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Miss World 1986



                And 1986 came, it was declared the International Year of Peace by the UN when Halley’s Comet is seen for the last time in the 20th century (the next appearance will be in 2061). The greatest nuclear catastrophe in history occurs in Chernobyl, Ukraine; radioactivity causes thousands of deaths. The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates on its 10th mission as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew members, including a teacher, the first civilian on board, frustrating NASA’s aspiration to send civilians to the space. This is considered the worst accident in the history of the space race. 21 commercial air accidents and incidents (including terrorist attacks) leave nearly 850 dead worldwide. Thousands die in San Salvador after a destructive earthquake. Two hundred more die in other earthquakes in Romania, Bulgaria and southern Greece, while the North American state of California is affected by two strong earthquakes that cause damage and injuries. Cyclone Wayne affects northern Vietnam and in Cameroon more than 1,700 people are poisoned by the emission of carbon dioxide in the volcanic area of the country. The South African city of Soweto suffers a bloody police repression, civil wars break out in South Yemen and Somalia, while the US bombs Libya, a country accused of fomenting terrorism. In Peru, the train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu suffers a terrorist attack with deaths and injuries. The Presidents of Haiti and the Philippines, Jean-Claude Duvalier and Ferdinand Marcos, flee their countries after many years of dictatorship. In the Philippines, Corazón Aquino, the first woman President of that country, took office. US President Ronald Reagan is accused of authorizing the supply of arms to Iran, what was dubbed the “Irangate” scandal. Felipe González is elected President of Spain, the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet escapes an attack unscathed and the Pope visits Colombia. A fire affects the Hampton Court palace in London and another fire leaves almost a hundred victims in a hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while the collapse of the New World hotel in Singapore leaves dozens of victims. The Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia obtain the status of Commonwealth of the United States, the Northern Mariana Islands obtain some autonomy and American citizenship for their inhabitants, Aruba separates from the Netherlands Antilles and the Ivory Coast officially adopts its French name “Cote D’Ivoire” for all languages. Apple’s Mackintosh Plus personal computer hits the market as the first computer virus called “Brain” was born. Argentina wins the Soccer World Cup in Mexico after beating Germany 3-2, making the player Diego Armando Maradona rise to fame.

Challenger’s tragedy

               The Venezuelan Bárbara Palacios is elected Miss Universe in Panama, being the third crown of that country in seven years; Furthermore, shortly before, Miss South America had been anointed in Caracas, the fourth consecutive crown for Venezuela. The British Helen Fairbrother wins the Miss International in Japan, Sandra Kim from Belgium wins the XXXI edition of Eurovision in Norway with her song “J’aime la vie” while the singers Damaris, Miguel Ángel Guerra and Eduardo Fabiani win the OTI’s Festival for the USA in Chile with the song “Todos”. The movie “Out of Africa” wins the Oscar award. The movies “Top Gun”, “Crocodile Dundee”, “Platoon”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “Nine and a half weeks”, “Karate Kid II”, “Star Trek IV”, “Cobra”, ” Aliens “,” King Kong II “,” The Little Shop of Horror “,” Count on Me”, “The Morning After”, “The Golden Child”, “The Color of Money”, “The Fly”, “Polstergeist II” ,”Friday the 13th VI”, “The Transformers” and “The Great Mouse Detective” are released in the cinemas while in London the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” premieres. The Queen group offers an unforgettable concert at Wembley Stadium and the last one of them is held in August at Knebworth Park in London. Don Francisco’s “Sabado Gigante”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “L.A. Law” begin to air on US TV. The radio plays the songs “Greatest love of all” and “How will I know” by Whitney Houston, “Bad Boy” by Miami Sound Machine, “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the ceiling” by Lionel Ritchie , “True Colors” by Cindy Lauper, “Take my breath away” by Berlin, “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera, “These Dreams” by Heart, “Papa don’t preach” by Madonna, “Rock me Amadeus” by Falco, “Sara” by Starship, “Stuck with you” by Huey Lewis and The News, “Son of the moon” and “Oh that heavy” by Mecano, “Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer” by Ángela Carrasco, “Salamandra” by Miguel Bosé and “No Controles” by Grupo Flans.

               In London, Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson while celebrating 100 years of the Statue of Liberty in New York. In 1986, Kaiane Aldorino (Miss World 2009 from Gibraltar), the Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza (Miss Universe 2008), Leila Lopes (Miss Universe 2011 from Angola), the singer Lady Gaga, the actresses Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan and the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal were born. Some personalities died this year: the Irish singer Phil Lynott (judge at Miss World 1978), the teacher Christa McAuliffe (when the Challenger disintegrated), the actress Donna Reed, the actors Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz and Broderick Crawford, the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme (assassinated), the Venezuelan politician Arístides Calvani (when an Aerovías plane crashed in Guatemala) and the Colombian M-19 guerrilla leader, Álvaro Fayad.


                The year 1986 got off to a rocky start as on 7 January it was known that Julia Morley’s 35-year-old nephew had been sent to trial and had to pay a £ 2,000 bail at the Old Bailey court upon being tried by the blackmail charges with £ 20,000 threats to Eric Morley. Edward Crozier, from Sydenham, South East London and a former personal assistant to the Morleys, appeared before the Marlborough Street court. Later it became known that the person who had planned the blackmail in order to recover “lost” money had been Stephen Douglas (which you can read about later), so the charges against Edward Crozier were dropped. In February, the 1985 Miss Ireland, Anne Marie Gannon told the press that she had been mistreated during the Miss World contest and that in her preliminary interview with the judges they only asked her if she was 5 feet 10 barefoot or in heels and who her favorite tennis player was. She said that those kinds of questions obviously couldn’t assess a contestant’s personality. On the other hand, the press reported that the Miss World organization had seen pre-tax earnings rise during 1985, from £ 515,000 to £ 555,000 and the dividend on the shares had increased from 3.6 to 5.2 pence. During the first half of 1986 it had made a pre-tax profit of £ 167,300 on a turnover of £ 408,000. The profits from the contest contributed to the investment plans of Morley, who on June 16 officially inaugurated a Spa or Health Club in Hounslow, near Heathrow, with the presence of the reigning Miss World, the Icelandic Hofi Karlsdóttir, who incidentally had been in the headlines when she visited New York City in March, where she attended a benefit dinner for the American-Scandinavian Association, when she launched the “Wheels in Motion” cycling event in London in August and when she was present at the Reykjavik Summit between US President Ronald Reagan and the Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev that was held on October 11 and 12. She was even interviewed by Soviet TV so that for the first time in history a Miss World would appear on the Russian television screen …

                On April 6, a scandal arose with a former candidate and semifinalist of Miss World 1974, Miss Barbados Linda Field, who told the News of the World newspaper that she had snorted cocaine along with the former England cricket captain, Ian Botham and they had enjoyed such passionate encounters that they broke a bed (a story that became a sports legend). The story made headlines around the world and damaged both Botham’s marriage and his cricket career. However, the man known as “Beefy” recovered and Lindy, as she called herself at the time, later apologized for selling her story, explaining that she was “young and naive” when approached by a reporter from the aforementioned newspaper.


                On the night of April 7, it was learned that the Miss World organizers had reacted to the accusations of Western bias in the evaluation by deciding to take the preliminaries of the contest to Macau, at that time a Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, thanks to the sponsorship of the Macau Municipal Council. The girls would be filmed in swimsuits and evaluated by eastern judges, but the final choice would still be made in London. Miss World President Eric Morley said: “It has been said that Western judges in London do not understand the Eastern style of beauty.” At first, they had tried to bring the previous events of Miss World 1986 to Malaysia, but the negotiation could not be finalized. The final of the contest would take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as usual, in November. It was also published that Eric Morley had invited the Soviet chess champion Garry Kasparov as judge of the Miss World final in London this year, but he gave up at the last minute and had to be replaced by another personality.


                On January 28, the London press reported that one of Eric and Julia’s sons, Stephen Douglas Morley, 23, a resident of College Road, Dulwich with his parents, had to appear before the Chesterfield magistrate charged with the curious disappearance of £ 10,000 from his former employers. Subsequently, on February 28, he appeared before the magistrate on the charge of loss of that significant sum that belonged to a Derbyshire couple on or around February 27, 1985. Morley, who was not represented before the Chesterfield magistrates, received unconditional bail and the case was postponed until April 11. And indeed, that day, Stephen was put on trial before the Derby Crown court on a charge of robbery of Mr. Malcolm Brunt of North Wingfield, Derbyshire. Morley was also accused of attempting to obtain £ 2,400 by deception.

                Then, on the 16th of September, headlines published about the friction in the Miss World empire, when Eric and Julia Morley reimbursed more than £ 10,000 that their son claimed to have lost on a train, according to a court hearing. Stephen had denied in Derby Crown Court the theft of the cash he had received in connection with his work. He had been accused of keeping cash from a Derbyshire client for nine months before investing the money in bonds. Morley, who denied the theft charge and two other dishonesty charges in the ongoing trial, claimed the money had been lost during a train ride and spoke of his desperate attempts to get it back. Stephen Morley told the court that he made an immediate visit to his father’s office after realizing that the money, which he was supposed to invest for a Derbyshire client, had disappeared. But because Mr. Eric Morley, who was nicknamed “Super Rat” in his family, got angry and dismissed the request, Stephen decided to use a family secret that his mother Julia had made a substantial loan to one of his brothers as a lever to get some cash, the court heard. A few days later, after agreeing to lend his son £ 2,500, Mr Eric Morley wrote his son a long letter, signing as “Super Rat” and saying he was very troubled by events, and threatening to withdraw the promise of the £ 10,000 invested for him in a trust fund. And the Miss World boss attacked his son in the letter read in court by Mr. John Goldring, a defense attorney, for betraying his mother’s secret and also for his plan to buy a new car after he nearly died in a previous car accident and promised his mother he would never drive again. Stephen Morley told the court that he was determined not to leave his father’s office without some money, after realizing that the money he was supposed to invest for the retired coal engineer, Mr. Malcolm Brunt, had disappeared.

                Earlier, Stephen had told the court that he had decided to impress Mr. Brunt by offering to make the investment because it was a large case involving a great deal of money and he accompanied Mr. Brunt to Midland Bank in Chesterfield to collect the 10,000 pounds sterling. Later they had played a round of golf at Shirland and had taken his British Airways shoulder bag containing a plastic bag full of the notes with them. When he got on the train the next morning, Morley said he had left the bag behind him in the space between the seats. He got up twice, once to go to the buffet and once to put his contact lenses in the bathroom, but on neither occasion did he take the bag with him. “When my father refused to lend me the money, I decided to point out that my mother had loaned 3,000 pounds to my brother Michael a few months earlier,” Stephen said. “My father was surprised and I expected that because I knew that he did not know about my brother’s loan,” said the young man. Goldring asked Morley if the relationship between his parents was strained and he admitted that it was. Morley also admitted that a second request to his father for £ 2,500 to pay for a car and clear his overdraft was a ruse as he did not want to tell him about the loss of the £ 10,000. “When I got to London I went straight to the office and told everyone that it had been a successful trip,” Stephen said. “I went to get the bag containing the money out of my airline holdall and emptied the contents on to my desk, but the money wasn’t there. I was brought up to tell the truth. My father has never done any wrong and has never told a lie and if I had told him I had lost the money he would have told me to report it. They were worried about me gambling and had threatened to kick me out of their home if I started betting again”. Stephen Morley was also being accused of attempting to obtain £ 1,400 from Mrs Pamela Crispin by deception. However, he denied the charges, claiming that the money must have been stolen while riding the train from Chesterfield to St Pancras.

Miss USA

                The Morleys’ son had sent begging letters when he got into debt, a court heard. Stephen Morley, who was an investment broker, asked two of his clients to loan him a total of £ 2,700. But the court learned that Stephen had bought a £ 7,000 sports car two weeks after he allegedly stole £ 10,000 from a Chesterfield engineer. He also put £ 5,000 in cash into his bank account the day after the alleged theft. A jury in Derby Crown Court was told that Stephen Morley had purchased a Fiesta XR2 with tinted windows, a sunroof and alloy wheels on March 12, 1985. The young man admitted to police that he had tried to recover Mr Brunt’s money gambling, but he ended up with debts totaling £ 42,000. Morley again denied stealing £ 10,000 from Mr Malcolm Brunt, a retired NCB engineer, on February 27, 1985, while Morley was working as a broker for Allied Hambro Investments in London. In a statement to police, Morley said he received the £ 1,400 deposit for the car from friends and his salary. He agreed to pay the remainder at £ 260 a month. Morley also denied attempting to obtain £ 1,400 by cheating a former client, Ms Pamela Crispin in Devon, and trying to obtain a further £ 1,000 from Mr. Brunt by deception. Accuser John Warren told the court that Morley told him that he had lost money on a train when he was traveling back to London. Mr. Warren told the jury: “When he opened the bag, he panicked with fear of losing his job and decided to try to raise the money himself to pay it back. He did not inform his employers or the police.” Mr. Warren continued: “Eventually, he admitted that he had not been able to raise the money and that he had in fact got into even more debt from the game. The defendant’s parents, Eric and Julia Morley, subsequently repaid the money in full and the loss of interest was offset”.

                Days later, on September 24, the owner of the Miss World empire, Eric Morley, said in a Derby court that he took a tough fatherly line with his son, Stephen, after he asked him for a cash advance of £ 10. 000. The successful director of the Miss World Group was a defense witness in the ongoing trial of Stephen Morley, the third of his four children. Eric Morley said he suspected Stephen (23) was gambling. He wanted to prevent him from misusing a £ 2,500 loan that he finally agreed to make after turning down his son’s request for £ 10,000. He penned a father-to-son letter and got Stephen to sign an agreement that he would repay the sum or use it to buy a car within a month. At his final trial on September 25, Stephen was faced with the shadow of going to jail after a jury refused to believe that he had lost money on a train. At the time, he was gambling a lot and he had also bought a car. His debts eventually reached over £ 40,000, and now his father had to pay them off. The Derby Crown Court judge told Stephen: “You have been found guilty by overwhelming evidence of being petty and disgusting. I have a prison sentence in mind.” But he was released on bail so that social reports could be prepared before sentencing. A judge in the aforementioned court said Morley had stolen part of the rewards of retired engineer Malcolm Brunt’s hard work in a petty and nasty robbery. A jury considered the evidence for two and a half hours before convicting Morley of stealing the money while working as an investment broker for London’s Allied Hambro in February 1985. The judge told Morley, “You have been convicted of overwhelming evidence of an offense of misconduct. You used the facade of honesty and respectability provided by your employment to rob a man who trusted you. You stole some of the rewards of his hard work life. Having done so, you used a wide variety of deceptions to cover it up “, as the journalist Felicity Newson wrote in a well-known London newspaper.

               Finally, Stephen Morley was jailed on October 27 for five months on charges of theft and deception. Consulting psychologist Dr. Emanuel Moran told the Nottingham Crown Court that Morley was a compulsive gambler considered weak by other members of his family. He said Morley had been bullied by his brothers and that his father referred to him as a gamer. Stephen appeared for sentencing after a trial that ended five weeks earlier in Derby. He had pleaded not guilty to stealing £ 10,000 in cash from a client while working for Allied Hambro, now Allied Dunbar, and also to two counts of attempting to obtain money by deception. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison with a 10-month suspension. Morley used the money to pay off a gambling debt, it emerged at trial the previous month. Judge Keith Matthewman later decided to suspend two-thirds of the 15-month prison sentence. His father testified on his behalf at that trial, but his mother did not. Julia Morley was at the time 6,000 miles from where her son was imprisoned, in the Portuguese colony of Macau. Ms Morley added: “Stephen decided we had better be thinking about him. I spoke to him Sunday night. I was ready to come back any minute if he asked. We are a very close family and we are all very upset, But we will stick together. We all make mistakes. He has made a lot. But he is not a criminal. Stephen decided that if I was there it would only create more publicity”.

                He could have been innocent or not, what is certain is that the mistakes that we could have made, whatever they are, bring us learning and make us more responsible in the future, as Stephen Douglas Morley has shown today …

Miss Venezuela


                In the midst of the storm, the Miss World organizers had some plans in mind. On September 4, the organizer Julia Morley announced that she was launching a new contest, that of Mrs World, which did not prohibit married women from taking part in it and that it would take place starting in 1988. Julia said: “Some Possible Miss Worlds have been lost because they were married. Now the participants can be between 17 and 101 years old and can have as many children as they want”. Julia added: “I look forward to a much more interesting catch or maybe I shouldn’t use a word like that. This contest will be open to wives, mothers and divorcees who are not eligible to compete for Miss World.” What they apparently did not know is that a couple of years earlier, specifically in 1984, an event with the same name had been created by the same owners of the “Mrs. America” contest. They patented the contest and to that date they had already crowned two winners. Although the Morleys disputed it, in the end they had to give up the plan to create the event because someone had already been ahead of them …


               The Miss World brand was found in 1986 in 90 nations and territories around the globe, as Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Macau and Sierra Leone made their debut in the contest while Ghana, Mauritius and Montserrat were going to return after years of absence. However, in three of them there was no national beauty pageant that year: Aruba, Hungary and Liberia. By the way, as of the previous year, the Morleys required countries to send them a winner, or a girl specially crowned for the English contest, so in certain countries the franchise changed hands. For example, in Finland, where the rights passed to the “Suomen Neito” contest, although some nations continued to send the one that came second in their national competitions. In Germany, two national pageants with the same name emerged in 1985. As explained in the previous article, the traditional Miss Germany (Miss Germany Corporation) lost the franchise of international pageants in 1985 and the parallel pageant that emerged sent their winner that year to Miss Europe and the first runner-up for Miss Universe and Miss International. In 1986, this pageant chose its queen for Miss Universe and Miss International, then apparently it was dissolved. Then, a third Miss Germany pageant emerged in 1986 (Miss Germany Company) sending their winner, Dagmar Schulz, to both Miss World ’86 and Miss Universe ’87. In Lebanon, the winner Strida Touq had to be replaced. Among the 87 territories that would send candidates to Miss World’86 we have the following:

* MISS COLOMBIA.- The election of the Colombian National Beauty Contest was held on November 11, 1985 at the Cartagena Convention Center, among 18 candidates. The winner was Miss Guajira, María Mónica Urbina, who went to Miss Universe 1986. The Vice-Queen, with the right to go to Miss World, was the representative of the Atlantic, Karen Wightman, while the Princesses were María del Carmen Zapata (Antioquia), Grace Vallejo (Sucre) and María Cecilia Arango (Caldas).

Miss Mexico

* MISS FRANCE.- On Friday, December 27, 1985, the election of “Miss France 1986” was held at the Montparnasse-Park hotel in Paris with 38 participants. It was won by Miss Paris, Valérie Pascale, 17 years old. The finalists were Catherine Billaudeau (Languedoc) and Marlène Mourreau (Franche-Comté) while Miss Guadeloupe, Catherine Carew, was chosen as Miss France overseas, who was the girl who represented France in both the Miss Universe and the Miss World contests. The reasons why the winner did not compete in any international contest are unknown, but it is believed that it was by her personal decision.

* MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.- Two queens were chosen, Lissette Chamorro for Miss Universe and Susan González for Miss World. The finalists were Beatriz Martínez and Lucía Collado (Miss Latin America 1986). The event took place in the Ambar Hall of the Dominican Concorde Hotel on April 18.

* MISS VENEZUELA.- The Municipal Theater of Caracas was the headquarters for the first time of the contest that chose Miss Trujillo, Bárbara Palacios Teyde, as national sovereign, among 24 entrants. Barbara would later become Miss South America and Miss Universe that same year. Her election took place on the night of Friday, May 9, and at the same event the representative of the state of Zulia, María Begoña Juaristi, the main favorite, who traveled to Macau and London, was crowned Miss World Venezuela. The other finalists were Miss Portuguesa, Nancy Gallardo (to Miss International and Miss Independence of America 1986); Miss Táchira, Laura Fazzolari (who did not go to any international pageant because she decided to get married); Miss Anzoátegui, Maite Delgado (later popular TV host and winner of Miss Tourism of the Caribbean and Central America 1986); Miss Vargas Department, Catherine Fulop (later recognized actress, who was a finalist in Miss Latin America 1986), Miss Sucre, Raquel Lares (winner of the Bolivarian Reign of Beauty 1986) and Miss Guárico, Yoelis Sánchez.

* MUTYA NG PILIPINAS.- Sherry Rose Byrne, representative of the Filipino community in Canada, obtained the titles of “Mutya ng Pilipinas-World” & “Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism” on Saturday May 10 in Manila, while Glenah Marie Valmonte Slaton was elected “Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia”. The finalists were Julie Ann Puno Juco, Janet Santos Sales and Mercy Bantolino Ong.

* MISS MEXICO.- The “Señorita México 1986” contest was held on May 11 at the Agua Caliente Hippodrome in the city of Tijuana in the state of Baja California. The winner was Alejandrina Carranza Ancheta from Sonora (for Miss Universe) and the Second Place went to María Luz Velasco Félix from Baja California (to Miss World). The finalists were Zoila Cárdenas Camarena (Jalisco), Martha Cristiana Merino Ponce de León (Puebla) and María Guadalupe Aranda Gonzáles (Guanajuato).

* MISS USA.- It was held on Tuesday, May 20, at the James L. Knight Convention Center in Miami, Florida. It was won by Miss Texas, Christy Fichtner, the second consecutive crown for the state, which gave her the right to represent her country in Miss Universe. The first runner-up, heading for Miss World, was Miss Ohio, Halle Berry. Tamy Tesh (Georgia), Cindy Williams (Mississippi) and Kelly Parsons (California) completed the Top 5. All 50 states and the District of Columbia participated.

Miss USA

* FEGURÐARDROTTNING ÍSLANDS.- Gigja Birgisdóttir was crowned Iceland’s new beauty queen on Friday 23 May at the Broadway Theater in Reykjavik, an event that was attended by the reigning Miss World, the also Icelandic Hofi Karlsdóttir. Gigja was chosen to represent the country in Miss World, while the first runner-up, Thora Thrastardóttir would go to Miss Universe. The remaining finalists were Rut Róbertsdóttir, Kolbrún Jenny Gunnarsdóttir and Margrét Svava Jörgens.

* MISS ECUADOR.- It was held at the 9 de Octubre Theater in Guayaquil on Tuesday, May 27 with 16 candidates and where four queens were chosen: Verónica Sevilla (to Miss Universe), Guisella Cucalón (to Miss World), Rina Guevara (to Maja Internacional) and Silvia Sotomayor (to Miss Asia-Pacific). The finalists were Rocío Cedeño, Olga Loor, Letty Muzzio and Carmen Velásquez.

* MISS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.- Candace Jennings was crowned “Miss Trinidad-Tobago 1986” on Saturday, May 31 at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain, heading to Miss Universe. Other winners were Giselle Laronde for Miss World and Trudy Young for Miss Carival.

* MISS HONDURAS.- The contest was held in the defunct Disco Metro of Tegucigalpa under the organization of Norita Schauer de Erazo on Saturday, May 31. The winner was Sandra Navarrete, Miss Villanueva, who competed in Miss Universe in Panama. Miss San Pedro Sula, Nilcer Viscovich was crowned Miss World Honduras at the same event. The first runner-up was Miss Tegucigalpa, France Tatiana Reyes, who traveled to Singapore for Miss Universe 1987 because this pageant was going to be held in May instead of July as in the past. The finalists were Waldina Morales (La Ceiba), Ana María Pineda (Puerto Cortés) and Charlotte Perchment (Tela).

* MISS HOLLAND.- Janny ter Velde won the title on Sunday June 1 in Amsterdam among 21 girls. The finalists were Sophia de Boer, Angelique Erens, Angelique Cremers and Monique Stiphout.

* FEMINA MISS INDIA.- Mehr Jessia was crowned “Femina Miss India 1986” at the Shanmukhananda Hall in Bombay on June 10, obtaining the right to represent her country at Miss Universe. The finalists were Maureen Lestourgeon (for Miss World) and Ana Vasan (for Miss Asia Pacific).

* MISS POLAND.- The final of the contest was held on Saturday, August 2 at the Forest Opera in Sopot, with Renata Fatla winning among 20 semifinalists. The event was attended by Miss World, Hofi Karlsdóttir and Julia Morley. The finalists were Urszula Cywinska and Maria Wadecka.

* MISS COMMONWEALTH BAHAMAS.- Bridgette Strachan won the event held on Monday, August 4 in the Bahama Rythm hall of the Cable Beach Hotel and Casino, for which she received the honor of representing the Bahamas in Miss World. The finalists were Karen McKintosh, Pamela Newbold, Edith Saunders, and Rochelle Thompson. 10 young ladies competed.

* MISS UNITED KINGDOM.- It took place on Wednesday 20 August at the Wembley Conference Center in London with 70 contenders for the title. The winner was Miss Worksop, Alison Slack, who represented the country at Miss World. The finalists were Miss England, Joanne Sedgley (for two consecutive years she was second in this same contest) and Miss Mold, Suzanne Younger (who later won in 1989).

* MISS GUAM WORLD.- Valerie Flores was chosen from 19 contestants in the pageant held on September 8 at the University of Guam. The finalists were Janet Aguon and Gloria Hernandez.

* MISS PERU WORLD.- Patricia Kuipers Espejo, a beautiful 22-year-old blonde, architecture student, and representative of Lima, was elected Miss Peru World 1986 in the contest organized by Panamericana Televisión. The final was held at the Gran Chimú Coliseum in Trujillo, within the International Spring Festival of that city on September 17. The second place went to the representative of Piura, Rosa María Gálvez, in the third place was Myra Esther Cabrera Stechmann from Lima and the fourth and fifth place went to the representatives of Lambayeque (name not available) and Chimbote (Lucila Rodríguez Prado) respectively.

* MISS SINGAPORE WORLD.- The final took place on Friday, October 3 at the Neptuno Theater-Restaurant with 20 competitors and with the presence of Miss World, Hofi Karlsdóttir and Julia Morley. The winner was Michelle Loh and the finalists were Doris Lim, A. Sarasvathy, Kelly Cheung and Patricia Seetho.

Miss Ecuador

* MISS SPAIN.- Remedios Cervantes, representative of Costa del Sol, was chosen “Miss Spain 1986” at the Star Garden Disco in Benidorm on Saturday, October 4. The title of Miss Nacional went to Margarita Capo and Ana García Bonilla was the 1st Maid of Honor. The choice of Remedios was widely commented by the press as it was rumored that she was the first gypsy race winner in history.

* MISS BRAZIL WORLD.- Roberta Pereira da Silva, “Garota Charm 1986” from Santa Catarina, was chosen on Thursday, October 9 at the Silvio Santos Theater in Sao Paulo among 10 contestants. The finalists were Alexandra Henkel (Queen of the Interior of Rio Grande do Sul 1986) and Sandra Santos Buonora (Tropical Beauty of Pernambuco 1986).


                Several incidents occurred during the national contests in 1986. One of the most remembered was the one that occurred during the election of Miss Venezuela, when the TV host Gilberto Correa read only seven names of the 8 original finalists (the previous year there were also eight finalists so the hypothesis of “cheating” failed) leaving out the young woman who was the first runner-up, Miss Portuguesa, Nancy Gallardo. And it was when Correa gave the reverse order with the final results when he realized the mistake and called the girl, who was in the dressing room crying her defeat. The audience shouted fraud but Correa showed the computer printout with the original eight names. Even today, almost 35 years after that beautiful night, many people think that there was fraud to include Miss Táchira, Laura Fazzolari, girlfriend of Blanca Ibáñez’s son, who was the Private Secretary of President Jaime Lusinchi and who that night was a judge. But it was proven that the aforementioned fraud never existed and that in reality the judges had selected eight finalists like the previous year and not seven, as had initially been reported.

                The Miss Thailand World 86 beauty pageant came to an ugly end when unhappy runners-up stole the winner’s tiara and crowned their own queen. As the orchestra played the winner’s theme, the pouting also-rans tried to rip off Sangravee As-Savarak’s sash before a stunned audience of 2,000 people at a luxury hotel on Sunday, September 21. The tiara was taken from her and placed on the first runner-up Duangduan Jithaisong, but she did not want to be part of the riot. Live television coverage of the contest ended abruptly when the fight broke out. Sangravee, 22, crownless and with a crooked banner, maintained her poise and grace and smiled at the crowd throughout the commotion. She denied allegations by other competitors that she had undergone nose surgery, that she had refused to use the sponsor’s cosmetics and to wear false eyelashes.

                In Jamaica, the election of Lisa Mahfood, of Lebanese descent, crowned on Saturday 6 September at the National Arena in Kingston, was criticized because her skin was “too light” to represent Jamaica internationally. The crowd, furious with the result, threw bottles, cups and even oranges on stage. Fortunately no one was injured. “I think most Jamaicans would have preferred a black girl,” said contestant Paula Fenton. The audience mostly supported Marjorie Tulloch who came in fourth place. The other finalists were Charmain Gammon (Miss Jamaica Maja), Jheanell Azan (Miss Jamaica International) and Locella Stephenson. Meanwhile, at the Miss Malaysia World pageant, held on September 27 at the Putra World Trade Center, the organizers decided to eliminate the swimsuit parade. Only the judges would see the 18 contestants in swimsuits privately. The event was won by Joan Cardoza.

                In Borinquen, local organizers led by Grace Fontecha and her husband elected Miss Río Piedra, Giselle Castillo as Miss World of Puerto Rico 1986. However, when she arrived in London she was disqualified because, believe it or not, the organizers of Miss World could not confirm who had the franchise !!. Apparently, the person who signed the franchise agreement left the organization he worked for, but the Fontecha spouses organized the contest that year without the Morleys’ consent. By not having the approval of Eric Morley, perhaps fearing a possible lawsuit by the person who had signed the original contract, they had no choice but to return Miss Puerto Rico home and that was a scandal on the Island of Enchantment, so much so that it was no longer represented in the contest until 1989, when the rights of Miss World passed to Anna Santisteban, organizer of the official Miss Puerto Rico pageant.





                The contestants from Europe and the Americas had to meet in London before October 23, since the next day they were traveling to Macau. The participants from Africa, Asia and Oceania came directly to Hong Kong and from there they all traveled together to Macau for the Miss World preliminaries. The first candidate to arrive in the British capital was Miss Gibraltar on October 19. While the other girls arrived, the first to arrive were able to walk through the London parks and rest a bit from the long journey. On Friday, October 24, the contestants, organizers, chaperones, interpreters, dancers, security personnel and the ITV technical group traveled aboard a non-stop British Caledonian flight to Hong Kong. In total, 77 of the 87 originally expected delegates entered the contest. Due to financial and visa issues, Miss NIGERIA (Rita Anuku), Miss GHANA (Magdalene Adjabeng), Miss ZAIRE (Aimee Likobe Dobala), Miss SENEGAL (Maria Dieye), Miss UGANDA (Hajat Fatumah Maama) and Miss MONTSERRAT (Pauline Wall) could not participate. On the other hand, and as explained before, Miss PUERTO RICO (Giselle Castillo) was disqualified upon arriving in London for franchise issues and Miss TAHITI (Loanah Bohl) did not arrive for unknown reasons. On the other hand, Miss COTE D’IVOIRE (Marie-Françoise Kouamé) who had made her debut in Miss Universe that year, the organizers gave up sending her to Miss World and preferred that she compete in Miss International, while the directors of Miss CURAÇAO decided that the first runner-up of the 1986 national pageant, Viennaline Arvelo, would not go to London to Miss World but to Miss Universe the following year, as they had already been notified that the universal pageant would be brought forward for the month of May, leaving the island without representation in the English event.

                Once they reached the British colony, the group, made up of approximately 160 people, traveled aboard a jetfoiler on a one-hour journey to Macau. Over seven days, the contestants recorded the opening number, the parade of nations in national costumes and the outdoor performance in bathing suits for the final broadcast from London. There was also a special show, broadcast on local TV, where a panel of three judges from Macau evaluated the contestants in swimsuits and evening gowns, as was done in London, choosing their 15 semi-finalists. These votes would be sealed and preserved until they were added to those of the London judges on the day of the grand final.

                During the local event, whose proceeds would go to charity, the 77 participants also paraded in the traditional Chinese costume called “Cheong-Sam” and in which the first winner of the contest was awarded as the girl who best wore the mentioned outfit. She turned out to be Miss VENEZUELA (María Begoña Juaristi Mateo). The 77 beauties returned to London on Saturday November 1st on a British Caledonian flight that landed on the afternoon of the same day at Gatwick Airport, marking the second time in history that all of the contestants landed together in the British capital (the first was in 1981).


                Meanwhile, in Paris, the winner of a parallel Miss France title, Miss Cecile Lartigue, denounced that the Miss World organization had accepted an imposter as Miss France and that the real Miss France was her !! He even threatened to appear in London to protest what she considered an injustice. “I am the real one,” Miss Lartigue told the media in her country.


                After the long journey, the participants stayed at the Tara Hotel where they rested for a bit before starting the competition activities on British soil. The press echoed some radio photos of the presentation of the girls in Macau and began to give names of favorites, including Miss Denmark, Miss Venezuela, Miss United Kingdom, Miss Macau, Miss Philippines, Miss New Zealand and also came to mention the representatives from Australia, Bahamas and Bermuda as possible “dark horses”. All of them began to ring in the betting houses. Of course, Julia Morley did not approve of these bets and asked journalists to take into account not only the physique but the personality of the candidates. During that first week in London, the contestants enjoyed a welcome dinner, attended numerous night clubs, had photographic sessions, enjoyed the facilities of the contest’s new Spa and toured the English capital, visiting the most emblematic points of the city.        

France and Holland


                On Thursday, November 6, a scandal emerged. The tabloid press accused Miss Germany, Dagmar Schulz, of having appeared nude for five minutes in a prerecorded television program that she did in her country before traveling to the pageant and that had been broadcast the night before. On the show, a Persian artist drew a black dress over Miss Germany’s alleged nude body, but a TV show official said the shots had been cleverly done to make people think she was naked when she wasn’t. The one who started the protests was Miss Austria organizer Erich Reindel, who said that no candidate should be allowed to pose without clothes, adding that viewers across the continent thought the candidate should be disqualified from the pageant for such audacity. However, Miss Germany denied all this and said that she was wearing a dark miniskirt and that she was not completely naked. “There was nothing indecent or spicy about the television show,” said Ms. Schulz. She also added that a photographer had unexpectedly burst into her dressing room and photographed her topless without her consent. Now she was thinking of suing the Austrian beauty committee for infamy and damages. For her part, Julia Morley defended the German representative and said that she would not be execrated from the event. “There is no way Dagmar will be removed from the contest. What bothers me is that the people who want to get rich overnight are the ones who are trying to cause the havoc,” Julia said.


                On Friday, November 7, the 77 girls attended the “Miss World Charity Lunch” at the Hilton Hotel, an event that was held in conjunction with the Variety Club of Great Britain to raise funds for the world’s disabled children. At said luncheon, the national gifts that each of the contestants brought from their countries were auctioned and, as was traditional, they attended it wearing their colorful national costumes. Miss Venezuela wore a fuchsia short pants liqui-liqui with a hat designed by Osmel Sousa and made by Pascual Otaviani. At the event, just over £ 70,000 was collected and part of this sum would be used for heart surgeries in the US and in the UK for third world children, with free medical services.

               Miss USA, Halle Berry, provoked gasps and complaints that day when she wore a bikini with stars and strings of beads during the presentation of national costumes at the Hilton hotel. Ms. Berry, the first black American to reach the final, said she wanted to “get attention from the start” and said her costume, designed by American Dick Frank, represented America’s advance in space. But other contestants expressed their disagreement that Miss USA has been allowed to wear such a revealing garment. Miss Holland thought it was unfair because she was “totally hidden” in a traditional Dutch costume with clogs. Another contestant who preferred to remain anonymous said: “Please don’t mention me but we had been told that we had to wear real national costumes, but she was allowed to perform with practically nothing.” “It’s the skimpiest costume I’ve seen in my six years with the pageant,” said Master of Ceremonies Peter Marshall. Meanwhile, Miss USA said: “We have not won in thirteen years and my designer was determined that this year we would win, I am only wearing what my designer wanted me to wear.”

               The Miss World pageant was raising some eyebrows – as usual. But despite the scandal over Miss USA’s skimpy clothing and sequined bikini as a “national costume,” and whether Miss Germany had appeared nude or topless on television, it had been tame compared to some of the previous 35 years on the eve of the beauty pageant at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The pageant had weathered sex scandals, feminist bombs that knocked Bob Hope off the stage in 1970, and perennial allegations of manipulation that have never been confirmed. The BBC had abandoned the broadcast of the program in 1980, calling it “an anachronism in this age of equality and verging on the offensive.” “It always amazes me when people make fun of the contest, but then run home and sit glued to the TV to watch it,” said Liz Brown, a spokeswoman for Thames Television, which would broadcast the final globally for about 500 million of people and for some 16 million viewers in the UK. “Obviously you will get the feminist element of the cattle market, but in general most people see it as a pleasant experience,” she concluded.


                On Saturday the 8th, the girls did what every woman loves: shopping !! In the afternoon of that same day, they visited the children of the King’s College hospital for the traditional Christmas party with the children held there. And, the next day, Sunday the 9th, the 77 beautiful ladies from all over the planet gathered at the Hilton Hotel in the West End, where they posed as a group, by continent and individually in front of the media in the customary Presentation to the Press, sponsored by Top Shop. There, the contestants posed in pastel pink, violet and sky blue leotards with gold shoes and belts. For the first time they were not grouped in alphabetical order but they were formed according to the color of their leotard in three rows. The photographers then selected their favorites and grouped them together to be photographed. The most requested by the different media were Miss Venezuela, Miss New Zealand, Miss Denmark, Miss Colombia, Miss Trinidad-Tobago, Miss United Kingdom, Miss France, Miss USA, Miss Austria, Miss Finland, Miss Chile and Miss Dominican Republic. However, the winner of the Miss PHOTOGENIC trophy was Miss IRELAND (Rosemary Thompson).

               Most of the 77 contestants hoping to win the Miss World 1986 title were students, models and secretaries. One of the more bizarre occupations was that of Miss American Virgin Islands who was an assistant funeral director and aspired to a career in mortuary science. As was customary, several of the participants came from competing in other international beauty pageants. From the 1986 Miss Universe held in Panama came Miss Barbados, Miss Belgium, Miss France, Miss Gambia and Miss Luxembourg. Miss Denmark was the first runner-up of the 1986 Miss International where Miss Costa Rica and Miss Poland also competed. The Peruvian came second in the International Coffee Queen contest in 1985 and Miss India, was the first runner-up of the Miss Asia in 1979. Miss Western Samoa competed in the 1986 Miss Asia Pacific and the Australian girl in that same contest but in 1985, where she was a semifinalist. For her part, Miss Panama had been 2nd. runner-up in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic International 1985. Below is the table with the most important data of the 77 participants of Miss World 1986:

01 AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS Carmen Rosa Acosta 21 Santa Cruz Assistant funeral director
02 ANTIGUA Karen Rhona Eartha Knowles 19 St.John’s Flight attendant
03 AUSTRALIA Stephanie Eleanor Andrews 24 West Leederville Model
04 AUSTRIA Chantal Schreiber 21 Vienna Flight attendant
05 BAHAMAS Bridgette Strachan 17 Nassau Saleswoman
06 BARBADOS Roslyn Irene Williams 19 Saint Michael Banking Management Trainee
07 BELGIUM Goedele Maria Liekens 23 Brussels Student
08 BERMUDA Samantha Jayne Morton 20 Temple Quest Secretary
09 BOLIVIA Claudia Arévalo Ayala 17 Cochabamba Student
10 BRAZIL Roberta Pereira da Silva 18 Trindade, Santa Catarina Model
11 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Anthonia Brenda Lewis 21 Tortola Radio personality
12 CANADA Wynne Anita Kroontje 22 Sarnia, Ontario Student
13 CAYMAN ISLANDS Deborah Elizabeth Cridland 20 Grand Cayman Student
14 CHILE Margot Elena Fuenzalida Montt 22 Santiago Cosmetologist and Model
15 COLOMBIA Karen Sue Wightman Corredor 21 Barranquilla Works in PR
16 COSTA RICA Ana Lorena González García 21 San José Real Estate Agent
17 CYPRUS Maro Andreou 17 Limassol Model
18 DENMARK Pia Rosenberg Larsen 19 Frederiksberg Store manager
19 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Susan González 19 Santiago Computer Engineer
20 ECUADOR Alicia Guisella Cucalón Macías 20 Guayaquil English Teacher
21 EL SALVADOR Nadine Monique Jeanpierre Gutiérrez 18 San Salvador Student
22 FINLAND Satu-Riitta Ala-Harja 19 Seinajoki Model
23 FRANCE Catherine Carew 21 Guadeloupe Restaurant Manager
24 GAMBIA Rose Marie Eunson 17 Banjul Secretary
25 GERMANY Dagmar Schulz 21 Duisburg Model
26 GIBRALTAR Dominique Martínez 20 Gibraltar Hotel Receptionist
27 GREECE Anna Kehagia 19 Athens Photographic model
28 GUAM Valerie Jean Flores 18 Agana Student
29 GUATEMALA Sonia Schoenstedt Briz 20 Guatemala City Student
30 HOLLAND Janny ter Velde 17 Deventer Student
31 HONDURAS Nilcer María Viscovich Babúm 20 San Pedro Sula Teacher
32 HONG KONG May Ng Yuen-Fong 19 Kowloon Bay Artist and TV Hostess
33 ICELAND Gigja Birgisdóttir 18 Akureyri Bank clerk
34 INDIA Maureen Mary Lestourgeon 24 Bombay Model
35 IRELAND Rosemary Elizabeth Thompson 20 Lambeg, County Antrim Hairdresser
36 ISLE OF MAN Sarah Therese Craig 21 Ballaugh Child nursing
37 ISRAEL Osnat Moas 17 Motzkin Student
38 ITALY Enrica Patane 19 Rome Swimming Instructor
39 JAMAICA Lisa Michelle Mahfood 22 Kingston Administrative Assistant in Restaurant
40 JAPAN Mutsumi Sugimura 19 Tokyo Student
41 KENYA Patricia Maingi 20 Nairobi Student
42 KOREA Jung-mi Ahn 19 Seoul Student
43 LEBANON Mirella Abi Fares 19 Beirut Student
44 LUXEMBOURG Martine Christine Georgette Pilot 20 Erpeldange Student
45 MACAU Sai “Patricia” Cheong 18 Macau Clerk
46 MALAYSIA Joan Martha Cardoza 22 Kuala Lumpur Fitness Teacher
47 MALTA Andrea Josephine Licari 17 Floriana Accounts Clerk
48 MAURITIUS Michelle Sylvie Geraldine Pastor 17 Quatre Bornes Student
49 MEXICO María Luz Velasco Félix 20 Mexicali PR Secretary
50 NEW ZEALAND Lynda Marie McManus 20 Christchurch Photographic Model
51 NORWAY Inger Lovise Berg 21 Brottum Banking Assistant
52 PANAMA María Lorena Orillac Giraldo 20 Panama City Creative Assistant in Advertising Agency
53 PARAGUAY Verónica América Angulo Ahcinelli 20 Asunción Secretary
54 PERU Patricia Anne-Marie Kuypers Mirror 22 Lima Student of Architecture
55 PHILIPPINES Sherry Rose Austria Byrne 18 Quezon City Student of Medicine
56 POLAND Renata Fatla 19 Bielsko-Biala Art Student
57 PORTUGAL Elsa Maria Rodrigues 19 Lisbon Student
58 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS Jacqueline Petronella Heyliger 20 Baseterre Accounting Clerk
59 SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Mandy Haydock 21 Kingstown Secretary
60 SIERRA LEONE Alice Matta Fefegula 22 Bo Student
61 SINGAPORE Michelle Loh Yeh Huey 20 Bedok Student
62 SPAIN Remedios Cervantes Montoya 22 Málaga Photographic Model
63 SRI LANKA Indira Gunaratne 20 Colombo Teacher
64 SWAZILAND Ilana Faye Lapidos 18 Manzini Student of Medicine
65 SWEDEN Elizabeth Marita Ulvan 21 Motala Hairdresser
66 SWITZERLAND Renate Walther 22 Megéve Teacher
67 THAILAND Sangravee “Jum” As-Savarak 23 Bangkok Student
68 TONGA Kerry Cowley 20 Nuku’alofa Private Secretary
69 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde 23 Marabella Secretary
70 TURKEY Meltem Doganay 18 Ankara Student
71 TURKS & CAICOS Carmelita Louise Ariza 17 Grand Turk Student
72 UNITED KINGDOM Alison Louise Slack 20 Worksop, Nottinghamshire Model
73 UNITED STATES Maria Halle Berry 20 Oakwood Village, Ohio Art Student
74 URUGUAY Alexandra María Goldenthal 17 Montevideo Model
75 VENEZUELA María Begoña Juaristi Mateo 18 Maracaibo Student
76 WESTERN SAMOA Kasileta Joan Gabriel 19 Apia Airline Employee
77 YUGOSLAVIA Maja Kucic 17 Split, Croatia Student


                After the presentation to the media, the girls returned to the Tara hotel where in the evening they attended a very special dinner, where some of the participants demonstrated their personal talents. But a flu virus from the Far East knocked out Miss World’s favorite, the Danish Pia Rosenberg Larsen, on Monday, just days before the finals. Miss Denmark, 19, caught the virus in Macau 10 days earlier, where the 77 participants were sent to record part of the television show. The blonde was more concerned about an ugly ulcer on her upper lip and feared it might spoil her complexion. Despite her troubles, the major bookmakers had placed blue-eyed Pia as the favorite for Thursday’s finals. Ladbroke’s odds were: 9-2 Denmark, 5-1 Trinidad-Tobago, 7-1 New Zealand, 8-1 Brazil, 9-1 UK, 10-1 Gibraltar and Venezuela. Miss Denmark was not in favor of the gamblers at Coral’s, whose bets were: 5-1 France, 6-1 New Zealand, 7-1 UK, 8-1 Venezuela and USA, 12-1 Sweden and Colombia. William Hill had the following bets: 5-1 Denmark and New Zealand, 6-1 Venezuela, 8-1 Chile, France and Trinidad-Tobago, 10-1 UK and USA. Miss Philippines also came into the spotlight when it became known that her father, Christopher, was Irish, so that country would have, in a certain way, double participation.

               On Monday, November 10, the young women from around the world visited the House of Commons for the traditional lunch with parliamentarians. The beauties were received by the parliamentarian Geoff Lawler who said that he would take the opportunity to search among them for the one who would be his future wife … While that was happening, Wilnelia Merced, Miss World 1975 from Puerto Rico, gave birth to her only child at the Portland Private Hospital in London. In the afternoon of that same day, the young women began their arduous rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall and continued rehearsing throughout Tuesday the 11th.


                Some contestants were upset by the way the Morleys organized the contest. “It’s ridiculous, they treat us like nuns,” Miss United Kingdom complained to a journalist on Wednesday 12, of whom by the way, a tabloid newspaper had also published a topless photograph. “I can’t wait for the contest to end to be free and get away from them,” she added. But Miss Ireland criticized allegations that the contestants had been held as virtual prisoners at their London hotel. The Lisburn-born hairdresser said: “We all know the reason we are here, and it is to enter the contest. We rely on security. It would be terrible if anyone could enter our rooms or even reach us on the phone”, said the Irish girl.


                On Wednesday the 12th, the participants went in groups to the sponsor beauty salon in Mayfair and in the evening they went to the Royal Albert Hall for dress rehearsal. At 7:25 pm the overture of the event began with Phil Tate and his orchestra. Eric Morley then welcomed Andy Ross to present the 77 contestants in their national costumes four by four, who lined up on stage to record the song “A Song for the World” for the third year in a row. While the contestants changed into their evening gowns, the animators’ performances were recorded. For the British broadcast, Peter Marshall accompanied by the ex-Miss World 1977, the Swedish Mary Stavin, who had debuted as a host of beauty pageants in the Miss United Kingdom contest months before. And for the US broadcast, John Davidson, who also recorded a musical presentation that would only be seen on the broadcast of the contest in the US. Subsequently, Andy Ross presented the contestants, one by one, in their evening wear, who in the same way formed up on stage to record another musical theme: “We’ll be there.” Right away, Julia Morley, who wore blonde hair for the first time in history this year, arrived on stage to present the trophy to Miss PERSONALITY, chosen by the contestants themselves, a title that went to Miss GIBRALTAR (Dominique Martínez). She also presented some recognizable to some national directors whose work during the year praised the “Beauty with a Purpose” project and, also, reissued the delivery of the Miss PHOTOGENIC trophy to Miss IRELAND (Rosemary Thompson), who had already been chosen by the photojournalists the Sunday before. In addition, the cosmetics firm L’ENVIE chose Miss ECUADOR (Guisella Cucalón) as the girl with the best hair and the pantyhose firm L’EGGS selected Miss VENEZUELA (María Begoña Juaristi) as the contestant with the most beautiful legs. . For the rehearsal, two groups of 15 different semifinalists were chosen, one who would parade in a bathing suit and the other, who would appear in evening dress.

                Finally, Miss USA, Halle Berry was crowned a Miss World in the dress rehearsal. Her photo went around the world. A spokesperson for Miss World admitted that, in the past, the girl randomly chosen to be crowned in dress rehearsal rarely won the title. But he added, “It’s just one of those things that I hope Halle doesn’t think fate is against her, because the girl is chosen (in the rehearsal) purely by chance.” For her part, Mary Stavin, the 1977 Swedish Miss World who this year had the responsibility of conducting the event, celebrated happily because her boyfriend, American actor Steve Jamieson, had proposed to her a few days earlier in Los Angeles. “I said yes right away,” said the 29-year-old blonde happily. Unfortunately, that did not happen …

Mary Stavin

                On the morning of Thursday, November 13, the day of the thirty-sixth election of the most beautiful woman in the world (although Eric Morley had emphasized months before that the most beautiful woman did not always win), the 77 entrants were privately evaluated by the judges in two rounds: swimsuit and interviews in evening gowns. In each round, the judges took their own evaluation criteria and selected the 15 girls they liked the most in each appearance. These lists were converted into scores, giving 4 points to the participant who was included in both lists, 3 points if they appeared in only one of them and 2 points if they had not been considered in either of the two rounds. These votes from these nine judges would be added to the three from Macau to determine who would be the 15 semi-finalists.


                The DAILY MIRROR newspaper in its November 13 issue mentioned that the winner could be Miss Trinidad & Tobago. Other favorites mentioned were Miss Denmark and Miss New Zealand, who was skyrocketed hours before the finals. “They have been the only two girls seriously endorsed,” said Graham Sharpe of William Hill. Below you will see how the odds of the 77 contestants were at the close of bets according to the Ladbroke’s house:

3-1Denmark40-1Dominican Rep., Italy, Norway,
7-2New Zealand50-1Belgium, Canada, Guam, Holland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Peru,
8-1Chile, USA, Venezuela Portugal, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay
9-1Trinidad & Tobago66-1Barbados, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Greece, Kenya, Korea,
10-1France, United Kingdom Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Paraguay
16-1Brazil, Macau, Yugoslavia100-1American Virgin Islands, Antigua, Bahamas, Bolivia,
20-1Finland, Ireland, Singapore British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Ecuador,
22-1Austria El Salvador, Gambia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong,
25-1Colombia, Germany, Iceland, India, Isle of Man, Lebanon, Malta, Panama, Saint Kitts & Nevis,
 Poland, Sweden Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tonga,
33-1Australia, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Philippiness Turks & Caicos, Western Samoa.



                At 7:45 p.m. of Thursday, November 13, the Royal Albert Hall got dressed up to start the election and coronation ceremony of the new Miss World, with the musical opening by Phil Tate and his orchestra. After singing the British National Anthem, Eric Morley came on stage to give his customary words of welcome and explain the proceedings of the evening. After this, the opening began with Ken Warwick’s dancers dancing the song “The Chinese Way” that was popularized by the group Level 42. Later, the 77 participants were introduced, in alphabetical order of four in four, in their evening wear to later perform the song “A Song for the World” for the Albert Hall audience. After a short break, the 77 young women appeared in swimsuits sponsored by Top Shop and posed together on stage, where the 15 semifinalists were called. It should be noted that, like the previous year, the best girls from each continent were chosen first and then the next 10 according to the votes of the judges. They were:

                Miss AUSTRIA (Chantal Schreiber, 21 years and 5 f 8 i, from Vienna), Miss COLOMBIA (Karen Sue Wightman Runner, 21 years and 5 f 7 i, from Barranquilla); Miss COSTA RICA (Ana Lorena González García, 21 years old and 5 f 8 i , from San José); Miss DENMARK (Pia Rosenberg Larsen, 19 years old and 5 f 9 i from Frederiksberg); Miss ECUADOR (Alicia Guisella Cucalón Macías, 20 years old and 5 f 8 i, from Guayaquil); Miss IRELAND (Rosemary Elizabeth Thompson, 20 years old and 5 f 7 i, from Lambeg, Lisburn, County Antrim); Miss NEW ZEALAND (Lynda Marie McManus, 20 years old and 5 f 8 i, from Christchurch); Miss PANAMA (María Lorena Orillac Giraldo, 20 years old and 5 f 6.5 i, from Panama City), Miss PHILIPPINES (Sherry Rose Austria Byrne, 18 years old and 5 f 6 i, from Quezon City); Miss SWAZILAND (Ilana Faye Lapidos, 18 years old and 5 f 7 i, from Manzini); Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde, 23 years old and 5 f 5 i, from Marabella); Miss UNITED KINGDOM (Alison Louise Slack, 20 years old and 5 f 10 i, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire); Miss UNITED STATES (Maria Halle Berry, 20 years old and 5 f 7 i, from Oakwood Village, Ohio); Miss VENEZUELA (María Begoña Juaristi Mateo, 18 years old and 5 f 11 i, from Maracaibo); and Miss YUGOSLAVIA (Maja Kucic, 17 years old and 5 f 9 i, from Split, Croatia).

                After the announcement, the group presentation of the 15 semifinalists was recorded and would be broadcast minutes later. While this was happening, at 8:30 at night the broadcast of the contest began through ITV for an hour and a half. The event began with the pre-recorded opening performed entirely outdoors in various parts of Macau, with Ken Warwick’s dancers and the 77 candidates dressed in their Cheong-Sam costumes, performing the song “The Chinese Way”. Next, the introduction of each of them in their national costumes, also recorded outdoors in the St. Paul’s Ruins square, dating from the 17th century, in Macau. After this, the pre-recording of the previous day was shown in the Royal Albert Hall, showing the 77 delegates in their national costumes singing the theme “A Song for the World”. Immediately afterwards, the welcome words of the comperes of the night, Peter Marshall and Mary Stavin were broadcast, also pre-recorded , who proceeded to present the video tape in Macau with all the participants in swimsuits while the scores that each of them received by the twelve judges (the nine personalities in London and the three judges who evaluated the girls in Macau) were shown on screen. The highest score would be 48 points and the minimum 24, according to the rules explained earlier in this article. Here is the table with the scores and the final positions for each contestant, highlighted are the semifinalists:

2NEW ZEALAND44444432344444
4UNITED KINGDOM42433434342440
8TRINIDAD & TOBAGO33444224422236
12COSTA RICA22234224224433
31DOMINICAN REPUBLIC22224222324229
38EL SALVADOR22232222423228
39TURKS & CAICOS22222224222226
44HONG KONG22422222222226
59WESTERN SAMOA 22222222222224
62SRI LANKA22222222222224
63SIERRA LEONE22222222222224
64ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES22222222222224
65ST. KITTS & NEVIS22222222222224
70ISLE OF MAN22222222222224
74CAYMAN ISLANDS22222222222224

                As can be seen, four candidates were tied with 33 points: Miss Costa Rica, Miss Gibraltar, Miss Panama and Miss Sweden. The London judges should have voted again to break the tie and choose only two of them for the finals, since a girl had to enter from Asia and another from Africa who were not in the original first fifteen. This indicates that Miss Costa Rica and Miss Panama were “saved” and Miss Sweden and Miss Gibraltar were “sacrificed” to include Miss Philippines (for Asia) and Miss Swaziland (for Africa). It is also worth noting that both Swaziland and Gambia obtained the same score for the African continent, so the judges had to break the tie in favor of Swaziland. It is intuited that the first three columns must correspond to the Macau judges, whose votes only counted for the preliminary round.


               In the following three pics we can see errors in the sum of the points received by the candidates from Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Turkey. In the case of Costa Rica, the sum of points indicates that she obtained 31, showing 33 in the sum. With Miss Hong Kong they showed 26 points, when she should have had 27 if we add up the individual votes shown. And Miss Turkey was presented with 36 points, when she actually got 28 points.

Costa Rica
Hong Kong

                Was there a computer error? Impossible!! What happened is that the result of the votes cast by the computer was transcribed with a character generator in the ITV console and the person who made the transcription was wrong on all three occasions. Regarding Miss Costa Rica, she actually did get 33 points, only the penultimate judge gave her 4 points and not 2 as shown in the character generator. Miss Hong Kong actually scored 26 points as shown, only the transcriber scored 3 instead of 2 in the penultimate judge rating. And Miss Turkey achieved 28 points, here the error was in the accumulated qualification, as the transcriber left the sum of 36 points that the previous candidate had obtained (Trinidad-Tobago). This is verified in the following table with the lists that the twelve judges issued in the rounds of swimsuit and interview / gowns:

05.Ecuador05.Gibraltar05.Greece05.India05.Hong Kong05.Hong Kong
07.Iceland07.Israel07.Mexico07.Malaysia07.New Zealand07.New Zealand
08.Ireland08.Malaysia08.New Zealand08.New Zealand08.Paraguay08.Paraguay
09.Macau09.New Zealand09.Philippines09.Philippines09.Philippines09.Philippines
10.New Zealand10.Panama10.Poland10.Poland10.Spain10.Spain
12.United Kingdom12.Trinidad-Tobago12.Turkey12.Singapore12.Trinidad-Tobago12.Trinidad-Tobago
13.United States13.United Kingdom13.United States13.Trinidad-Tobago13.United Kingdom13.United Kingdom
14.Venezuela14.United States14.Venezuela14.Venezuela14.United States14.United States
01.Australia01.British Virgin Isls01.Austria01.Austria01.Austria01.Austria
04.Colombia04.India04.Costa Rica04.Costa Rica04.Ecuador04.Ecuador
05.Costa Rica05.Ireland05.Denmark05.Denmark05.Ireland05.Ireland
06.Denmark06.Israel06.Dominican Republic06.Dominican Republic06.Israel06.Israel
07.El Salvador07.Korea07.Ecuador07.Finland07.Macau07.Macau
08.Ireland08.Macau08.Finland08.Gibraltar08.New Zealand08.New Zealand
09.New Zealand09.New Zealand09.Ireland09.Ireland09.Panama09.Panama
11.Sweden11.Portugal11.New Zealand11.Kenya11.Portugal11.Portugal
12.Trinidad-Tobago12.Trinidad-Tobago12.Trinidad-Tobago12.New Zealand12.Sweden12.Sweden
13.United Kingdom13.United States13.United Kingdom13.Trinidad-Tobago13.United Kingdom13.United Kingdom
14.United States14.Uruguay14.United States14.United States14.United States14.United States
02.Denmark02.Gibraltar02.Costa Rica02.Costa Rica02.Bermuda02.El Salvador
05.Gibraltar05.Malta05.Finland05.Finland05.Dominican Republic05.India
07.Malaysia07.New Zealand07.Gambia07.Gambia07.El Salvador07.Jamaica
09.Mexico09.Paraguay09.Jamaica09.Jamaica09.France09.New Zealand
13.Spain13.United Kingdom13.Turks-Caicos13.Turks-Caicos13.United States13.Trinidad-Tobago
14.United States14.United States14.United Kingdom14.United Kingdom14.Venezuela14.United Kingdom
15.Venezuela15.Venezuela15.Venezuela15.Venezuela15.Yugoslavia15.United States
03.Chile03.Chile03.Costa Rica03.Costa Rica03.Bolivia03.Bolivia
04.Colombia04.Colombia04.Denmark04.Dominican Republic04.Chile04.Chile
05.Ecuador05.Ecuador05.Dominican Republic05.El Salvador05.Colombia05.Colombia
06.Finland06.Finland06.Ecuador06.Germany06.Costa Rica06.Costa Rica
08.Mexico08.New Zealand08.Iceland08.Italy08.New Zealand08.New Zealand
09.New Zealand09.Philippines09.Italy09.Korea09.Panama09.Panama
10.Philippines10.Swaziland10.New Zealand10.Macau10.Paraguay10.Paraguay
11.Turkey11.Turkey11.Spain11.New Zealand11.Peru11.Peru
12.United Kingdom12.United Kingdom12.Sweden12.Panama12.Philippines12.Philippines
13.United States13.United States13.Turkey13.Spain13.United Kingdom13.United Kingdom
14.Venezuela14.Venezuela14.Venezuela14.United States14.Venezuela14.Venezuela


                Following the presentation of the prerecorded films in Macau, the broadcast began to go live from the Royal Albert Hall stage when Peter Marshall proceeded to introduce the nine personalities that would make up the select panel of judges. They were:

01- The British professional boxer, Lloyd Honeyghan.

02- Director of the Macao Municipal Council, Mrs. Arabella.

03- British TV presenter Nick Owen.

04- Director of Walters International Computers, Robert Coleman.

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

06- The US Singer Linda Womack.

07- The US Singer from “Womack & Womack”, Cecil Womack.

08- British Ralph Halpern, Director of Top Shop.

09- The British professional tennis player John Lloyd.

               (Note: The names of the three Macau judges were not released.)



                For the first time, each judge had a computer, sponsored by Walters International, to broadcast the final ranking of the last seven finalists, but the simple selection of seven of the fifteen semi-finalists as observed by the judges during the night, was done by hand on a voting sheet, where they had to mark their favorite seven with a tick. Once the judges were introduced, the 15 semifinalists were called to the stage, three at a time, by Mary Stavin, for their parade in swimsuits of her own choosing. Stavin explained that the previous score was eliminated and now the judges had to select their seven favorites. While each semifinalist paraded individually, Peter Marshall gave details of each of them. While the semifinalists ran to the dressing rooms to put on their evening gowns, the prerecorded group segment that was made minutes before the live broadcast was shown on screen. After the commercial break, Mary Stavin called Julia Morley and Miss World 1985, Hofi Karlsdóttir to the stage to ask them about their experiences during the year of reign and the advances of “Beauty with a Purpose”. Julia Morley recalled the visit they made to a meeting of the International Variety Club in Toronto, Canada, where a group of disabled children sang for them a very special song “We’ll be There” that was performed by the candidates in their evening gowns on stage that was prerecorded the night before.

                Subsequently, the 15 semifinalists were presented in their individual parade in evening dress, announced by Peter Marshall and with descriptive comments by Mary Stavin. Then they all posed together for the last time for the audience and the judges. After heading them backstage and after a brief commercial break, Mary Stavin proceeded to call the seven finalists, to come on stage to be interviewed by Peter Marshall. They were Miss AUSTRIA, Miss DENMARK, Miss VENEZUELA, Miss NEW ZEALAND, Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, Miss UNITED STATES and Miss ECUADOR. The Austrian said she wanted to become a novelist and write books, the Danish woman got on her nerves but said she wanted to dedicate herself to forming a cosmetics company although she denied that men should use them. Miss Venezuela spoke in English and said that she studied economics and that she worked in her father’s company. The New Zealander spoke details of a movie she had recently filmed and the Trinidadian girl gave details of the famous Trinidad carnival. Miss USA said she was graduating as a journalist and wanted to one day be a news correspondent while Miss Ecuador also spoke in English, said she wanted to open a language academy and explained she also designed accessories. While the judge’s decision was being tabulated, the British female pop group “Five Star”, made up of the Pearson sisters, Stedman, Lorraine, Denise, Doris and Delroy, entertained the evening. The comperes then called Julia Morley to the stage to present the awards on behalf of Top Shop and Eric Morley to announce the continental queens of beauty and the results in reverse order.

               The Continental Queens were: Miss SWAZILAND (for Africa), Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (for the Americas), Miss PHILIPPINES (for Asia), Miss NEW ZEALAND (for Oceania) and Miss DENMARK (for Europe). All received their Top Shop trophies from Julia Morley on stage. Eric Morley then announced that the SECOND RUNNER-UP was Miss AUSTRIA (Chantal Schreiber) and the FIRST RUNNER-UP, Miss DENMARK (Pia Rosenberg Larsen). Both received tiaras from the Morley’s eldest son, Julian, and corresponding trophies from Julia Morley.

MISS WORLD 1986 IS… .-

                Two of the continental queens who had made up the group of seven finalists were waiting on stage. Obviously one of them would be the new world sovereign of beauty in its 36th edition. Then Eric Morley announced that MISS WORLD 1986 was … Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO !!. The brunette Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde, a 23-year-old secretary, 5 feet 5 inches tall and measurements 34-25-35, who became the first and so far only Miss World for her country. In a floor-length black dress embroidered with diamonds, the brown-eyed brunette from the South Caribbean island chain had spoken quietly to the interviewer moments earlier, encouraging viewers to travel to Trinidad for February’s carnival celebrations. Miss Swaziland, who was by her side, had whispered that she would be the winner and so it was! Serene but happy, Giselle received her Miss World 1986 sash from Julian Morley and her Top Shop trophy from Julia, then sat on the throne and was crowned by the outgoing queen, Hofi Karlsdóttir of Iceland. Julian handed her the royal scepter just before taking her triumphal walk with the official march of the contest, receiving the applause of the 8 thousand spectators who filled the Royal Albert Hall, thus ending the transmission. Giselle, in a flurry of last-minute betting, had lowered her odds early in the evening and just before the close of the evening to 6-1. The London newspaper Daily Mirror called her the favorite and described it as a “Caribbean cracker who should have everyone up for a calypso.”

             After the required photos, all the participants went to the Hilton Hotel where the Coronation Ball was held and where Ralph Halpern of Top Shop presented the trophies to the rest of the finalists. In fourth place was Miss NEW ZEALAND, in fifth position was Miss VENEZUELA, sixth was Miss UNITED STATES and seventh was Miss ECUADOR. All of them received a check for £ 500 as a prize, with the exception of the New Zealander who, having been Queen of Oceania, her prize was £ 1,000. The other Continental Queens received £ 500 prize money and the remaining eight semi-finalists received a check for £ 100. The first and second runners-up received a prize of £ 2,000 and £ 1,000 respectively and the new Miss World won a check for £ 5,000 plus a one-year employment contract offering a minimum of an additional £ 25,000 plus travel around the world for an approximate value of £ 100,000.


                The next morning, the brand new Miss World, Giselle Laronde, received the press in her suite at the Tara Hotel, where she had breakfast with strawberries and champagne and confessed that her triumph had been like a dream. “I’m not used to this, I like being calm at home,” she said excitedly. She told the media that she was interested in modeling and that she had ambitions to marry her boyfriend, who at that time was Ricardo Merrick. “We hope to get married eventually,” she said. “But now that I’ve won, I can safely say that it will be at least 12 months before we do.” Her younger sister Jinine, 20, who lived in London, was there to see her win. Laronde said she looked forward to “meeting and helping children around the world” during her year-long reign. After the press conference she took pictures for Top Shop and visited their store on Oxford Street to sign autographs. That night she performed live on a TV show where she was interviewed by Terry Wogan. By the way, the broadcast of the contest only reached ninth place in the rating, reaching 13.15 million viewers, the lowest in history up to that time. Traditionally, the pageant has been a huge draw for millions of viewers, but its popularity had been declining in recent years.

                Giselle’s first international trip as Miss World was done the first week of December to Ireland and she traveled to her native country on the 18th of that same month, where she was received as a hero. After the Christmas celebrations, she returned to London to continue her work as world sovereign of beauty. During her year of reign she traveled to Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Gambia, Senegal, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Belize, El Salvador, Poland and several states of the American Union. She worked hand in hand with Top Shop for the Country House Organization, a charitable foundation dedicated to offering a home and care to the elderly, retired from the sales area. In Gambia she visited the “SOS Children’s Village”. In El Salvador, in mid-1987, a large fashion show was held to collect funds for the reconstruction of the Benjamin Bloom Children’s Hospital in San Salvador, which collapsed after the earthquake that hit that nation on October 10, 1986. This event was attended not only by Giselle Laronde and Julia Morley, but also by former Miss World Pilín León and Mariasela Álvarez, as well as several Miss World 1986 candidates, the contestants from Austria, Isle of Man, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Germany and the English representative in Miss Universe 1987, Ivette Livesey. Julia Morley managed to get a donation of medicines in the order of £ 25,000 through Variety’s organizations around the world. In Poland, Giselle not only attended the election of the new Polish beauty queen but also visited orphanages and the memorial site of Polish soldiers. To Jamaica and the Cayman Islands she traveled with Miss USA. She relinquished her crown in London in November 1987. After presenting her title, she recognized that the contest made her change, not as a person, but in experiences, learnings and teachings that made her see life from another point of view and helped her mature. “My exposure to life changed after Miss World. Not in terms of who I am. My values have stayed the same. People said I was distant and unapproachable before and after Miss World. I never had flocks of guys swarming all over me. I encourage young women to forget what people say about beauty pageants being sexist and racist. Know that you are going to participate for a purpose and that you can only benefit from it, because it is about personal development”.

Giselle with Miss World 1995, Miss World 2012 and Miss World 2004


                The Canadian press reported that an 18-year-old Winnipeg woman had finished in the top fifteen in the Miss World pageant, but representing the Philippines. Sherry Rose Byrne, who lived with her parents in St. James, represented the Philippines after winning a series of competitions that began with Miss Philippines Winnipeg in the spring of 1985. She then won the Canadian title in Toronto in the summer of 1985 and then went elected in Manila to represent the Philippines in London. “That’s pretty good for a Winnipeg girl, right?” Byrne’s grandmother, Agnes Byrne, said from her home in Winnipeg. Sherry graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in the spring, Byrne said. “She was going to take medicine in college in September, but this came up, so she didn’t make it.” Sherry’s mother accompanied her to London for the competition. Byrne said that Sherry and her mother would likely visit relatives in Ireland before returning to Canada.


                North American TV broadcast its own edition of Miss World 1986 with host John Davidson delayed days later. In John’s pre-recordings on dress rehearsal night, he told viewers that the semi-finalists’ scores would be shown on television screens, which was not seen on the UK broadcast. Perhaps at first it had been agreed to do so, but that was not actually carried out. However, when each semifinalist paraded in both bathing suits and ball gowns, a score was displayed on the screens of the US edition that did not correspond to the way the judges would vote according to Morley’s explanation.





                Why do I think these scores are false? In the first place, Morley explained in the magazine, as can be seen in the graphic above, that on the final night the judges had to mark the seven girls of their choice among the 15 semifinalists, with a tick. It would be done in a single opportunity, and that was always the case. In fact, Morley explains that the most a candidate could get was 9 ticks. The judges did NOT vote with 4, 3 or 2 points, as they intend to show with the scores shown on American TV. The score based on 36 points used in the preliminaries was based on lists. As explained above, each judge made two lists of 15 girls in the preliminaries, one in swimsuits and the other in interview wearing gowns. If the girl appeared on both lists, she would get 4 points; If she appeared in only one of them, she would have 3 points and if she did not appear in any of them, that is, if the judges did not vote for the candidate, then the computer would give her 2 points. And as can be seen, that score based on 36 (with 9 judges) is adding the swimsuits and gowns scores. On American TV, each parade featured a score that, they implied, was 36 points, when this could not be the case. Now, if we imaginatively suppose that the judges gave 4 points to each of their seven favorites in each parade and two points to those that did not, there would be no possibility that there would be odd scores as can be seen. Now, let’s imagine that each judge voted twice in each parade, let’s say they picked the girls by face and body in bathing suits, but always voting only for the seven that they liked the most as Morley’s requirement was, the accounts do not balance either, according to can be seen in the graph. As can be seen at the end of each column, if the judges voted for 7 girls, it had to total 44 for all (7×4 + 8×2). Apparently those scores were invented on American TV to back up that on the prerecorded Davidson had said they would be shown. You draw your own conclusions …


                Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde was born in the General Hospital of Port of Spain on October 23, 1963, but lived with her family not only in Port of Spain but also in San Fernando, finally settling in Marabella. She has three sisters. She studied at St. Peter’s School in Pointe-à-Pierre and graduated from St.Francois Girls’ School in 1980. “I was a ‘Tomboy’ as a child, was never glamorous, never ever a girly-girl, getting my nails or hair done or anything”, recalls Giselle. She entered the Miss Trinidad & Tobago pageant in 1986 at the age of 23 by pure chance. “My friends literally forced me to enter the contest. They bought me a bathing suit and an evening dress and said, “Okay, we are taking you to the contest!” It was the last day to be eligible and they dragged me to Port of Spain. There were all these beautiful women who were prettier than me, had better wardrobes than me, came from aristocratic backgrounds and naturally had all the airs of a queen. I came from a normal background, a small family in Marabella, working from a secretary to a credit union (TECU), looking at a career in marketing with an eye toward modeling as well. For me, it was a great achievement to be on par with all that. I think everything is divine because why Friends cheered me on that year, and not the year before or after? I think, where you’re supposed to be, God will guide you. ” In that contest she was second with the right to go to Miss World.

                In October 1986 she traveled to Macau and London for the Miss World pageant. Her roommate during the event was Miss Bermuda. At the Royal Albert Hall in the British capital, she won the title on Thursday, November 13, being one of the favorites. Upon her return to Trinidad, she was highly honored and the rumor spread that as a young woman she was thinking of becoming a nun. “There were thousands of people at the airport to greet me, and as we drove through the streets of Port of Spain, people lined the streets shouting and throwing flowers at me. The children were singing to me and there were all kinds of tributes for me along the way. It was truly an overwhelming feeling to see the people of the country giving me such affection in such a wonderful way. I am honored to have been able to represent this country”, she proudly stated. A BWIA aircraft was named after her, postage stamps were printed in her honor and she received the “Chaconia Gold” a great recognition from the Trinidad-Tobago government. For her, it was a very rewarding and emotional experience on all levels. “I cried, laughed, shared tender moments with so many children that I feel satisfied when I think of all the good we have been able to do for them. It really was beauty with a purpose.” “The best thing about being Miss World was getting the money to go to college all at once. I saved money to go to UWI, but I went abroad and did it on a bigger scale. There was nothing wrong with being Miss World. But my life now is not as private as it used to be. I don’t call it negative because I understand that people want to know about you and I know how to handle it. Being Miss World has haunted me until now”.

               After handing over her title, Giselle continued her studies at Goldsmith’s College, University of London where she completed a degree in Sociology and Communications. She was a judge in Miss World 1989. She married on November 21, 1993 with Heathcliff West with whom she had two children: Kye (born in 1995) and Kristof (in 2000). Between them two she lost a pregnancy. In 2008 she judged the Miss T&T pageant. She is a black belt in karate. For seventeen years she worked as a Public Relations Officer at the rum manufacturing company “Angostura Holdings Ltd” and recently began working as Executive Manager in Customer Experience for Caribbean Airlines (CAL). She currently lives in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago.


                One of the most famous contestants in this edition of Miss World was, without a doubt, Halle Berry, Miss United States. After the pageant, she dabbled as an actress, rising to fame in the 1992 romantic comedy “Boomerang” alongside Eddy Murphy. She is also remembered for her participation in “The Flintstones” (1994), the political dramatic comedy “Bulworth” (1998) and the television movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” (1999), for which she won a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe. In 2001, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama film “Monster’s Ball,” becoming the only woman of African American descent and the only woman of color to have won the award. Berry subsequently landed high-profile roles in the 2000s, including “X-Men” (2000), the thrillers “Swordfish” (2001) and “Gothika” (2003), and the spy movie “Die Another Day. “(2002) where she played the Bond girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, “X2” (2003) and “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006). In the 2010s, she has appeared in the science fiction film “Cloud Atlas” (2012), the police thriller “The Call” (2013) and the action films “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014). , “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017) and “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” (2019).

                Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she starred. She is also a model spokesperson for Revlon. She was married to baseball player David Justice, singer-songwriter Eric Benét, and actor Olivier Martinez. She has two children, one with Martínez and the second with model Gabriel Aubry.


                The candidates from Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Turks & Caicos then participated in the Miss Universe 1987 pageant held in Singapore, where Miss Turks & Caicos managed to be a semifinalist. Miss Austria, Miss Germany and Miss Turkey were semifinalists in Miss Wonderland, Miss International and Miss Asia Pacific 1987 respectively, Miss Denmark was second runner-up of Miss Scandinavia 1987 where Miss Iceland and Miss Sweden also competed. Miss Costa Rica competed in the 1987 Miss Hawaiian Tropic International and the Panamanian in the 1989 Miss Latin America. For her part, Miss Swaziland participated in the 1989 World Miss University.

                The Spanish Remedios Cervantes is another of this year’s famous. After her election, she clarified that she was not a gypsy and that she did not know where that rumor had come from. She made a career in the world of modeling for twelve years, receiving the title of Best Model in Europe in 1988. As a model she walked the catwalks of Cibeles and Gaudí, and has been on the cover of magazines such as Vogue (Mexico) or Elle (Spain) . In 1992 she ventured into acting and achieved success and recognition as a stage and television actress. She made her debut as presenter of the program “Four seasons” in 1993. That same year, in Telecinco, she joined Bertín Osborne at the head of the musical space “Veraneando” and in November in the contest “Todo por la pasta” (1993), in Antena 3 with Arévalo. Finally, in 1996 she presented “El camarote”, together with Andrés Aberasturi. In 1995 she published a book called “Detrás del Espejo” and in 1996 she made her film debut. In 2011 she participated in the Antena 3 program “Catch a million”, where she changed the final answer at the last moment, causing a contestant to lose the prize money accumulated during the previous tests. The striking error had an impact on social networks, where there were criticisms against her action.

                Miss Malaysia was a model and TV presenter in her country and now resides in England. Miss Belgium is a politician, sexologist and television presenter, currently serving as a member of the Belgian House of Representatives for the Open VLD party, to which she was elected in 2019. She married Chris Cockmartin in 1996, whom she divorced in 2006. Has two daughters. Miss Denmark married Jan Sorensen in 2015 and currently lives in Solrod Strand. Her son Marcus competed in Mr. Supranational 2016 and Mr Global 2018. Miss Austria continues to live in Vienna and is today Mrs. Ingosdóttir. Miss Venezuela married Emilio Bali in 1988 and had two daughters, dedicated herself to the business field, works for the Iskia firm and lives in Caracas. In 2018 she sued her blood brothers Francisco and Vicente for crimes of fraud, use of a false or altered document, forging of documents, usurpation of identity and false attestation before a public official and who, according to, used extrajudicial tricks to harm legal and financially to their sister. In the court corridors, not only was María Begoña Juaristi’s relationship of society and inheritance mentioned by just right with the companies founded and run by her father and that of an oil contract which she managed and obtained through her relations with the former government. -Director of Fedecámaras Zulia, Francisco Juaristi and that was the wick of the problem.

                Miss Turkey is a renowned actress and singer in her country. Miss Swaziland graduated from Medicine, is now Mrs. Salaiz and lives in Haymarket, Virginia. Miss Australia is the owner of Koda Nutrition, lives in Hobart, Tasmania and married Darryl Griffiths. Miss Honduras formed a beautiful home with Mario Pineda, had 4 children: Alexandra, who studied design in Milan and was working for Vogue in New York and married Gabriel Kattán Jr., Nicole, a psychologist graduated from the University of Guadalajara, Iván, an engineer and Julie, the youngest, who also studies Fashion in Milan. Miss Honduras World 1986 has two grandchildren by her daughter Alexandra Pineda Viscovich de Kattán. Miss Brazil married on May 18, 1991 with the logging businessman Marcos Rossini, whom she later divorced. Later she married Paulo Consoni and lives in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. Miss Ecuador lives in New York and today she is Mrs. Oscar. Miss Colombia is married and lives in Davie, Florida. Miss Cayman Islands married Kris Bergstrom, she is a businesswoman who owns the construction company Edgewater Development and lives in West Bay, Grand Cayman. Miss Chile currently lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil and is a homemaker like Miss Jamaica, who lives in Parkland, Florida, the state where Miss Mauritius also lives, today Mrs. Fowler and who adopted South African citizenship thru her husband. Miss Gibraltar became a photographer and today she is Mrs. López. Miss Iceland married, has two children and lives in Luxembourg where Miss Luxembourg, who works at the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, still resides. Miss Lebanon works in the oil industry in Beirut. Miss Malta is today Mrs. Citrien, she has a daughter and works in an internet sales company. Miss Portugal is an educational consultant, she married Pedro Redol and still lives in their country. Miss Saint Vincent lives in the British Virgin Islands where she runs a beach resort. Miss Sierra Leone, today Mrs. Kamara, works as a secretary in the Ministry of Education in her country. Miss Uruguay runs the Arte Mar Workshop and lives in Canelones with her husband. Miss Western Samoa lives in Auckland, New Zealand where she develops as a businesswoman and Miss Yugoslavia made a career in the field of modeling, she is today Mrs. Krzic and lives in Dubrovnik, Croatia where she currently works as a secretary of the social club of that city.