Miss Ireland, Miss Japan, Miss Korea and Miss Luxembourg. Far away were Miss Gibraltar, Miss Philippines, Miss Switzerland and Miss Thailand with 66 to 1. With little chance of 100 to 1 were Miss Belgium, Miss Ceylon, Miss Cyprus, Miss Greece, Miss Iceland, Miss Seychelles and Miss Yugoslavia. Finally, Miss Bermuda and Miss Nicaragua were both with 200 to 1. But spokesmen of the betting houses said that the main betting slider would probably come after the contest had begun and the group had been reduced to the last seven finalists. On the other hand, the press favorites were Miss United Kingdom and Miss United States, and with certain possibilities were Miss Israel, Miss Guyana, Miss Portugal and Miss Venezuela.


               The Miss World pageant wasn’t the only contest going on in London. The Daily Mail, one of London’s metropolitan newspapers conducted a Miss Fashion World contest to find out which of the contestants, who looked marvelous in swimsuits, knew enough about fashion to look just as marvelous in their clothes. Guam’s Debbie Bordallo was selected as one of the top five fashionwise contestants in the newspaper’s judging. Rules of the contest were that the girls wear their own favorite outfits dressed exactly as they would to go shopping. No marks were given for face and figure or so the editors claim although they subtracted points for Miss South Africa who rated fourth for having legs that were too long. Miss Guam appeared before the judges in black hotpants with a sweater and vest of bright red yellow and black fake fur from one of London’s mod shops and black knee-high suede boots. She was rated fifth and given two stars for fashion excellence. Coming in first in the fashion poll was Miss United Kingdom, Marilyn Ward (naturally). She rated five stars for her suit in cream and brown suede patchwork worn with white boots and shoulder bag black cap and sweater. Her suit had alternate pants and the Daily Mail editors suggested that Miss Ward should have resisted showing her legs in her “not-so-new mini skirt” and worn the pants instead. Miss Trinidad, Maria Jordan, won four stars and second place in a Trinidad-made chocolate and white slack suit. The editors raved over her attention to cleaning and pressing but didn’t like her hair or earrings. Monica Strotmann, Miss Holland, also was given four stars and third place on the strength of her 1940 platform sandals alone according to the editors “If she’d worn them with a more fashionable mini” the editors said “Miss United Kingdom would have lost the crown”. In fourth place was Miss South Africa in a striped hotpants outfit. She rated three stars and lost the fashion crown “for legs that are just TOO long.


                Hundreds of militant women, some with large and loose bodices on transparent blouses, organized a mock beauty contest outside the Royal Albert Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 10 protesting the Miss World contest that was to be held inside. Women for women’s liberation were reinforced by two dozen men from the “Gay Liberation Front” with equally striking female attire. Several dozen police officers prevented protesters from approaching theater entrances. Militant women interrupted last year’s contest by dropping stinky bombs.


                A large number of security agents were arranged in the surrounding area and within the Royal Albert Hall itself to avoid events such as the previous year. The Royal Albert Hall was carefully reviewed so that there was no possibility of a bomb. This year the start of the contest was delayed 10 minutes. At 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 1971, the overture of the Phil Tate orchestra began, followed by the British National Anthem. Then came the customary fanfare that officially began the contest “Miss World 1971”. Eric Morley went on stage to greet the audience and to give the usual words of welcome and gratitude and then proceed to introduce the judges. They were:

The judges

1- Lovelace Watkins, black American singer.

2- Peter Wyngarde, British actor.

3- Jean Terrell, black singer of the American female group “The Supremes”.

4- Sam Spiegel, American film producer of Polish origin.

5- Peter Dimmock, general manager of the BBC broadcasts an Chairman of the Judges.

6- Julie Ege, model and actress who was Miss Norway at Miss Universe 1962.

7- Douglas Fairbanks Jr., American producer and actor.

8- Des O’Connor, English singer and comediant.

9- Peter Scott, British writer and ornithologist, founder of the “World Wildlife Fund”.

               Once the judges were introduced, Eric Morley began the alphabetical order presentation of the 56 candidates in their swimsuits. Once the individual presentation was finished, the 56 young women returned to the stage to be evaluated in groups by the judges. Each group was made up of six candidates, except for the last two that had seven beauties. After this, there was an interval of 15 minutes while the contestants switched to their evening dresses, a space that was enlivened by Phil Tate and his orchestra. Later, the 56 young ladies appeared on stage in their evening gowns, they were introduced individually and then in groups of fifteen, always in alphabetical order. Then another musical intermission by the Phil Tate orchestra while at 9:20 p.m. the broadcast of the contest began on BBC-1, for 65 uninterrupted minutes. As usual, the broadcast began with the pre-recorded musical number done the previous night with the Johnny Greenland dancers in a beautiful set that included a tropical sun, perhaps in recognition of the outgoing queen who was Caribbean, and the presentation of the candidates in their national costumes while showing their official photographs. At the beginning of the live broadcast, the compere Michael Aspel proceeded to call the 15 semifinalists in alphabetical order, who paraded individually in their elegant and expensive evening gowns. While they paraded, David Vine made personal comments about each one of them. The 15 semifinalists were:

                Miss AUSTRALIA (Valerie Roberts, 24, of Melbourne); Miss AUSTRIA (Waltraud Lucas, 20, of Ferlach); Miss BRAZIL (Lúcia Tavares Petterle, 22, of Rio de Janeiro); Miss FRANCE (Myriam Stocco, 22, of Beaucaire); Miss GUAM (Deborah Josephine Bordallo, 17, of Yona); Miss GUYANA (Nalini Moonsar, 20, of Skeldon); Miss ISRAEL (19-year-old Miri Ben-David from Tel-Aviv); Miss JAMAICA (Ava Joy Gill, 18, of Mona, St. Andrew); Miss PORTUGAL (Ana Paula Gonçalves de Almeida, 19, of Lourenco Marques, Mozambique); Miss SOUTH AFRICA (Monica Juliana Fairall, 23, of Durban); Miss SPAIN (María Margarita García García, 21, from Madrid); Miss SWEDEN (Simonetta Kohl, 18, of Lund); Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Marilyn Ann Ward, 20, of Lymington); Miss UNITED STATES (Karen Brucene Smith, 20, of Port Lavaca, Texas); and Miss VENEZUELA (Ana María Padrón Ibarrondo, 20, from Caracas).

               Michael Aspel then proceeded to introduce the Mike Sammes Singers, who enlivened the evening while the semifinalists changed to their swimsuits. David Vine proceeded to present them individually in their swimsuit parade while Michael Aspel commented on the personal data of each of the girls. At the end of the individual parade, the 15 semifinalists posed in a group and turned so that the judges could choose the last seven finalists. Michael Aspel then announced the last 7 finalists, whom he was interviewing as he was naming them. They were: Miss BRAZIL, Miss FRANCE, Miss GUYANA, Miss JAMAICA, Miss PORTUGAL, Miss UNITED KINGDOM and Miss UNITED STATES. The outgoing Miss World, Jennifer Hosten, dressed in a golden cape, said goodbye with a choreography offered by Johnny Greenland dancers. Next, Michael Aspel called on the stage Alan B. Fairley of Mecca for the awards and Eric Morley to give the judges’ verdict in reverse order. As usual, the four finalists would receive their tiaras in the backstage and Fairley would give them their silver trophies on stage. The results were as follows:

                In fifth place, Miss JAMAICA, Ava Joy Gill; in the fourth position, Miss GUYANA, Nalini Moonsar; in third place, Miss PORTUGAL, Ana Paula Gonçalves de Almeida; while as the runner-up and winner of the second place was one of the big favorites, Miss UK, Marilyn Ann Ward. They received as a prize a check for 100, 150, 250 and 500 pounds respectively. Waiting behind were Miss BRAZIL, Miss FRANCE and Miss UNITED STATES and everything indicated that the winner would be the other favorite, the American representative.


                But oh, surprise! Eric Morley announced that the new MISS WORLD 1971 was … Miss BRAZIL !! The surprised Lúcia Tavares Petterle, a 22-year-old third-year medical student who wanted to become an endocrinologist, with brown eyes and mahogany hair, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 125 pounds in weight and measurements 36-23-36, received her sash from Howard Bretnall of Mecca and Director of Backstage and came out gracefully to sit on the queen’s throne, while two pages placed her royal robe. Then Alan B. Fairley handed her the silver trophy and the outgoing Miss World, Jennifer Hosten of Grenada, placed the golden crown on her temples. One of the pages replaced the trophy with the scepter and the brand new Miss World proceeded to take her final walk while listening to the official march of the contest, performed by the Phil Tate orchestra.

                At the conclusion of the coronation ceremony, at 10:30 at night, Miss Venezuela slipped when congratulated the new Miss World, knocking the crown off the brand new queen. Majestically, Miss Brazil put it back on and threw kisses at the photographers who rubbed wildly to take pictures of the smiling beauty on their golden throne. While Lúcia received the title, outside the feminist groups protested angrily, calling the contest the most degrading spectacle on earth. Amid shouting they paralyzed traffic around the Royal Albert Hall. They carried banners that said “we are not beautiful, we are not ugly, we are angry” and “which cow was going to win the red ribbon?”. A dozen black protesters joined feminists to claim that there was no Miss Black United Kingdom nor a Miss Black United States.

                After posing for the corresponding photos, the winners and the rest of the contestants attended the Coronation Ball held at the Café de Paris and where Miss United States and Miss France received their checks for £ 50 and £ 25 respectively for having reached the sixth and seventh place in the event. The new Miss World received as a prize a check for £ 2,500 and the possibility of earning another 50 thousand pounds in personal presentations during her year of reign. She also won a set of suitcases and clothing worth £ 200. Lúcia said she would dedicate her year of reign to promoting Brazil to the world. When asked about what she would do with the prize money, she said she was so excited that she couldn’t think about the money. She said she thought that Miss United Kingdom would win and that she did not believe in women’s liberation movements because they only caused confusion. The next morning, Lúcia received the press at the Britannia hotel while she had breakfast. Later she went shopping and posed for photos at the Hyde Park. On Sunday, November 14, she visited the winner of the Daily Mirror contest, Mrs. Rosemary Martins, with whom she had tea at her home. During the following days, she attended a dinner in her honor at the Brazilian Embassy, ​​turned on the Christmas lights of a renowned West End store (a job of only 15 minutes for which she won £ 250 and a voucher for 200 pounds more in dresses to choose), attended a casino where by her presence she received a check for £ 500 and was scheduled to attend the opening of four department stores. On November 20, she returned to Rio de Janeiro with her mother, who accompanied her during the event.


                * Miss Brazil remained locked in one of the Albert Hall bathrooms while putting on her swimsuit. Nervous, she screamed for help. One of the Mecca’ staff managed to get her out just in time for her individual parade.

                * Venezuela was being represented by a well-roasted brunette for the first time. The 20-year-old chemistry student said “it would be good to win to show people that the tan color is nice, I like it at least.”

                * It was rumored that the man behind the campaign for the high figuration of Miss Portugal, roommate of Miss Brazil, was Mr. Joao Maria Tudella, representative of the Portuguese government. It was said that he had received £ 5,000 from the government to promote the contestant. With that money he bought necklaces for the rest of the candidates, the chaperones and, of course, Julia Morley. He also got tickets for a good number of Portuguese countrymen to cheer the candidate and thus get the jury’s approval.

                * The Tunisian Ambassador criticized his candidate. He said she was too fat and that it was okay to embrace her but not to participate in a beauty contest.

                * Some girls arrived in London without having won a national competition. It was the case of Miss Norway, who said she had never participated in a beauty pageant before. “I was simply asked by a man from the modeling agency where I worked if I wanted to represent Norway in London and I accepted the proposal because it would be the trip of my life.” She complained about Miss Australia. She said that if she had been allowed to wear falsies, all other candidates should be allowed to wear falsies as well.

                * Miss Spain slipped and fell on stage during a rehearsal, but only suffered a slight scratch.

                * Miss Bahamas said she was going to get a job as a stripper. “That game could not be any bitchier than this.” (Upon returning to her country Miss Bahamas denied having said that.) Meanwhile Miss USA said that “we are treated like animals. I had not realized the kind of a body show that was this contest.” “I feel disgusted,” she said, “I have always refused to consider my body above my mind and this is what is happening now.”

                * Eric Morley confessed that practically all he had paid had been the lunch of the candidates in the House of Commons. Everything else was sponsored. “You can’t expect parliamentarians to pay for their own publicity, right?” said Morley.

                * The Gay Liberation Front organized its own contest on the street, with homosexuals wearing women’s attire under titles such as “Miss Used”, “Miss Conceived” and “Miss Treated”. The protesters wanted to prevent the exit of the audience and the contestants of the Royal Albert Hall. They faced about 150 police officers who guarded all the theater entrances. The demonstrators of the women’s liberation group threw themselves on the road of the two buses that transported the participants to avoid their way, but the police managed to disperse them. In the end, three men and one woman were arrested for inciting violence.

                * Around 30 million viewers in Britain witnessed the broadcast of the contest through the BBC-1. Obviously, the program won the rating once again.

Michael Aspel and Jackie Molloy


               At the coronation ball, Michael Aspel, 38, spoke with Eric Morley to tell him that this would be his last year as a compere. Aspel, separated from his second wife Ann (and from whom he would officially divorce on November 30) attended the party accompanied by his girlfriend, Jackie Molloy. Aspel said “this is the last time for me, I’ve done this contest for a long time now.” Morley replied that he expected him to change his mind. “I must not complain that Miss World has helped me in my career, but I must continue with something else,” he said to finish. However, it seems that Morley and the BBC convinced him because the following year he was again the compere of the contest.


               Lúcia Petterle, who was fluent in English, read the contract offered by Mecca but did not agree with some clauses, especially the thirteenth, which said she was obliged to remain under contract with Mecca for three more years, so she refused to sign it, as she announced to the press on November 24. By not signing it, she could not attend Bob Hope’s annual invitation to join the USO tour to entertain US troops in Vietnam. Instead, Hope took Miss United States with him. The Brazilian wanted to continue her medical studies but hoped to return to London after the Christmas holidays to see if the Morleys fixed the contract. She said she would not sign it unless the contract was substantially changed and that in any case she would renounce the title. “The contract as proposed would restrict my freedom and it is intolerable, leaving me no time for anything.” Miss Petterle said her career was first. “I will not miss a school year due to a crown won in a beauty contest.” However, Julia Morley said there would be no new contract. It was almost certain that Brazilian beauty would be frozen out of her role, according to the contest organizer. Julia Morley accused the red hair medicine student of “wild outbursts” during her one-month reign and said she will not be allowed to use her title in advertising, usually worth around $ 75,000. Mrs. Morley said the girl still had a 26-week contract with Mecca, but was not expected to do any work under it.

               On Tuesday, February 8, 1972 at night, Mecca, the sponsoring company of the Miss World beauty pageant, said it had refused a new contract to the present titleholder, Lucia Petterle, 22, of Brazil. Julia Morley, who ran the contest, said Miss Petterle refused to carry out the duties of Miss World after a row over her original contract. “It’s nothing personal, but from a business point of view a new agreement is just not on,” said Ms. Morley. “We don’t want to knock a kid, but she can’t keep acting like a spoiled child. People have to grow up”. “We’ve been trying to reach her for the past two weeks, but she won’t answer our phone calls and telegrams.” Morley said Petterle would not be dismissed, that she could continue to use her title socially, but could not use it commercially. By refusing to sign the contract, Petterle lost the possibility of earning between 35 and 50 thousand pounds during the year of 1972. “I do not want to be a movie star, model or anything like that, but to have a little fun before throwing myself seriously to work “. She said she was determined not to let her Miss World crown interfere with her ambition to become a doctor.


                Lúcia Tavares Petterle was born in Leme, Rio de Janeiro, on March 30, 1949. Her father, Colonel Alcestes Menezes Petterle was an active soldier, and her mother, Zoe Tavares, a housewife. She had a brother named Roberto “Beto”. She spent her adolescence in the city of Santa María, in Rio Grande do Sul, where her father worked. She returned to Rio de Janeiro where she studied medicine at Gama Filho University because she wanted to specialize in endocrinology: the study of the body’s glands and their effect on physical and mental health. She liked to read, go to the beach, collect stamps and matchboxes. She spoke English and French, in addition to Portuguese. She entered the “Miss Guanabara” contest for the possibility of winning a car, which led her to Miss Brazil. In the national it was in second place corresponding her the right to represent her country in Miss World. The relationship with her boyfriend Pedro Carlos Moraes Sarmento ended, who disagreed that she participated in beauty pageants. She arrived in London on November 3, a week before the finals. In the auction that Variety Club offered, the Brazilian brought as a gift a set of precious stones from her country that included an emerald, a topaz and an aquamarine, as well as numerous tourist brochures from several Brazilian cities that she had taken to promote the country. She told Earl Mountbatten that she wanted to visit the English psychiatric hospitals because medicine in that field had advanced a lot in England. She was crowned Miss World on Wednesday, November 10 at the Royal Albert Hall in London amid feminist protests. She refused to sign a contract with Mecca, so she did not do much as Miss World, although she was not dismissed. But the revel girl earned a tea in Buckingham with the Mother Queen, when she received a scholarship for her specialization as a gift, which she used years later. She did not attend to crown her successor in London at the beginning of December 1972 because weeks before she suffered a fall of a ladder of more than 3 meters high while recording a TV program, accident where she fractured her left arm and the doctor recommended her not to travel in that state. She graduated as a doctor and specialized in Child Neurology in France and was doing philanthropic work in Rio de Janeiro. She attended as a special guest the Miss World 2005 contest in China. Today she is a pediatrician with her own office in Rio de Janeiro. It was the first and so far, the only Brazilian to win the title.

Lúcia Petterle celebrating a New Year


                – Jennifer Hosten, Miss World 1970, officially engaged with her boyfriend, Canadian David Craig, on Saturday, November 13. The rest of her story is in the article referring to Miss World 1970. While Eva Rueber-Staier, Miss World 1969, escaped with her boyfriend when a fire broke out in the buildings where she lived in South Eaton, London on Sunday November 28.

                – Miss United States won the Miss International contest in Japan in 1974. She worked briefly as a model for Wilhelmina in New York in 1975. After reliquishing her crown in Japan in 1975, she stayed in that country for 6 months working as a model. In 1980 she married David Galvan with whom she had six children. She lives in Helotes, Texas.

                – Miss Guyana dedicated herself to acting after her participation in Miss World. She made film and television in the 70s and 80s.

                – Miss France continued working as a model. She married in 1973 and was invited as a judge several times in Miss France. She works in the municipal council of a French town.

Miss Spain, now called Barbara Rey, celebrated her 70th birthday last February 2nd, 2020

                – Miss Spain became an actress by adopting the name of Barbara Rey, made a lot of Spanish cinema from the late 60s to the mid 70s and was also a vedette, posing for adult magazines, so she became a sex symbol. In 1975 she debuted as a TV presenter. In 1980 she married the circus businessman Ángel Cristo, from whom she separated in 1989 and with whom she had two children, Ángel and Sofía. While she was married to him, she helped him in the circus and even was a tamer of elephants. In the following decades she continued her acting career and made several music magazines because she also sang. In 2017 she became a grandmother and still continues to appear on Spanish TV.

                – Miss Venezuela is still living in Caracas and is a Pharmaceutical Doctor and Toxicologist. She is the mother of four children (Enrique, Francisco, Jennifer and Annabella), is still happily married to Dr. Henry Arencibia and is the grandmother of two beautiful girls. She maintains her beauty and elegance, which made it stand out within the Miss Venezuela pageant.

Venezuelan Ana María Padrón along with her oldest son and her husband

                – Miss Argentina won the 1973 International Coffee Reign in Manizales, Colombia. Throughout the 70s and 80s Alicia Daneri was one of the most recognized models of her country.

                – Miss Dominican Republic subsequently won the title of “Queen of the Americas” in Argentina. She married Frank Rainieri, a businessman from the Dominican tourism industry and who developed tourism in Punta Cana. She had two children.

                – Miss Mexico graduated as a Law Degree from the UAZ in 1972. She is currently the holder of the Notary Public 29 of Zacatecas. Zita Lucía affirms that the most important thing that has happened to her in her life is to be a mother, of Gerardo and Erika. She continues to live in Zacatecas.

                – Miss Italy, Maria Pinnone preferred to study. She graduated as a lawyer, married and had three children, in fact, for Pinnone, the experience of the contest was the only one in the world of entertainment and fashion. She died in 1993 at the young age of 39.

                – Miss Yugoslavia became an actress, TV presenter and a well-known model in her country. She had a son named Gvozden in 1973 with her first husband. She starred in many movies in the 70s and 80s. She remarried, this time with the composer Sanja Ilic with whom she had a second son, Andrej, in 1984. She suffered a stroke on November 22, 2012 and died on December 3 of the same year.


Thanks to Donald West, Daryl Schabinger, Norberto Colón Tapia, Mario Jérez, Orlando Ospina, Jorge Alejandro Bravo, Jon Osborne, Roberto Macedo, Toni Hidalgo, Miss Holland Now and Glamour Argentino.


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