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Miss World 1980



                In 1980, the world population exceeded 4 billion inhabitants, one billion of them in China. This year the famous “Mariel Exodus” occurs in which more than 125,000 Cubans flee from communism by sea to Miami. 82 countries boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest of the invasion of Afghanistan. In Peru, the terrorist actions of Sendero Luminoso begin shortly before the presidential election of Fernando Belaúnde Terry after many years of military rule. The war between Iraq and Iran begins while a peace treaty is signed between El Salvador and Honduras. Earthquakes in El Asnam (Algeria), Irpinia (Italy), Oaxaca (Mexico) and the Azores Islands cause thousands of deaths. Other strong tremors also affect the Gulf of Honduras and Eureka (California). Hurricane Allen wreaks havoc in Haiti and Texas. Mount St. Helena erupts in Washington state and a heat wave in the United States causes almost two thousand deaths in that country. In the US, Republican and former actor Ronald Reagan is elected as President, while Indira Gandhi returns to be Prime Minister of India, Pierre Trudeau returns to power in Canada and, in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe assumes the position of Prime Minister. This country (formerly known as Rhodesia) is now recognized by the United Kingdom. Vanuatu (former New Hebrides) gains independence from the British Empire. In Iceland, a woman, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, is elected for the first time as President, being the first in the world chosen in democratic elections. In Holland, Queen Juliana abdicates in favor of her daughter Beatrix. There is a massacre of students in South Korea who were marching in favor of democracy, which left thousands of dead and in Bologna (Italy) a terrorist attack occurs in the train station that left almost a hundred victims. Catholic Archbishop Óscar Romero, a defender of human rights, is assassinated in El Salvador while celebrating a mass in the midst of the civil war. This event was a source of inspiration for Rubén Blades’ song “El Padre Antonio y el Monaguillo Andrés”. A fire at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas causes 85 victims while NASA’s Voyager I spacecraft makes its approach to the planet Saturn. This year the hepatitis B vaccine and the popular Japanese video game “Pac-Man” were invented.

                In Seoul, South Korea, the American Shawn Weatherly is crowned as Miss Universe while the Costa Rican Lorna Chávez obtains the title of Miss International in Japan, the song “What’s another year?” from Irish Johnny Logan wins the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague and “Contigo Mujer” from Puerto Rican Rafael José the OTI Festival in Buenos Aires. The films “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, “Superman II”, “The Blue Lagoon” (with Brook Shields), “Fame”, “Friday the 13th”, “The Gods Must Be Crazy” and “La Niña de la Mochila Azul” (The girl with the blue backpack with Pedrito Fernández) are released in theaters. The CNN news network began their broadcasts, the TV program “Magnum P.I.” is released in the US (with Tom Selleck) and the last episode of the cartoon “Pink Panther” is broadcast, while in Mexico the last chapter of “El Chavo del Ocho” is broadcast as an independent program. This year the Israeli Miss World Linor Abargil, the Puerto Rican Miss Universe Denise Quiñones, the Venezuelan actresses and former Misses Mariángel Ruíz and Marjorie De Sousa, the models Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bundchen, the North American actor Macaulay Culkin, the Cuban William Levy, the singer Christina Aguilera, Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho and television presenter Vanessa Minillo-Lachey (Miss Teen USA 1998) were born, while Wilhelmina (the creator of the fashion agency of the same name), the English comedian Peter Sellers, the filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, the American actors Steve McQueen and Mae West, as well as the Mexican Sara García, the Shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi), dictator Tito of Yugoslavia and British businessman of South African origin (and partner of Eric Morley) Billy Butlin, died. On the other hand, the ex-British singer of “The Beatles”, John Lennon, is assassinated by a fan outside his building in New York and the ex-Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.


                The Miss World pageant was officially sold by Mecca on December 28, 1979 and purchased for approximately £ 500,000 by a consortium between Eric and Julia Morley (who owned JEM International firm), Billy Butlin and John Trevor Roche Baines, a wealthy businessman from the Isle of Man. The new company was called “Miss World Limited”. A North American television network had offered a succulent dollar amount to buy the exclusive broadcast of the contest, but there was also what was offered by the BBC and other British channels (in fact there were five television stations that wanted to buy the rights) and the Morleys with their partners were faced with the dilemma between keeping the contest in Great Britain or moving it to the United States. Finally, on January 8, 1980 they made the decision and, despite the fact that the amount offered by the Americans was higher, the Morleys preferred that the contest continue to be televised from the United Kingdom. That day it was revealed that the BBC had lost the broadcasting rights for the popular world beauty pageant, which had started in 1956 (although the result of the pageant had been broadcast on that channel’s newscast since 1953) and the beauty pageant was now to be produced by Independent Television and was to be broadcast on Thames Television (ITV) which had secured the rights for £ 750,000. The deal was finalized after weeks of private conversations between the contest organizer, Eric Morley and Thames Managing Director, Brian Cowgill, a former BBC man.  

               Like all good losers, the BBC’s CEO, Mr. Alasdair Milne, confessed that he was “sad to see Miss World go to ITV”. But he added: “There comes a time when we have to stop escalating our costs. With only limited funds at our disposal, we had to bid within our limits and risk losing this popular event.” Although Thames nearly doubled the offer made by the BBC for broadcast rights to the Miss World pageant over the next three years, three American companies made higher offers. Morley said he would have taken “a fantastic amount” of cash for taking the Miss World away from Britain. He believed the ITV deal was better because the contest started in Great Britain and could now be kept in there. While Cowgill was shy about the amount involved, he said it was “less than what the BBC had paid for the movie” The Sting, “which aired on Christmas.” Morley said the best American offer was worth around £ 950,000, but that the contractual differences made them difficult to compare. The ITV deal also included television rights for the Miss England, Miss Scotland, Miss Wales and Miss United Kingdom pageants, and the final used to guarantee some 25 million viewers. This would be a good boost for ITV ratings after losing the battle against the BBC over Christmas. The contest, to be held at the Royal Albert Hall, would see a longer program and some changes to the BBC format.


                In April, Melanie Phillips discovered how beauty entrepreneur Eric Morley planned to inject cash into the National Health Service headquarters, hoping to take advantage of philanthropic sources to shore up health service finances. Morley was named a member of the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham area health authority that month and was now a member of the authority’s finance committee. He said he had two goals: to raise money from charitable sources for area health services and to eliminate health policy. At that time he was also the president of the Variety Club International for the Eastern Hemisphere, and had organized a number of fundraising campaigns for area hospitals, since he lived in Dulwich. He was nominated by physicians at King’s College Hospital and designated by the Southeast Thames Regional Authority. His appointment reflected the government’s enthusiasm “for using voluntary donations to help finance the health service.”

           Mr. Morley had no prior experience in managing health services, and said he believed that local recommendation and national political approval had played a role in his appointment. “We cannot give people free health in this country,” he said. “In a perfect world, the state should provide health services, but we know that it is not a perfect world. My hope is that we can get things sponsored by private entities that do not like the state to take money from them. For example, if a hospital wants a new boiler house, nobody will want to sponsor that. But if I can raise the money for a new kidney unit, then the health authority might be able to pay for the boiler house.” Mr Morley, a Conservative candidate at the last general election, said he was no longer involved in politics and indeed wanted to take politics out of the health service. The area’s residents will, however, have to wait to find out whether Mr Morley’s influence will lead to beauty contests to raise funds. “Miss World was only known for the razzmatazz because that’s what people saw on television. But what’s not known is that it raised about 10 million for charity”, Morley said.


                On 24 June 1980 a new agreement was signed for Miss World, which would increase the winner’s earnings by approximately £ 40,000 to £ 100,000 and increase the amount earmarked for charity work to £ 400,000. The man behind the new deal was American businessman Mark McCormack, founder of IMG (International Management Group, the company that currently runs the Miss Universe pageant), and who managed stars like Bjorn Borg and Muhammad Ali. The title was then expected to be used much more profitably. In addition, all the contestants would receive a cash prize just for having attended the contest, which obviously would increase interest in participating in the event. For the first time in the contest’s history, the girls would be judged on their personality and intelligence, rather than on their appearance.


                The Morleys were determined to have a Soviet representative for the first time, and for this they sent for the umpteenth time an invitation to the representatives of the Embassy of the Soviet Union in London. However, Soviet officials said “nyet” to the invitation, adding that the communist state was against “marketing of human flesh.” The Soviets had never before submitted a beauty to the contest because it focused solely on the physical attributes of the candidates. But this year, the organizers of the Miss World had changed certain rules, like refusing to release the contestants ‘vital statistics, and would focus more on the girls’ personality. Julia Morley had said that the Soviet authorities had shown interest this year in the contest due to the change in the rules. But after a meeting with the organizers of the contest, the Soviet representative Vladimir Siminov of the influential Russian Literary Gazette confirmed that there would be no representative of his country at the contest. “We don’t like the commercial aspect of money being made of the girls’ looks after the contest or the betting on them, it is undignified.” he said in conclusion, unraveling Morley’s dream.


                Despite the fact that the number of directors had been reduced to 75 (Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and Tunisia had declined), Julia Morley continued successfully organizing the contest, reinforced with “Beauty with a Purpose” projects around the world. The new country of Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, would take part in the contest again because the United Kingdom had already recognized the independence of this African nation and, therefore, lifted its boycott. Of those 75, two countries would be absent: In El Salvador the national beauty pageant was not held that year due to the civil war and in Portugal the contest was held in November, too late to attend London. In Austria, the organization of that country lost the Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss International franchises after choosing their 1980 owner, Miss Helga Scheidl, who was left wanting to attend an international pageant. Helga was originally going to represent the Austrians in the Miss Universe and Miss World 1980 contests. The rights to international pageants were obtained by a modeling agency in that country that year. Other nations like Ecuador and India preferred to appoint their representatives. Among the remaining 69 countries and territories that held their national competitions we can mention the following:

                – MISS COLOMBIA.- Twenty candidates competed for the title of “Miss Colombia 1979” on Monday, November 12 in Cartagena. The winner, Miss Antioquia (María Patricia Arbeláez), had to represent the country in Miss Universe, while the Vice-Queen, Miss Quindío (María Cristina Valencia), went to Miss World. The Princesses were Patricia Bellini (Valle), Rosa Paulina Dávila (Magdalena) and Ana María Uribe (Bogota).

                MISS FRANCE.- On Thursday December 27, 1979, the new Miss France was crowned at the Sheraton Hotel in Paris. The winner was Patricia Barzyk, Miss Jura, only 16 years old, who was unable to go to the Miss Universe due to her age. In second place and as “Miss France Overseas” was Miss Tahiti, Thilda Fuller and third, Florence Dourdou, Miss Languedoc. 50 candidates participated.

                – MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.- Patricia Polanco (mother of Amelia Vega), came in second place in the National Beauty Contest held on April 19, 1980 at the La Fuente nightclub at the Jaragua hotel, for which she obtained the right to represent the country in Miss World. The winner was Milagros Germán who went to Miss Universe and, in third place came Laura Fernández.

                – MISS HOLLAND.- On Sunday May 4, the new Miss Holland was chosen in Rotterdam, a title that went to Karin Gooyer, who was sent to Miss Universe. The finalists were Desiree Geelen (to Miss World), Inge Klok, Jacqueline Boertien (to Miss International) and Jeanette Akker.

                – MISS VENEZUELA.- The Macuto Sheraton Hotel Theater in Caraballeda, was for the first time the venue of the “Miss Venezuela 1980” contest, the first produced by Joaquín Riviera and broadcast in colour through Venevisión on the night of Thursday, May 8. The event, which was hosted by Gilberto Correa, Carmen Victoria Pérez and the former Miss Venezuela contestant Hilda Carrero, was won by Miss Lara, Maye Brandt, who was crowned by the 1979 Miss Universe, also Venezuelan Maritza Sayalero. In second place, with the right to go to Miss World, was Miss Department Vargas, Hilda Abrahamz and third, heading to Miss International, Miss Amazonas, Graciela La Rosa (winner of Miss Bikini International 1978). The top 5 was completed by Miss Guárico, Lisbeth Fernández (winner of the Miss Tourism of the Americas 1981 in Ecuador) and Miss Aragua, Julie Fernández, who was later dismissed due to statements issued by her two days later denouncing irregularities in the contest. Fourteen candidates participated.

                – MISS MEXICO.- The event was held on May 25 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. Ana Patricia Núñez from the state of Sonora (to Miss Universe) won it. The finalists were the representatives of Sinaloa, Gracia Conchita González; Morelos, María de Jesús Nazari; Campeche, Lorena Medina Hernández and Chihuahua, María Dolores Camarena. Curiously, the girl who was designated to go to Miss World was Miss Tamaulipas, Claudia Mercedes Holley, who had only been a semifinalist and obtained the Miss Photogenic award.

                –  MISS HONDURAS.- Miss Honduras experienced a great scandal in 1980. That year a social editor named Nora Landa Blanco had “fixed” to win Miss Intibucá, Luz Ernestina Mejía, the secretary of the Honduran Minister of Economy, Carlos Manuel Zerón and granddaughter of the Patriarch of the liberal party in La Esperanza. The country had in mind that she would be Miss Honduras but she literally lost the title in the swimsuit competition on the night of May 27 at the Tropicana Cinema in San Pedro Sula. After this parade, the public understood that the ruling would change. His Excellency the Ambassador of Venezuela in Honduras, Lizandro Anzola, was a judge along with the current Miss Universe, Venezuelan Maritza Sayalero, and detected the arrangements. He told Maritza that he would vote for Miss Tela, Deyni Zaccaro or Miss El Progreso, Etelvina Raudales and Sayalero winked at him in approval. No one imagined Nora’s agitation after learning the result of the vote count. Fourth runner-up was Miss Valle de Angeles, Charlotte Thiebaud; Third, Miss La Ceiba, Jennifer Bustillo Ponce; Second, Miss Tela, Deyni Zaccaro; First runner-up, Miss Intibucá, Luz Ernestina Mejía and Miss Honduras 1980, Miss El Progreso, Etelvina Raudales, who traveled to both the Miss Universe and Miss World contests, because the first runner-up gave up her right to go to London in September.

                – MISS BOLIVIA.- In 1980, Gloria Limpias, who was in her second year organizing the Miss Bolivia contest, moved the pageant from La Paz to Santa Cruz, ushering in a new era in the pageant. That year the event had the support of the Junior Chamber of Santa Cruz and was in the Mau Mau ballroom with the participation of eight candidates of which three were from Santa Cruz. The event was won by Sonia Pereyra Parada, Miss Santa Cruz (to Miss Universe) and in second place Miss Sucre, Sonia Malpartida (to Miss World), being the only Chuquisacan to have participated in said contest.

                – MISS BRAZIL.- Eveline Schroeter won the Miss Brazil crown on Friday June 13 at the Presidente Médici Gym in Brasilia with 26 candidates. The beautiful blonde, representative of the state of Rio de Janeiro, represented the country in Miss Universe. This was the last Miss Brazil organized by Associated Diaries and the last one that was broadcast by the Tupi Network, which was declared bankrupt and was taken off the air by the Brazilian military in the middle of that year. The finalists were Miss Sao Paulo, Fernanda Bôscolo de Camargo (to Miss International), Miss Brasilia, Loiane Rogéria Aiache (to Miss World), Miss Rio Grande Do Sul, Adriana Zselinsky and Miss Mato Grosso, Shirley Tereza Damian.

                – MISS GERMANY.- On June 26, the towering Gabriella Brum was crowned Miss Germany at the International Congress Center (ICC) in Berlin, her choice being criticized because she no longer lived in her country but in the United States. The finalists were Petra Machalinski and Hedy Brandt.

                – MISS SWITZERLAND- Jeannette Linkenheil, 22, obtained the title of “Miss Switzerland 1980” on Saturday, July 5 among 15 candidates, earning the right to represent the country in Miss World. Because the contest was late, Jeannette could not go to the Miss Universe pageant of that year, but she went in 1982. The first runner-up was Jolanda Egger, who went to Miss Europe 1981.

                – Miss COMMONWEALTH BAHAMAS.- It took place on Sunday, August 3 at the Le Cabaret Theater on Paradise Island with 12 contestants. The winner was Bernadette Cash, while the finalists were Melanie Thompson, Philippa Mortimer, Wendy Roberts and Annette Richardson.

                – MISS JAMAICA.- Twenty-year-old Michelle Harris, a graduate of the University of Miami, won the crown of “Miss Jamaica 1980” on Saturday, August 23 at the National Arena in Kingston, among 20 candidates. In 2nd. was placed Marie-Clare Delapenha as “Miss Jamaica International” and in 3rd place Heidi Ann Wells as “Miss Jamaica Maja”. Finalists were Diedre Hart and Dorraine Samuels.

                – MISS UNITED KINGDOM.- Miss Wales, Kim Ashfield, who unsuccessfully participated in the Miss Universe in Seoul, won the title of “Miss United Kingdom 1980” on Thursday August 28 at the Brighton Center with 30 candidates, in the first event broadcast by ITV. The finalists were Nicky Wright (Miss Poole) and Julie Duckworth (Miss England). Curiously, the Scottish Linda Gallagher, who months earlier had been 1st runner-up at Miss Universe, failed this time.

                – MISS SPAIN.- The election of Miss Spain 1980 took place on August 30 in Puerto Príncipe, Benalmádena (Malaga). The winner was Paquita Ondiviela Otero, “Miss Las Palmas”, a 17-year-old blonde model, who traveled to Miss World 1980 and Miss Universe 1981. The representative of Barcelona, María García Alcaide, was chosen as “Miss National”, (to Miss International 1980 and Miss Europe 1981), and as First runner-up the candidate from Cantabria, María Ángeles Fraile.

                – MISS GUAM WORLD.- On Sunday, September 14, Miss Kimberly Santos was crowned “Miss Guam World 1980” at the Jack’s Supper Club in Agana. The finalists were Gabriele Terlaje and Linda Duke. Kimberly also got the Miss Photogenic award.

                – MISS PERU WORLD.- In 1980, for unknown reasons, Benjamin Kreimer and Enrique Escardó separated after working together for 5 years in the organization of Miss Peru, so each one decides to do a separate contest, the first to select a Miss Peru for Miss Universe, and the second to select a Miss Peru for Miss World. Escardó decides to give the general coordination of the Miss Peru World to Paco Álava and he is in charge of carrying out what in the opinion of many was the best organized Peruvian beauty contest of all time, with a high level of candidates and a gigantic display of diffusion in the media. The contest was held at the Municipal Theater of Lima, with 20 candidates, on September 16 and the winner was Roxana Vega, who traveled to Miss World in London. The finalists were Cristina Boza (to Miss Maja International), Nancy Brescia, Patricia Benavides, Mónica Moreno, Mariela Monier and Paulina Muro.

                – QUEST OF QUESTS.- It was held at the Melbourne GTV-9 studios on Wednesday, September 17. It was won by Linda Shepherd, 18, of Wollongong, being crowned by Miss World, Gina Swainson. The finalists were Angela Woodhouse (to Miss Asia 1981), Jenny Derek (to Miss International 1981) and Sherry Mountford (to Miss Young International 1981).

                – MISS WORLD SINGAPORE.- It was held on Wednesday September 24 at the Theater-Restaurant Neptuno and was attended by Gina Swainson, Miss World. The winner was Adda Pang, who had been 2nd runner-up the year before. This year’s finalists were Serene Yong and Tan Bee Lee.

                – MISS WORLD PUERTO RICO.- The Aguadilla Coliseum was the venue for the contest held on Saturday, September 27 to benefit disabled children and adults in Puerto Rico. The contest was won by Michelle Torres Cintrón from the town of Ponce.

                – MISS WORLD AMERICA.- The blonde Miss Hawaii, Brooke Alexander, took the crown of “Miss World America 1980” among 51 entrants on Saturday, October 18, at the event held at the Night Club Studio 54 in New York to benefit the Kidney Foundation of that state. The finalists were Miss Virginia, Cathy Bohannon; Miss Massachusetts, Nerine Kidd; and Miss Vermont, Yvonne West. This was the last year that this event was held because the franchise changed hands in 1981.

                – MISS ARGENTINA.- The Miss Argentina pageant for Miss World was held on the night of Tuesday, October 21 at Canal 13’s biggest studio. The pageant was won by a repeat in beauty pageants, Elsa Cecilia Galotti, 20 years old, who only a few months before she had carried the title of “Miss Elegance” in the Miss Argentina pageant for Miss Universe. At 5 feet 10 inches tall and measuring 36-24-37, “Nequi”, as she was called, defeated 21 other candidates and was crowned by the former Miss Seven Days and 1972 Miss Pan American Beauty, Graciela Alfano. Nequi was a classical dancer and was born in the city of Rafaela, province of Santa Fe. The finalists were María Daniela Carrara (who later won Miss Argentina for Miss Universe 1983), Mercedes Penz, Norma Beatriz Lambreschi and Miriam Noli. The title of Miss Elegance went to María Alejandra Basile (later elected Miss Argentina Universe 1982).


                A former Miss World is determined this year’s Miss World Canada Beauty Pageant whose theme is Beauty with a Purpose is going to be the best ever. Jennifer Craig, Miss World of 1970 is now one of the leading organizers on the Miss World Canada executive committee, and is meeting with screening agencies across Canada to ensure first-rate competitors enter the pageant this year. Canada has never had an entrant make it to the Miss World finals in London and Craig, who now lives south of Ottawa, thinks it’s long overdue. “We’re looking for women who believe in their own capabilities,” said Craig, 32, who had just stepped down as High Commissioner of Grenada in Canada. She added that the woman of the 80s was ambitious and hard-working. “We want girls to realize the potential of women in the 1980s,” she said. “That’s what we mean by beauty with a purpose.” The first edition of Miss World Canada, an event produced by Alan Thicke, was attended by Miss World, Gina Swainson from Bermuda and was held on Saturday August 30 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. An 18-year-old student from the city of Charlesbourg, Quebec, Annette Labrecque, won the crown by defeating 20 other girls from across the country. Labrecque, whose goal was to become a doctor, obtained the right to represent Canada in the Miss World pageant. Her awards included clothing, jewelry, a trip to Ecuador, as well as London, and a fur coat. All the contestants received scholarships. The finalists were Earla Steward of Perth, Ontario; Jacquelyn Lee Renner, Miss Saskatoon and Wendy Milinkovich, Miss Niagara Peninsula.





               The thirtieth edition of Miss World was held from 1 to 14 November in the city of London. This year, the Tower Hotel would host contestants from around the globe for the first time and the girls would be concentrated on the 10th and 11th floors, which would be completely locked out for the rest of the guests. The first candidate to arrive in the British capital was Miss Gibraltar, who arrived at Gatwick airport on October 26. Later, on the 31st of that month, the friendly Miss Argentina stepped on British soil. However, most of the entrants arrived in London on Saturday 1st. and Sunday, November 2, although some such as Miss Germany arrived days later. The first official activity of the contest was held on Monday, November 3 with the usual tour of the city. Participants visited the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, the famous Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the mounted guard and St. Paul’s Cathedral, among other places of interest. In the evening, they attended the Welcome Dinner. The following days, the girls went shopping, pre-recorded images for ITV in Hyde Park, took a boat on the River Thames, and did the talent rounds. Organizers alerted contestants that they may not have visits by boyfriends or entertain males without chaperones “It is a little old fashioned for this day and age”, said Miss Hong Kong., who was a police inspector in her country. “I have several boyfriends and if one of them came over I would like to see him”. “I think I can take care of myself” said the oriental beauty, confessing that she was also an expert in Kung Fu. A group of guards with walkie-talkies would prevent any candidate from violating the ban. “It is for their own good,” said Julia Morley. “Two weeks is not long for them to distance themselves from their loved ones,” she added. Miss UK agreed. “Absence makes love grow,” she said. “I don’t intend to mix business with pleasure.”

               On Friday, November 7, the customary luncheon was offered by the Variety Club of Great Britain at the Grosvenor House Hotel, which was attended by the contestants dressed in their national costumes, as was traditional, and bringing the typical gifts that would be auctioned for charity. In the event, as always, the bookmakers sneaked in, who, notebook in hand, scored the countries of their favorites. In the evening, the beauties along with the outgoing Miss World, Gina Swainson from Bermuda, who incidentally complained about how expensive it was to live in London, were invited to witness the play “Swan Lake” at the Opera House in Covent Garden, an elegant location that was used the next day to record the presentation of the candidates in their evening gowns, which was a novelty in the contest. 67 of the 73 expected misses had arrived in London. The representatives of CHILE (Gabriela del Carmen Valdés Aravena), DOMINICA (Fedrina Sampson), ICELAND (Auður Elisabet Guðmundsdottir), NIGERIA (Syster Jack), TAHITI (Tatiana Teraiamano) and YUGOSLAVIA (Zorica Pesek) did not arrive in time for the contest. On Saturday afternoon the 8th, beauties from all over the world welcomed a group of children at a Christmas party with the presence of Santa Claus, held at the Tower Hotel and where the contestants shared with the children all afternoon.


                On November 7, it was revealed that the Scottish city of Aberdeen had invested £ 75,000 in beauty. After conversations with the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant, a representative of the company Amaranth Promotions Ltd., a company that included Jon Osborne, who until the previous year had worked as director of Miss World, said that they had been awarded exclusive franchise agreements to organize national preliminaries to send Miss England, Miss Ireland, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales to participate in the 1981 Miss Universe beauty pageant, rights which until the previous year belonged to Eric Morley.


               Miss Israel, Anat Zimmermann, the 18-year-old student described by the newspapers as a young woman with a quick and dazzling smile, became a bookmaker favorite that day to win the Miss World beauty pageant. Ladbroke’s, one of London’s bookmaker, opened its bets on the annual show and calculated the odds for Miss Israel at 11-2, which meant that a $ 2 bet would win $ 11 plus the original bet. Ladbroke’s published the first odds after photographs of some of the 67 participants appeared in the newspapers. Odds were expected to change as publicity expands before the final on November 13 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Other betting leaders were Miss United Kingdom with 6-1, Miss France and Miss Jamaica with 8-1, and Miss Ireland and Miss Switzerland with 10-1. Miss United States, a blonde 17-year-old receptionist from Kallua, Hawaii, was cited 12-1, along with Miss Australia. Miss USA, a basketball player, said she was related on her father’s side to Abraham Lincoln’s grandmother, Lucy Hanks. Gina Swainson of Bermuda, the reigning Miss World, told a reporter that she invested her first-prize money and hoped to do the same with whatever was left of her modeling earnings. “The Miss World Organization, which runs the contest, says these contracts are worth a minimum of £ 15,000, in addition to the first prize,” said the beautiful brunette.


                On Sunday, November 9, the Press Presentation was held at the Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square, which was attended by the 67 contestants wearing different colored long-sleeved tights sponsored by a sponsoring firm. On this occasion, the leotards did not have the names of the participating countries printed, so the contestants had to wear a small badge on their chests with the name of the country represented. The press did not receive all the data on the contestants this year. For example, Miss Germany was a blonde student interested in the theater, at 5 feet 11 inches tall, by the way the tallest of all the participants. Those were all the data that was given. For the first time in the contest’s 30-year history, the measurements of the competing girls were kept hidden. “The statistics are irrelevant,” said Julia Morley, the contest organizer. “The judges will see the girls in front of them and their actual dimensions are not important.” “Nothing will be hidden. It is just that I feel that these statistics are not part of the dignity of the girls.” Mrs. Morley said she had struggled for years to stop announcing the body measurements. “I want the Miss World competitors to be judged by other things, by their personality and talent, and not just by their measurements,” she said. Miss UK said in reference to the issue: “I suppose you can see for yourself. I don’t think it makes any difference to my chances that my measurements are being secret.” By the way, organizers had banned phone interviews with the girls this year. Here is the table with the 67 contestants for Miss World 1980:

ARGENTINA Elsa Cecilia Guadalupe “Nequi” Galotti 20 Model and Ballet Teacher
ARUBA Ethline Ambrosia Dekker 19 Nurse Student
AUSTRALIA Linda Leigh Shepherd 18 Model and Student in Communications
AUSTRIA Sonya-Maria Schlepp 19 Student of Hotel Management and Model
BAHAMAS Bernadette Louise Cash 20 Secretary
BELGIUM Brigitte Biche Billen 19 Beautician
BERMUDA Zina Marie Minks 17 Reference Consultant and Model
BOLIVIA Sonia Giovanna Malpartida Arce 20 Student of Foreing Languages
BRAZIL Loiane Rogéria Aiache 18 Student of Psychology
CANADA Annette Labrecque 19 Model and Student in Sciences
CAYMAN ISLANDS Delia Devon Walter 21 Senior Flight Attendant
COLOMBIA María Cristina Valencia Cardona 18 Student and Model
COSTA RICA Marie Claire Tracy Coll 20 Student of PreSchool Education and Travel Agent
CURACAO Soraida Celestina De Windt 21 Student of Nutrition
CYPRUS Parthenopi “Mara” Vassiliadou 18 Model and Secretary
DENMARK Jane Bill 17 Model and Student of Art
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Patricia Amelia Polanco Álvarez 18 Student of Human Relations and Model
ECUADOR Gabriela María Catelina Ríos Roca 19 Actress
FINLAND Ritva Helena Tamio 19 Clothing Saleswoman
FRANCE Patricia Barzyk 17 Student of Languages
GERMANY Gabriella Brum 18 Student of Costume Design
GIBRALTAR Yvette Domínguez 19 Beautician
GREECE Vera Zaharopoulou 19 Model
GUAM Kimberly Santos 19 Travel Consultant
GUATEMALA Lizabeth “Ligia” Iveth Martínez Noack 19 Teacher and Student of Law
HOLLAND Desiree Maria Johanna Nicole Geelen 20 Model and Student of English
HONDURAS Rosario Etelvina “Ethel” Raudales Velásquez 20 Gymnastic Teacher and Executive Secretary
HONG KONG Julia Chan Fung-Chi 21 Police Inspector
INDIA Elizabeth Anita Reddi 21 Model and Dancer
IRELAND Michelle Mary Teresa Rocca 21 Student of Archeology and Foreign Languages
ISLE OF MAN Voirrey “Flory” Melanie Wallace 18 Law, Social Economic, History, Sociology and English Student
ISRAEL Anat Zimmermann 18.5 Biology student
ITALY Stefania De Pasquali 17 Student
JAMAICA Michelle Ann Harris 21 Graduated of Foreign Languages
JAPAN Kanako Ito 18 Model and Student of Fashion Design
JERSEY Karen Rosemary Poole 21 Air Traffic Control Assistant
KOREA Sun-ja Chang 21 Student
LEBANON Celeste El-Assal 21 Student of Law
LESOTHO Lits’ila Alina Lerotholi 18 O-Level Student
MALAYSIA Callie Liew Tan Chee 23 Hairdresser and Model
MALTA Francise Lucy Duca 19 Secretary
MAURITIUS Christiane Carol Mackay 23 Secretary
MEXICO Claudia Mercedes Holley Braum 18 Student of Law
NEW ZEALAND Vicky Lee Hemi 18 Student of  English and Education
NORWAY Maiken Nielsen 22 Disk Jockey and Fashion Model
PANAMA Aurea Horta Torrijos 20 Student of Computer and Statistics
PAPUA NEW GUINEA Mispah Alwyn 19 International Travel Consultant
PARAGUAY Celia Noemi Schaerer del Puerto 19 Student of Law
PERU Silvia Roxana Vega Ramos 21 Supervisor and Bilingual Secretary in a Travel Agency
PHILIPPINES Maria Milagros “Mila” Guidote Nabor 20 Commercial Model
PUERTO RICO Michele Torres Cintron 19 Student in Communications and Fashion Model
SINGAPORE Adda Pang Kim Jong 21 Tropical Fish Import/Exporter
SPAIN Francisca “Paquita” Ondiviela Otero 17 Model
SRI LANKA Bernadine Rosemarie Fernando Ramanayake 22 Promoter of Sri Lankan Tea
SWAZILAND Nomagcisa Cawe 23 Teacher and Part-Time Model
SWEDEN Kerstin Monika Jenemark 21 Fashion Model
SWITZERLAND Jeannette Linkenheil 22 Telegraphist and Model
THAILAND Unchulee Chaisuwan 20 Student in a Teacher Training College
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Maria Octavia Chung 18 Photographer
TURKEY Fahriye Funda Ayloglu 20 Model, Teacher and Management Student
UNITED KINGDOM Kim Ashfield 21 Fashion and Photographic Model
UNITED STATES Brooke Alexander 17 Recepcionist and Student
URUGUAY Ana Claudia Carriquiry 19 Secretary
VENEZUELA Hilda Astrid Abrahamz Navarro 21 Model
VIRGIN ISLANDS Palmira Frorup 24 Tax Collector
WESTERN SAMOA Liliu Tapuai 18 Secretarial Student
ZIMBABWE Shirley Richard Nyanyiwa 22 Reservations Clerk and a Part-Time Model

                On the night of Sunday, November 9, the 1980 Miss World title contenders attended a party at a West End nightclub and where the most prominent, who had been pre-screened the week before, presented their incredible talents ranging from singing and dancing to their musical instrument and sports skills. Among them, Miss Singapore, who presented a dance of the Chinese culture of her country, Miss Hong Kong, who masterfully played the piano, Miss India presented a typical dance of her country, as well as Miss Lesotho with her native South African dance, Miss Guatemala played the marimba dressed in a national costume and Miss Lebanon performed an Arab belly dance. The show was to entertain the contestants themselves and the contest staff and there was no award for the best talent other than the warm applause from those present. Images of these presentations were recorded by an ITV team to be presented during the contest broadcast on Thursday night 13.

               As every year, some contestants had previous experience in other beauty pageants. Miss United Kingdom had represented Wales in Miss Universe held in South Korea and with her the representatives of Belgium, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Guatemala, Honduras, Norway and Papua New Guinea had participated, the latter also in Miss Asia 1980. Miss USA had been the first runner-up at the Miss Young International contest representing Hawaii in 1978, Miss India had won the Miss Teenage Intercontinental of that same year and Miss France competed in Miss Young International 1979. Meanwhile, Miss Trinidad-Tobago participated in Miss Maja International 1980.



                After the Press Presentation, the stakes changed a little. Miss France, who they compared to Brigitte Bardot, became the favorite to win the Miss World pageant with 6-1 odds, a London bookmaker said Sunday. Ladbroke’s had cited the recently turned 17-year-old Patricia Barzyk as the favorite after a staff member, posing as a television official, sneaked into the London Empire to observe women from 67 nations in front of photographers. Ron Pollard said he had secretly attended the Miss World performances since the organizers had banned bookmakers from attending these events four years ago. Ladbroke’s cited their previous favorite, Miss Israel, 7-1 that day. The third favorite was Miss United Kingdom with 8-1. Miss Israel remained a 7-1 favorite at another bookmaker, the Corals.


                Annette Labrecque, 19, was fed up with the way she was judged in the Miss World pageant and wanted to go home. At least that was the headline of three morning tabloids that reported their mutterings of discontent on Monday, November 10. “I don’t understand this contest. It is being judged solely on beauty,” DAILY EXPRESS quoted her as saying during Sunday’s presentation. “There should be more attention to personality. I wish I was not here but back at university.” Bookmakers had predicted Labrecque’s chances of winning the title at 25-1 when she competes Thursday against 66 other girls. But THE SUN newspaper says she now would be dubious about accepting the title if she did happen to win. “It happens to be a straight beauty contest. I am not beautiful. I was chosen in Canada because of my personality”. “I don’t know if I would accept the title if I won.”

              However, Miss Canada denied the next day (Tuesday) published reports that she was fed up with the beauty pageant and wanted to return home. In a telephone interview that was obtained with the consent of Julia Morley, from her Tower hotel room, Annette Labrecque, 19, from Quebec, said: “I am happy with the way the contest is judged and I am not leaving” . The English newspaper THE DAILY EXPRESS had quoted Labrecque as complaining that during rehearsals for the contest the girls were judged solely on their appearance, when she had been chosen in Canada for her personality. Labrecque said Tuesday that the tabloid and other newspapers “twisted my words,” but added that she did not believe the controversy had hurt her chances at the contest.

              But the most reluctant of the 67 contestants was blonde Miss Denmark, Jane Bill, a 17-year-old arts student. “This is not for me. There is much more to life than being beautiful,” she declared four days before the final. “I would not want to waste an entire year traveling the world. My time is precious to me. If I won, I don’t know what I would do. It would be an honor for Denmark, but I don’t think I will accept the title.” “My friends entered me for the Miss Denmark pageant and I really didn’t mind winning it. But then, the winner had to represent the country in Miss Universe and in Miss World and then I realized that this was not what I wanted”, said the Danish beauty. When asked, Julia Morley said “If any girl wins and then rejects the title, ‘we will cross that bridge when we come to it.’ “


                “I want a portrait. Do you speak English ? Do you understand me ? I don’t care what she wants. I want her head… There are four days to go before Miss Colombia, who speaks only Spanish, will be free to answer the photographers in her native tongue. Until Thursday, and the judging of the Miss World competition at the Royal Albert Hall, radiant smiles are mandatory for her and 66 aspiring contestants, quartered at the Tower Hotel at the disposal of the world’s Press. “Most of the girls are already here and anxious to talk about their ambitions and hobbies. Miss Singapore is a breeder of tropical fish; Miss Dominican Republic wants to be a psychologist. Miss India, a yoga expert, has already assumed the lotus position on Tower Bridge. Anxious to make their stay memorable Eric and Julia Morley who own the Miss World tide, have organised a programme of entertainments for the girls, including ‘ Swan Lake ‘ at Covent Garden, lunch in traditional costume with the Variety Club, and a visit to ‘ Oklahoma,’ thought to present no problem to those with little English. Miss Ecuador particularly enjoyed the musical since she had seen the film six times already. Her grandfather, Juan Antonio Rios Ide, was President of Chile and she is an actress. ‘My favourite part so far has been Desdemona in Othello. It was to terriffic. I got to die on stage’.’ Previously a BBC hardy perennial, the Miss World contest has moved this year to ITV. As a break with tradition Julia Morley has refused to disclose the girls’ statistics for the first time in 30 years. The first prize for 1980 is 5,000 cash and 15,000 guaranteed minimum earnings in the year of office. Lured by the prospect, the girls submit to voluntary detention at the Tower which they are forbidden to leave without a chaperon and security guard. The latter are conspicuous in leather jackets, patrolling the perimeter-of the hotel lobby with radio sets. Dennis Martin, head of security,-would not disclose whether kidnapping or worse was expected. ‘We have a large team in touch with all parts of London,’ he said. ‘In this day and age you have to be realistic’ Since no one pursues the girls except a small and muscular bunch of press photographers, Dennis and his team wander about with an air of boredom. To inject an element of drama, they attempted to evade the photographers by concealing the destination of the Miss World shopping trip. Complaining loudly, the photographers rose to the challenge and invaded the coach as it left the Tower at 7.45 a.m. The ‘secret destination’ turned out to be Top Shop at Oxford Circus, a large fashion store which offered the girls breakfast and a 20 per cent discount.

               ‘You’ve got butter on your face, Miss India, her chaperone murmured, ever mindful of unflattering pictures. Moments later Miss India was in tears at the lingerie counter. Someone had photographed her holding a pair of knickers. ‘She’s very easily upset,’ said her chaperone. Miss Swaziland bought a woolly hat and complained of the cold. Miss Ireland, who is studying archaeology, Italian, and Greek and Roman civilisations at the University of Dublin, bought quantities of jumpsuits. On normal visits to London she stays with her boyfriend -John Devine, the Arsenal footballer. To her regret, he is forbidden on this occasion. The shopping trip exceeded its schedule. ‘You know what it’s like with a lot of women buying clothes,’ said Dennis gloomily looking at his watch. A Panoramic Tour of London was next on the itinerary. ‘ Where do you want to go, boys? ‘ the Miss World management asked the photographers. They asked for St James’s Palace, where Miss Ecuador was taken from the coach and draped round an Irish Guardsman standing sentry. ‘ Oh you’re so cute, I’m not allowed to touch you, am i?’ she said to the stoney-faced soldier. Dennis looked distressed. ‘ Don’t have her touching him,’ he said, ‘ he’s got a job to do, poor geezer.’ Miss Ecuador saw two mounted policemen and waved excitedly. Miss Sri Lanka started combing her hair, and Miss United Kingdom helpfully pointed out that Princess Anne lived at Buckingham Palace. The panoramic coach tour concluded with Lambeth Palace and then headed back for the Tower, where a beauty forum and world family party were in store. ‘ Oh no,’ cried Miss Ecuador, ‘ we’re going back to our cells now. Do we have to put on striped convicts’ suits ?.


                Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11 were days dedicated exclusively to rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall. On Wednesday the 12th, the recording of the parade in national costumes was carried out, in which each participant said their name and occupation. In addition, the musical theme “I’d like to build the world a home” was recorded, with all the contestants on stage, a theme that all of them had to learn on previous days. Later, the Dress Rehearsal started, where the Miss Personality award was presented to Miss Canada, chosen by the contestants themselves, and the Miss Photogenic award to Miss Ireland, selected by the press. In the rehearsal, 15 semifinalists were called “for rehearsals purposes only” although curiously ten of them managed to enter the real semifinalists in the final night. The 15 chosen were the girls from the USA, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Argentina, Bermuda, Ireland, France, Israel, Guam, Jamaica, Sweden, United Kingdom, Colombia, Venezuela and Greece. In the last 7 finalists of the rehearsal they called Miss Zimbabwe, Miss USA, Miss France, Miss United Kingdom, Miss Israel, Miss Ireland and Miss Argentina, the latter being crowned as the queen of that night. After the rehearsal, the girls went to a West End salon to be ready for the grand finale. Curiously, it was not announced that there would be any director’s award that would present the best project for “Beauty with a Purpose”. Like the previous year, during the week, all the participants were interviewed by a different panel of judges, made up of national directors, who were chosen from among themselves and included representatives from the five continents. Most of the girls said they wanted to meet Margaret Thatcher although Miss Bermuda mentioned the Russian President because she believed he was charismatic. This evaluation would be taken into account in the final by the celebrity panel of judges.


                Welsh model Kim Ashfield, with an hourglass figure, was Miss United Kingdom. She had posed the year before for nude photos taken for a glamor calendar; however, these were never used. She said: “I am not ashamed of the photos.” This would not have prevented Kim from having the Miss World crown. “Miss World is not prohibited from taking topless or nude photos,” said Julia Morley. “But there is a clause in the girls’ contract that says they shouldn’t have done anything that might discredit the Miss World title.” What I’m talking about is the semi-pornographic photos that appear in men’s magazines, the full front.” Mrs. Morley added: “Kim is a great girl with a fantastic personality. And I know that whatever she did would have been in good taste.” By the way, one of those photos was published on the front page by a tabloid, precisely on the day of the grand finale.


                Ladbroke’s bookmaker agency ended up giving Miss Israel as the big favorite, giving her a 6-1 chance of winning the title. Miss France and Miss United Kingdom were next with 7-1, Miss Germany was fourth with 8-1 and Miss Ireland in fifth place with 10-1. Miss United States was sixth with tipped at 16-1. THE SUN tabloid gave each of the contestants of France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Sri Lanka and the UK five perfect stars. THE SUN reporter also surveyed the candidates on who they would choose among them as Miss World. Nine of the 55 respondents elected Miss France, Patricia Barzyk, while the representatives of Australia and Jamaica each received 5 votes. Belgium, New Zealand and Canada were behind with 4 votes each. Miss Germany received only two votes, from Miss Bolivia and Miss United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Miss Guam only had one vote, that of Miss Austria.


               On Thursday, November 13, the stage of the Royal Albert Hall was beautifully decorated with white doves that symbolized the longed-for peace, designed by Steve Minchin of the company responsible for this year’s production of the show, “Independent Television Productions”. At 7:55 p.m., the Phil Tate Orchestra announced that the show was about to begin and after the first welcoming chords the British National Anthem was sung. Then, Andy Ross proceeded to call Eric Morley on stage, who after brief words of thanks and explaining the election procedure that night, gave way to the musical Opening by the dancers of Dougie Squires, who with tambourines in hand, which were shaped like tiaras, they danced a theme inspired by the song “Tonight” of West Side Story, but with motifs dedicated to the contest. After this, the hosts of the night, Judith Chalmers, Peter Marshall and the American singer and comedian Anthony Newley, took the stage. It should be noted that Newley replaced the veteran Monty Hall, who was originally going to be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, but who did not show up in the end. The trio was in charge of presenting the 67 entrants in their first parade of the night, in evening gowns. Immediately, the participants paraded individually in swimsuits in front of the judges, and then all returned to the stage and posed in groups of eight so the judges had to select the best 15. While the votes were tabulated, Vera Lynn performed several of her songs to entertain the 6,000 attendees at the Royal Albert Hall before Marshall proceeded to call the 15 semi-finalists. (NOTE: The measurements of the girls were not provided by the Miss World organization, however a reporter for THE SUN newspaper managed to obtain them and publish them in the newspaper). They were:

* Miss GUAM – Kimberly Santos, 19, from Toto, 5 ft 8 in. 35-25-36. Black hair, brown eyes. Odds: 20-1. Lots of innocent appeal. Works as a model and travel consultant.

* Miss PUERTO RICO – Michelle Torres Cintrón, 19, from Ponce, 5 ft. 6 in. 34-24-35. Brown hair and eyes. Odds 18-1. University student of communications, who likes singing. Would grace any stage.

* Miss BERMUDA – Zina Minks, 17, from St. George´s, 5 ft 7 in. 34-24-35 ½ . Black hair, brown eyes. Odds 50-1. Insurance clerk who wants to be a social worker. Likes cooking.

* Miss UNITED STATES – Brooke Alexander, 17, of Kailua, Hawaii, 5 ft 10 in. 34-25-35. Blonde hair, blue-green eyes. Odds: 16-1. Receptionist who wants to get into advertising. Delicate-doll features.

* Miss INDIA – Elizabeth Anita Reddi, 21, from Bombay, 5 ft 5 in. 33-24-35. Black hair, brown eyes. Odds: 20-1. A freelance model whose star quality could carry her through.

* Miss NEW ZEALAND – 18-year-old Vicky Lee Hemi from Hamilton, 5 ft 10 in. 35-25-36. Dark brown hair and eyes. Odds 33-1. Has beautiful Welsh mother, could be the dark horse of the competition.

* Miss ISRAEL – Anat Zimmermann, 18 and a half, from Givatayim, 5 ft 7 in. 35-23-35. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Odds 6-1. Could hit the jackpot. Has what it takes to be Miss World.

* Miss ZIMBABWE – Shirley Nyanyiwa, 22, from Harare, 5 ft 7 in. 35 ½ – 24-36. Black hair, brown eyes. Odds: 100-1. First finalist from this part of the world for 15 years. Wants to be a model.

* Miss SWEDEN – Kerstin Monika Jenemark, 21, from Stenugsund, 5 ft 7 ½ in. 34-24-35. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Odds: 50-1. Busy girl who likes knitting, sailing, ski-ing, windsurfing, badminton and logging. Phew!

* Miss AUSTRIA – Sonya-Maria Schlepp, 19, from Graz, 5 ft 8 in. 36-24-36. Chestnut hair, green eyes. Odds 50-1. She sometimes works in her mother’s restaurant.”.

* Miss UNITED KINGDOM – Kim Ashfield, 21, from Buckley – Wales, 5 ft 7 in. 35-24-35. Light brown hair, dark brown eyes. Odds 7-1. Welsh model whose Mum was a dancer. Among the favourites.

* Miss JAMAICA – Michelle Ann Harris, 21, from Kingston, 5 ft 8 in. 34-24 ½ -36 ½. Brown hair and eyes. Odds 11-1. Former Jamaican tennis champion who could serve an ace tonight.

* Miss FRANCE – Patricia Barzyk, 17, from Arbouans, 5 ft 9 in. 35 ½-24-35 ½. Brown hair, blue eyes. Odds 7-1. Schoolgirl with masses of ooh-la-la. Grandma encouraged her to enter.

* Miss VENEZUELA – Hilda Astrid Abrahamz Navarro, 21, from Caracas, 5 ft 8 in. 36-24-36. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Odds: 25-1. A Bachelor of Science and Humanities who is following a career in architecture.

* Miss GERMANY – Gabriella Brum, 18, from Berlin, 5 ft 11 in. 35-24 ½ -35 ½. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Odds 8-1. Tallest girl in the contest – and a real stunner.

               The 15 lucky ones lined up on stage and were interviewed individually by Judith Chalmers so that the judges could evaluate them in terms of personality. The broadcast of the event started at 8 o’clock at night through ITV (Thames Television), but, unlike the uninterrupted broadcasts made by the BBC, the ITV did have commercial breaks. Of the two hours of the program (this was the broadcast of Miss World of more minutes, 120, until that moment), the first hour had been totally prerecorded with images of the contestants’ city tours, the musical opening, the parade in national costumes and the theme “I’d like to build the world a home”, videos of the talent competition, the Christmas party with the children and the presentation of the 67 contestants in their evening gowns that was recorded at the Opera House , with comments by Judith Chalmers.

” I’d like to build the world a home”

I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
I’d like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land.

               The live broadcast began when Peter Marshall proceeded to introduce the nine judges to the audience at the Royal Albert Hall and to viewers. They were:

01- Vice President of Universal Studios, Peter Thompson.

02- British boxer Alan Minter.

03- British actress Vivian Ventura.

04- Bruce Forsyth, renowned British TV presenter.

05- Eric Morley, Organizer of Miss World and Chairman of the Judges.

06- Wilnelia Merced, Miss World 1975 from Puerto  Rico.

07- English actor and singer Dennis Waterman.

08- Sophia Mamba, wife of the High Commissioner for Swaziland in London.

09- The Vice-President of Max Factor International, John McMenamin.


                It should be noted that Wilnelia Merced and Bruce Forsyth met at this event, and they married three years later. Following the judges’ presentation, Judith Chalmers introduced a video of the gift auction held at the Variety Club of Great Britain luncheon where £ 50,000 was collected for charity. The auction was run by Eric Morley. A video of the advances of “Beauty with a Purpose” in the different countries visited was also shown. Next, Anthony Newley introduced the 15 semi-finalists in their individual parade in swimsuits, with comments by Peter Marshall. Next came the individual parade in evening gowns of each of the semifinalists, presented by Peter Marshall with comments by Judith Chalmers, and then introduced them together in front of the judges. After the girls went to backstage, Peter called Gina Swainson, Miss World 1979, on the scene, whom he briefly interviewed for details of her reign and then proceeded to call the 7 finalists, who were interviewed by Judith Chalmers. They were Miss GUAM, Miss USA, Miss NEW ZEALAND, Miss ISRAEL, Miss UK, Miss FRANCE and Miss GERMANY. When Peter Marshall announced Gabriella as the last of the 7, and she appeared on stage again, the audience went wild. The first thing Judith said to Gabriella was: “What a welcome, Gabriella! Congratulations!” Definitely, Miss Germany was the favorite of the audience and, apparently, also of the judges, favoritism that does not always go hand in hand. Judith asked Gabriella how she had been through the contest and how she felt about the competition. Gabriella said, “Right now, I feel great!” Judith also asked Gabriella about her interest in costume design and why she didn’t want to be an actress with her good looks and charming personality. Gabriella replied: “I am not interested in being in front of the camera.”

                As the seven finalists headed to the dressing rooms to await the results, Peter Marshall invited Anthony Newley to entertain the audience with a medley of songs, including “In a Wonderful Day Like Today” (a song that had been taken as the official Hymn of the Miss Venezuela pageant since 1968), “Goldfinger” and “Candyman”. Following the artist’s musical performance, Peter Marshall, Judith Chalmers and Anthony Newley called Julia Morley on stage to present the awards and Eric Morley to announce the results in reverse order. Eric commented that the judges had chosen five different winners as in some previous editions. The result was as follows:

               Fifth, Miss UK, Kim Ashfield, who won a prize (improved over previous years) of £ 500. Fourth, Miss ISRAEL, Anat Zimmermann, the bookies’ big favorite, with a prize (also improved) of £ 600. Third place, another favorite, Miss FRANCE, Patricia Barzyk with £ 1,000. In the second position and finalist of the Miss World was Miss GUAM, Kimberly Santos, winner of a check for £ 2,000. All the finalists received small crowns from behind the scenes from the hands of one of the Morley’s sons, Julian, a protocol that he carried out every year, while Julia Morley gave them their trophies on stage. Behind it, three contestants nervously awaited the judges’ verdict, they were Miss New Zealand, Miss United States and Miss Germany.


               To conclude the emotions of the night, Eric Morley announced that MISS WORLD 1980 was … MISS GERMANY !!! When Gabriella’s name was announced, she gasped with wide eyes in surprise and then smiled broadly. Miss New Zealand turned around and gave Gabriella a congratulatory kiss, while Miss United States applauded. Gabriella Brum received her sash from Julian Morley behind the scenes and went out to receive her trophy that was handed to her by Julia Morley. The brand-new Miss World sat on the throne, received the crown from her predecessor Gina Swainson of Bermuda, while a page gave her the royal scepter and then took her triumphal walk with the music of the official march of the contest performed by Phil Tate and his orchestra. After putting on the crown, Miss Brum said, “I am amazed, I did not think I would win for a minute.”

               After the broadcast ended and after posing for photos, the new Miss World and her court of finalists headed to the Park Lane Grosvenor House Hotel for the Coronation Ball. There they all received their award checks, including the sixth and seventh place winners, Miss United States and Miss New Zealand, who won £ 150 and £ 125 respectively. The remaining eight semi-finalists took home a prize of £ 100 and the 52 non-qualifying participants obtained a check worth £ 50. Meanwhile, the new Miss World got a check for £ 5,000 and the chance to earn an additional £ 15,000 to £ 40,000 during her year of reign for advertising and personal appearances. She spoke of her ambition and said she wanted to “design costumes for movies or be in charge of the costumes, but not appear on camera”. She confessed that she was not interested in acting although she had already done small roles in plays in West Berlin. Gabriella was the second German in Miss World history to win the crown, as Petra Schurmann had won it in 1956, oddly the same year the BBC first broadcast the contest as a special television program.

                In response to criticism that the 30-year-old contest was nothing more than a “cattle market,” organizers said this year that contestants would be judged on their personality and intelligence, as well as their appearance, and the usual measures of bust-waist-hip would not be released to the judges or the press. But Miss Brum told reporters that she believed she had won “more for my beauty.” Just before the start of the pageant, a group of feminist students confronted attendees arriving at the theater, outside the Royal Albert Hall. “We are not trying to reach the contestants,” said one. “We feel like the men are using them and the whole contest is sexist.” The contest was broadcast worldwide and an audience of 400 million people was expected, 18.5 million of them in the UK, as was later confirmed.


                The funniest item in the contest was the one starring Eric Morley auctioning off various items of dubious utility that had been submitted by Miss World contestants to be sold for charity. For example, that of Miss Malta, an armor for a very small man. “No,” shouted Mr. Morley, “this is worth a lot of money. There’s probably gold in it. One thousand for Barnett Shine. Two thousand. Barnett Shine. Big applause for Barnett Shine!” A very small man, though very large, I think, on the property. This Miss World pageant, the first carried out by ITV, was full of such diverse moments. There was, for example, a talent show, although the talent spread a little more than expected. Of the 67 competing countries, only six talents were shown, such as playing the marimba standing up or an African dance on her knees. Vera Lynn, for no apparent reason immediately, sang “When you’re smiling, everyone smiles at you” (“What a nice feeling,” growled Anthony Newley, who got emotionally intermittent during the night). As you can see, it was kind of like a Saturday night show, when the contestants appeared with Christmas trees and rhubarb leaves and feathers on their beloved little feathered heads. And where was Monty ?, Monty Hall from the United States, so promised with so much confidence in TV Times? Monty’s enigmatic absence cast the burden of the night on the styles of Peter Marshall, Judith Chalmers, and Anthony Newley. The tension took people in different ways. I have seen comperes with mikes quivering in their hands like freshly-landed herrings. Mr. Marshall yelled, “Hello, Miss USA.” “Let’s salute Miss New Zealand.” “Bon soir, Miss France”. “And finally, triumphant,” Yes! It was a very difficult ending for Miss Germany. “Judith Chalmers grew increasingly hearty and hockey sticks:” A great girl, Miss Zimbabwe … A great tennis player, Miss Jamaica. . . . And you had a Dickens of a long way to come, Miss New Zealand”. It is difficult to describe how it affected Tony Newley without getting involved in what seems to be his very own war with the press. “I’ve never got on very well with the press”, Newley said. But He enlivened the evening by pelting reporters with sweets. “The best meal they have had today”, and being as promptly pelted back. His act seemed to be an impression of Lord Boothby doing an impression of Robert Newton.


                At the press conference, the new Miss World was harassed with questions regarding the relationship she had with her boyfriend, Benno Bellenbaum, 52, a man born in Israel but raised in Germany, divorced and with two children, cameraman and producer of soft porn cinema, who said Gabriella was “not very happy” with her victory. Britain’s national news agency “The Press Association” quoted Miss Brum’s saying after her victory Thursday night that cameraman Benno Bellenbaum was the man she had been “living with for the last six months” in California, where she had been working as a model. Gabriella only confirmed the relationship but said there were no marriage plans. She declined to answer questions about her English father she hadn’t seen in years, and also ignored allegations that she had posed topless in Germany and the United States. In fact, Gabriella Brum’s private life had already been a cause of concern for the organizers of Miss World before the contest. Julia Morley cleverly managed to deflect reporters’ annoying questions.

                When The Sun broke the news to Benno Bellenbaum in his penthouse in Los Angeles, he exclaimed, “That’s great … everyone will want her to work for them.” “I just hope she still finds time for me.” He tried to call Gabriella three times, but security guards did not allow him to speak to her. He complained that she “really was like a prisoner.” He related that he and Gabriella had met at a party in a West Berlin disco on December 31, 1979, on a blind date organized by a mutual friend. Benno reported that “it was a kind of love at first sight.” Gabriella was a student at a theater costume design school in Germany, but in the spring of 1980 she was expelled for reasons that neither Benno nor she discussed. She moved to Los Angeles, California to live with Benno, and also found a job there as a model. Regarding the controversial photos, he said that Miss Brum was just a fun-loving girl who had done nothing wrong. “She just posed for nude photos for me and no one else,” he told the NEW STANDARD newspaper, adding that “we spent four beautiful weeks together and fell in love.” In its afternoon edition, the NEW EVENING STANDARD quoted Bellenbaum saying: “We got engaged two months ago and we want to get married soon. I am jealous, but not violent. You cannot put an 18-year-old girl in a kind of jail like this”. Apparently he was referring to the contract that Miss World had to sign to model and make personal appearances during the year. “Now that she won this title, I am very scared for her. It will be a big change in her life and it will cause a lot of problems.” “The worst thing I did was let her enter these beauty competitions,” he said.

                During the traditional champagne breakfast the following morning with the Mayor of London, Sir Ronald Gardner-Thorpe at the Mansion House, Miss Brum said that she called Bellenbaum to tell her of her victory, adding: “I think he did not expect it, at just like I didn’t expect. ” Gabriella went to see Julia Morley at her office around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14, and after a long talk informed her that she had made the decision to abdicate, just 17 hours after being crowned as the most beautiful woman in the world. Morley later confessed that Gabriella had commented the night she won that she had posed for her boyfriend naked but that he would keep those photos private. Mrs. Morley also said that the other girls had refused to congratulate the new Miss World because they knew in advance that she intended to resign. In fact, reports that the beauty would resign circulated immediately after her victory over Miss Guam, which came in second. In the other hand, Bellenbaum said that Gabriella was a virgin when he met her and that she did not want to spend the whole year away from him and that she also wanted to continue her studies in Los Angeles. He told reporters that Gabriella was almost crying when she called him to inform him that the organizers of the contest wanted her to stay in London for a year. She said they were both shocked when she became Miss World, “because neither of us believed for a second that she would win.” He added: “She was not really happy because she knew there would be problems. We knew that her work and her travels as Miss World could affect being together.”


                Gabriella Brum was the most unpopular contestant in the Miss World competition, as claimed by some of the other contestants. Miss Brum’s pageant mates were inspired by her sudden departure to reveal that they did not love her much either and had even planned to send a petition to the organizers demanding that Miss Guam be given the crown. “She kept her roommate awake all night, spending hours on the phone,” said Miss United States. “And she wouldn’t let her use the bathroom very often because she was always there drying her blonde hair.” Miss United States, Brooke Alexander, further stated that “Gabriella was very selfish and quite aggressive …” “But instead of keeping that for the stage, she wore it all the time. Miss Guam would be a much better Miss World.” Miss Austria, Sonya-Maria Schlepp, who shared the room with Gabriella and found it difficult to live with her, said: “None of the other girls wanted her.” “Gabriella was the most unpopular girl in the contest,” said Miss Ireland, Michelle Rocca, “I think she was very arrogant, and kept pushing herself forward all the time. She was always throwing tantrums. We all laughed when we heard her saying in a TV interview how many friends she had made among the others. It was supposed to be a personality contest, but Gabriella did not have any.” An Irish official described the contest as “a farce” and said Ireland would boycott it next year. However, they did not go through with that threat. Meanwhile, Miss New Zealand protested: “Now I realize that the competition had very little to do with personality, but it had to do with body or physical appearance.”


                Miss World 1980 Gabriella Brum of West Germany resigned her title on Friday, November 14, less than 24 hours after winning it, contest organizers announced. The resignation came shortly after she said her 52-year-old Los Angeles boyfriend was upset with her victory. Julia Morley held a press conference to announce the resignation. Gabriella had originally been rumored to have quit because she had been offered a $ 2 million film deal, far more than she would earn in a year, but this was categorically denied. “She told us that she does not want to have the title of Miss World 1980 and, after having discussed the matter with her, we have agreed to respect her request.” “Now she won’t get any of the prize money.” Julia declined to comment further, citing her respect for “other people’s confidences” and added that a new Miss World would be named on Monday.

                Julia Morley took it easy: “Twelve months of planning. £ 800,000 on television. Twenty-five million viewers sighing. Then, just 17 hours after being crowned Miss World, the miserable girl quits.” “It is a bomb,” said Julia. And she was serious. As the great lady of the pageant, Mrs. Morley was not the only person to be upset by the sudden abdication of her latest winner, Miss Germany, Gabriella Brum. The bookmakers were crazy. The paranoid gamblers who had backed Miss Brum rushed to the phone to make sure their bets were still standing. Miss Guam supporters were very quick to demand an investigation. They were not lucky. The various bookmakers thought about it and decided that, in their eyes, Miss Brum was still Miss World.

               Hoping to escape the gossip, Gabriella left the hotel shortly before Julia’s announcement, and immediately headed to Heathrow Airport with the intention of taking the first available flight to her mother’s home in West Berlin. “I just want to get away from all the London fuss and tension. I want peace and quiet,” she told reporters as she ran to the airport. Several news reporters and photographers caught up with her, making her angry as she ran through the hallways of the airport, to find that there were no longer any flights to Berlin that day. “How can I get to Berlin?” She asked through a bouquet of red roses, showing a British passport (her father was). “I have to go there today.” When a ticket agent informed her that there was only one flight available to Dusseldorf and from there she could take another flight to Berlin as a waiting list passenger, she said: “I’ll sleep on the floor, I’ll do anything! Just take me to Berlin! ” Eventually, they took her to the Dusseldorf flight, which was especially delayed so that she could board. Ladbroke’s, on the other hand, paid thousands of pounds to lucky players who chose Miss Germany as their winner. A spokesperson said: “As far as we are concerned, she was the winner.” The turn of events put Miss Guam in line for the title having finished second in the pageant. However, there was no immediate announcement since she was allegedly on a plane en route to Seattle, Washington.

              Journalists contacted Gabriella’s mother, Angelika Roure, 39, in West Berlin. She said she was not surprised by the news. “Gabriella called me this morning to tell me she was stressed and felt like she was going to have a nervous breakdown,” said Mrs. Roure. “I hated the idea of ​​being marketed as cheesecake.” The mother later stated that “she is not that kind of girl, no matter what some newspapers may be saying.” Mrs Roure and her husband went to look for their daughter when she arrived at the airport from Dusseldorf, but both refused to give statements to the press. Meanwhile, Benno said he was relieved to hear that Gabriella had resigned. “She wants to go home. Our love is so strong and so young and we want to be together,” he said, “her home is here with me. We love to be together, stay, cook and read.” He reported that Gabriella told him that being Miss World “was like being in jail, she even wanted to resign the day before the pageant. She couldn’t leave her hotel room without security guards following her. And she complained that the guards sitting outside her room playing cards kept her awake”. Benno flew from Los Angeles to West Berlin, where he met Gabriella on Monday, November 17. Gabriella’s resignation was the lead item on BBC News at Ten!!.


               “This was premeditated. She is just a pawn in a game,” said Julia Morley. “I find it all very confusing, however, it is very clear that this was premeditated. Apparently, it was firmly planted in her mind at first that she had no intention of fulfilling her obligations if she won.” Mrs. Morley said she spoke to “certain people” who shed new light on why Gabriella had resigned, claiming that “Gabriella was being controlled by her sponsors and apparently by her boyfriend who had been instructing her from a distance.” She could have made this decision much earlier or found another way to disappear with much more grace”. According to Julia, Gabriella was “just a puppet with a string manipulated by her boyfriend”, who had been constantly talking to Gabriella on the phone during her short reign as Miss World. “She is a silly and sad girl. Benno was pulling the strings to make her jump. “Mrs. Morley said they were considering bringing legal action against Benno Bellenbaum.


                As the Gabriella Brum resignation scandal occurred, the organizers of the Miss World contest lost an appeal against the lifting of the ban on the words “Miss World” in the title of an X-certified documentary film that satirized beauty pageants, The London newspaper THE TIMES reported. The film, ‘The Alternative Miss World’, which was shown in three London cinemas, was described by a Court of Appeal lawyer as a documentary record of a “unique artistic event” involving female impersonators that took place in Clapham Common , in London, in 1978. Lord Justice O’Connor said, passing judgment, that there was not the slightest danger of anyone being confused between the two. Lord Denning agreed. To top off the tragic events, on Tuesday November 18, Eric Morley suffered a spectacular traffic accident. He was unhurt, but his vehicle was not …


                When Julia Morley met Eric Morley she was a single mother and graduated, as she says, “from the University of Hard Knocks”, when the marriage proposal came from that suitor who was more than two decades older than her. But Eric considered Julia’s first child (Julian) to be his. By 1980, the family was made up of Julian, the oldest, who was 22 years old and a car racer. He was followed by Mike, 19, who worked with computers, Steve, 17, and John, 16. The fifth was a girl, Kathryn, who was adopted 10 days after her birth and who was 12 years old in 1980. It was easy to understand the Sick children were important to Julia Morley, since Kathryn, when she was four years old, was diagnosed with a mysterious degenerative disease of the nervous system and was given little time to live. Eight years later, the girl was still fighting for her life with the devoted help of her parents and siblings. Unfortunately, the young girl succumbed to her illness and died in 1985 at the age of 17. Kathryn was the main reason why Julia Morley created the slogan “Beauty with a Purpose”, a charity project that managed to raise a lot of money for the world’s underprivileged children …


               Miss Dominican Republic reported that her toiletry bag, white with black flowers, which she had left on the contest bus the night of the election, mysteriously disappeared. It apparently landed on another bus and was boarded on a flight back to another country. One of the contestants, who was a flight attendant, realized that this bag was not hers and recalled that Miss Dominican Republic had lost hers. She contacted her and prepared to send it on a flight to Santo Domingo. When the Dominican beauty went to the airport to pick it up, the vanity case disappeared again. An airline official said he had seen a person take it away but did not know who it was. In the vanity case was the camera with the personal photos that Patricia Polanco had taken during the contest …


             Days later, already calmer, Gabriella gave statements to the press, where she defended herself from the criticism of her colleagues and the jealousy and discomfort they had when the verdict was announced. “I know there was annoyance behind the scenes, as the girls were watching the contest through a television monitor. Many of them acted like a flock of witches, speaking very badly of me behind my back,” she said. “Some of them said that I didn’t deserve to win, that I was the worst, that I was the ugliest … they wanted to make me feel bad all the time.” “Another said I deserved the win because I would have the worst year of my life.” “Some believed that the contest was everything in life, but I did not take it so seriously and obviously my attitude made them more angry.” “I am simply different from the stereotype of beauty queens. Most have nothing on their heads.” Regarding her boyfriend, Benno Bellenbaum said that he was her “only and first love” and denied having made any kind of pornographic film, since her boyfriend directed such films. Regarding her resignation, the blonde said: “After winning I did not have a second of time to be with myself. Even to go to the bathroom I had to be accompanied, I couldn’t take it anymore.” “That night I only slept an hour and had to attend breakfast very early with the Mayor, after which numerous interviews for the press and television awaited me and I had to sign hundreds of autographs for charity.” “When signing the contract with the organization, I realized that if I earned £ 50,000 I would have to pay 40% in taxes and another 25% would have to give it to the organization of Miss Germany, since that was stipulated in my national contract. Also I would have to pay for my London accommodation and even airfare”. “So I thought about it, I realized that this was not what I wanted and with the help of my chaperone Barbara Vogel, I went to see Julia Morley to ask her about my resignation.” “I guess I was naughty, but I only had in mind to get out of there. I thought that when I resigned they would leave me alone, but that was just an illusion. At the Berlin airport a crowd of reporters was waiting for me to give statements.” “The decision to resign was mine and mine alone.” “I couldn’t spend a whole year showing myself as I’m not, acting unnaturally and hiding my true personality,” concluded the towering German.


                Gabriella was born in West Berlin on March 22, 1962. She was half German on her mother’s side, Angelika, and half British on her father’s side. They met when Edward Brum of London served in the British Army in Germany in 1961. That relationship lasted only a few years. Gabriella’s mother remarried, this time to the Frenchman, William Roure, who became her stepfather. Gabriella Brum attended Lessing High School in Berlin from 1976 to 1980, but left school looking to work as a model. She did some work where she met acting director, cameraman and producer Wolfgang Benno Bellenbaum, with whom she went to Los Angeles in the spring of 1980 where she continued her modeling work. Her best friend from school, Sabina Giampier, urged her to compete at the “Miss Film Festival” in Berlin and she signed up just for fun. She was surprised to win that event in February 1980, which gave her the pass to Miss Germany, an event that she also won on June 26 of that year. Her victory in the Miss Germany pageant was not without controversy. Claims arose that the contest was rigged because one of the judges, the actress and ex-Miss Germany, Marie-Louise Gassen, was the wife of Jack White, a German producer of whom Bellenbaum was a representative in Los Angeles. However, her title was confirmed. She did not travel to Miss Universe because the national contest was held late, but she went to London to compete for the Miss World crown, which she won on November 13 of that same year. The next day, Brum resigned because her boyfriend did not agree to her new obligations; She voluntarily relinquished her title after 17 hours because “she wanted to be with Benno instead of flying the world under a strict one-year contract”. Later it was rumored that her resignation may also have been due to photos she had taken nude. In an interview, photographer Wolfgang Heilemann stated that he was the author of these photos that were taken for Paris Match magazine. Brum became the third Miss World not to conclude her reign. The first was Marjorie Wallace in 1973, who was fired for bad behavior, and then Helen Morgan in 1974, who resigned due to pressures from the press accusing her of being behind a married man as a single mother. Bellenbaum proposed to Gabriella in a Munich hotel days after returning to Germany and she accepted. The plan was to get married in the United States, spend their honeymoon in Florida, and move to Los Angeles together. They had no plans to have children. Both of them visited Venezuela in early 1981 for a special presentation in the TV show “Sabado Sensacional”.

                In early November 1981 Gabriella married Wolfgang Benno Bellenbaum in North Hollywood and the best man was Peter Joosten. But a short time later they separated. In early 1981, Brum was a successful model in the United States. Among other things, photos of her appeared in Playboy in the May 1981 issue. She recommended that Miss World participants “not take it so seriously.” A year after winning and giving up her title, she compared the contest to a “cattle market” and when she saw Kimberly Santos about to deliver her crown, she commented: “How stupid she looks with the crown and her face full of makeup”. Her ex-husband committed suicide the night of Wednesday, June 13, 1984 at the age of 55, from a shot in his apartment in Encino, a Los Angeles district, and his body was identified by Brum. The reasons, apparently, were the separation from his wife and because he was experiencing financial difficulties. Bellenbaum’s body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the bedroom floor by a man who had rented a room from him. In addition to the weapon, a farewell letter was found. Later, she married and divorced again with no children. After many years of residence in the USA, Gabriella returned to Germany, where she currently lives. Curiously, and to reflect, Germany never again appeared among the semifinalists in the history of Miss World until 2010, in which a German reached only the first cut of 25.


                Julia Morley wanted to offer the title of Miss World to the first runner-up, Miss Guam, Kimberly Santos; however, she could not find her. She was booked on a flight to San Francisco, but when the plane landed there, the airline said she was not on board. Miss Guam’s grandparents, who lived in Ulster, also did not know where Kimberly was, but they threw a party on Friday night to celebrate the news that she would become the new Miss World. “We are absolutely delighted,” Norma and Ned Gibson said at their home on the outskirts of Belfast. They explained that their granddaughter Kim had been born in Ulster.

               Kimberly said that she changed flights at the last minute (her original flight was via Seattle), to fly with the candidates from Australia and New Zealand and that when she arrived in Los Angeles, while in customs, she was called by a speaker saying that they were requesting her presence at the counter of the PANAM airline. When she approached, she had a call from reporter Ivan Sharpe of THE SUNDAY PEOPLE newspaper who broke the news. She did not believe it and the journalist told her to check the press. It was then that she approached a newsstand and saw the headline reporting Miss World’s resignation. In the story it said that the title was going to be offered to her. Surprised and incredulous, she immediately called Mrs. Morley who confirmed the news to her. However, Julia suggested, “Sleep and make sure you want the title”. Obviously she wanted the new Miss World to be someone who won’t resign later. Meanwhile, in London, Miss France waited impatiently. She, apparently and according to rumors from the press and from the other participants, had been Julia Morley’s personal favorite and that, in case Miss Guam did not accept, she would ascend to the throne. But Kimberly immediately accepted the crown with the statement: “I can do the title justice.” “I would never pose nude even I am offered a million dollars,” she added. In the other hand, regarding the succession plans for the title on the island of Guam, Julia Morley said: “The contest was misused and mistreated, so we are happy to have this opportunity.” “We hope that all proceeds raised go to charity.” “I am sure that the people of Guam will attend and it will be something that they will testify.”

               Two weeks later, on Friday, November 28, the day that it was declared a public holiday by the Guam government, a crowd of more than 5,000 people cheered as guitars and snails announced the coronation of Kimberly Santos as Miss World 1980 on her home island of Guam. The new Miss World was crowned by Swedish Mary Stavin, Miss World 1977, who traveled with Julia Morley to the Pacific Island for the title succession, since Gina Swainson had decided not to attend. The coronation site was on the beach at Ipao Beach Park (Guam’s largest park) and Kimberly arrived aboard a 20-meter catamaran loaded with flowers, surrounded by a flotilla of canoes and motorboats with men playing the guitar. “Although it is a ‘default’ victory, I am still proud,” said the new Miss World. Days later, Kimberly traveled back to London, where she arrived on Tuesday, December 2, to fulfill her commitments as sovereign of world beauty. “I am not going to observe my behavior,” Kimberly said at a press conference at the London Hilton Hotel, “because I am doing nothing wrong. I am a good girl.” Looking fresh and alert despite a 24-hour flight from her Pacific homeland, the long-haired brunette said she would have been quite pleased to remain number two in Miss World betting. “I was very satisfied. I didn’t think it would go that far,” said Kimberly. Of the prize money, Kim said he would invest it in lands. In the British capital she was accommodated in the Morleys’ house and stayed there throughout the year.

Visiting Mauritius

               The first place she visited during her reign was the Netherlands, where she was interviewed on a television program with different winners of different types of competitions that year. Later she made a three-week tour of South and Central America, visiting Venezuela, Guatemala and Costa Rica, among others. In Venezuela she appeared in the program “Sabado Sensacional” where she visited a low income family in Pinto Salinas neighborhood that had won through a contest in the same program, the visit in their home of the beautiful queen. In Guatemala, she was received by the President of that country and visited coffee farms and a pig farm. She also visited an orphanage and did a fashion show, the proceeds of which went to children’s charities. In Costa Rica, the Ladies Club offered a lunch for disabled children, which she attended as a special guest. Soon after, she traveled to Scotland and Zimbabwe, where she enjoyed jungle safaris and the Victoria Falls. In the month of July 1981, while maintaining a loving relationship with Julian, she traveled with the entire Morley family to Bermuda, as they would spend vacations there. There, together with Mrs. Morley, she visited an orphanage and they invited the children to the hotel, where they had lunch and enjoyed the pool. At the end of that month, the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di was held in London. Kimberly was invited by the Mayor of London to attend the celebration party where she also shared with Prince George of Denmark. Shortly thereafter she traveled to Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia to attend the election of the beauty queens of those countries and in New Zealand she even co-hosted the Miss New Zealand election ceremony. Kimberly gave her crown to her successor in November 1981 in London.


                Kimberly was born on August 21, 1961, the daughter of Vicente “Ben” Santos (Sergeant of the US Navy) and Margaret Gibson-Santos (Irish from Ulster and manager of a bank in Guam). She has two brothers Colin and Tasha from that marriage (their parents separated many years later). Kimberly lived for 18 months and studied her primary education in 1968 at Dundonald, near Belfast, Northern Ireland, while her father served in Vietnam. She then returned to her parents to Guam where she liked to spend time on the beach and practice roller skating. She had a two-year relationship with Airman Frank Santos, who worked in Mississippi. On September 14, 1980 she was crowned “Miss World Guam” so she traveled to London to compete for Miss World, reaching the position of first runner-up. On Saturday November 15, while in Los Angeles en route to Guam, she learned that the Miss World winner had given up the title. Julia Morley gave her two days to decide whether to accept the title, but she accepted it quickly. On Friday, November 28, she was crowned on her island of Guam as the new Miss World 1980, returning to London on December 2. She traveled the world as sovereign of world beauty and surrendered her title on November 12, 1981 in London. Later she worked as a professional model in Japan. She was the girlfriend of Julian Morley, one of the children of Eric and Julia Morley, and, after returning to Guam, had a relationship with Francois Robert Reyes, a 26-year-old Olympic swimmer.

                But on Tuesday, January 4, 1983, the young Reyes, despondent over their imminent separation, kissed Kimberly goodbye and then committed suicide. Kimberly Santos was hysterical after witnessing Francois’ suicide in the backyard of her home and was placed under sedation. Police said Reyes, a former Olympian swimmer and student at the University of Hawaii, had been “concerned” about Santos’ recent signing of a two-year modeling contract in Japan. He feared the separation would ruin his hopes of marrying the beauty queen, police said. Margaret Santos, the girl’s mother, said she was working at a bank when she received a phone call from her daughter shortly after noon. “Kimberly was crying and she asked me to come home,” said Ms. Santos. Kimberly told her mother that Reyes was sitting on the ground in the backyard with his knees bent and the rifle pointed at his chest. “Kim said she tried to reason with him, but he said he would be better when he was where he was going,” said Ms. Santos. “He kissed her on the top of the head and pulled the trigger.” His death occurred the day before Kimberly Santos returned to Japan, where she had been working as a professional model.

                After the fatal outcome, Kimberly met Barry Hill when she went to audition for a commercial at the company where he worked. She didn’t get the role, but she did attract Barry’s attention and the couple dated until Kim left for London to work as a model. They were both downcast from the separation, but the marriage proposal occurred thousands of miles away. They finally married on Saturday, September 24, 1983 in Tokyo. The couple had three sons: Dez (who was born on May 9, 1985 in Tokyo), Miles (born on March 2, 1989 in Paris) and Jules (who came into the world on March 19, 1992 in London) . The family lived for a time in London and then moved to Japan in 1985 for work reasons. Barry was creative director of the advertising company McCann-Erickson and Kimberly continued her career as a model. They lived in Japan before living in Paris and returning to London again, a city where she lived for many years and where she worked as a special constable and even worked in masonry. Kimberly was a judge at the Miss World pageants of 1982 and 1990 and attended the 2000 year celebrations in London as a special guest. She is a close friend of the Morley family and attends all the Julia and Variety Club celebrations. The Hill-Santos family subsequently lived in North Carolina, where Barry hails and where she worked as a guardian ad litem, a court-appointed representative, for children in the care of state social services. They currently reside in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on a beautiful farm. She is very familiar, grandmother of two granddaughters (daughters of Dez), remains active on social networks and due to the coronavirus pandemic, the quarantine grabbed her with her husband in Durnham, North Carolina, which forced her to remain there between March and May 2020.


               Miss Spain and Miss Gibraltar competed together in Miss Universe 1981 in New York. Miss Ireland was second runner-up in Miss International 1981 (in which the Spanish girl also competed) and Miss Guatemala was in the same position in the International Coffee Queen of that year. Miss Switzerland participated in Miss Europe and Miss Universe 1982, while Miss Sri Lanka won Miss Asia 1981 in which Miss Mauritius also competed (despite being African). Miss Sri Lanka also won the “Mrs World 1984” contest and Miss Dominican Republic the Miss Tourism of the Americas 1982.

               Miss Spain became a famous actress and settled in Mexico. She is also known as Frances Ondiviela or Pat Ondiviela. Initially, she made several motion pictures before moving on to television. In 2002 she played the evil María Julia Rodríguez in the successful soap opera “Wild Cat”, made between Venezuela and the United States and which was recorded in Miami. She is also remembered for her participation in soap operas such as “Acorralada”, “Eva Luna”, “Santa Diabla” and “Voltea para que enamores”, in addition to the Mexican miniseries “Mujer, Cases of Real Life”. Miss Venezuela ventured into the world of acting in 1981, beginning in the soap opera “Luz Marina” on Radio Caracas Television where she played the role of a model. In 1995, the most important role in her career would come in the soap opera “Ka Ina” of Venevisión with the character of Maniña Yerichana. In 1996 she married a businessman of Catalan origin named Eduardo Rosich, the marriage ended in 2007 after eleven years of living together. In March 2012 she posed nude for the adult magazine Playboy in Venezuela and that same year she stood out for her participation in Miguel Ferrari’s first feature film “Blue and not so pink” where she played the transsexual Delirio Del Río. Said film was awarded in 2013 with the Goya Prize for the best Ibero-American film and has been screened at various film festivals internationally.

                Miss Dominican Republic had a daughter who became Miss Universe (Amelia Vega), she was the first woman to graduate as a pilot in her country and was a sought-after model. Miss France joined the renowned Elite Model Management agency and subsequently made a film career from 1984. Her daughter, Sarah Barzyk, was elected Miss Paris in 2008 and competed in the election of Miss France 2009. Miss Ireland became a TV hostess, she compered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 and Miss World in 1990. She is currently engaged in psychology and is a motivational teacher. Miss United Kingdom, today Mrs. Norton, was a film actress and in 1985 she participated in the James Bond film “A View to a Kill”. Miss Bermuda worked at the Islands Department of Tourism and currently stands out as a health professional. Miss Honduras married in San Pedro Sula to Doctor of Political and Social Sciences Roberto Carlos “Chale” Zelaya, a graduate of the Jesuit Loyola College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For many years they have resided with their children in the United States. They have three children: Andrew, Carlos and Carolina. Miss Canada became a US citizen in 2007 and lives in Alabama. Miss Peru, now Mrs. Cooley, lives in Newport Beach, California, where she runs the nutrition company “Food as Medicine”. Miss Swaziland went to live in South Africa where she entered politics and became Minister of Home Affairs.

                After Miss World, Miss Argentina returned to her country and continued with one of the most recognized modeling careers. She married in the mid-eighties with the businessman Mario Langoni from whom she would divorce years later. Then she married Bartolomé Miter, editor of the newspaper “La Nación”, one of the oldest and most recognized newspapers in the country. After leaving the catwalks, Nequi began to venture into television driving, starting a successful career on the channel “Utilísima Satelital”. Today she conducts fashion clips and shows on one of the most successful newscasts in Argentina, C5N, and through which she travels throughout the country and the world making great notes. A few years ago she received the “Silver Scissors” award for her great contribution to the development of Argentine fashion. Miss Panama became a theater director and actress, receiving numerous awards in her country. Miss Mexico is a professional flamenco dancer and currently lives in Mexico City. Miss Israel was married three times, but was the victim of a long-term drug and alcohol addiction. She was found on a sidewalk outside her home in mid-December 2018 and died in hospital. Neither is with us Miss Paraguay, Celia Schaerer, who died of breast cancer on February 2, 2010. She worked as a lawyer in the Attorney General of her country. Her sister was Miss Paraguay for Miss Universe in 1989.