By Julio Rodríguez Matute. PAYPAL.ME/RODRIGUEZMATUTE2
EVENTS OF THE YEAR.-
The world population reached 5 billion people in the year the Montreal Protocol was signed on the issue of the hole in the ozone layer. In addition, there is “Black Monday” in which the prices of the stock market worldwide fall, the most serious fall since 1929. The war between Iraq and Iran worsens. Two earthquakes of 6.7 and 7.1 shake the northeast of Ecuador with a balance of more than 1,000 victims and 4,000 missing. Another 5.9 earthquake hits Los Angeles while Typhoon Nina hits the Philippines. In Maracay, Venezuela, heavy rains caused the Limón River to flood part of the city and a landslide in the Henry Pittier Park that caused hundreds of deaths and almost a thousand disappeared. Pope John Paul II visits Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the USA. Margaret Thatcher wins her third and last consecutive term in Great Britain, Helmut Kohl wins elections in West Germany and American politician Robert Budd Dwyer commits suicide on television to avoid going to jail for various crimes. The Costa Rican president Óscar Arias obtains the Nobel Peace Prize while the Corvette Caldas Crisis occurs between Venezuela and Colombia, when a ship from that country’s navy enters the waters of the Gulf of Venezuela. North Korean agents plant a bomb and blow up Korean Air Flight 858 in mid-flight with 115 people on board, while Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, which had been hijacked, crashes in California with 43 victims and 36 members of the Lima’s Football Alliance Club team died when a plane fell off the coast of Ventanilla, Peru. 4,000 people die when a ferry capsizes in the Philippines and another 193 die when another boat capsizes in Belgium.
Chilean Cecilia Bolocco wins the Miss Universe crown in Singapore, the last contest being hosted by Bob Barker, a staunch defender of animals, who resigns from running the event after 21 uninterrupted years because the contest’s prizes included fur coats. Puerto Rican Laurie Simpson is elected Miss International in Japan, “Platoon” wins the Oscar for Best Film, the song “Hold me now” by Irish singer Johnny Logan triumphs at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgium and Venezuelan Alfredo Alejandro wins that of the OTI in Portugal with its theme “Happiness is in a corner of your heart”. In the cinema, the films “The Last Emperor”, “The Empire of the Sun”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Fatal Attraction”, “The Living Daylights”, “Robocop”, “Superman IV”, “Wall Street”, ” Dirty Dancing”, “La Bamba”, “Predator”, “The Untouchables”, ” Throw Momma from the Train”, “Blind Date”, “Lethal Weapon”, “No Way Out”, “The Running Man” , “The Secret of my Success” and “Beverly Hills Cops II” are released. The radio plays the songs “Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dane, “Bad” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson, “Who’s that girl” by Madonna, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, “Let it Loose” and “Anything for You” by Miami Sound Machine, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston, “Time of My Life” (Dirty Dancing), “Always On My Mind” by Pet Shop Boys, “Everlasting Love” by Sandra, “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship, “I Should Be So Lucky” by Kylie Minogue, “I Can’t Help It” by Bananarama, “Englishman in New York” by Sting, “Call Me” by Spagna, “Say You Will” by Foreigner and “Fiesta en América” by Chayanne. The TV programs “E!” and “Full House” are broadcast for the first time as well as “The Simpsons” as animated shorts on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” In Mexico, the Maná group is formed, while the soap opera “Mi Amada Beatriz” with Catherine Fulop is broadcast on RCTV. In 1987, the Russian Miss World Ksenia Sukhinova, the Czech Miss World Taťána Kuchařová, the Puerto Rican Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, the Colombian actress and beauty queen Taliana Vargas, the actor and singer Zac Efron, the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi and the Venezuelan star Diosa Canales were born. Meanwhile, the actress Rita Hayworth, the actor Fred Astaire, the pianist Liberace, the Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera and the artist Andy Warhol died this year.
FIRED FOR HIS SEX ADVENTURES.-
Ralph Halpern, 49, the son of poor Viennese refugees who dropped out of school at the age of 16, who for many years was the Director of Top Shop, being a respected UK businessman and with a salary to envy, was the target of a sex scandal for having extra-marital sex in a London hotel with a 19-year-old girl named Fiona. She stated to the media that Halpern made love to her five times that night and the scandal caused Halpern to end up losing his position on the Burton Group Board of Directors in late January 1987. However, despite losing his position as Director of Top Shop, he obtained another job within the Burton Group companies. On the other hand, it was said that the real reason for his departure from Top Shop would have to do with his excessive salary of 1.3 million pounds sterling a year. Eric Morley, owner of Miss World, who incidentally had increased its earnings in the last half of 1986 from £ 555,000 to £ 602,000 and for whom Halpern had been a sponsor and judge, said that Halpern was of a sadly rare breed, a man whose word was their bond. “I didn’t have to worry about the contractual side, if he said it was a deal, it was a deal. These types of entrepreneurs are lacking too much today. If he believes in something, he will support it to the end.” “This entrepreneur could get involved in things that more ‘strict’ businessmen would not do, but Britain should appreciate these entrepreneurs and not condemn them,” Morley concluded.
TRIED TO SUE HER OWN SISTER.-
An unfair dismissal case of Ms Theresa Crozier against her sister, Miss World organizer Julia Morley, was dropped on January 29 in London. Ms Crozier, from Bromley, Kent, called the industrial court offices on Ebury Bridge Road in London to withdraw her claim of unfair dismissal against the Miss World organisation, but gave no explanation about why she was dropping her case. It was not known if an out-of-court settlement had been reached between Mrs Crozier and her sister.
Miss World 1986, Giselle Laronde of Trinidad & Tobago, abruptly left the final of the Miss London pageant, where she was serving as a judge, on March 18 at Ealing’s Broadway Boulevard, hosted by another of Morley’s children, Michael. The reasons? Well, panic to the snakes !!. It turns out that in an intermission of the contest the duo Hot Flesh appeared in a dance number with snakes, but the Trinidadian brunette fled in panic from the theater and did not want to return to crown the new London beauty queen because she felt a phobia towards these reptiles. Peter Flame of the aforementioned duo described that act as an insult and a lack of professionalism on the part of the reigning Miss World.
MR. ERIC MORLEY GETS WRONG.-
Nobody is infallible to make mistakes. Do you remember the case of the Colombian Ariadna Gutiérrez who was named Miss Universe 2015 for an alleged mistake by the show host Steve Harvey? Well, something similar happened in 1987 during the Miss Wales election on March 18, an event that was not broadcast on TV that year. 23-year-old receptionist Sharron Gardiner tried to get over the bitter disappointment of being Miss Wales for just two minutes. She had been named the winner by Eric Morley and when she was already seated on her throne, beaming with happiness, Morley announced that the result was wrong and that the winner was another girl, Nicola Davies. The Miss World president, a veteran of hundreds of beauty pageants, wrongly declared the winner after a confusion in the counting of votes from the scrutineers. Eric Morley gave Miss Gardiner, who had already participated in Miss Wales several times as she dreamed of going to Miss Universe, a consolation prize of £ 1,000 (half of what she would have won as Miss Wales) for the terrible mistake. This year of 1987 was full of problems for the trilogy of British beauties, since apart from what happened in Miss Wales, the winner of Miss England, Debbie Pearman had to be replaced in Miss Universe by her first runner-up, Yvette Livesey and Miss Scotland, Eileen Catterson, was disqualified from that same event in Singapore for being a minor. To top it off, from that year and for the first time in history, the three beauty queens were prevented from participating in the Miss United Kingdom contest for Miss World because they had an advantage over the other contestants…
A VERY “OLD” CONTESTANT.-
Miss Bermuda, Shelley Bascome, a 25-year-old pharmacist, born on August 21, 1961, was crowned in March, but could not participate in Miss Universe because she exceeded the age limit that was to be younger than 25 for the first of February and could not go to Miss World because by November she would already be 26 years old, when the age limit of the British contest was 25 by the time of the finals. Miss Bermuda organizer Wentworth Christopher said it was his mistake and that Miss Bascome would be allowed to continue with the title for the year and enjoy its benefits. The reasons why no other girl was sent as a replacement for Bascome to Miss Universe in Singapore are unknown (although it may have been due to the economic issue since as of this year they began to charge a franchise in Miss Universe). The first runner-up for Miss Bermuda 1987, Kim Elizabeth Johnston, was sent to London.
THE MISS WORLD’S SWIMSUIT PARADE IS ELIMINATED.-
In the month of April, the British tabloid press began to circulate the rumor that there were changes in the rules of Miss World and that this year the one-piece swimsuit was eliminated, so it was hinted that the contestants could appear in bikinis or “topless” if it was their preference. The Director of Miss Ireland, Krish Naidoo, disapproved when he learned of the supposed rumors that began to emerge shortly before the “Miss World Fashion Extravaganza” that took place on April 24 at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin with the participation of the reigning Miss World, the Trinidadian Giselle Laronde and the former Miss World 1983, Sarah-Jane Hutt and 1985’s, Hofi Karlsdóttir. This event was part of a fundraising project to raise £ 56,000 to equip the ophthalmic unit in Dublin’s busy children’s hospital.
To quell the false rumors, the Morleys made it known that there were changes in the rules regarding the bathing suit and not exactly what the alarmist newspapers said. Well, in the Miss World 1987 edition, the swimsuit parade was eliminated and this would be replaced by leotards, which would happen for the first time in the 37 years of the contest. The Daily Mirror, exaggerating its displeasure, printed a cartoon depicting the contestants lining up in army greatcoats. “The switch from swimwear to ″evening leotards″ – some with halter necks, long sleeves or leg warmers – is not likely to affect public interest”, said Ronnie Vannan, bookmaker of Mecca. “We all look at the faces anyway”, he said. Some critics suggested that swimsuits were being ditched out in deference to feminists and other women who viewed the show as a denigration of womanhood. But commercial pressures seemed a more likely explanation. ″Leotards with the matching accessories are potentially a much greater money spinner than swimming costumes when displayed on a chilly November night,″ remarked London’s Daily Mail. In this regard, Julia Morley said: “We have to keep up with the times.” “Bathing costumes are old hat and Miss World is not a bathing beauty contest”, she told reporters. “I think girls prefer wearing leotards”. “If we don’t think the leotard is any good, we’ll change it next year”, said Tom Smith, a spokesman for Miss World. “It still shows off the figure very well”.
Although they had 92 national directors, the Morleys expected the record participation of 86 countries and territories, from 89 originals, in the 37th edition of Miss World. Belize and the Cook Islands made their debut this year at the pageant while Argentina and Papua New Guinea returned after several years of absence. In Aruba and Liberia their national beauty pageants were not held for the second year in a row, while Sierra Leone also canceled their national election and Hungary, Montserrat and Puerto Rico did not renew their franchise in 1987. In the latter, the Fontecha family decided not to work anymore with Miss World due to the disqualification of her queen the previous year. Two other countries dropped out despite having their beauty queens elected, apparently for economic reasons: Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. Ivorian Georgette Bailly and Augustina Henaku from Ghana did not travel to any international competition. A third territory, the British Virgin Islands, did not hold its national Miss World contest that year and, despite the Morleys’ rapprochement with the directors of the official Miss British Virgin Islands to Miss Universe, they did not find the participation of Sandy Michelle Harrigan, although they confirmed that in 1988 they would send their titleholder to both international competitions. On the other hand, the official “Miss Austria” pageant stopped sending its queens to both Miss Universe and Miss World in 1984. In 1985 two other parallel beauty pageants emerged in that Central European nation: a second “Miss Austria” (unofficial) for Miss World and “Miss Osterreich” for Miss Universe and Miss International. In Nigeria, the Miss World rights went to the “MBGN” contest (Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria) which sent their 1st runner-up, Mary Ngozi Bienoseh. In Switzerland and Peru, the contestants were hand-picked through photographs. Among the remaining national competitions we have the following:
* SEÑORITA COLOMBIA.- Held on November 16, 1986 in the city of Cartagena with 22 candidates. The winner was the representative of Antioquia, Patricia López Ruiz, who went to Miss Universe in Singapore after winning the Miss South America contest also held in Cartagena. The Vice-Queen (to Miss World) was Miss Valle, Claudia Escobar Zapata and the First Princess (to Miss International), Miss Atlántico, Michelle Bethancourt. The other two Princesses were María Eugenia Vega (Chocó) and María Beatriz Ordoñez (Cauca).
* MISS FRANCE.- On December 31, 1986, the final of “Miss France 1987” was held with the participation of 39 contestants. The event took place in Studio 15 of the SFP television network in Buttes Chaumont, Paris and was won by Miss Alsace, Nathalie Marquay, who traveled to both Miss Universe and Miss World. The finalists were Miss Reunion Joëlle Ramyead; Miss Camargue, Stéphane Brache; Miss Grande Motte, Marie-Claude Navarret; Miss Lorraine, Carine Humblot and Miss Ile-De-France, Christine Vogel. This year the title of “Miss France Overseas” was eliminated and it was the first Miss France contest broadcast on TV in that country.
* MISS VENEZUELA.- It was held on Friday, February 6 at the Municipal Theater of Caracas in the midst of a tremendous carnival on stage starring the famous Cuban singer Celia Cruz. The contest advanced dates because Miss Universe was going to be held earlier this year in the month of May. The winner was Miss Nueva Esparta, Inés María Calero, who a few weeks before was about to withdraw from the contest after suffering peritonitis. Calero, who was crowned by Miss Universe 1986, the also Venezuelan Bárbara Palacios, went to Miss South America in Cartagena and to Miss Universe in Singapore; in both she was a finalist. Miss World Venezuela was won by Albani Lozada, Miss Portuguesa, and Miss Venezuela International was Vicky García from the Libertador Municipality. The finalists were Miss Bolívar (Isabella Rueda), Miss Monagas (Viviana Gibelli), Miss Federal District (Cora Ruíz), Miss Anzoátegui (María Elena Useche) and Miss Barinas (Bonny Rey). There were 23 candidates.
* MISS USA.- Fifty-two contestants from across the United States, the District of Columbia and the 1986 Miss Teen USA, took part in the pageant on Tuesday, February 17 at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The winner was, for the third time in a row, the representative from Texas, this time Michelle Royer (to Miss Universe). The first runner-up, heading to Miss World, was Cloe Cabrera, Miss Florida. The remaining finalists were Diane Martin (Arizona), Dawn Fonseca (Missouri) and Sophia Bowen (Georgia). This was the last Miss USA pageant hosted by the legendary Bob Barker, who at first wanted to boycott the show as the semifinalists would appear on stage covered by fur coats during the parade in swimsuits. Following Barker’s threat to resign, the coats were changed at the last minute for synthetic fur ones.
* MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.- It was held on Saturday, March 14 at the Spanish Center in Santiago. As usual, two winners were crowned: Carmen Rita Pérez for Miss Universe and Paula Lora for Miss World. The finalists were Marlyn García and Jacqueline Soñé.
* MISS ECUADOR.- The 9 de Octubre Theater in Guayaquil was once again the venue for the contest, which had the participation of 14 candidates. Miss Ecuador for Miss Universe was María del Pilar Barreiro and Miss Ecuador for Miss World was Cecilia Pozo. Other winners were: to Maja International, Ivonne Dieb; to Miss Asia-Pacific, Laura Benitez; and to Miss Latin America, Gianella Avellaneda. The finalists were Patsy Bermudez, Alexandra Bermudez and Alexandra Castillo.
* MISS ARGENTINA FOR MISS WORLD.- The blonde Katerina Ciscato, 17 years old and a fifth-year student at the National School of La Plata, was chosen on Saturday, May 9, in the studios of a TV channel in Buenos Aires among 22 girls. She was the first Miss Argentina for Miss World in the last six years due to the breakdown of that country’s relations with England due to the Falklands War.
* SEÑORITA MEXICO.- The Mexican beauty queen of 1987, heading for Miss Universe 1988, was Amanda Olivares from Puebla, who won the crown on May 24 at the Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez Auditorium in the city of Querétaro. In Second Place, on the way to Miss World, was Elizabeth Carrillo from Sinaloa who was also Miss Photogenic. She had also been Queen of the Mazatlán Carnival in 1984. By the way, the final decision between the last two finalists (Puebla and Sinaloa) was made by the jury of nine people, including the Producer of the Miss Venezuela show, Joaquin Riviera. The other finalists were Rosa Isela Fuentes (Tlaxcala), Ana Corina Burgos (Baja California Norte), Perla Díaz Tejeda (Federal District) and Maricarmen Rodríguez (Veracruz).
* MISS HONDURAS.- The contest was held at the Campo AGAS in San Pedro Sula on the last Saturday of May in the middle of an electrical blackout. Finally, at 4 am the next day, the army commander David Abraham Mendoza had the idea of putting a truck on the stage, lighting the stage and the presenter Lucy Pereda was able to read the final result. Miss Honduras for Miss Universe 1988 was Miss La Lima, Jackeline Herrera. Miss Honduras for Miss World was Claudia María Paz, Miss Danlí; and heading to Miss International, Darlene Sikaffy (Bay Islands). The seven finalists were completed by Martha María Alvarado (La Ceiba), Jaqueline Aguilera (Comayagüela), Larissa Lara (Cortés) and Soreyda Salomón (Choluteca).
* FEGURÐARDROTTNING ÍSLANDS.- On Monday, June 8, Miss Anna Margret Jonsdóttir was crowned as the Queen of Beauty of Iceland at the event held at the Broadway Theater in Reykjavik, with the right to represent her country in Miss World 1987 and Miss Universe 1988. The finalists were Magnea Magnusdóttir, Sigridur Gudlaugsdóttir, Fjóla Grétarsdóttir and Hildur Gudmunsdóttir.
* MISS COMMONWEALTH BAHAMAS.- Held on Monday, June 29 at the Rythm Theater of the Cable Beach Hotel & Casino in Nassau. The winner was Indira Regina Wood, and the finalists turned out to be Rochelle Smith, Vernuce Cargill, Venus Saunders and Rhonda Rose.
* MISS POLAND.- The finals took place on Friday, July 31 at the Forest Opera in Sopot, and the winner was Monika Nowosadko, who was crowned by the reigning Miss World, the Trinidadian Giselle Laronde, who had traveled to Poland with Julia Morley three days before. The finalists were Joanna Śledzicka, Bogna Sworowska, Lucyna Gajlewicz and Marzanna Słowek. The choice was the talk of Warsaw, not because a Miss Poland was chosen for Miss World, but because of hints of improprieties. Her triumph was protested by five judges, all women, who placed her last in the vote, however, the remaining ten jurors, all men, voted for her to win. The prizes were her pass to Miss World, a 14-day trip to the US and a Toyota Corolla valued at 10 million zlotys, more money than most Poles have earned in 30 years!
* MISS HOLLAND.- Angelique Cremers won the title on Friday night, July 31, among 23 candidates at the flower auction of the Municipality of Aalsmeer, with the right to represent the country in Miss World and Miss International 1987. The finalists were Jacqueline van Staa (to Miss Wonderland and Miss Globe 1988), Ellis Adriaensen (to Miss International 1988), Annebet Berendsen (to Miss Universe 1988 and Miss Globe 1989), Mascha ten Haaf (to Miss Europe 1988) and Margriet de Vries.
* MISS HONG KONG.- The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts hosted the competition on Sunday, August 9, with Pauline Yeung winning. The finalists were Elizabeth Lee and Wing-Han Lam.
* MISS UNITED KINGDOM.- Held on Thursday 27th August at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London with 40 candidates. The winner, heading to Miss World, was Karen Mellor (Miss Derby), who won prizes of £ 70,000. The finalists were Miss Portsmouth, Heather Daniels and Miss Swindon, Helen Fairbrother, who had won Miss International 1986 and who had not yet handed over her crown. For the first time since its inception, Miss England, Miss Wales and Miss Scotland did not compete. However, Yvette Livesey, who represented England at the 1987 Miss Universe, was able to compete as Miss Photographic.
* MISS GUAM WORLD.- Miss Francel Caracol, whom her mother wanted to call Guamella when she was born, was elected on Monday, August 31 at the facilities of the University of Guam as “Miss Guam World 1987”. LitaAnn McDaniel, Catherine Sablan and Mary Esteban qualified as finalists, the latter two tied for third place.
* MISS JAMAICA.- Janice Whitingham won the title on Saturday 5 September at the National Arena in Kingston, obtaining the privilege of representing her island in Miss World. The finalists were Michelle Williams, Andrea Guy, Sophia Max Brown and Natalie Bonnick.
* MISS SINGAPORE WORLD.- The event was held at the Neptune Theater-Restaurant on Saturday, September 19. The lucky one was Janicia Koh, while the finalists were Noor Masitah and Nisha Devi.
* MISS THAILAND WORLD.- The finals took place at the Hyatt Central Plaza hotel in Bangkok on Sunday, September 20. The title went to Benjawan Srilapan and the finalists turned out to be Kronghtong Ratchatawan and Tarika Kaewmanee, who also won the Miss Photogenic award.
* MISS CURAÇAO.- Anushka Cova was crowned on Wednesday night, September 30, as “Miss Curaçao 1987” at the Centro Pro Arte. The finalists were Diana Fraai (to Miss World) and Joan Maynard.
* MISS BRAZIL WORLD.- The Pernambucan Simone Augusto (Miss Clube Português de Pernambuco) was crowned among 10 finalists as the Brazilian flag bearer for Miss World on Thursday, October 8 at the Silvio Santos Theater in Sao Paulo. The finalists were Adriana Conceição Collin (Miss Capital of São Paulo) and Adriana Martins Tavares (Garota Destaque da Feira de Moda de Fortaleza).
* MISS SPAIN.- The election of “Miss Spain 1987” was held on Sunday October 18 in the Lanzarote town of Costa Teguise. The winner was “Miss Las Palmas”, Sonsoles Artigas, who went last minute to Miss World 1987 and then to Miss Universe 1988. Ana Jesús Rebollo, Miss Costa del Sol, from Malaga, was proclaimed “Miss Nacional”, and Ofelia Rodríguez de León, Miss Tenerife, was designated as First Maid of Honor.
DID NOT COMPETE:
FIRST STOP: LONDON.-
All the contestants had to arrive in London by October 21 because on Friday the 23rd they would all fly together to the Mediterranean island of Malta for the pre-recordings. The first to travel to Great Britain was Miss Turks & Caicos, on Monday the 19th, as she would spend a few days at the home of some friends in Wales before traveling to London for the concentration. But the first contestant to set foot in the British capital was Miss Gibraltar, who arrived just that same day. In the next three days, a total of 78 girls from all over the world finished arriving, out of the 86 originally expected. As always, delays, missed flights, problems with visas, etc., prevented eight contestants from arriving at the event on time. They were the representatives of ANTIGUA (Carolyn David), EGYPT (Heba Khalef), GAMBIA (Ellen Forster), SENEGAL (Fabienne Joelle Feliho), TAHITI (Mearii Manoi), TONGA (Melenaite Saia), UGANDA (Shirley Nabbona) and ZAIRE ( Mesatewa Tuzolana). The latter had competed in Miss International in Japan months before and her organizers planned to send her to Miss World as well, as they had given up on Miss Universe due to the franchise charge and because as of this year Miss Universe stopped sending air tickets. And although the reigning Miss World had been present at Miss Gambia’s coronation and was received in Dakar by Miss Senegal (who attended Miss Universe in Singapore), they apparently did not arrive due to visa problems. On Friday October 23, the 78 contestants flew on a specially chartered flight by Air Malta to Malta International Airport (Luqa) in Budja.
FILMING IN MALTA.-
The participants were accommodated at the Holiday Inn hotel, sponsored by the Malta National Tourism Organization and where they enjoyed the pool and spa. In addition, they toured tourist sites and made prerecorded swimsuits in beautiful beach locations in the Republic. They also performed the taping of the National Costumes in daylight hours at the Saint Anton Palace in the town of Attard, which was built in the 17th century and is currently the presidential residence. There they filmed the “Parade of Nations” in alphabetical order and where each one said their name, profession and city where they came from. And together with Ken Warwick’s dancers, they taped the opening musical number created by Phil Tate outside of St. Julian’s Dragonara Casino, in Grand Harbor, on Mellieha Bay Beach, Mdina Cathedral Square, the Victoria Cathedral and aboard the Captain Morgan cruise ship. This year there was no preliminary evaluation as was done the previous year. On Sunday, November 1, they all returned to London together on an Air Malta flight. In the British capital they stayed again at the Hotel Tara.
ACTIVITIES IN LONDON.-
After the trip to Malta, the 78 contestants rested a little bit before taking the customary sightseeing tours in London and posing for photographs in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square on Monday the 2nd and Tuesday the 3rd. On Wednesday the 4th, the girls visited the city of Mansfield where they attended a formidable reception and where they paid a courtesy visit to the Fountaindale College facilities. On Friday 6th, the lunch offered by the Miss World Organization in conjunction with the Variety Club of Great Britain was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, at the “Miss World Charity Lunch” and where all the contestants arrived dressed with their national costumes and carrying the typical gifts that would be auctioned during the gala. There it was hoped to raise and exceed £ 100,000 for “Beauty with a Purpose” children’s charities. In the evening they attended a musical at a West End theater. On Saturday the 7th they went shopping at Harrod’s and in the afternoon they visited the confined children at King’s College Hospital where they held a Christmas party in honor of the little ones.
On Sunday, November 8, the customary Press Presentation was held at the Hilton Hotel in the West End. There, the 78 young women posed in leotards in shades of orange, pink and purple sponsored by Top Shop. As in the previous year, they did not pose in alphabetical order but according to the color of the leotards that were assigned to them. The shortest girls were in the first row and the tallest in the last upper row. And as usual, the journalists chose their favorites to photograph them. At the end of the presentation, Miss SWEDEN (Karin Agneta Charlotta Trydell) was selected as Miss PHOTOGENIC, receiving a trophy courtesy of Top Shop. That night, the young women enjoyed a very special dinner where some of them showed their talents. Among the interesting statistics of the contestants, we have that almost half of the contestants (37) were students, but there were also models, secretaries and two nurses. Eight of the 78 girls had the minimum age allowed of 17 years (American Virgin Islands, Argentina, Denmark, India, Italy, Macau, Swaziland and Turkey) while the oldest, 25 years old, was Miss Mauritius. And precisely Miss Mauritius was the shortest candidate at 5 feet 4 inches while six girls were close to six feet tall (Austria, Germany, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, USA and Uruguay). Miss Cook Islands surprised journalists by commenting that when she was free from the activities of the contest, she spent her time watching television in her room at the Tara hotel because at her home in the islands she did not have one. Meanwhile, Miss Bahamas said that her ambition was to be a pathologist. “I’ve been to a few autopsies,” she said.
As was traditional, several of the participants had come from participating in other international beauty events. Miss Barbados and Miss France competed in Miss Universe that same year while Miss Australia did but in 1984. The representatives of Costa Rica, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg and Poland came from Miss International 1987. Miss Iceland had been a semifinalist in Miss International in 1985. Miss Ecuador had just been a semifinalist in Miss Latin America 1984 and Miss Asia Pacific 1985. The contestant from Western Samoa participated in Miss Asia Pacific 1987 and the one from Lebanon in Maja International 1986. By the way, the Lebanese replaced Katia Atanasiades who was originally registered to go to the English event. Here is a table with the most important data of the 78 candidates for Miss World 1987:
|01||AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS||Lisa Pitram||17||St. Thomas||Student|
|02||ARGENTINA||Katerina Ciscato||17||La Plata||Student|
|03||AUSTRALIA||Donna Thelma Rudrum||23||Melbourne||Model|
|04||AUSTRIA||Ulrike “Ulla” Weigerstorfer||20||Vienna||Veterinary Science Student|
|05||BAHAMAS||Indira Regina Wood||21||Nassau||Activities Coordinator in a hotel|
|06||BARBADOS||Dawn Michelle Waithe||19||Bridgetown||Secretary|
|07||BELGIUM||Lynn Florentine Wesenbeek||24||Antwerp||Market Researcher for a bank|
|08||BELIZE||Janine Sylvestre||20||Belize City||Communications and Television Student|
|09||BERMUDA||Kim Elizabeth Johnston||20||Southampton||Legal Secretary|
|11||BRAZIL||Simone Augusto Costa da Silva||20||Recife||Student|
|12||CANADA||Tracey Westerholm||24||North Vancouver||Actress|
|13||CAYMAN ISLANDS||Desirée Ann Hunter||22||Grand Cayman||Economy Student|
|14||CHILE||Yasna Angélica Vukasovic Álvarez||18||Punta Arenas||Executive Secretary|
|15||COLOMBIA||Claudia Mercedes Escobar Zapata||21||Cali||Communications Student|
|16||COOK ISLANDS||Michelle Leone Oberg||21||Rarotonga||Sales representative|
|17||COSTA RICA||Alexandra Eugenia Martínez Fuentes||20||Cartago||Industrial Engineering Student|
|18||CURACAO||Diana Patricia Fraai||18||Willemstad||Boutique Administration Assistant|
|19||CYPRUS||Niki Christou||20||Nicosia||Secretary and Model|
|20||DENMARK||Zelma Hesselmann||17||Copenhaguen||Special Education Assistant|
|21||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||Paula del Carmen Lora García||21||Salcedo||Teacher|
|22||ECUADOR||Cecilia Cristina Pozo Caminer||21||Guayaquil||Economy Student|
|23||EL SALVADOR||Claudia Lorena Alvarenga Ruiz||19||San Salvador||Medical Student|
|24||FINLAND||Minna Susanna Rinnetmaki||19||Tampere||Model|
|26||GERMANY||Christiane Kopp||19||Berlin||Bio-Chemistry Student|
|27||GIBRALTAR||Mayte Sanchez||19||Gibraltar||Computer Operator|
|29||GUAM||Francel Maribel Manibog Caracol||24||Tumon Village||Nurse|
|30||GUATEMALA||Mábel Daniza Hernández Gutiérrez||24||Tiquisate||Architecture Student|
|31||HOLLAND||Angelique Johanna Gerarda Cremers||22||Schinveld||Hairdresser and Hair Salon Owner|
|32||HONDURAS||Claudia María Paz Valladares||18||San Pedro Sula||Student|
|33||HONG KONG||Pauline Yeung Bo-Ling||20||Tai po||Model and TV host|
|34||ICELAND||Anna Margret Jonsdóttir||21||Reykjavik||Stewardess|
|35||INDIA||Manisha Kohli||17||Bombay||Classic ballerina|
|36||IRELAND||Adrienne Rock||22||Dublin||Model and Fashion Consultant|
|37||ISLE OF MAN||Lesley Elizabeth Henthorn||18||Greeba||Accounts Assistant|
|38||ISRAEL||Yael Gertler||19||Rehovot||Psychological Examiner in the Army|
|40||JAMAICA||Janice Nadine Whittingham||20||Kingston||Model and Sales Representative|
|42||KENYA||Sheila Linda Kegode||21||Nairobi||Student|
|44||LEBANON||Josiane Haddad||21||Beirut||Student and Model|
|46||MACAU||Olivia Ana Maria do Rosário||17||Lai Chi Van||Student|
|47||MALAYSIA||Sheela Shankar||23||Kuala Lumpur||Fitness Instructor|
|48||MALTA||Joanne Corser||18||Siggiewi||Fashion Assistant|
|49||MAURITIUS||Marie-France Geraldine Mamet||25||Grand Baie||Accounts Executive|
|50||MEXICO||Elizabeth Gracia Carrillo Iturrios||20||Mazatlan||Student|
|51||NEW ZEALAND||Karyn Annemarie Therese Metcalf||18||Manukau City||Model|
|52||NIGERIA||Mary Ngozi Bienoseh||19||Adagbo, Benue||Student|
|54||PANAMA||María Cordelia Denis Urriola||19||Panama City||Student|
|55||PAPUA NEW GUINEA||Harriet Joan Warren||19||Port Moresby||Bank Clerk|
|56||PARAGUAY||Lourdes Beatriz Stanley Baranda||20||Ciudad Stroessner||Student|
|57||PERU||Suzette Marie Woodman Denegri||21||Lima||Student|
|58||PHILIPPINES||Maria Lourdes Manalili Apostol||21||Manila||Student and Model|
|59||POLAND||Monika Ewa Nowosadko||23||Kotobrzek||Teacher|
|60||PORTUGAL||Paula Isabel Leal de Sousa||18||Lisboa||Student and Model|
|61||SAINT KITTS & NEVIS||Jennifer Elvina Hensley||20||Basseterre||Teacher|
|62||SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES||Nicole Camille Hadaway||19||Richmond Hill||Radio hostess|
|63||SINGAPORE||Janicia Koh Wee Ling||21||Spottiswoode Park||Advertising Designer|
|64||SPAIN||Sonsoles Consuelo Artigas Medero||20||Las Palmas, Canary Islands||Marketing and Information Student|
|65||SRI LANKA||Priyanjali Marina Frances De Alwis||21||Dehiwala||Dance Instructor|
|66||SWAZILAND||Phindile Patricia Simelane||17||Mbabane||Student|
|67||SWEDEN||Karin Agneta Charlotta Trydell||18||Laholm||Student and Model|
|68||SWITZERLAND||Gabriela Bigler||23||Bern||Model and Telephone Operator|
|69||THAILAND||Benjawan “Maem” Srilapan||18||Bangkok||Student|
|70||TRINIDAD & TOBAGO||Maria del Valle Xavier||18||Diego Martín||Student|
|71||TURKEY||Sebnem Dincgor||17||Estambul||Law Student and Model|
|72||TURKS & CAICOS||Edna Elizabeth Smith||20||Grand Turk||Statistician and Accounts Assistant|
|73||UNITED KINGDOM||Karen Mellor||24||Barnsley||Finance Clerk|
|74||UNITED STATES||Clotilde “Cloe” Helen Cabrera||23||Tampa, Florida||TV Reporter and Student|
|75||URUGUAY||Mónica Inés Borrea Vicente||23||Montevideo||Student and Model|
|76||VENEZUELA||Albani Josefina Lozada Jiménez||22||Acarigua||TV Interviewer|
|77||WESTERN SAMOA||Ainslie Berking||18||Apia||Student|
|78||YUGOSLAVIA||Matilda Sazdova||18||Skopje, Macedonia||Language Student|
LAST DAYS BEFORE THE FINALS.-
On Monday, November 9, the rehearsals began at the Royal Albert Hall, but not before attending the customary meeting with the parliamentarians in the House of Commons, where they shared a pleasant lunch with the politicians present. In the evening, ITV aired a special program hosted by Peter Marshall and Alexandra Bastedo called “Who will win Miss World? By the way, Alexandra, a British actress who also spoke Spanish and French very well, debuted as a presenter in the contest. Tuesday the 10th was dedicated exclusively to rehearsals.
This year’s contest had attracted less than normal interest in tabloids and bookmakers. As the world’s most beautiful women from 78 countries took the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall, bookmakers were looking at their history books. “I think it’s one of the quietest years in betting,” said Ronnie Vannan of Mecca. “It’s practically not an event in terms of betting,” said Graham Sharpe of rival house William Hill. “I would expect to get more money on a White Christmas (a rarity in London) than on Miss World this year.” The only element that sparked media anger this time around was the organizers’ decision to ban swimwear for the first time in the 37 years of the competition. Whatever happened, this year’s 90-minute show was going to be broadcast to some 500 million people around the world, including some 14 million in Britain. Miss Venezuela, 22-year-old television interviewer Albani Lozada, and Miss Colombia, 21-year-old journalism student Claudia Escobar, were the favorites to replace last year’s winner, Trinidadian Giselle Laronde. Other girls mentioned by bookmakers were Miss Dominican Republic, Paula Lora, Miss Holland, Angelique Cremers; Miss United Kingdom, Karen Mellor, Miss Argentina, Katerina Ciscato, Miss Iceland, Anna Jonsdóttir and Miss Ecuador, Cecilia Pozo. Here is the table with the final bets of one of the main London houses, Ladbroke’s:
|4-1||Venezuela.||40-1||Brazil, Denmark, Panama.|
|7-1||Ecuador.||50-1||Belize, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guam, Israel, Korea, Norway,|
|8-1||Colombia, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom.||Luxembourg, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, Switzerland,|
|12-1||Argentina, Finland, Iceland.||66-1||Bahamas, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya, Macau, Mauritius,|
|14-1||Jamaica.||Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Western Samoa.|
|16-1||Australia, Bermuda, Sweden, USA.||100-1||American Virgin Islands, Barbados, Cook Islands, Curacao,|
|20-1||Austria, Canada, Holland, Ireland.||Cyprus, El Salvador, Greece, Isle of Man, Japan, Lebanon, Malta,|
|25-1||Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong||Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Swaziland,|
|India, Italy, Mexico.||Saint Kitts & Nevis, Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks & Caicos,|
|33-1||Bolivia, Chile, Honduras, Malaysia,||Uruguay.|
On Wednesday, November 11, the contestants attended in groups one of the West End’s most renowned hair salons to prepare for that night’s Dress Rehearsal. At 7:25 pm the crowded “Dress Rehearsal” began and after the musical overture by Phil Tate and the National Anthem, entertainer Andy Ross individually introduced the 78 contestants in their evening gowns, who were finally distributed on stage to sing the song “God Bless the Children” written especially for the contest by Barry Palmer. This presentation was recorded to be broadcast during the finals. While the girls changed their clothes and put on the leotards, the presentations of the comperes Peter Marshall and Alexandra Bastedo were recorded for the British TV and that of John Davidson for the US broadcast. After this, all the girls paraded in leotards to finally distribute themselves on stage. Julia Morley proceeded to make the public announcement of the Miss Photogenic winner to Miss Sweden (which had already been given on the day of the presentation to the press) and announced the winner of the Miss PERSONALITY award, chosen by the same girls, title that went to Miss UNITED STATES (Clotilde “Cloe” Helen Cabrera). This year the number of semifinalists would be reduced to 12 (instead of the usual 15) and as in previous years, the best of each continent would be selected and then the remaining seven in order of score. For the rehearsal, 12 semi-finalists were randomly chosen for the parade in leotards and 12 different girls for the parade in evening dress. On the other hand, John Davidson recorded a couple of musical themes and the farewell to Giselle Laronde that would be seen on TV screens in the US.
THE BIG DAY CAME.-
At noon of Thursday, November 12, the day of the grand finale, the contestants were evaluated by the judges, who saw them privately in leotards and then interviewed them wearing their evening gowns. Each judge made a list of the 12 candidates of their choice in both parades. As already explained in previous articles, each selected contestant obtained two points and those who did not, only one point. In other words, the maximum score that each girl could receive from each judge was 4 points if she appeared on both lists, 3 points if she appeared on only one of the lists and 2 points if she did not manage to enter either of the two lists issued by each judge. Therefore, the maximum score was 36 points and the minimum was 18. These scores were entered into the machine sponsored by Walters International Computers that tabulated the votes and issued the names of the 12 semi-finalists. Here is the table with the vote of the judges:
|29||ISLE OF MAN||2||2||2||2||2||4||3||2||2||21|
|34||SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES||2||2||2||2||2||2||3||2||4||21|
|36||AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||4||20|
|41||TRINIDAD & TOBAGO||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||4||20|
|68||PAPUA NEW GUINEA||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||18|
|70||SAINT KITTS & NEVIS||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||18|
|76||TURKS & CAICOS||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||18|
As can be seen, this year the candidates from Chile, Ecuador and the United Kingdom were “sacrificed”, who would have entered the semifinalists if 15 girls had been chosen as was done until the previous year. In this case they were eliminated to give the pass to the queens of Africa, Asia and Oceania. Very close were also Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Jamaica and Miss USA, who, if 15 had been the semifinalists and they were chosen by score and not by continents, two of the three would have gone to the semifinal. It should also be noted that since no judge chose a candidate from the African continent, Eric Morley, as Chairman of the Judges, gave an extra point to Miss Nigeria (whom he considered the best of the four African entrants in the contest) for her to become the representative of that continent in the field of 12.
At 7:45 pm the great show began with the musical overture by Phil Tate and his orchestra and the British National Anthem. Then, Andy Ross introduced Eric Morley, who after giving the customary words of welcome, allowed the audience to meet the 78 girls, who were first introduced in evening dresses in alphabetical order and who sang for the audience the song “God Bless the Children “. As the contestants changed into their leotards, Julia recognized some National Directors for their performance throughout the year in support of “Beauty with a Purpose.” They were Ms. Celeste Broderick from the Cayman Islands, Ms. Sheila Burke representing Micky Haughton James from the Spartan Club of Jamaica, and the directors from Belize, El Salvador, Ireland and Thailand. At the conclusion of the individual parade of the 78 participants in their leotards, the twelve semifinalists were called, who turned out to be:
Miss AUSTRIA (Ulrike “Ulla” Weigerstorfer, 20 years old and 5f 11i, from Vienna); Miss ARGENTINA (Katerina Ciscato, 17 years old and 5f 8i, from La Plata); Miss GUAM (Francel Maribel Manibog Caracol, 24 years old and 5f 7i, from Tumon Village); Miss COLOMBIA (Claudia Mercedes Escobar Zapata, 21 years old and 5f 10i, from Cali); Miss HOLLAND (Angelique Johanna Gerarda Cremers, 22 years old and 5f 7.5i, from Schinveld); Miss FRANCE (Nathalie Marquay, 20 years old and 5f 8i, from Mulhouse); Miss HONG KONG (Pauline Yeung Bo-Ling, 20 years old and 5f 7i, from Tai Po); Miss NIGERIA (Mary Ngozi Bienoseh, 19 years old and 5f 6.5i from Adagbo, Benue); Miss ICELAND (Anna Margret Jonsdóttir, 21 years old and 5f 8.5i, from Reykjavik); Miss POLAND (Monika Ewa Nowosadko, 23 years old and 5f 8.5i, from Kotobrzek); Miss ISRAEL (Yael Gertler, 19 years old and 5f 8i, from Rehovot); and Miss VENEZUELA (Albani Josefina Lozada Jiménez, 22 years old and 5f 7i, from Acarigua, Portuguesa).
After the announcement, the group shot of the 12 lucky women was recorded in their leotards or “leisure clothes” as Alexandra Bastedo called it and, after an interval, the group presentation of the 12 girls in their evening dresses was also recorded. While all this was happening, at 8:30 pm the contest began to be broadcast through ITV for 90 minutes with the prerecorded footage of the opening, the introduction of the contestants in national costumes and leotards that took place in Malta, in addition to the presentation of the comperes and the song “God Bless the Children” that had been recorded the night before in the same Albert Hall. At about 9:12 p.m. they broadcast live from the stage, beginning with the introduction of the judges by Peter Marshall. They were:
01- British actor Simon Williams.
02- Director of Top Shop, John Coleman.
03- British keyboardist and musician Rick Wakeman.
04- Miss World 1981, Venezuelan Pilin León.
05- Eric Morley, Onwer of Miss World and Chairman of the Judges.
06- Director of Air Malta, Albert Vinci.
07- English actress Hayley Mills.
08- Director of Walters International Computers, Robert Coleman.
09- British Jamaican-born athlete Linford Christie.
After the judges’ panel was known, the 12 semifinalists in their evening dresses were called, who were interviewed alternately by Peter Marshall and Alexandra Bastedo. On this occasion the interpreter service was not needed as Alexandra handled the interviews of Miss Argentina, Miss Colombia, Miss France and Miss Venezuela very well in their native languages. The most applauded candidate in this segment was Miss Venezuela, who told the interviewer that she wanted to become “an excellent professional, an excellent wife and an excellent mother.” While the girls changed their clothes, the taped segment made minutes before was shown with the group shot of the 12 young women in evening gowns and a video of Julia Morley recorded during the King’s College hospital party explaining details of the progress of “Beauty with a Purpose” and showing images of the charity activities that were made with Giselle Laronde, several former Miss World and other former candidates in El Salvador after the earthquake that struck that country in 1986. After this, the 12 semifinalists appeared in their leotards or “leisure clothes”, wearing the number that corresponded to them as a candidate according to alphabetical order and that they wore on their wrists, while Peter Marshall gave personal details of each one of them. For the first time in history, the jury’s decision was shown on screen, who had to choose only 6 of the 12 girls. Those selected received four points while those that were not chosen, only two points. Here is the table with the individual scores of each judge:
After the individual parade and to allow time for the girls to put on their evening dress again, the group parade of them in leotards taped moments before was presented. Peter Marshall then called Giselle Laronde, Miss World 1986, on stage for her farewell and gave her a brief interview. Next, Peter announced the names of the six finalists. They were: Miss ICELAND, Miss POLAND, Miss ARGENTINA, Miss VENEZUELA, Miss COLOMBIA and Miss AUSTRIA. They were asked which person they most admired and why as they were called. Alexandra Bastedo once again served as interpreter to three of them, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia. The Polish and the Colombian chose two musicians, Chopin and Beethoven respectively, Miss Argentina selected Mahatma Gandhi, Miss Austria the actress Romy Schneider, Miss Iceland the Irish singer Bob Geldof and Miss Venezuela said that she did not admire anyone in particular but to all those people who do good to others without expecting anything in return. While the final rankings were being tabulated, the girls returned backstage and English singer Rick Astley arrived on stage to present his renowned songs “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Whenever You Need Somebody.” The evening’s 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 final results in reverse order.
And so it was: Queen of AFRICA (Miss Nigeria), Queen of AMERICAS (Miss Venezuela), Queen of ASIA (Miss Hong Kong), Queen of EUROPE (Miss Austria) and Queen of OCEANIA (Miss Guam). All of them received their Top Shop trophy on stage from Julia Morley. Right away, Eric Morley unveiled the night’s two finalists and, of course, the new world beauty queen. The SECOND RUNNER-UP, was Miss ICELAND (Anna Margret Jonsdóttir), and the FIRST RUNNER-UP, Miss VENEZUELA (Albani Josefina Lozada Jiménez). Behind the stage, there were anxiously waiting Miss Colombia, Miss Poland and Miss Argentina and, on stage, together with the continental queens of Africa, Asia and Oceania, who had not made the select group of six finalists, the Austrian candidate who moments before had been elected Queen of Europe. Her triumph was obvious !!
AN AUSTRIAN “ULLA-LÁ” IS THE NEW MISS WORLD.-
And Miss WORLD 1987 is … Miss AUSTRIA, Ulrike “Ulla” Weigerstorfer !!. She stepped off the Queen Continental podium not so surprised as the Morleys’ eldest son, Julian, placed on her shoulders the sash that credited her as the winner and Julia Morley presented her with her Miss World trophy courtesy of Top Shop. The brand new queen sat on the throne to be crowned by outgoing Queen Giselle Laronde of Trinidad & Tobago. An assistant of the organization, dressed in a kilt, exchanged the trophy for the royal scepter and the beautiful Austrian blonde, now Miss World 1987, proceeded to take her triumphal walk to the chords of the famous march created by Phil Tate. After concluding the broadcast, John Davidson interviewed the new Miss World behind the scenes, a talk that was broadcast only to viewers in the US. Ulla, a 20-year-old and 5 feet 11 inches tall blonde with blue eyes who wanted to become a veterinary doctor, whose hobbies were horse riding and playing tennis, became the second Austrian to win the Miss World title in history. Recall that the first was Eva Rueber-Staier in 1969. The 20-year-old student and part-time model showed no signs of tears and smiled broadly as she walked the runway in a black and fuchsia flamenco-style dress. “I’m so happy, I couldn’t say it,” she told reporters after the event at the Royal Albert Hall before an audience of 8,000. Here is the final vote of the judges (the positions are converted into points so that the computer can offer the result according to the majority voting system used in the contest. Every 1st place is equal to 10 points, every 2nd is equal to 9 points , each 3rd is worth 8 points and the remaining positions, 4th, 5th and 6th receive 7 points):
As can be seen, Miss Austria won by only one point of difference to Miss Venezuela. The Coronation Ball was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel and where the final positions of the remaining three finalists were announced: Miss Poland was fourth, Miss Colombia fifth and Miss Argentina sixth. They each received a £ 500 prize and their Top Shop trophy. The remaining semifinalists received a prize of £ 200, with the exception of Miss Nigeria, Miss Hong Kong and Miss Guam, who, being Continental Queens of Beauty, their prize amounted to £ 500. Miss Iceland received a check for £ 1,000 for having been the second runner-up and Miss Venezuela another for £ 5,000 as the first runner-up. Notably, the prize for the first runner-up was increased from £ 2,000 to £ 5,000 this year. And the new Miss World received her £ 5,000 prize plus a contract guaranteeing a minimum of an additional £ 25,000 in performances during her year of reign, plus world travel worth nearly £ 100,000. Neither Miss Austria nor the bookmakers expected the triumph of the stunning blonde, who in the betting was barely valued at 20-1. Some thirty-one countries received the signal from the contest that originated in the famous Royal Albert Hall in London and was expected to have been seen by some 500 million people.
Ulla Weigerstorfer celebrated her first day as Miss World by having breakfast with strawberries and champagne in her suite at the Tara Hotel and said it had all been like a dream. “I didn’t think I was going to win,” said Miss Weigerstorfer. “I feel like there were 78 Miss Worlds here.” After the royal breakfast, she was interviewed for a morning TV show, did photo shoots, went to Top Shop to sign autographs, and was interviewed on television in the evening on Terry Wogan’s show.
In one of her interviews, Ulla confessed that she had a boyfriend twice her age, a lawyer named Joseph Wegrostek, a father of three and divorced in 1972, when she was just 5 years old, also confessing that they had lived together for a year. She said that the success had brought her problems because, due to security measures during the contest, she could not be with her 40-year-old boyfriend for long. “I want fame and fortune but I also want Joseph”, said the newly crowned queen adding that “many say that I cannot have both, but I will try”. “I’ll be busy for the next twelve months traveling the world, but Joseph could come visit me when I’m in London and I’m also going to spend ten days at home for Christmas”. For his part, Wegrostek said: “I have not asked Ulla to marry me.” “She is too young to settle down even though she is desperate for a baby. If she had gotten pregnant we would have gotten married. Last year before I met Ulla, I ended my relationship with another model with whom I have a 3 and a half year old son” . “I love her very much and am willing to wait for her. I just hope she feels the same now that she has the world at her feet,” he added. But the wait didn’t last long. Wegrostek, Miss World’s heartbroken lover, left Britain a couple of days later saying, “It’s all over. I’m going home.” Grabbing a handful of photos of the blonde Miss World, Joseph spoke of his bitterness at the “mistreatment” she had given him. He even complained that he couldn’t dance with her or get close during the coronation ball. The couple had a fiery fight 24 hours after Ulla won the Miss World title in London. They had planned to spend the next afternoon together, but Ulla canceled the date. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Joseph, who booked the first flight to Vienna, two days ahead of schedule …
RUMORS OF RESIGNATION.-
Within days of winning the Miss World title, a rumor spread that some topless photos of Ulla had been made public in Vienna, which had been taken during a vacation in Greece and made public by her spiteful boyfriend so that they will strip her of the title. And indeed, after the incident, a rumor spread that the beautiful Austrian blonde could be stripped of the crown or give it up. When contacted about her possible accession to the throne, Miss Venezuela, Albani Lozada, said that she would not accept the title if it was offered to her because she already had wedding plans with her boyfriend, Manuel Alfredo, on December 26 in the United States, where he had lived the last six years. Lozada said she planned to settle in the United States after her wedding, although she also wanted to return to Venezuela to do television commercials. “I have not been officially informed, maybe it is just a rumor,” said Miss Venezuela. “This has not made me happy. On the contrary, it hurts me deeply that a person can neglect their responsibilities in such a way.” “If that means changing the wedding, I am not willing to accept the crown,” she said. However, Ulla neither resigned nor was stripped of the title and completed her reign smoothly.
A DIRECTOR TANTRUM.-
The organizer of the Irish qualifying rounds for the Miss World contest decided not to withdraw from next year’s event. Krish Naidoo was so angered by the judges’ verdict on the non-selection of Irish contestant Adrienne Rock, that he had yelled that he would no longer send out Miss World candidates. However, after the tantrum he reconsidered. For her part, Miss Ireland said she did not know if the contest was “a farce or a lottery.” She added that when the 12 semifinalists were called, many girls booed the judges and threw their numbers in disagreement.
THIS WAS THE YEAR OF REIGN AS MISS WORLD.-
The first international trip that the new Miss World made was at the end of November to Germany, where she attended the opening of a car show in the city of Essen. She then returned to England and visited the city of Aberdeen on December 17 and 18 where she greeted about 1,000 disadvantaged young people at the opening of the Aberdeen festival. She returned to Vienna on December 21, just over a month after being chosen as the most beautiful woman in the world, to spend Christmas with her family and returned to London in early 1988 to continue her work as sovereign of world beauty. During her year of reign she also traveled to Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, Taiwan, Canada (where she was present at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in February in Calgary), Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Italy, Poland and all of England. In the Caribbean she did fashion shows to raise funds for orphanages and in Europe she worked for the Cottage Homes organization and for the Variety Club International. Ulla relinquished her crown in November 1988 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
BIOGRAPHY OF ULLA WEIGERSTORFER.-
Ulrike Weigerstorfer was born in Bad Aussee, Styria, Austria, on August 16, 1967. Her father, Rudolf Weigerstorfer, was a personal assistant at an Austrian firm and her mother, Jutta, a homemaker. She is the second of three siblings, she has an older sister named Ursula and a brother eight years younger than her named Gregor. She had a horse which made her love animals and so she decided to study veterinary medicine. At age 18, she was discovered by a family member of her future boyfriend, who had a modeling agency and in her spare time was engaged in modeling work. Thanks to her work at the agency of Joseph Wegrostek’s relative, Ulla met the lawyer with whom she had a romantic relationship and with whom she decided to move in for a year. In late spring 1987, a friend urged her to submit her photograph to the Miss Austria contest hosted by Lilo Hoffmann, as one of the finalists had withdrawn due to illness. At first she did not want to, but after much insistence she agreed and on June 29 of that year she was crowned Miss World Austria (in the unofficial version of the contest). As such she traveled to London and Malta for Miss World 1987, where she shared a room with Miss Germany. At the Royal Albert Hall in London she was crowned “Miss World 1987” on Thursday 12 November. Her year of reign began with a bit of scandal as her angry boyfriend made public some photos of her topless in order to get her dismissed but did not achieve his mission and she ended up with him. After handing over her crown in November 1988, Ulla returned to Austria, studied locution, became an actress, appeared on various television programs between 1991 and 1998, also did theater, presented a sports program on the radio for eight years and wrote two books on beauty: “Tips and tricks for your beauty” and “In the field of fragrances”. She was a co-owner of the fast food chain “Fast Schnitzel” which filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and was also involved in charity work. After handing over her title she didn’t want to know anything more about Miss World. Between 1990 and 1995 she had an affair with the Austrian tennis player Horst Skoff who passed away in 2008. From 2003 she began working as a Public Relations Officer for the most modern Equestrian Park in Europe, the “Magna Racino”, owned by politician Frank Stronach. In 2005, she and her life partner at the time, Markus Markovic, became parents to a girl named Ina, who now, like her mother, loves equestrian sport. Markovic abandoned Ulla after their daughter was born. In the 2013 Austrian parliamentary elections, Ulla Weigerstorfer ran for MP Frank Stronach’s party. Following the resignation of Councilor Monika Lindner on November 27 of that year, she became her successor on the National Council. Currently she continues to work in parliament, maintains a communications and consulting agency and has her own website: http://www.weigerstorfer.com/ . She currently resides in the city of Ebreichsdorf.
FROM THE OTHER CONTESTANTS.-
The representatives of Ecuador, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Turks & Caicos competed the following year in Miss Universe in Taiwan. Of these, only Miss Hong Kong qualified and became 4th runner-up. The Ecuadorian was 3rd runner-up in Miss South America 1988. Miss Poland was 1st runner-up in Miss Europe where Miss France also competed and where the Finnish was a semifinalist. The Frenchwoman managed to be a semifinalist in Miss International 1988 where Miss Germany also competed. Miss Argentina won the Miss Independence of America where she also took the Miss Photogenic award and was 2nd runner-up in Miss Asia World 1988. Miss Macau competed in Miss Wonderland and Miss Bolivia in Miss Hispanidad Internacional 1988, while the Costa Rican girl participated in the latter event but in its 1989 edition. Miss Germany also competed in the 1989 Miss Charm International.
Miss Venezuela married Manuel Alfredo Toro, the brother of the designer of her evening dress, Marietta Toro, and whom she met thanks to her. They got married as planned on December 26, 1987. Later, she divorced him and later, they remarried. She has a daughter named Fabiana, she is still in Venezuela, she graduated as a journalist, continued working on TV in the program “Close-up” and later hosted the space “Estrenos y Estrellas” within the Venevisión newscast. She currently works in the radio program Agenda Éxitos 99.9 FM in Caracas and is the host of “Actualidad en 30 minutos” on IVC Networks.
Miss Iceland married Arni Jónsson, left her career as a flight attendant and lives quietly in Reykjavik. Miss France suffered from leukemia ten years after being at Miss World, but she managed to overcome it. Since 2003 she has been the godmother of the Ti’toine association that fights against cancer. She became an actress and comedian, married in 2007 to the TV host Jean-Pierre Pernaut. She currently runs a fashion agency. Miss Holland is a sculptor specialized in bronze and lives with her husband in the city of Sittard. Miss Dominican Republic is a Lawyer, Writer, Producer and Communicator and lives in Jarabacoa. Miss Mexico married Antonio Castro Gamboa with whom she had two children, Elizabeth and Alejandro and in 2009 she again made her parade as the Silver Queen of the Mazatlan Carnival when she turned 25 years after being crowned. She currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Miss Ecuador worked for a time as a TV anchor for Gamavisión and Teleamazonas, she has two children, Juan Andrés and Juan David Guerra and is currently a businesswoman in the field of beauty. Lives in Toronto, Canada.
Miss Spain, who had a Mexican grandfather and a Filipino great-grandmother, worked as a model and in the world of television after her reign, jobs that she combined with her studies in Economic and Business Sciences. She became a well-known TV presenter in her country and still does occasional modeling jobs. Miss Bahamas, now Mrs. Green, is the casino supervisor at the Atlantis Hotel. She has two children, Jace and Jasmin. Miss Belgium is a news anchor on a TV channel in her country. Miss Bolivia is a renowned Jewelry Designer. She lives in La Paz, she married Roberto Tejada and has two children, Ian and Emile. Miss Cayman Islands now lives in Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada) where she runs her own real estate company. Miss Chile is an insurance broker in Santiago and has four children, Fran, Coté, Nati and Tito. Miss Italy lives in Zurich, Switzerland, where she runs her own Interior Design company. Miss Lebanon owns the Xperience hotel in the city of Maamelteine. Miss Mauritius is a real estate entrepreneur, lives in Grand Gaube and is married to Vincent Guevorts.
Miss Honduras got married two years later to an officer of the Honduran Armed Forces in San Pedro Sula. In 1994, one Sunday night, the couple came with their two young children from Puerto Cortés to their home and they had a car accident, dying on the spot. She was then 25 years old. The children, Luisito, 1 and a half years old, and Julissa, barely 20 days old, managed to survive. For her part, Miss Ireland married Andrew Boucher in 1990, from whom she separated in 2003 and had three daughters: Jade, Hollie and Sophie. In 2001 she fell into alcoholism and despite seeking treatment and attending “Alcoholics Anonymous” she was never able to overcome her addiction. She passed away on September 3, 2016 at her home in Forxrock at the age of 51. Also not with us is the TV hostess Alexandra Bastedo, who passed away from cancer on January 12, 2014 at the age of 67 in her beloved England.