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Miss World 1977

By Julio Rodríguez Matute

THIS HAPPENED IN 1977.-

                This year the Torrijos-Carter Treaty is signed, which progressively transfers the North American sovereignty of the Panama Canal to that country. A collision between a KLM Boeing 747 and a PANAM Boeing 747 on the takeoff runway at Tenerife airport (Canary Islands) kills 583 people, making it the deadliest plane crash in history. An earthquake in Romania kills about 1,600 people. Other strong earthquakes in Sumba, Indonesia and in San Juan, Argentina leave more than two hundred victims. Djibouti becomes independent from France and South Africa grants independence to the second Bantustan called Bophuthatswana. Somalia declares war on Ethiopia and Libya on Egypt. In Argentina the first march of the “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” takes place and in Spain the Atocha Massacre occurs. Snow falls in Miami for the first and only time, and in New York, a 25-hour blackout (the longest in its history) results in looting. The Universal Church better known as “Pare de Sufrir” (Stop Suffering) is founded in Brazil, the footballer Pelé withdraws from the professional fields and the Caricuao Zoo is inaugurated in Caracas. The space shuttle “Enterprise” makes its maiden flight on a Boeing 747. The first personal computers begin to be sold and the Atari company begins the boom in video games. Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Janelle Commissiong, wins the Miss Universe crown in Santo Domingo, becoming the first black woman to win the title. In Japan the Spanish Pilar Medina Canadell is chosen as Miss International, while the song “L’oiseau et l’enfant” by the French Marie Myriam wins the Eurovision Song Contest in London and the song “Quincho barrilete” from Nicaragua wins the OTI Festival in Madrid. The musical group “The Supreme” performs for the last time in London and then disintegrates. The films “Star Wars”, “Saturday Night Fever” (which catapulted John Travolta and the group The Bee Gees to fame), “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Bernardo and Bianca” from Walt Disney are released. On TV the miniseries “Roots”, “The Love Boat” and the comedy “Three’s company” are broadcast for the first time. This year Farrah Fawcett rose to fame in her role in the series “Charlie’s Angels. “The Russian Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova, the Colombian singer Shakira, the Puerto Rican singers Yandel and Daddy Yankee, the actor Edgar Ramírez and the model and ex-Miss Claudia Moreno, both Venezuelans, are born in 1977. The American singer Elvis Presley, the English actor Charles Chaplin, the American actors Groucho Marx, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby and Danny Lockin (from “Hello Dolly”), as well as the Greek soprano Maria Callas, died.

PREVIOUS MONTHS TO MISS WORLD.-      

                On February 20, 1977, it was revealed that the girl who would be chosen to represent South Africa in the annual Miss World beauty pageant was to be chosen in a multiracial contest, according to local organizers. South Africa’s previous policy of sending two girls, one white and one black, had led to withdrawal from the contest by countries opposed to apartheid. The Republic’s contestant for this year’s contest would be called “Miss World South Africa” and would be chosen by a panel of judges, half consisting of whites and the other half black. Only one girl from South Africa would participate in this year’s Miss World pageant, and that girl could be black. Four young people of color were among the eighteen finalists of the contest. From 1970 to the previous year, South Africa had been allowed two participants, one black and one white.

                Meanwhile, on April 29, at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Eric Morley was proclaimed as President of “Variety Clubs International” for a two-year term at a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the aforementioned Club, an event attended by personalities such as Prince Charles of Wales and Princess Carolina of Monaco. Dr. Henry Kissinger was also awarded at this event. Later in London, on June 14, Morley was honored for his investiture during a Variety Club ladies’ lunch at the Dorchester Hotel.

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.-

                By 1977, Julia Morley had the support of 81 directors or “sponsors” in the same number of countries and territories. Representatives from the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Papua New Guinea and Western Samoa debuted this year, while Africa South would no longer be represented because this year South Africa would choose a single entrant, as previously mentioned, and other countries such as Botswana, Haiti and Zambia had no further interest in continuing to send representatives to Miss World. However, in the Virgin Islands no candidate was selected and in Guatemala and Tunisia there was no national contest this year. In the Dominican Republic, which celebrated the Miss Universe pageant in their land, the National Beauty Contest was not held. Organizer Ramón Darío Cruz then decides to send the first runner-up from the previous year, Jackeline Hernández, to London. In Peru there was no contest either because of the restrictions of the military government, but the young María Isabel Frías Zavala, who went to both the Miss Universe and the Miss World contests, was designated by Benjamin Kreimer as “Miss Peru”. Meanwhile, the Director of the Femina Miss India contest decided to send Veena Prakash to Miss World thanks to her good performance at a Hindu festival held in Yugoslavia and organized by Femina. Among the other countries and territories that held competitions to select their representatives for Miss World, we have the following:

                – Señorita Colombia.- The Colombian National Beauty Contest was held on November 11, 1976 in Cartagena, as was traditional. The winner, among 15 candidates, was Miss Valle, Aura María Mojica, who went to Miss Universe. The Vice-Queen and the Princesses were Doris Beltrán (Miss Cundinamarca), Silvia Pombo Carrillo (Miss Bogotá D.C.), Enny Moreno (Miss Chocó) and María Margarita Arroyo (Miss Cauca). One of the favorites, Miss Atlántico, María Clara O’Byrne Aycardi, did not qualify the Top 5, but was sent to London to represent Colombia.

                – Miss France.- The Nikko hotel in Paris was the venue for the “Miss France 1977” pageant on Wednesday December 29, 1976 with 51 participants. The winner was Miss Poitou, Veronique Fagot, who was sent to Miss Universe and Miss World. The finalists were Catherine Pouchele (Miss Flandres) and Frédérique Lafond (Miss Ile de France). Miss Reunion, Evelyne Pongérard, was elected “Miss Dom Tom France 1977” and would initially be sent on behalf of France to Miss Universe, but this did not happen. Evelyne participated in Miss Universe in 1978 representing her native Reunion Island.

                – Miss Venezuela.- Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976, was the guest of honor at the Miss Venezuela pageant held on May 6 at the Paris Theater with 15 entrants. The winner was Miss Vargas Department, Cristal Montañéz, who went to Miss Universe in Santo Domingo. Second, with the right to go to Miss World, Miss Falcón, Vilma Góliz, was choen, but she did not agree with the verdict and after receiving her sash from Cindy Breakspeare, she decided to take it from her and throw it to the then president of the Venezuelan Committee of Beauty, Ignacio Font, and one of the members of the judges, Dr. Sixto Bermúdez. Góliz was disqualified the next day. For years it was said that Judith Castillo and both the now-deceased journalists Manolo Manolo and Jesús Bustindui, were the ones who encouraged Góliz’s act of rebellion, but she partially denied it in an interview in 2017, affirming that she did hand the sash over to Bermúdez although not violently. The remaining finalists were Jacqueline van den Brander (Miss Federal District, who then rose to the position of first runner-up for Miss World); Betty Paredes (Miss Lara, for Miss International), Adriana Zekendorf (Miss Barinas, for Miss Young International) and Isbelia Belloso (Miss Zulia and who entered as a finalist after the disqualification of Miss Falcón).

Honduras

                – Miss Honduras.- The contest was held at the Tropicana Cinema in San Pedro Sula on Thursday May 19. As “Miss Honduras 1977” Miss Siguatepeque, Carolina Rauscher was crowned. She went to Miss Universe. The first runner-up was Miss Tegucigalpa, Marlene Villela Franco, who attended Miss International and Miss World. The remaining finalists were Miss San Pedro Sula, Blanca Coto; Miss La Ceiba, Rosario María Santos Vargas; and Miss Puerto Cortés, Mirtha Bonilla. Marlene Villela was a TAM Airlines flight attendant who operated flight TX 801 en route San Pedro Sula-Miami-San Pedro Sula and studied Law at night.

                – Miss Holland.- Ineke Berends, a 24-year-old nurse, won the title “Miss Privé Holland 1977” on Friday May 20 at Oud-Wassenaar Castle, an event that was organized by ex-Miss World Corinne Rottschaefer alongside the “de Telegraaf” newspaper. Corinne took the rights to the international competitions for the Netherlands and sent the winner to the Miss Universe and the Miss World contests. The finalists were Willie Muis, Caroline Hooft, Petra Roest and Conny Geurdes. 16 beauties participated.

                – Señorita México.- On Sunday, May 22, in the Convention Center of the Port of Acapulco, Guerrero, the national final of “Miss Mexico 1977” was held with 32 participants. The contest was won by Felicia Mercado of Baja California Norte while the finalists were Hilda Elizabeth Aguilar González (State of Mexico), Marcela Saldaña Pico (Sinaloa), Esperanza Fernández Flores Villar (Tamaulipas) and Guadalupe Martínez González (Nuevo León). Felicia went to Miss Universe and Hilda Elizabeth to Miss World. Ernestina Sodi, from the Federal District, who is the sister of singer Thalía, also participated in the contest.

                – Miss Ecuador.- The 27th edition of Miss Ecuador was held on June 17, 1977 at the Coliseo Cerrado in the city of Guayaquil, this time organized by Diario Expreso and Canal 10, with a total of 15 candidates. The winner was Lucía Del Carmen Hernández Quiñonez, 18 years old and 5 feet 8 inches tall, from Chone, Manabí, who went to both Miss Universe and Miss World. The finalists were Mónica Steewart Cabrera, Laura Lange Loor, Patricia Iturralde Chávez and Patricia Briones Fernández.

                – Miss Brazil.- The Presidente Médici Gymnasium in Brasilia was once again the venue for the contest that was held on June 18 with 24 candidates. The winner, heading to Miss Universe, was Cássia Moraes from Sao Paulo. This year there was a change and the first runner-up, Madalena Sbaraíni, from Rio Grande do Sul was sent to Miss World. The remaining finalists were Patricia Viotti de Andrade from Brasilia (to Miss International), Selva Rios Campello from Goiás and Jerusa Maria Sena Ribeiro from Bahía.

                – Miss Commonwealth Bahamas.- It was held on Sunday, July 3 at the “Le Cabaret Theater” on Paradise Island with 10 contestants. The winner was Laura Lee Josephs and finalists Dolinda Taylor, Jessica Armbrister, Shirley Cox and Gretal Beneby.

                – Miss Spain.- On August 25, the 1977 Miss Spain election took place in the Alicante city of Campello with a total of 24 participants. The winner was Guillermina Ruiz Doménech, “Miss Baleares”, 19 years old. The title of “Miss National” went to Patricia Hoyos Jiménez, a 17-year-old from Malaga and “Miss Andalusia”, and the runner-up, Inmaculada Arancibia, 16 years old. In fourth place was “Miss Catalonia” Azucena Hernández who later became a renowned porno actress. Guillermina participated in Miss World 1977, Miss Europe 1978 and Miss Universe 1978.

                – Miss United Kingdom.- The towering Madeleine Stringer with her 6 feet in height (or 5 feet 12 as she said), won the crown of “Miss United Kingdom 1977” on Friday September 2 in Blackpool among 26 candidates. The finalists were Dorothy Walker (now a renowned journalist and writer) and Sarah Louise Long (Miss England).

                – Miss World-USA.- On Saturday, September 3, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the election of “Miss World-USA 1977” was held among 46 competitors. Miss Virginia, Cindy Darlene Miller was the winner and the finalists turned out to be Miss District of Columbia, Donna Lynn Dixon; Miss Florida, Janet Gail Wilson; Miss New York, Kathleen Downey; and Miss Georgia, Regina Renee Crawford.

                – Miss Italy.- After much insistence, Enzo Mirigliani, Director of Miss Italy, returned to have the rights of Miss World for her country. On Sunday, September 4, Anna María Kanakis from the city of Messina (Sicily) was crowned as the new Miss Italy in the event held in Sant’Eufemia d’Aspromonte with 44 participants, but apparently they did not take into account the regulations of Miss World, because the chosen one was only 15 years of age and still was sent to London. Diana Morini was chosen “Miss Canzone Italiana”, Tea Mihich was Miss Cinema and the also Sicilian Elvira Puglisi, who later represented her country in Miss Universe 1979, was selected as Miss Elegance.

                – Quest of Quests.- Jaye-Leanne Hopewell was chosen “Australia’s Golden Dream Girl” and “Miss World Australia” on Friday September 9 in the ballroom of the National Gallery of Victoria, an event that was attended by Cindy Breakspeare and Julia Morley. Other winners were Michelle Adamson (for Miss International), Deborah Harber (for Miss Young International) and Julie Croft (for Miss Asia). The “Quest of Quests” contest lost the Miss Universe franchise this year.

                – Miss Singapur World.- It was held on Friday, September 23 at the Neptuno Theater-Restaurant, and Miss Veronica Lourdes, who was crowned by Miss World 1976, Cindy Breakspeare of Jamaica, was the winner among 12 competitors. As finalists were Felina Teo (to Miss International) and Violet Lee (to Miss Young International).

                – Miss South Africa.- The Colosseum Theater in Johannesburg was the venue for the election of “Miss South Africa 1977” on Saturday, September 24, an event that was held for the first time in a multiracial manner. However, the winner was the very blonde Vanessa Wannenburg, who was crowned by both the outgoing Miss South Africa and the last Miss Africa South. Vanessa was sent to Miss World. The finalists were Liz Bunting (colored), Marilyn Albutt, Clare Akerman and Monique Hare. 18 finalists competed, but only four of them were not white.

                – Miss World Malaysia.- The Nirwana Ballroom of the Kuala Lumpur Hilton Hotel was the venue for the “Miss World Malaysia 1977” contest on Friday, October 7, in which Cindy Breakspeare was present at the awards ceremony. The winner was Miss Penang, Christine Mary Lim Kim Boey and the finalists, Miss Perak, Norani Mohamed Yaacob and Miss Pahang, Laura Yap.

                – Miss Argentina.- 21 ladies competed in the final held on the night of October 10 in one of the channel 13 studios. The winner was “Miss Salta” Susana Beatriz Stéfano, born in the province of Santa Fe but living in Salta, 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark hair and huge green eyes. Susana appeared at the contest at the request of a charity that needed advertising. The Princesses were Norma Eliana Mussare, Laura Domínguez Narvaja, Irene Amalia Simeoni and Mirtha Isabel Sánchez.

                Nigeria resumed its contest after several years of not being held and would return to Miss World this year. They even had the presence of Cindy Breakspeare to crown the new queen. However, a few days before Miss NIGERIA (Toyin Monney) ‘s trip to London, it was discovered that she was a single mother and that she had also withheld information about her real age; Although she was not dethroned, for obvious reasons she was not sent to Miss World and this country was left without a representative, since there was no time to process travel and visa for a substitute.

PAGEANT CANCELED.-

                The coup d’état on 5 June 1977 put paid to the beauty contest. Eighteen contestants had auditioned for the annual Miss Seychelles beauty contest in which the then reigning Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare of Jamaica was to be one of the judges. However, it was not to be. The pageant was cancelled on the day of the finals, called off by a decision by the newly-appointed President Albert René who stated, “I do not believe it is right for local girls to show off their body in public,” according to reports in the ‘The People’ and ‘Weekend Life’ newspapers at the time. Perhaps not to completely disappoint the girls and the enthusiastic public, the Weekend Life Magazine stepped up to turn the contest into a Miss Photogenic event in which the public was invited to send their votes to the newspaper’s head office. The title of Miss Photogenic was won by 21-year-old Sidna Monay followed by Jeanine Boniface in second place and Lucine Vidotin third.

                The then Minister of Information and Public Administration, James Michel, declared on July 13 that the contest  “does not conform to our way of life, our customs and traditions in Seychelles. It has been imported from already corrupt world societies and we consider it a form of exploitation of our women for commercial ends. Women were exhibited almost naked in front of reporters, photographers, and businessmen who sought to make money at the expense of the dignity and morals of our women. This parade was reminiscent of the ancient slave markets, although the methods today were more subtle. Women have a valuable contribution to make our society.
Government believes that the dignity of the women of Seychelles must be preserved. In a sane and responsible society, women must take their rightful place.” The contest did not take place again until 1991 …

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CHANGES AND BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE.-

                Julia Morley, with the help of her team led by Assistant Director Jon Osborne, was determined to make fundamental changes to the twenty-seventh edition of Miss World, emphasizing the ‘slogan’ she herself created five years earlier: “Beauty with a purpose”, perhaps as a way for the contest to gain more notoriety and move away from the ‘cliche’ of feminists, who continued to compare the contest as a ‘cattle market’. In addition, Julia planned to eliminate the presentation of the candidates to the press in swimsuits, to prevent bookmakers from continuing to bet on them as “race horses.” Instead of wearing swimsuits, the participants would appear in uniform, wearing shorts and a T-shirt with sleeves and a closed neck, white, with the name of the country represented. And the BBC, in view of the decrease in the number of viewers due to lack of interest in the local public (in 1976 the Miss World contest had dropped to fifth place in the rating), proposed to invite the American singer Andy Williams as the host of the contest year and that was published in the press in mid-October.

                In addition, the fact that her husband Eric has achieved the presidency of the Variety clubs internationally, pressured Julia to make certain changes. Among others, the goal was to increase the profits that would be destined to the benefit of the children’s causes of the Variety Club International worldwide, also thanks to the support of the directors in the different countries. In fact, Morley decided that that year the Miss World organization would give a £ 1,000 prize to the country that best projected the theme of “Beauty with Purpose”. And it was not so much for the money but for the prestige that the director would achieve that recognition. That money would be awarded to that country’s charities. Julia Morley said: “There have been instances where beauty and pageants have been misinterpreted and used as explotation of female flesh. We are determined to put a stop to this. We are sure that just as there are girls who have been blessed with musical and sports talents, there are also girls who have been privileged with their physical beauty and charm and they should use this gift for the benefit of their country and their communities, especially among the less fortunate. “

PLANS TO TAKE THE COMPETITION OUT OF LONDON.-

                 Among Julia Morley’s plans was to carry out part of the Miss World 1978 edition in Singapore, with the presentation of the contestants in swimsuits and national costumes, but the final would be in London as it was traditional. Julia said that in addition to Singapore’s excellent climate, she was very happy as the local organization had managed to raise about $ 150,000 for charity and that Cindy Breakspeare’s presence in Singapore had managed to raise more money for charity work in that country. She further stated that the prerecorded segments of the contest are planned to be held in 1979 in the United States and again in Singapore jointly with Australia in 1980.

PROGRAM BOOK

ARRIVAL IN THE BRITISH CAPITAL.-

                Another change that the contest would have this year is that instead of the traditional ten days, the competition would last three weeks. The arrival of the first delegates (Miss Hong Kong and Miss Papua New Guinea) occurred on Wednesday, October 26. The ebony beauty of Melanesia said that she was about to not travel to London, since she did not have the support of her organization, the Red Cross, or the government of her country. The secretary of the Red Cross had given her the Miss World registration papers but then told her that they would not send her to the contest as he and the rest of the Red Cross committee would travel to a conference in Bucharest. Miss Papua New Guinea was contacted directly by Julia Morley a week before the trip, thanks to the organizers of Miss Asia, a contest in which she had previously participated. On Saturday, October 29, another group of candidates arrived. Miss Switzerland had problems in boarding her flight to London because she had a crossbow in her luggage that she intended to give to the Variety Club auction. After the explanations, the young woman managed to board the plane with a security officer, who decided to guard the beautiful passenger and her unusual hand luggage. A group of candidates, including Miss Brazil, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Trinidad-Tobago, Miss Venezuela, Miss Jamaica and Miss Puerto Rico first traveled to New York, where they stayed for four days before traveling together to London, and were invited to the United Nations headquarters. Incidentally, Miss Venezuela, Jacqueline van den Brander, wore as a typical outfit one inspired by the ancient mantuanas, in turquoise blue and designed by Osmel Sousa. It was the same one that Cristal Montañéz wore in Miss Universe. Cristal lent it to Jacqueline to save time and money in making another national costume.

                The first days, the girls participated in several photo sessions around Grosvenor Square, where the Britannia hotel was located. On Monday the 31st, the candidates who had already arrived visited the Mayor of London, Peter Vanneck, who invited them to the parade on November 12. On Tuesday the 1st, most of the competitors arrived and the beauties visited Piccadilly Circus. On Wednesday the 2nd, the contestants went shopping and began the customary tour of the British capital. On Thursday the 3rd the first press reception and the welcome dinner were held, courtesy of SABENA. On Friday the 4th Andy Williams arrived, who was greeted at Heathrow Airport by the reigning Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare. The following day, the participants continued their tour of the city of London, visiting the famous Tower, Buckingham Palace and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, while that night, the girls went to an evening performance of the award winning West End musical revue “Side by Side by Sondheim” at the Wyndham. Miss Paraguay irritated audience members seated near her as she talked constantly, sometimes tried to sing (off key and badly) along and finally shouted a critique to the actors on stage. A theatre usher had to ask Miss Paraguay escorted by her chaperon to remove themselves and thy had to wait (not very patiently) in the lobby until the show finished. Back at the Britannia, the upset chaperon reported on the incident and Miss Paraguay was brought to the Admin Office to meet with Julia Morley and Jon Osborne (like being back in school when the naughty student is taken to the Principal’s office). When explaining her actions, Miss Paraguay in her broken English defended herself with, “But, Mrs Julia, it was so boring. Only my grandparents would have liked that music!” She knew she had them when they burst out laughing and continued to respond to her defense as if she was a comedy act. The chaperon was rather appalled that Miss Paraguay had managed to use humor to get off with only a mild warning.

                Next day, on Sunday the 6th they went to Woburn Abbey Wild-Life Park and Miss Paraguay did her thing again. When the van in which she and other contestants were in the Safari, Miss Paraguay managed to unlock the back door and swing it open to the horror of her screaming companions as tigers were roaming freely outside. The tour guide got the doors quickly shut and Miss Paraguay found herself back in the Admin Office on her return to the Britannia for what her chaperon was convinced would be a punishable offense this time. However, Miss Paraguay’s stand-up comedian skills took over and Julia and John dissolved in laughter at her version of her antics at the Park. Instead of receiving any punishment, Miss Paraguay had the last laugh as she was named Miss Personality and Eric Morley presented her with the trophy during the live Dress Rehearsal. The press did not do much coverage of these first days, so there is not much detail of these previous tours. During the second week of activities, the candidates made the traditional trip on the River Thames aboard the ship “Father Thames”, attended a party at the Lyceum Ballroom on Wednesday, November 9, and they did the pre-recorded opening of the broadcast of the BBC in Hyde Park, London. A group of participants was invited to a cocktail dinner organized at the residence of motorcycle racer Barry Sheene, who would later be a judge.

                Miss USA was so delighted with London that she said she did not want to go home. But one girl who was not very happy was Miss South Africa. Upon arrival, she received a letter of protest from SANROC, opponents of apartheid politics, asking her to withdraw from the contest. However, she said that she would not withdraw and that she had been chosen in a multiracial contest, where the first runner-up had been a girl of color and that she had won on her own merits and not on her skin color. And while this was happening, Miss Swaziland, who was the same young woman who had gone to London to compete in Miss World the previous year but had to withdraw due to higher pressure, was again ordered by the government of her country to withdraw, for the second consecutive year, this time for the participation of a white-skinned South African girl in the contest. Miss Swaziland locked herself up in her hotel room to cry and decided to defy the government, saying that she would not withdraw from the pageant because she and Miss South Africa had become very close friends. At the United Nations, the chairman of the Special Committee against Apartheid, Nigerian Ambassador Leslie Hariman, had asked all countries to withdraw from the contest if Miss South Africa took part in it.

TWO DISQUALIFIED GIRLS IN THEIR SWEET FIFTEEN.-

               Julia Morley noticed that two of the girls were breaking the contest rules as soon as they arrived in London on Tuesday 1st. of November. She discovered that Miss Malta, Janice Galea and Miss Italia, Anna Kanakis, were only 15 years old, so she informed them that they would unfortunately be disqualified. The rules of the contest were clear, the minimum age was 17 and the maximum age was 24. Miss Italy said that she had never been told of such a requirement in her country. “I didn’t know you had to be 17,” she said, adding that in Italy the minimum age to participate was 15. Miss Malta stated the same. Meanwhile, Julia Morley said it was “a shame that they can’t compete. But obviously I can’t send these two girls home.” She also added that directors should have sene, rather than sending two school-age girls to the pageant. However, Julia told the two candidates that they could stay in the contest and enjoy the previous activities, but that they could not be evaluated by the judges on the final night. Miss Italy said that she was not particularly disappointed and that if those were the rules she had to abide by them, while Miss Malta said: “I am sorry that I cannot have the chance to win the title but I am pleased that I was able to come to London.” A spokesperson from one of the affected countries, Romeo Velanti, complained about those rules in which, according to, a lady could not be a Miss unless she was between 17 and 24 years old. The Director of Malta, upon learning of what had happened, decided to send the Miss Malta first runner-up, Pauline Farrugia, to London in an emergency, replacing the fifteen-year-old Janice, who had to return home. Pauline arrived in the British capital on the night of Thursday, November 10.

                When they found out about this incident, two other contestants admitted that they were also not the minimum and maximum age required by Miss World. Miss Denmark, Anette Dybdal Simonsen, declared that she was 16 years old and not 17 as her registration form said, while Miss Holland, Ineke Berends, confessed that she had already turned 25 years old. Some media requested that the two of them should be equally disqualified, however, Julia Morley said that they stipulated the ages but that if the girls spoke, they could, under certain circumstances, allow some margins regarding the ages. Both were allowed to continue in the contest since Miss Denmark was close to turning 17 while the Dutch had just turned 25 and had won her national pageant being 24. However, who emerged as the initial favorite of the press was Miss Germany with 8-1 odds, followed by Miss Austria and Miss United Kingdom.

OTHER ACTIVITIES.-

                On Friday, November 11, the lunch of the Variety Club of Great Britain was held at the Dorchester hotel and where, as was traditional, the contestants dressed in their national costumes attended, also carrying the typical gifts that would be auctioned to benefit of charity and that they were received by Count Mountbatten (with the crossbow of Miss Switzerland included). That same day, a group of girls was selected to pose for the DAILY MIRROR newspaper photographer and the remaining candidates attended a concert offered by Elton John. On Saturday the 12th, the beauties were part of Mayor Peter Vanneck’s procession through the streets of London and from the top of an open double-decker bus they greeted the crowd. In the afternoon, they enjoyed the also traditional “Children’s Tea Party” at the Britannia hotel, with a Santa Claus who presented gifts to the children. These gifts were donated by the F.D. Woodworth company. Of the 77 girls who would initially take part in Miss World 1977, three entrants, apart from the Nigerian woman who was discussed at the beginning of this article, did not arrive to the contest despite having been expected: Miss BARBADOS (Margaret Sonia Rouse ), Miss GUERNSEY (Kay Roussel) and Miss SAINT LUCIA (Dawn Theobalds), the reasons why they did not attend are unknown, although it is presumed that it was due to an economic issue.

                On Sunday, November 13, the 73 participants posed for the media at the customary Press Presentation, held at the Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square. As already mentioned, this year they did not show their figures in swimsuits, but attended dressed in shorts and a white T-shirt that had the name of the country represented printed on it, posing individually and in groups for the photographers. Here is the table with the data of the 73 contestants:

COUNTRYNAME AGEOCCUPATION
01-ARGENTINA Susana Beatriz Stéfano 20 Student
02-ARUBA Helene Maria Croes 19 Secretary and Saleswoman
03-AUSTRALIA Jaye-Leanne Hopewell 18 Model
04-AUSTRIA Eva Maria Duringer 18 Student and Model
05-BAHAMAS Laurie Lee Josephs 17 Student and Model
06-BELGIUM Claudine Marie Vasseur 18 Model
07-BERMUDA Connie Marie Frith 23 Social Director
08-BOLIVIA Elizabeth Janonne Morón 17 Student
09-BRAZIL Madalena Sbaraíni 21 Publicity Student
10-CANADA Marianne McKeen 23 Physical Education Student
11-CAYMAN ISLANDS Patricia Jane Jackson-Patiño 18 Works in the Tourism Department
12-CHILE Anne Marie Garling Vial 17 Student
13-COLOMBIA María Clara O’Byrne Aycardi 20 Student of Art
14-COSTA RICA Carmen María Núñez Benavides 17 Student
15-CURACAO Xiomara Marie Winklaar 20 Dental Assistant
16-CYPRUS Georgia Georgiou 23 Model
17-DENMARK Anette Dybdal Simonsen 16 Student
18-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Jackeline Patricia Hernández 20 Student of Architecture
19-ECUADOR Lucía del Carmen Hernández Quiñonez 18 Student, Secretary and Model
20-EL SALVADOR Magaly Varela Rivera 19 Works in Public Relations
21-FINLAND Asta Seppälä 21 Model
22-FRANCE Véronique Fagot 18 Student
23-GERMANY Dagmar-Gabriele Winkler 23 Student of Law
24-GIBRALTAR Lourdes Holmes 18 Secretary
25-GREECE Lina Ioanou 24 Secretary
26-GUAM Diane Haun 17 High School Student
27-HOLLAND Ineke Berends 25 Photographic Model
28-HONDURAS María Marlene Villela Franco 21 Student of Law
29-HONG KONG Ada Lui Shui-Yung 18 Actress and Model
30-ICELAND Sigurlaug “Dilly” Halldórsdóttir 18 High School Student
31-INDIA Veena Prakash 20 Historian and Psychologist
32-INDONESIA Siti Mirza Nuria Arifin 24 Medical student
33-IRELAND Loraine Bernadette Enriquez 18 Studying Nutrition
34-ISLE OF MAN Helen Jean Shimmin 20 Typist
35-ISRAEL Ya’el Hovav 21 Student
36-ITALY Anna Maria Kanakis 15 Student
37-JAMAICA Sandra Kong 19 Gym Instructor
38-JAPAN Chizuru Shigemura 22 Student
39-JERSEY Blodwin Elizabeth Pritchard 18 Ground Stewardess
40-KOREA Soon-Ae Kim 17 Mass Comunication Student
41-LEBANON Vera Alouane 18 Biology Student
42-LIBERIA Welma Albertine Wani Campbell 21 Agriculture student
43-LUXEMBOURG Jeannette Henriette Colling 23 Bookeeper
44-MALAYSIA Christine Mary Lim Kim Boey 17 Model
45-MALTA Pauline Lewise Farrugia 21 Chemistry Teacher
46-MAURITIUS Maria Ingrid Desmarais 22 Works in Hotel Administration
47-MEXICO Hilda Elizabeth Aguilar González 22 Dentistry student and works in the Tourist Office
48-NEW ZEALAND Michele Jean Hyde 21 Research Officer
49-NICARAGUA Beatriz Obregón Lacayo 18 Model and Student
50-NORWAY Åshild Jenny Ottesen 22 Model
51-PANAMA Anabella Vallarino 18 Student and Secretary
52-PAPUA NEW GUINEA Sayah Karakuru 24 Legal Secretary
53-PARAGUAY María Elizabeth Giardina 21 Student
54-PERU María Isabel Frías Zavala 22 Public Relationist and Model
55-PHILIPPINES Ana Melissa “Peachy” Ofilada Veneracion 18 Student
56-PUERTO RICO Didriana “Dee Dee” del Rio 17 History student
57-SAMOA (WESTERN) Ana Decima Schmidt 21 Secretary
58-SINGAPORE Veronica Lourdes 21 Undergraduated in Art
59-SOUTH AFRICA Vanessa Wannenburg 21 Model
60-SPAIN Guillermina Ruiz Doménech 21 Student
61-SRI LANKA Sharmini Helene Senaratna 19 Student and Elocution Teacher
62-SWAZILAND Zanella Tutu Tshabalala 21 Model and works in Public Relations
63-SWEDEN Mary Ann-Catrin Stävin 20 Physical Education Student
64-SWITZERLAND Daniela Patricia Haberli 19 Photographic model
65-TAHITI Thérese Amo 18 Student and Hostess
66-THAILAND Siriporn Sawanglum 17 Student
67-TRINIDAD – TOBAGO Marlene Villafaña 20 Typist in an insurance company
68-TURKEY Kamer Bulutote 22 Student and Secretary
69-UNITED KINGDOM Madeleine Karen Stringer 24 Photographic Model
70-UNITED STATES Cindy Darlene Miller 20 Model and Psychology Student
71-URUGUAY Adriana María Umpierre Escudero 20 Student and theatrical assistant
72-VENEZUELA Jacqueline van den Brander Oquendo 22 Secretary and Model
73-YUGOSLAVIA Svetlana Milorad Visnjic 19 Student

                 Miss Austria came from being the first runner-up in Miss Universe, in which Miss Holland and Miss Nicaragua were semifinalists. Candidates from Belgium, Bermuda, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Liberia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Uruguay also participated with them. In the Miss Universe but from 1973, Miss Germany competed unsuccessfully, but she was the first runner-up of Miss International 1977. Miss Bolivia, Miss Honduras and Miss Yugoslavia also participated in this last contest. The Uruguayan competed that year in Miss Young International along with the Bolivian girl, who had also won the 1977 Miss Amber of the World and where Miss Aruba also appeared as a semifinalist; the Peruvian lady had been a semifinalist in that same contest in 1976. Miss Malaysia and Miss Papua New Guinea participated in Miss Asia, while Swaziland sent the same candidate who had to withdraw from Miss World the previous year and who had competed in Miss Teenage Intercontinental 1977. Meanwhile, Miss Nicaragua had been chosen as “International Queen of Coconut” in 1973. Photographers’ favorites in this presentation were Miss United Kingdom, Miss Brazil, Miss USA, Miss Germany, Miss Australia, Miss Austria, Miss South Africa, Miss Philippines and Miss Sweden. Of course, the bookmakers soon complained that with these clothes they could not evaluate the girls properly and Julia Morley was happy that she had achieved her mission. That night the Christmas party called “Our World Christmas Party” was held in the Baronnial Hall of the Colonial House with a succulent dinner and where some candidates presented their talents.

                 On Monday, November 14, the contestants made their visit to the House of Commons, being received by Sir Stephen McAdden and where they had lunch with the parliamentarians. Miss United States took a look at the makeshift menu and said firmly, “That’s not for me, I’m on a diet.” Cindy Miller of Virginia said, “I will settle for a banana”. Miss Miller, aware of her figure, and as she was carrying her own supply of bananas, emphasized: “They want one to be slim and fit. I will eat everything again when everything is over.” On that Monday afternoon rehearsals began at the Royal Albert Hall.

WITHDRAWALS BY SOUTH AFRICAN PARTICIPATION.-

                On Tuesday 15, which was dedicated exclusively to rehearsals, Miss Philippines was ordered by the government of her country to quit the contest. A spokesman said José D. Ingles, secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had instructed the Philippine Ambassador in London for the Philippine candidate to withdraw from the event. Asked if the reasons were for Miss South Africa’s participation, the spokesperson asked “Why don’t you make your own statements about it?” Early the next morning, Wednesday the 16th, Miss Indonesia was also forced to withdraw. In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Indonesia had decided to withdraw their contestant. The young woman did not participate in the dress rehearsal that took place that day and where Miss Norway was crowned. Eric Morley interviewed the 70 young women on stage as they posed in groups in swimsuits on stage for the judges to assess their personality and charm. In that same rehearsal, the award for Miss Photogenic was awarded to one of the main favorites, Miss Germany, and Miss Personality went to Miss Paraguay. The Excellence Award was also presented to the National Director who would have best projected the motto “Beauty with Purpose” with a £ 1,000 award to the charity of the winning country and the award went to Singapore. The National Director, Mrs. Seow Peck Leng, received it.

                Before beginning the recording of the introductions in national costumes for the BBC broadcast, a third candidate was ordered by the High Commissioner of her country in Great Britain to leave the contest: Miss India, a 20-year-old from Bombay, who had to abide by it without the right to claim. And a fourth contestant, Miss Jamaica, also received the request from her government. Although she had not been sponsored by them, the government stated that failure to withdraw would seriously embarrass the Caribbean island’s anti-apartheid policies. However, Miss Jamaica did not express opinions on the matter and recorded her presentation in national costume with her other 69 companions. By the way, in the pre-recorded costumes’ parade, for the first time in history, each candidate introduced herself, saying name, age and occupation. The serenade that Andy Williams later dedicated to the 70 contestants on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall was also pre-recorded and would be the musical opening of the event. After the recording and rehearsal, the candidates went to a West End beauty salon to be ready for the big night and enjoyed a farewell party offered by the Miss World organization at the Britannia hotel. By the way, despite the fact that they had already recorded the presentation in national costumes, at dawn on the day of the finals two more candidates had to give up their dreams of becoming Miss World: Miss Singapore and Miss Malaysia who had been ordered to leave the contest by their respective governments. Miss Singapore had said days before that she was fed up with being told what to do and where to go. “We have no freedom to do our own thing. I don’t blame chaperones or security guards,” she said. She also complained that many girls were upset by the favoritism towards a handful of contestants, especially from Europe and Latin America, and how the gamblers made them feel like a piece of meat on a sideboard. She had also said that she did not want to win as she did not think she could cope with the discomfort and tension of the title and that she would actually feel sorry for the girl who won the crown. However, when they told her that she had to leave, she regretted having to do it at the last minute. “It is not a matter of winning or losing. I have come here going through pain to prepare for the final night so that now they tell me that I must quit at the last minute. But if it is a government decision, I will have to obey it,” she said. Despite some bad times that she experienced as when three crazy suitors almost harassed her in a restaurant, the night she cried homesick and when she felt that she was going to top with so much disappointment, she said that this had been an experience she will never forget and that she had made many friends.

                Her director, Mrs. Seow Peck Leng, who had won the “Beauty with Purpose” award, said that after this it would be useless doing the contest again, because every year it would be the same thing and that the Miss World organization won’t let a pageant without Miss South Africa for political whims. She was concerned that this could ruin plans to hold part of Miss World 1978 in Singapore. The same was the opinion of the Malaysian director, Paul Lee, who had already organized the local contest for eight years and in which he had invested a lot of money and effort. At first he refused to withdraw his candidate due to all the expenses incurred in moving the girl to London and the entourage made up of five other people. He said he would only withdraw her if the Malaysian government agreed to reimburse his expenses, which apparently was accepted, as he ended up officially withdrawing Miss Malaysia. Both directors agreed that they would not hold more contests without some type of guarantee from the government of their countries and the Miss World organization.

                And what Eric and Julia Morley feared so much happened … Just hours before the contest began, there was a rampage of participants, who withdrew on the orders of their governments because they did not want representatives of their countries to be involved in a contest where a white South African also participated. SANROC had gotten away with it again !!. Five more girls had been forced to resign: Miss Jamaica, Miss Liberia, Miss Mauritius, Miss Yugoslavia, and Miss Swaziland. The rebellious Miss Swaziland was still reluctant to obey her government’s orders. In view of her refusal, Swaziland High Commission officials telephoned Scotland Yard to prevent the candidate from entering Albert Hall. Scotland Yard refused, but Julia Morley advised Miss Swaziland to do as she was told. She was removed from the contest less than an hour before the show began. Julia Morley told the press that she had been told that there would be threats of violence against the girl if she remained in the pageant, and furiously accused the “political opportunists” of trying to sabotage her event. But they could no longer have anything else to do, so the show must go on …

THE FINALS.-

                Thursday November 17 arrived. The day of the great finals of Miss World 1977. The bookmakers had Miss Brazil as their great favorite, averaging 2-1 their chances, followed by Miss Germany 5-1 and then Miss United States, Miss Austria and Miss United Kingdom, the three with 12-1. “In my country, men bet on races, not women. I feel like a horse,” said Miss Brazil somewhat annoyed. By the way, the operators of the gambling subsidiary of Mecca had decided to boycott the contest due to the bad treatment that their representative received on the day of the presentation to the press. The influential DAILY MIRROR daily published their favorites, which were Miss Germany, Miss Brazil, Miss Sweden, Miss United Kingdom, Miss Australia, Miss Peru and Miss Norway. That morning, a local newspaper published the photo of Miss United Kingdom topless. The furious mother of the North Shields beauty queen promised to act against the man who took the photos when Madeline was in the south of France on a beach during her summer vacation.

                Outside the Albert Hall, some 20 protesters waving placards chanted, “Racism out, sexism out, equality” before the show started and dropped smelly bombs. Feminists said that the contest degraded women. However, this incident did not escalate. At 7:55 p.m., the opening by Phil Tate and the Miss World orchestra began, followed by the British National Anthem. Eric Morley gave his customary words of welcome before introducing the 63 contestants in alphabetical order (with the disqualified Miss Italy included) in their first parade of the evening, in gowns. Immediately, the parade in individual bathing suits of each of them came and, in the end of it, they posed in groups of five and six in front of the judges. Due to the last minute withdrawal of seven of the contestants, the last groups were not properly defined in alphabetical order, as the order was distorted from Miss Ireland. After a brief recess enlivened by the Phil Tate orchestra, Ray Moore, one of the comperes of the evening, proceeded to reveal the names of the 15 semifinalists, who were briefly interviewed by him on stage.

                They were: Miss AUSTRALIA (Jaye-Leanne Hopewell, 18, from Palmyra, Western Australia); Miss AUSTRIA (Eva Maria Duringer, 18, from Durnbirn); Miss BRAZIL (Madalena Sbaraíni, 21, from Porto Alegre); Miss DENMARK (Anette Dybdal Simonsen, 16, from Odense); Miss FINLAND (Asta Seppälä, 21, from Helsinki); Miss FRANCE (18-year-old Véronique Bassoon, from Thouars); Miss GERMANY (23-year-old Dagmar-Gabriele Winkler from Nuremberg); Miss HOLLAND (25-year-old Ineke Berends from Amsterdam); Miss MEXICO (Hilda Elizabeth Aguilar González, 22, from Naucalpan); Miss PERU (María Isabel Frías Zavala, 22 years old, from Lima); Miss SPAIN (Guillermina Ruiz Doménech, 21, from Barcelona); Miss SWEDEN (20-year-old Mary Ann-Catrin Stävin from Orebro); Miss SWITZERLAND (Daniela Patricia Haberli, 20, from Zurich); Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Madeleine Karen Stringer, 24, from North Shields) and Miss UNITED STATES (Cindy Darlene Miller, 20, from Chesapeake, Virginia).

               At 9:25 pm, the uninterrupted transmission of the contest began for the next 78 minutes through BBC-1 with the prerecorded opening by Andy Williams performing the song “Isn’t She Lovely” and the introduction of the contestants in their national costumes. It was then broadcast live with Andy Williams entering the stage, who proceeded to introduce the judges. They were:

01- Maurice Hope, England’s middleweight boxing champion..

02- Oliver Tobias, Swiss actor based in the United Kingdom.

03- Micky Dolenz, Americn actor, musician and vocalist of the Monkeys.

04- English actor, Robert Powell.

05- Dr. Reita Faria, Miss World 1966 of India.

06- Eric Morley, President of Mecca, Variety International and Chaiman of the Judges.

07- Joan Collins, famous English actress.

08- Claude Francois, French singer.

09- Barry Sheene, corredor británico de motocicletas.

10- Cynthia Wetzell, Director from Samoa.

                After meeting the judges, Andy proceeded to call the 15 semi-finalists on stage in their individual swimsuit parade, while Ray Moore commented on each candidate’s attributes. Following the show, Andy Williams performed the song “Sad” for the audience. Then the 15 semi-finalists paraded in their evening gowns, again with comments from Ray Moore. After the individual parade, the 15 girls posed in a group for the judges As they deliberated, Andy Williams called out the outgoing Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare, who was interviewed by Ray Moore. After the interview, Andy Williams returned to the stage with the name of the last 7 finalists, whom he proceeded to call in random order and briefly interview them as he called them. They were: Miss SWEDEN, Miss GERMANY, Miss UNITED STATES, Miss HOLLAND, Miss AUSTRALIA, Miss UNITED KINGDOM and Miss BRAZIL. As the girls returned to the backstage to await the results, Andy Williams sang the songs “Can’t Get Using to Losing You”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. After that, he invited Julia Morley to present the awards and Eric Morley to announce the result in reverse order. Morley commented that the judges had chosen five different winners and had to vote again. The result was as follows:

                Fifth, Miss USA, Cindy Darlene Miller with a prize of £ 250; fourth, Miss BRAZIL, Madalena Sbaraíni, winner of £ 500; in third place, Miss GERMANY, Dagmar-Gabriele Winkler, with £ 1,000 prize. Second place and runner-up for Miss World, Miss HOLLAND, Ineke Berends, who won £ 2,000. They all received their crowns behind the scenes and their silver trophies on stage from Julia Morley. Only three girls were waiting behind: Miss Sweden, Miss Australia and Miss United Kingdom.

MISS WORLD 1977.-

                AND MISS WORLD 1977 is … Miss SWEDEN !!!. Mary Ann-Catrin Stävin, a blonde, 20 years old, with blue eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall and measurements 33-22-34, dressed in a simple black dress, could not believe that she had been the winner. In fact she thought she had been in seventh place !!. She received her sash that credited her as Miss World 1977 behind the scenes and went out to receive her silver cup from Julia Morley. Once on the throne, she received the crown from the outgoing queen, Cindy Breakspeare, and Julia presented the royal scepter, while Andy Williams gave the weeping new winner the first kiss. After taking her triumphal walk with the chords of the official march of the contest, Mary returned to the throne to be congratulated by her friend Miss Holland and thus conclude the transmission.

                The Coronation Ball was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. There all the winners received their checks, including the ones that got sixth and seventh place, Miss United Kingdom and Miss Australia, who won 150 and 100 pounds respectively. Likewise, each of the remaining semifinalists received a £ 50 prize and, additionally, the National Director of the winning country, in this case Sweden, also received a prize of £ 1,000. Meanwhile, the new Miss World received her £ 5,000 prize and the chance to generate another £ 15,000 in presentations and publicity during her year of reign. In addition, one of the sponsors presented her with a green Volvo car. At the Coronation Ball there was a small incident of jealousy when the motorcycle racer’s girlfriend, Barry Sheene, who was one of the judges, did not allow him to dance or take photos with the new Miss World. “I’m not the best, I didn’t expect to win at all.” “I thought they would choose anyone but me. I never expected it to be me,” the new queen told the media, confessing that her favorite was Miss Brazil. The first thing she did after winning was call her boyfriend, architect Perove Janensson, 25. “I’ve been here three weeks and I miss him so much,” she said. “Marriage? Oh no, I am too young,” exclaimed the beautiful young woman at the press conference that took place the next morning at the Britannia Hotel. The winner was one of three girls who caused a controversy early in the Miss World preliminaries by saying that she entered the contest simply by a phone call. Mary Stavin, a farmer’s daughter, said she was harvesting strawberries when someone called her and asked if she would like to represent Sweden. Mary remained in the UK to fulfill her commitments as Miss World, was as a special guest at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium on November 21 with Bob Hope; She returned to Sweden to spend Christmas with her family and returned to London in January 1978. Her assistant, a young woman named Jean, was preparing the bookings for her. Mary toured Mecca social clubs across the UK, traveled to different countries, and handed her crown to her successor the following year in London. Mary was the third, and so far the last, Swedish to earn the coveted title.

                The BBC-1 broadcast of the contest reached 18,150,000 viewers, making it the fifth most watched show. However, it dropped significantly from the $ 25 million originally expected. Another news event occurred on December 23, 1977 when it was published in the British newspapers that the Miss World organization had decided that from 1978 it would not allow South Africa to participate in the contest, to avoid the boycott of the countries that had withdrawn their representatives in the last two editions of the world competition.

BIOGRAPHY OF MISS WORLD 1977.-

                Mary Ann-Catrin Stävin was born in Orebro, Sweden on August 20, 1957. The daughter of a farmer, she dedicated herself to the harvest and to her Physical Education studies. In addition to Swedish, she spoke English and German. In 1977, at age 20, she received a call from photographer Gunnar Larssen to invite her to participate in Miss World. “I didn’t think I had a chance to win, but it sounded like fun, so I said yes,” recalls Mary. She traveled to London and was crowned, to her surprise, as Miss World 1977 on Thursday, November 17. During her year of reign she modeled in Paris, attended the Variety Club Convention in Seattle, Washington (USA), traveled to Malta, Bermuda, Australia, Malaysia and toured the United Kingdom. On March 30, 1978 she dispelled rumors of an affair with Liverpool soccer star Graeme Souness. Mary insisted, “I have no plan to marry.” In May she took a short vacation in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and then continued with her commitments as sovereign of world beauty. She was a judge in Miss World in 1980 and 2010 and hostess of the contest in 1986. Stavin released the album “Feeling Good, Being Bad / Headline News” with the Ariola label in 1979. She appeared in the music videos for “Ant Rap” and “Strip “by Adam Ant. Mary also appeared in the exercise video” Shake Up and Dance” with British soccer star George Best, ex-boyfriend of Marjorie Wallace and with whom she was romantically linked between 1982 and 1983; She was also related to the actor Steve Jamieson. In addition, Stavin acted in several films, the most stellar being “Octopussy” in 1983 and the “A View to a Kill” in 1985, where she played agent Kimberley Jones. She had the rare distinction of having appeared in those two James Bond movies in different roles and was especially memorable as William Katt’s seductive neighbor, Tanya, in the delightful horror comedy “House”. She also starred in the horror film Open House (1987), starring Joseph Bottoms. Her other films include Alien Terminator (1988), The Opponent (1988), Strike Commando 2 (1988), Born to Fight (1989), and Howling V: The Rebirth (1989). She also played Icelandic businesswoman Heba in “Twin Peaks”. She married the American businessman Nicholas Wilcockson in 2002, when she worked as a librarian in Los Angeles and with whom she had a daughter, Liliana Rose, born in 2008. She currently lives in Beverly Hills, California.

THE OTHER CONTESTANTS.-

                Miss Spain was 2nd runner-up of Miss Universe 1978 held in Acapulco, Mexico, where Miss Ireland reached a position among the semifinalists and where Miss Malta also competed. The Spanish also participated along with Miss Norway, Miss France and Miss Ireland in Miss Europe 1978, a title won by Miss Austria and where the first runner-up was Miss Germany. Incidentally, the Austrian later married fashion designer Roberto Cavalli in 1980 and with whom she had three children: Robert, Rachele and Daniele. They currently live in Florence, Italy. Miss Ireland was 4th. runner-up in Miss International 1978, where Miss France, Miss Iceland and Miss Switzerland also participated. Miss Thailand won Miss Asia 1978, Miss Philippines was 3rd runner-up in the 1978 Miss Amber World and then in 2012, she became Vice-President of Carousel, company that organizes Miss Earth. Miss Italy competed in Miss Europe and Miss Universe in 1981. Miss Holland married, owned a restaurant in Amsterdam, and lives in Miami Beach, Florida (USA). Miss Germany married Hans Rudolf Wöhrl and got into politics in her country. She was a member of parliament between 1994 and 2017. She had two children, one of whom, Emanuel, died in an accident in 2001. Her other son, Marcus, launched as a candidate for the European Parliament in 2004.

                Miss Mexico was the special host of the “Midnight Varieties” program and ventured into the artistic environment of her country. She became immensely famous for being named the first “PlayGirl” in Mexico after posing nude for the men’s magazine Playboy in 1984, causing great controversy and becoming one of the greatest sex symbols of the 80’s. She was a singer and between 1979 and 2005 she worked as a film actress and also made roles on television between 1980 and 2012. In 1988 she won the Ariel Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie “Mariana, Mariana”. Miss Honduras married engineer Joyce Talbott. She worked in the Diplomatic Ceremony of the Foreign Ministry of her country and over time was appointed Ambassador of Honduras in Taiwan and Japan. She was a judge of Miss International in 2013. Today Marlene Villela-Talbott is the General Director of Legal Affairs and Agreements and Treaties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Honduras. Miss Panama, who had been handpicked for Miss World, participated the following year in Miss Panama and was second runner-up. She is an entrepreneur and currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miss Brazil was heavily publicized in the press, magazines, and made several television commercials. She currently lives in the countryside with her mother in Rio Grande Do Sul, is a calligrapher and attended the celebration of 60 years of Brazil in Miss World, two years ago. Miss Venezuela became an announcer, singer, TV actress, catwalk and commercial model. She traveled throughout the country with the Show of the Misses, was the image of Catalina swimsuits and paraded for Tropicana. She made several plays and participated in the soap opera “Luz Marina” with María Conchita Alonso. She married Alfredo Ríos in 1982 and was an English teacher at Colegio El Peñón for many years. She currently owns her own company “Jackie´s Ventas” in Caracas and has a son named Ignacio Alberto Ríos, who was born in 1986. On the other hand, Andy Williams died on September 25, 2012 of bladder cancer at 84.

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