By Julio Rodríguez Matute. PAYPAL.ME/RODRIGUEZMATUTE2
IMPORTANT EVENTS THAT SHAKED THE WORLD.-
At the beginning of the year, the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico enters into force, while the Zapatista Army of National Liberation takes up arms against the Mexican Government in Chiapas. In Bosnia the war promoted by the Serbs continues, in Yemen a civil war breaks out and in Africa the genocide of Rwanda occurs, in which around 70% of the Tutsi population are murdered after the death of the president of that nation and that of Burundi when the plane they were traveling was shot down. It is estimated around a million deaths. Nelson Mandela wins the elections in South Africa and abolishes Apartheid so the tribal nations of Bophuthatswana, Ciskei, Transkei and Venda rejoin the new South Africa. Earthquakes occur in Los Angeles (USA), Páez (Colombia), northern Bolivia and Mindoro (Philippines) that cause many casualties. A tsunami kills hundreds on the coasts of Java and Bali (Indonesia). Hurricane Gordon hits the Caribbean, Central America and the southeastern US with more than a thousand victims and Tropical Storm Alberto affects the north of the state of Florida. The terrorist attack on the AMIA (Argentine Israeli Mutual Association) occurs in Buenos Aires. In Venezuela, President Rafael Caldera pardons Hugo Chávez, who is released from Yare prison and in Colombia President Ernesto Samper is elected. Mexico suffers the economic crisis known as the “Tequila Effect” after the Mexican peso devalues almost 100%. The Palau Islands became independent from the US adopting the name Belau. The Eurotunnel is inaugurated, which connects France with England and the Sistine Chapel is reopened in the Vatican City. Brazil wins the Soccer World Cup held in the USA by defeating Italy on penalties. This Cup gives a lot to talk about, since Argentine Diego Armando Maradona is expelled from the World Cup after testing positive for doping and Colombian Andrés Escobar is killed days after scoring an own goal in the match between Colombia and the United States. The World Series (of Baseball) is not held this year in the US because of a strike and the soccer player and actor OJ Simpson is charged with murder in Los Angeles.
Miss India, Sushmita Sen, achieves the first Miss Universe crown for her country in the Philippines, the Greek Christina Lekka wins the Miss International in Japan and Heather Whitestone becomes the first deaf to be crowned Miss America. The Irish Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan win the Eurovision Song Contest in their country with the song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” while “Despareja Song”, by Argentine Claudia Carenzio, wins the OTI Festival in Valencia, Spain. The film “Schindler’s List” won the Academy Award for Best Picture while the following movies were released: “Forrest Gump,” “The Lion King”, “The Mask”, “The Flintstones”, “Interview with the Vampire”, “The Little Buddha”, “Beverly Hills Cop III”, “Speed”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Frankenstein”, “Thumbelina”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” , “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “The Client”. In the US the comedy “Friends”, the series “Chicago Hope” and the program “Primer Impacto” are premiered. On the radios we heard the songs “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “Without You” and “Endless Love” by Mariah Carey, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life” by Elton John, “Crazy “by Aerosmith, “I Swear” by All-4-One, “All For Love” by Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart, “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain, “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona ,”The Sign” by Ace of Base, “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow, “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men, “I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real, “Saturday Night” by Whigfield, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Prince, “Zombie” by The Cranberries, “The Day you love me” by Luis Miguel and “Mi Forma de Sentir” by Pedro Fernández. Guatemalan Ricardo Arjona achieves fame with the song “Detrás de mi Ventana” performed by Yuri and with his own songs “History of Taxi”, “I know you” and “Lady of the four decades”. Nirvana releases their famous album titled “MTV Unplugged in New York”. The first Playstation is launched in Japan and in Venezuela the broadcasts of the Globovisión channel begin. Born in 1994 were Miss Universe from the Philippines Catriona Gray and the singers Maluma, Justin Bieber and Bad Bunny. The former first lady of the USA Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies, as well as the actors Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas (Kojak), Dick Sargent (Bewitched) and Raúl Juliá (The Adams Family), the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, the Mexican actress Angelines Fernández (Witch of the 71 from the Chavo), the American politician Richard Nixon, the Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, the lead singer of Nirvana Kurt Cobain (suicide), the Peruvian hostess of Nubeluz Monica Santa María (suicide) and the candidate to the Mexican presidency Luis Donaldo Colosio (assassinated).
MORLEY RAISES UP THE FRANCHISES.-
In January 1994, Eric Morley informed his National Directors that there would be an increase in franchises to cover certain administrative expenses, for which some countries chose to withdraw from the event. For that reason, El Salvador and Malta canceled the realization of their national contest for Miss World while Albania and Greenland decided to scrap the rights of the contest . On the other hand, before the national competition in Aruba, the organizers of the “One Happy Island” informed the first runner-up would not go to Miss World but to Miss International since this franchise was for free. “Since the organization is not submitting a candidate for the Miss World pageant this time, since a considerable amount has to be paid for participation and the organization simply does not have this, only three finalists will be chosen this year”, reported the directors of Miss Aruba. In Honduras and Uruguay directors disagreed with the increase and not appointed any representative while in Bermuda and in Zambia the competition was not held this year for the same economic issue. On the other hand, the Miss Namibia pageant was not held in 1994 either, it changed the date for the first quarter of 1995 and the pageant was focused on Miss Universe, since the new queen would be the host of this event in May 1995.
On January 24, Genevieve De Fontenay, Director of Miss France, raised a cry when Morley asked her £ 3,500 for the registration of her representative. “That is a huge amount. We have participated in Miss World for more than 30 years and they have never asked us for money. I do not see why we should pay now, we do not have that amount of money”, she said furiously, adding that Belgium also opposed to pay. For her part, Julia Morley defended herself against the accusations and said: “the French have had everything for nothing for five years and that is what this tiny fee is spread over. All the other countries have been paying it for a long time and have not complained”. It is not known what was the ending of this story, if Madame De Fontenay paid or if the Morleys pardoned the franchise. The truth is that both France and Belgium were once again represented in the Miss World competition.
More than 80 countries had their national contests for Miss World 1994. But in China they did not have an event but the reigning “Miss Oriental” Pan Tao, who was unable to participate in Miss World the previous year due to visa problems, as China did not have diplomatic relations with South Africa, saved money all year to pay for her trip to Sun City and be the first contestant from the PRC in the history of Miss World. Russia also skipped the contest due to financial reasons and the organizers chose to designate a model from the Zodiak-M Agency, Yulia Alekseeva, who was 1st. runner-up of the Miss Europe ’93 and had competed in the Best Model of the World, both held in Turkey. But Julia Morley did not agree, since she had not participated in Miss Russia nor had she been chosen in any national event, so the Russian organizers had to discard her and designate Anna Malova, who had been 1st runner-up of Miss Russia ’93. Alekseeva was then sent to Miss Universe the following year. In the case of Ukraine, where the national contest was held on March 15 and it was won by Terezia Lazarenko, 17, from Uzhgorod, their representative to Miss World was selected from the group of pre-registered girls in Miss Ukraine ’94 because Nataliya Vasilievna Kozitskaya, the first runner-up in the “Miss Kiev 1994” contest, was the only contestant who could afford her trip to South Africa and arrange her visa. Other countries, such as Ecuador, did not hold a contest but appointed their representative. Among the countries that did hold a contest towards Miss World ’94, we can list the following in chronological order:
* MISS KOREA.- It was held on Saturday May 22, 1993 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. The winner, heading to Miss Universe 1994, was Sun-young Goong, while the finalists were Sung-soo Hur (1st) , Young-ah Kim (2nd) , Yeon-hee Chae (3rd) , Soo-yin Yoon (4th) , Yi-young Chung (5th) , Mi-ho Chang (6th) and Soo-mi Sohn (7th) . Notably, for some reason, the second runner-up did not travel to Miss World as was traditional and instead the third runner-up was sent.
* MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.- The Champion’s Palace Discoteque in Santiago was the stage chosen for the National Beauty Contest on Saturday October 30, 1993, an event where more queens were crowned, ten in all. The main winner, as Miss Dominican Republic, was Vielka Valenzuela, who traveled to Manila, Philippines to Miss Universe ’94. As Miss Dominican World, the beautiful Claudia Franjul was chosen; The title of Miss Dominican Hispanidad was obtained by Soraya Sánchez Colón; Miss Dominican Latin America was Deyanira Bottier, Miss Dominican Maja Claudia Álvarez, Miss Dominican Universities Yrsina Olivo, Miss Dominican America Giselle Abreu, Miss Caribbean Dominican Jany Marte, to the Barranquilla’s International Queen of Carnival Gelka Rodríguez and Miss Dominican Coffee, Daly Herrero.
* BINIBINING PILIPINAS.- As the Miss Universe would be held in the Philippines in May 1994, it was decided to advance the 1994 national finals to Sunday, October 31, 1993, with two editions of this event taking place that same year. In the contest, as was traditional, the different representatives of the country were crowned on the way to the most prominent international beauty pageants. As Bb. Pilipinas Universe was crowned Charlene Gonzalez, as Bb. Pilipinas World, Caroline Subijano, Bb. Pilipinas International was Alma Concepcion and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism, Sheila Marie Dizon. The finalists turned out to be Abbygale Arenas (she later won this same event in 1997) and Eda Calonia.
* MISS ARGENTINA FOR MISS WORLD.- It was carried out in the major ATC studio on Sunday, December 26, 1993 with the conduction and direction of Nelly Raymond. The event, as in previous editions, was recorded two days before being broadcast on TV for editing issues. 22 young ladies compited and the winner was Miriam Elizabeth Nahon, who, on her own initiative, she had applied again to the crown having reached the second place in 1992.
* MISS FRANCE.- Valerie Claisse, Miss Pays de Loire, was crowned “Miss France 1994” on Tuesday December 28, 1993 in Paris, representing her country in Miss Universe ’94. The finalists were Nathalie Pereira (Bourgogne), Radiah Latidine (French Guiana), Carole Moretto (Albigeois) and Isabelle Da-Silva (Paris). 40 girls participated. The new French beauty queen was originally supposed to go to Miss World ’94 as well but was replaced by the second runner-up. Could it be that the French Guiana committee decided to pay the expensesof participation in Miss World? Surely it was…
* FEMINA MISS INDIA.- This event took place on Sunday, January 16, 1994 in Panaji, Goa with the participation of 24 candidates, an event in which 16 girls retreated because Aishwarya, a recognized model, was entered in the contest. In the final question there was a tie for first place between Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen, so a new round of questions was held for the tiebreaker. Finally, the winner for Miss Universe was Sushmita Sen, second was Aishwarya Rai (to Miss World) and third Francesca Hart (to Miss International). Rounding up the Top 5 were Swetha Menon (to Miss Asia-Pacific) and Jasmeet Kaur Randhawa.
* MISS SPAIN.- Raquel Rodríguez Hidalgo, from Western Andalusia, was chosen as the new Miss Spain among 37 candidates on Thursday, January 20, at the Palacio de las Artes in Benidorm, for which she represented the country in Miss Universe ’94. Virginia Pareja, Miss Catalonia, and Laura Marina Vicente, Miss Costa Gallega, were elected Maids of Honor. The remaining semifinalists were Mónica Castillo (Euskadi), Margarita Monzón (Las Palmas), Magdalena Llarena (Tenerife) , Beatriz Suárez (Gran Canaria), Sara Martino (Aragón), Fuensanta Correas (Alicante) and Elisabet Alegre (Barcelona). The 1st. lady, the Catalan Virginia Pareja , was sent to Miss World ’94. Among the judges was Lisa Hanna, Miss World ‘ 93.
* MISS ISRAEL.- Ravit Yarkoni won the crown of “Beauty Queen of Israel” on Wednesday, March 2, heading to Miss Universe. Shirly Schwartzberg (to Miss World) was crowned as “Maid of Beauty of Israel”, as “Queen of Grace of Israel” was chosen Nitzan Kirshenboim (to Miss International) and as “Teen Queen of Israel” Lilach Ben-Simon (to Miss Europe). The finalist was Natalie Cohen (to Miss Asia Pacific).
* MISS CHILE.- The year 1994 was the last time the magazine Paula took care to choose two queens, one for Miss World (Yulissa De Pino) and one for Miss Universe (Constanza Sanz Barbieri). The finalist was Francisca Irarrázabal (with the title of Second Miss Chile). The event took place in a Channel 13 TV studio on Friday, March 25, and 15 girls competed. This was the last time Paula had a televised Miss Chile competition.
* EESTI MISS.- The second edition of the contest was held on Saturday, April 2, in the concert hall “Vanemuise” in Tartu, Estonia. The winner was Auli Andersalu who traveled to Miss World, since the organization obtained the franchise at the end of 1993. The finalists were Kristel Kärnik and Emeri Annom.
* MISS GREECE. – It was held on Monday, April 4, in Athens. The winner as “Star Hellas 1994” was Rea Toutounzi (to Miss Universe), who was crowned by Ruffa Gutierrez, the Filipino who was 2nd. runner-up in Miss World 1993. As Miss Hellas (to Miss World) was Evi Adam. The finalists were Christina Lekka (for Miss International, which she won), Irene Alexiou, Yolanda Diamanti and Sofia Stamatakis.
* MISS CZECH REPUBLIC.- The finals had place on Saturday, April 9, at the hall Rondo in Brno and was broadcast for the first time in the newly formed Nova TV. The winner, Eva Kotulánová, went to Miss Universe ’95, while the finalists, Kateřina Vondrová, went to Miss Europe ’94 and Lenka Beličková to Miss World ’94. 18 participants competed.
* MIS LIETUVA.- Jurga Tautkutė, a 21-year-old medical student from Kaunas, won the Lithuanian beauty crown among eighteen contestants on Sunday, May 8, in Vilnius. The brand new beauty queen was not able to go to Miss World 1994 because the organizers of Miss Lithuania asked her to collect money for her registration at the pageant and she disagreed so she went only to the “Queen of the World 1994” in Moscow, where she achieved a position as a semi-finalist.
* FEGURÐARDROTTNING ÍSLANDS.- It was held on Friday, May 20, at the Hotel Islandi with 21 competitors. The title went to Margrét Skúladóttir Sigurz who was sent to Miss Universe ’95. In second place was Birna Bragadóttir (to Miss World) and, in third place, Unnur Guðný Gunnarsdóttir (who had to go to Miss International ’94 but who in the end did not go).
* MISS LATVIA.- It was held on Saturday, May 21 at the Club of Lions in Riga . It was won by Daina Tobija, and her finalist was Evija Zēberga. 10 candidates participated.
* MISS WORLD OF PUERTO RICO.- Joyce Giraud, representative of Aguas Buenas, won the crown among 21 candidates on Saturday, May 28, at the Pier Arena in San Juan. The finalists were Damaris Cortés (Isabela), Patricia Hayes (Dorado), Michelle Chevres (Naranjito) and Maryorie Martínez (San Juan).
* MISS BELGIUM.- It was held on Sunday May 29 at the Casino of Spa with the participation of 10 finalists. The public had to vote for the winner via tele-voting and the great favorite, Marie-Rose Morel did not even get a call due to a technical error, so the winner was Ilse De Meulemeester, who traveled to South Africa to Miss World . Second was Katia Defraeye (to Miss Europe).
* MISS HONG KONG.- The event was held at the Hung Hom Coliseum in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 5. The winner was Halina Tam (to Miss Universe ’95) and the finalists turned out to be Annamarie Wood (to Miss World ’94) and Theresa Lee.
* MISS TAHITI.- Vaea Christine Sandra Olanda won the crown on Friday, June 24, at Place Vai’ete park in Papeete. As Miss Heiva was Sylvana Aukura and the first runner-up was Tahia Haring.
* MISS CURAÇAO.- It was held on Saturday, July 2, at the Centro Pro Arte. The winner was Maruschka Jansen heading to Miss Universe ’95. The first runner-up and Miss World Curaçao was Marisa Bos and the remaining finalists were Monique Cova and Danielle Samseer.
* MISS COMMONWEALTH BAHAMAS.- Fifteen contestants took part in the finals held at the Le Cabaret Theater on Paradise Island on Sunday, July 3. The towering Deanna Tamara North turned out to be the one selected to represent the country in Miss World. The finalists were Shamine Tenika Lindsey and Tara O ‘ Leary. The Top 6 was completed by Torkel Lockhart, Gingha Stewart and Shundal Rodgers.
* MISS PERU WORLD.- In the midst of a magical night and emotional displays of nervousness, Marcia Pérez Marcés was crowned Miss Peru World 1994 in the contest organized by Frequency Latina and the Frieda Holler Beauty Institute on Friday, July 22 in the auditorium of the Japanese-Peruvian Cultural Center and was called “Peruvian Beauties for the World”. The first runner-up, Karim Bernal, was crowned as the representative of Peru for South American Queen. In addition to the two main coronations, several parallel distinctions were awarded such as Miss Photogenic which went to the contestant Adriana Esparza, Miss Sympathy was Paola Egúsquiza and Miss Figura Ayby Scoth.
* SUOMEN NEITO.- Mia Forsell won this pageant on Saturday, August 6, which gave her the right to represent Finland in Miss World ’94. The finalists were Susanna Urpo and Minna Maki-Kala.
* MISS GIBRALTAR.- It was held on Sunday, August 7. Melissa Berllaque won it on the way to Miss World, while the finalists were Lourdes Bebeagua and Melanie Soiza. The latter then returned to participate in the contest and obtained the title of Miss Gibraltar in 1998.
* MISS HUNGARY.- Twenty-four candidates competed for the title on Saturday, August 13, at the Palace of Congress in Budapest. The winner was Tímea Farkas, with Judit Tóth and Ágnes Deák being the finalists.
* MISS IRELAND.- The blonde Anna Maria McCarthy was crowned “Miss Ireland 1994” on Monday, August 15th, at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, which gave her the pass to Miss World ’94 and Miss Universe ’95.
* MISS WORLD COLOMBIA.- The Roberto Arias Pérez Theater in Bogotá was the venue for the third edition of this beauty event held on Monday, August 15, and where the candidate from Cauca, María Eugenia González, won the title. Second place was the representative of Caldas, Liliana María Restrepo and third place was the participant from Norte de Santander, Maritza Rodríguez. The event was hosted by Miss International 1985, the Venezuelan Nina Sicilia and as judges were the President of the Miss Venezuela Organization, Osmel Sousa and the Venezuelan TV host Gilberto Correa. The reigning Miss World, Jamaican Lisa Hanna, also attended the show as guest of honor.
* MISS SWITZERLAND.- It was held on Saturday, August 27, at the Kongresshaus in Zurich with 16 candidates. The winner was Sarah Briguet, 23, from Rechy, near Sierre, who received a convertible worth almost 40,000 francs and the trip to Miss World ’94 and Miss Universe ’95 as a prize. The 2nd. place , and also Miss Photogenic, went to Veronique Krenn while Myriam Ramseier was 3rd.
* MISS NEDERLAND.- Yoshka Bon, 19, Miss Holland, won on Thursday , September 1, in one studio of the NOB complex in Hilversum, the crown of “Miss Nederland 1994”. The finalists were Manon Ellérie and Mirelle Cloosterman. The Top 6 was completed by Sharon Mafficioli, Kirsten Kretz and Natasja Ploeger.
* MISS VENEZUELA.- On Friday, September 2, and for the second consecutive year, the election was held in the Ríos Reina Hall of the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, with the Correa-Palacios duo in the animation. The majestic event produced once again by Joaquín Riviera brought together 26 candidates. The winner, heading to Miss Universe ’95, was Miss Costa Oriental del Lago, Denyse Floreano, while Irene Ferreira, Miss Miranda, obtained the title of Miss World Venezuela and Miss Apure, Ana María Amorer, received the crown of Miss Venezuela International. The finalists were Gladys Katerina Ivanoff (Federal District), Yoseani Finol (Zulia), María Auxiliadora González (Nueva Esparta) and Solange Pastor (Trujillo).
* MISS THAILAND WORLD.- Patinya Thongsri won the contest held at the Bangkok Convention Center on Saturday, September 3. The finalists were Yasumin Leautamornwattana, Patcharapa Phakdirat, Nantida Thepamongkol and Kaimook Pindogmai.
* MISS PANAMA.- The election was held at the Anayansi Theater of the Atlapa Convention Center on Saturday, September 3, with 16 candidates. Four queens were crowned at the event: Michelle Sage (to Miss Universe ’95), Carmen Lucía Ogando (to Miss World ’94) and Marilyn González (to Miss Hispanidad ’95) The runner-ups were Ana María Davis and Gisela Castillo (to Nuestra Belleza Internacional ’94).
* MISS NEPAL.- The first edition of the Nepalese beauty contest was held on Friday, September 9, and was organized by the federation of businessmen “Kathmandu Jaycees”. The winner was Ruby Rana, 20, from the city of Birgunj, becoming the first Miss Nepal in history. The finalists were Latika Maskey, Beenu Shrestha , Indira Thapa and Annu Radha Pudasaini. 21 girls participated.
* MISS SINGAPORE WORLD.- Angela Lee Pickard obtained the crown and the titles of Miss Photogenic and Best Body in the contest held on Saturday, September 10, at the Neptuno Theater-Restaurant. The contest was organized by Vanda Tours & Promotions.
* MISS MALAYSIA WORLD.- Rahima Orchient Yayah, representative of the state of Sabah, was crowned Miss Malaysia World after defeating 15 other contestants at the Crown Princess Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, September 10. The finalists were Vanaja Subramaniam and Margarita Donaghey.
* MISS JAMAICA.- Johanna Simone Ulett was elected on Saturday, September 10, at the National Arena in Kingston as the new Miss Jamaica and received the crown from the hands of the reigning Miss World, the also Jamaican Lisa Hanna. Ulett also won the awards for Best Figure, Best Legs and Most Aware. 20 entrants participated.
* MISS BRAZIL WORLD.- It was won by the candidate from Paraná, Valquíria Melnick Blicharski, among 26 girls, on Friday, September 23 at the Ginásio do Neblina in Araguaína, Tocantins. The finalists were Luciana Silva dos Santos (Acre) and Veridiana Furlanetto (Mato Grosso). The Top 6 was completed by Rosana Moreschi (Rio Grande Do Sul), Fabiana Fontanella (Santa Catarina) and Regilaine Bittencourt de Miranda (Sao Paulo).
* MISS SOUTH AFRICA.- After the 1993 edition, the contest was sold to Doreen Morris and Sun International. The final took place at the Sun City SuperBowl on Saturday, September 24, with Basetsana Makgalemele winning for Miss World. The finalists were Sonia Kempff and Helen Macleod. Ronel Ruthven and Rethabile Matseke completed the Top 5 . 10 finalists participated.
* MISS POLAND.- Jadwiga Flank won the title on Monday, September 26, in the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw among 22 contestants. The finalists were Magdalena Pęcikiewicz, Monika Warmińska, Aleksandra Borko and Joanna Czarnecka. The new queen was crowned by the 1992 titleholder as the previous year’s winner, Alexandra Spieczynska, had problems with the organization during her reign and these did not allow her to hand over the diadem to her successor.
* MISS UNITED KINGDOM.- It was held on Saturday, October 1st, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London with the participation of 20 young ladies. The crown went to the temples of Miss London, Melanie Abdoun, a Modern Languages student with a Sudanese father and an English mother, the first Miss United Kingdom of color in the history of the pageant, who thus achieved her pass to Miss World. The finalists were Miss Manchester, Amanda Thelwell and Miss Blackburn, Claire-Marie Harrison (who later won Miss Europe ’96). The event was held in conjunction with the first edition of Mister UK, which brought together 12 contestants and was won by Gary Edwards, a 25-year-old hotel porter from Ilford.
* MISS CROATIA- Branka Bebic was crowned on Sunday, October 2 in Opatija on the way to Miss World.
* MISS WORLD OF CANADA.- Shawna Roberts was elected as Canada’s representative to Miss World on Sunday, October 2, at the Place Festival, of Sherwood Park, in Edmonton, Ontario.
* MISS MEXICO AND GUY-REX MISS UNITED STATES.- The Miss Mexico 1994 contest was held with 31 delegates (only the state of Tabasco was missing), together with Miss World America (officially known as “Guy-Rex Miss United States”) on Monday, October 3, at the Boca del Río Convention Center in the state of Veracruz (Mexico). By the time, the organization Miss Mexico had lost the rights to send the Mexican representative to Miss Universe starting 1995, and the rights now belonged to Lupita Jones and her Nuestra Belleza Mexico contest. Miss Mexico neither had the rights of Miss World, which belonged to Guy-Rex Event Productions since 1992, but came to the mutual agreement that the winner of the Miss Mexico pageant would participate in Miss World 1994 with the support of Guy-Rex. The winner was Claudia Hernández Rodríguez from the state of Nayarit, while the finalists were Marlene de la Garza (Tamaulipas) and Ana Patricia Zerboni (Quintana Roo). The remaining semifinalists were Olivia Romero (Sonora), Yolanda Zárate (Zacatecas), Guadalupe Becerra (Chiapas) and Connie Sánchez (Colima). For her part, as the US representative to Miss World, Miss World Georgia, Kristie Harmon was crowned among 37 candidates, while the finalists were Lainie Lu Howard (Michigan) and Angi Aylor (California). The semifinalists were Ara Celi Valdéz (Texas), Alexis Oliver (Nevada), Mimi Ford (Kentucky) and Michelle Mauney (North Carolina). The animation was in charge of former Miss USA 1977 Kim Thomes-Dutton and Greg Chedraui.
* MISS SLOVENIA.- Janja Zupan, a 20-year-old first-year economics student, was crowned for Miss World on Friday, October 14, at the Terme Catez Hotel Restaurant among 12 finalists. In second place was Vesna Dolenc (also Miss Photogenic) and in third place Katja Kori.
DID NOT COMPETE:
PREVIOUS TO MISS WORLD 1994.-
That year was very special for Julia Morley, International President of Miss World, because thanks to her great work with “Beauty with a Purpose” she was elected “Chief Barker” of the Variety Club of Great Britain and, in addition, she was proposed for a Second term in 1995. The Chief Barker is the chairman of the Board of Trustees and the incumbent directs the charity on all matters related to governance and strategy.
On the other hand, the performance of the South African artist Hugh Masekela in Miss World ’94 had been publicized but this in the end did not materialize. And sadly, the Production Manager of the event since 1992, the South African William C. Faure, died on October 18, a few days of starting the concentration of Miss World because of kidney failure. His death brought important changes to the event, as the production passed to Peter Bacon as Executive Producer and the Combined Artists team, with Alasdair MacMillan, Jon Sparkes and Mark West at the helm, who decided that the music that would be used during the Miss World contest, it would not be commercial as in the previous two years, but it would be composed especially for the competition, in this case, by the brand new musical director of the contest, the South African Cedric Gradus-Samson. Another change in the production of Miss World 1994 was the replacement of the legendary Doreen Morris as the hostess of the show, as she had become National Director when she took the reins of Miss South Africa.
Similarly, another of the changes that occurred this year in the 44th edition of the world beauty pageant was that the contestants had to fly directly from their countries of origin to the international airport of Johannesburg, South Africa (previously called Jan Smuts, but after the abolition of Apartheid the name of the airport was officially changed), as the concentration would no longer be in London as in previous years.
ARRIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA.-
The contestants from all corners of the planet began their journey to South Africa from Friday, October 21, since they were all due to arrive on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of that same month at the Johannesburg International Airport. As they arrived, the Misses were received by members of Sun International and “Operation Hunger” as in previous years but without the presence of Ina Perlman (who had retired in 1993). In addition, the contestants were introduced to the media upon their arrival during that weekend. In total, 87 candidates arrived from the 90 originally planned, being a record number of participants until that moment and taking into consideration that there were increases in franchises. Miss LITHUANIA (Jurga Tautkute) and Miss NEPAL (Ruby Rana) did not arrive, who could not afford their participation and Miss UGANDA (Grace Vanessa Mungoma), who was expected until the last minute but could not arrive for undisclosed reasons. Miss Venezuela was the candidate who arrived at the contest with the most luggage: 8 suitcases !!. It is worth mentioning that the chaperone of the group of Latin American candidates was Mrs. Cachy Crespo de León, mother of the Venezuelan Pilín León, Miss World ’81.
THEY WERE ABOUT TO RETURN HER HOME.-
Jessalyn Pearsall, Miss American Virgin Islands, had a hard time to getting to South Africa as she found out her national director never paid her registration in the contest. But her problems did not start there. When she won her national contest in July, she never received a crown, sash, or awards. In addition, as the first white-skinned Miss from the islands to win that title, she was subjected to mistreatment and even death threats. That was a great scandal! Jessalyn was crowned with the tiara of the outgoing queen, but at the end of the event had to return it to her owner. The truth was that the national director “disappeared” mysteriously with all the money collected for the registration of 13 candidates and sale of the tickets for the show. Later, Jessalyn learned that the director fled the islands with her “loot.” The parents of the 17-year-old girl, as they could, met to pay for her trip to South Africa and the clothing required for her participation, but, upon arriving in Johannesburg, Julia Morley informed her that her registration had not been paid and that in this way could not participate. Happily she had guardian angels. Coincidentally, her parents had bought two expensive gowns from Guy-Rex, the national directors of the United States and Mexico, for her to wear in Miss World and they, upon learning that the young woman would be returned to her country, decided to pay for her stay of almost a month in the luxurious Sun City Palace that she shared with Miss Bahamas. The account reached the incredible figure of almost 20 thousand dollars!
SWAZILAND AND CAPE TOWN.-
The first fourteen girls were invited to get to know Swaziland for four days and left at dawn on Monday, 24th of October from Johannesburg aboard a plane of Royal Swazi National Airways towards Mbabane, the capital of the kingdom. Among the girls invited to Swaziland were the Misses from Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Norway, Israel, Spain and Peru along with the reigning Miss World, Lisa Hanna. Upon arrival, they were taken to the hotel Royal Swazi Sun and then had interviews and press photos. While they were in Swaziland, the remaining contestants traveled to Cape Town also for four days and were accommodated at the Mount Nelson hotel. On Tuesday, October 25, the contestants who were in Swaziland had a safari day while those who were in Cape Town visited the famous Kirstenbosch botanical garden.
The next day, the group in Swaziland filmed in bathing suits at the hotel pool for a TV program, visited King Mswati III and also met some of his wives; at night they visited an artisan candle market. Meanwhile, the rest of the girls visited the Table Mountain Park in Cape Town and filmed on the beaches. Thursday, October 27 , both groups, the ones in Swaziland and those who were in Cape Town, returned to Johannesburg to go on buses heading together to Sun City. Upon arrival, they had the orientation talk, which was given by one of Morley’s sons, Stephen. That night at the welcome dinner, the girls were treated to one show of tribal Zulu dances and they could enjoy exotic African dishes coming to taste crocodile, antelope and ostrich. The closing of the event was with the Nkosi Sikelela theme “God Bless Africa” which became the second anthem of that nation, now a new free South Africa, without racial segregation.
ACTIVITIES IN SUN CITY.-
On Friday, October 28, the 87 competitors were placed in lines to measure their heights and be selected by the different designers for a great fashion event that would be held at the Sun City Superbowl and that would serve to raise aid funds for the three causes that this year supported “Beauty with a Purpose”: Operation Hunger, Children with AIDS and the lifeline program of Variety Clubs International. Also some of the contestants were interviewed and filmed for the VideoFashion! program that would be transmitted by channel E!. The following day, Saturday 29, there was a fitting for the fashion show and a very formal lunch. That day the filming in national costumes was also made in the Palace of the Lost City for the introductions that would be seen later on the world broadcast. In the evening, they attended a gala dinner with personalities from South Africa. Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31 was dedicated to some leisure activities and to rehearse the musical themes.
On Tuesday, November 1, the girls visited the Sun City golf course and were distracted at night playing bowling. On Thursday 3, the musical theme promoting the Valley of the Waves was recorded throughout the resort, with choreography by Ken Warwick, a video that would be shown on the day of the finals. The week of Friday, November 4 to the 11th, was dedicated almost exclusively to rehearsals for the finals and the Fashion Show, and they were also photographed in silver bathing suits, the same for all, swimsuits sponsored by the Gottex firm from Israel with the name of the country stamped on the chest. Optionally, the girls could wear sarongs also offered by the same brand. On Sunday 6, the Christmas party was held with the children of Operation Hunger at the facilities of the Palace of the Lost City.
On Saturday, November 12, the fashion show called “The Greatest Fashion Show on Earth” was held, presented by the renowned international model Iman and the South African Doreen Morris, where the most prestigious South African and international designers such as Gucci, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Escada, Finity, Gottex, Givenchy, Louis Feraud, Blumarine, Howard Wolf, Weill, Rodier, Herve Leger, John Rocha, Yansi Fugel, Mark Eisen, Nic Janik, Luciano Soprani, Eileen Fisher, Vivienne Tam, Badgley Mischka, Bae Yong, Hanae Mori, Byblos, Ellen Tracy, Joseph Abboud, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors, Helen Storey, Nicole Miller, Emmanuelle Khanh, Víctor Costa, Mary McFadden, Vivienne Westwood, Tomasz Starzewski, Duvall and Spero Villioti, among others, showed their collections of day outfits, swimsuits, gowns and wedding dresses that were worn by the 87 beauties. Some of the contestants were chosen by various designers, which is why they paraded more than others. For the first time in the history of the contest, the Pierre Cardin footwear firm was a sponsor of Miss World and its footwear was worn at the Fashion Show along with the jewelry of the Curtis-Setchell signature. As mentioned above, the proceeds went to benefit the social works of “Beauty with a Purpose”.
After the Fashion Show, the auction of the national gifts that each contestant brought from their countries of origin was held and several costumes given by famous designers were also auctioned in an activity led by Eric Morley in the great hall of the Palace Hotel. The proceeds were, in the same way, to benefit the social works of “Beauty with a Purpose”. On Sunday 13 the Miss World Family Party was held and where a courtesy ticket was given to each candidate for the grand final.
On Monday, November 14, the girls left very early to the city of Pretoria, where they visited the brand new President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who spoke with them and posed in their company outside the Union Building, the official headquarters of the South African government. The girls sang the song “Nkosi Sikelela iAfrika” to him, which became the National Anthem of the new South Africa, and they took pictures with him as a group and individually, in an activity that was unforgettable for all of them. The President addressed the contestants: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome to South Africa all the participants in the Miss World 1994 pageant. It is wonderful for South Africa to welcome young girls from more than 80 countries and have the opportunity to show you our land, you really think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I wish all the contestants the best of luck in what has become one of the principal sources of support for disadvantages, and I am sorry that only one of you can wear the Miss World crown. I hope you all enjoy the pageant and that those who have traveled from other countries find time to explore our wonderful country. South Africans are traditionally among the most hospitable people of the world and I am sure you will feel at home with happy memories that will last forever”.
FAVORITES OF THE LAST DAYS.-
The days 15 and 16 of November were dedicated to the evaluation by the judges, who interviewed each entrant for five minutes in their evening gowns and also rated them in swimsuits in groups of three. They used the same voting system of every year and more than ten young girls with more nominations in the judges’ lists would be the semifinalists of the final night. The results, audited by the South African firm Coopers & Lybrand, would be kept until the night of the election. The Carlton Hair International firm was in charge of making the contestants beautiful both for the preliminary evaluation and for the finals. Dress rehearsal was held on the night of Friday, November 18 at the SuperBowl . The big favorites were the candidates from Greece, India, Ireland, Germany and Croatia, but the representatives of Russia, Holland, Italy, Belgium, France and Venezuela were also mentioned.
Miss Dominican Republic, Claudia Franjul , had an ‘accident’ during a tennis match in which she bent an ankle. They had to put a splint and she had to use a wheelchair for several days. However, according to the attending physician, her injuries did not prevent her from participating in the Miss World election on November 19. Another candidate who happened the same but during rehearsals was Miss Argentina, Miriam Nahón, who attended the dress rehearsal with a bandaged ankle. By the way, there was an ugly incident that involved Miss Argentina with the Chilean Yulissa del Pino who began to push each other and ended up pulling their hair and scratching themselves. Del Pino told Chilean journalists: “I lost my composure and threw down the Argentine candidate who kept making fun of Chile because of the Laguna del Desierto”, a geopolitical incident between the two countries in which Chile lost territory.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES.-
This year, representatives from Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China and Estonia made their debut at the contest, while Botswana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tahiti, Tanzania and Peru returned after a few years of absence. Miss Malaysia was the last Muslim to win her national pageant in history. The youngest competitors were those from Bulgaria, Gibraltar, Cyprus and the American Virgin Islands, aged 17, and the oldest were Miss Mauritius and Miss Taiwan at 25; The latter came from competing in Miss Universe that same year together with Miss Nigeria and Miss Sri Lanka, who had already been a semifinalist in Miss Asia Pacific 1992. The representatives of Costa Rica and Paraguay competed in Miss International ’94 while Miss Slovakia was in that same event but in its 1993 edition. Miss Sweden had just won the Miss Teen International ’93, Miss Russia the Miss Baltic Sea ’94 and Miss Australia both the Queen of the Year ’93 and Miss Globe ’94, where the Paraguayan also participated. The Guatemalan and Argentine women gained experience by competing in the International Sugarcane contest. Miss Argentina had also participated in the International Coffee Reign ’94, the World Banana Reign ’93 and the Int’l Queen of Harvest ’94 . According to the data provided by the girls, the tallest candidates were Miss Bahamas and Miss Germany with 1.85 m (6′ 1″) and the shortest Miss Guam with 1.55 m (5′ 1″). Next, the table with the most important information of each of the contestants to Miss World 1994:
|COUNTRY||NAME||AGE||HEIGHT||OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION|
|01||AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS||Jessalyn Pearsall||17||1.78||Student of Photography, Journalism and Architectural Design. From St.Thomas|
|02||ARGENTINA||Miriam Elizabeth Nahón||22||1.79||Professional model. Drama and photography are her hobbies. From Buenos Aires.|
|03||AUSTRALIA||Skye-Jilly Edwards||23||1.80||From Tasmania. Graduated in Business, runs her own modeling agency|
|04||AUSTRIA||Bianca Engel||20||1.73||Hairdresser, she likes to sing and dance. Lives in Graz|
|05||BAHAMAS||Deanna Tamara North||23||1.85||Education student. She loves to sing, travel and read|
|06||BANGLADESH||Anika Taher||22||1.65||Student. She likes to sing, play piano and organ|
|07||BELGIUM||Ilse De Meulemeester||23||1.75||She studied Greek and Latin at the university. She has ambitions to open an antique shop.|
|08||BOLIVIA||Mariel Gabriela Arce Taborga||22||1.74||Commercial Engineering student. She is from Cochabamba and likes to write letters|
|09||BOTSWANA||Hazel Kutlo Mmopi||19||1.60||From Gaborone, she is a student of Economics and Accounting.|
|10||BRAZIL||Valquíria Melnik Blicharski||20||1.75||Accountant and Administration student. She was born in Curitiba, Paraná|
|11||BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS||Khara Michelle Forbes||19||1.70||Secretary, she likes to ride horses and play volleyball. She’s from Tortola|
|12||BULGARIA||Stella Ognianova||17||1.78||From Sofia. She wants to become a Veterinarian|
|13||CANADA||Shawna Roberts||18||1.75||Biological Sciences student, she likes acting. Lives in Calgary.|
|14||CAYMAN ISLANDS||Anita Lilly Bush||22||1.70||From Grand Cayman, she works as a Cosmetologist and wants to study Management|
|15||CHILE||Yulissa Macarena del Pino Pinochet||20||1.68||Audio-Visual Communication Student, from Santiago|
|16||CHINA||Pan Tao Wang-Yin||22||1.73||Shenzen teacher, wants to study Finance|
|17||COLOMBIA||María Eugenia González Ponce de León||20||1.74||She likes to sing and play guitar. Lives in Bogotá|
|18||COSTA RICA||Silvia Ester Muñoz Mata||19||1.68||Student of Public Accounting, wants to become a Trader. From San Marcos de Tarrazú|
|19||CROATIA||Branka Bebic||19||1.75||Economics student, wants to venture into the world of fashion|
|20||CURAÇAO||Marisa Corine Bos||18||1.78||Employee of a restaurant, speaks 5 languages and wants to study Marketing|
|21||CYPRUS||Johanna Urwin||17||1.70||Student of Law, Economics and English. She wants to study Languages. From Limassol|
|22||CZECH REPUBLIC||Lenka Belickova||21||1.73||Professional model who aspires to work in the world of fashion. From Karlovy Vary|
|23||DENMARK||Sara Maria Wolf||19||1.73||Stylist and Makeup Artist. She likes painting and sculpture|
|24||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||Claudia Karina Franjul González||24||1.75||Student and works as an aerobics coach. She likes karate|
|25||ECUADOR||Diana Margarita Noboa Gordon||24||1.73||From Guayaquil. Graduated in Administration, wants to be a Marketing Consultant|
|26||ESTONIA||Auli Andersalu||18||1.70||Psychology student, likes to play the piano and speaks three languages|
|27||FINLAND||Mia Marianne Forsell||20||1.78||From Askola. She is a Secretary who wants to become a Veterinarian|
|28||FRANCE||Radiah Latidine||19||1.78||From French Guiana, she is a student of Economics and Social Administration|
|29||GERMANY||Marte Helberg||18||1.85||From Hamburg. She has ambitions to study Architecture. She likes theater and windsurfing|
|30||GHANA||Matilda Aku Alomatu||24||1.72||Political Science student. Interested in Environmental Law|
|31||GIBRALTAR||Melissa Berllaque||17||1.75||She wants to study Business Administration|
|32||GREECE||Evangelia “Evi” Adam||21||1.78||German teacher. She speaks 4 languages and wants to become a Translator.|
|33||GUAM||Chalorna Freitas||23||1.55||From Tamuning. She is a Pharmacy Assistant and likes to dance Hula|
|34||GUATEMALA||Sonia María Rosales Vargas||19||1.83||Medical student, she likes to paint. From the city of Zacapa|
|35||HOLLAND||Yoshka Bon||19||1.75||Student of Commercial Technical Administration. She speaks 4 languages. From Wognum.|
|36||HONG KONG||Annamarie Wood Lai-Ming||20||1.75||Graphic Designer. She likes painting|
|37||HUNGARY||Timea Farkas||19||1.74||She works as a Saleswoman and wants to become a Master. From Szeged|
|38||ICELAND||Birna Bragadóttir||19||1.78||From Alftanes. Psychology student and speaks 4 languages|
|39||INDIA||Aishwarya Rai||21||1.70||Architecture student. She likes classical Hindu dance, music and art|
|40||IRELAND||Anna Maria McCarthy||22||1.78||Montessori method teacher. Likes acting, sailing, and golf|
|41||ISRAEL||Shirly Schwartzberg||18||1.73||From a town near Tel-Aviv. Student of Business Administration. Wants to be a lawyer|
|42||ITALY||Arianna Novacco||19||1.80||From Trieste. She wants to study Political Science and likes design|
|43||JAMAICA||Johanna Simone Ulett||22||1.68||Graduated in English, she is training to become a Teacher. From Kingston|
|44||JAPAN||Shinobu Sushida||22||1,68||From Miyazaki. Computer Consultant. She likes poetry and baseball|
|45||KENYA||Josephine Wanjiku Mbatia||24||1.70||Public Relations and Marketing Executive. Want to form a children’s home|
|46||KOREA||Yeon-hee Chae||22||1.73||From Seoul. Athletics student. She likes bowling and skiing|
|47||LATVIA||Daina Tobija||20||1.78||From Riga. She is a student and wants to enter the television industry|
|48||LEBANON||Lara Badawi||22||1.70||Student of Business Administration. She likes Arab dance|
|49||MACAU||Chen Ji-Min||20||1.70||Student of International Law. She likes cycling and tennis|
|50||MALAYSIA||Rahima Orchient Yayah||21||1.74||She works as an Assistant Secretary. She speaks 4 languages. From Kuala Lumpur|
|51||MAURITIUS||Marie Priscilla Mardaymootoo||25||1.75||Secretary who wants to have her own flower shop and who loves classical music|
|52||MEXICO||Claudia Hernández Rodríguez||20||1.70||She wants to study Tourism. She likes Mexican folk music and poetry. From Santiago, Nayarit|
|53||NEW ZEALAND||Shelley Jeannine Edwards||22||1.78||She is a Nurse who likes to practice weight lifting. From Hallets Bay|
|54||NIGERIA||Suzan Hart||19||1.75||Student, she likes swimming and horse riding. From Rivers State|
|55||NORWAY||Anne Lena Hansen||20||1.74||Saleswoman, she would like to open her own Drama school because she loves Acting. From Harstad|
|56||PANAMA||Carmen Lucía Ogando Ginono||19||1.78||From Colon. Tourism student. She wants to dedicate herself to environmental conservation|
|57||PARAGUAY||Jannyne Elena Peyrat Scolari||20||1.73||Student of Public Relations. She likes Fashion Design and poetry. Speaks 5 languages|
|58||PERU||Marcia Pérez Marcés||21||1.78||Professional model. Ambitions to study Tourism and Hotel Administration|
|59||PHILIPPINES||Caroline “Cara” Villarosa Subijano||23||1.80||TV presenter who wants to become a Journalist. She likes basketball|
|60||POLAND||Jadwiga Flank||23||1.78||From Bielsko-Biała. Architecture student. She aspires to have her own art gallery.|
|61||PORTUGAL||Leonor Filipa Correia Leal Rodrigues||22||1.74||From Lisbon. Communications student. Want to work in PR|
|62||PUERTO RICO||Joyce Marie Giraud Mojica||19||1.75||Graduated in Social Work, she likes to collect ornamental elephants. From Aguas Buenas|
|63||ROMANIA||Leona Dalia Voicu||19||1.74||International Relations student. Wants to enter the world of banking|
|64||RUSSIA||Anna Malova||23||1.78||Lives in Moscow. Graduated in Psychotherapy and Psychology. She likes Modern Ballet|
|65||SAINT LUCIA||Yasmine Lyndell Walcott||21||1.70||History and French teacher. Wants to study International Relations. She likes to cook|
|66||SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES||Cornise Yearwood||21||1.60||Administrator in a Telecommunications company. From Georgetown|
|67||SEYCHELLES||Marquise David||22||1.70||Economist and likes to practice water skiing and diving. From Machabee|
|68||SINGAPORE||Angela Lee Pickard Kim Mei||20||1.70||Student who wants to become a Business Administrator|
|69||SLOVAKIA||Karin Majtanova||20||1.75||Philosophy student. She speaks 4 languages and likes to write poems. From Bratislava|
|70||SLOVENIA||Janja Zupan||20||1.70||Economics student from Ljubljana. Hobby: ballroom dancing|
|71||SOUTH AFRICA||Basetsana Julia Makgalemele||20||1.68||From Johannesburg. Student of Psychology with a view to being an Educational Psychologist. Speaks 7 languages|
|72||SPAIN||María Virginia Pareja Garófano||18||1.75||Model. She likes aerobics and playing the piano. From Barcelona|
|73||SRI LANKA||Nushara Rusri Pramali Fernando||20||1.78||From Colombo. Fashion Marketing Student. She likes to write poetry|
|74||SWAZILAND||Stephanie Wesselo||19||1.78||Computing and Commerce student. Enjoy reading and art. From Mbabane|
|75||SWEDEN||Sofia Andersson||19||1.75||Student of Social Studies. She wants to be a Child Psychologist and has an interest in Interior Design|
|76||SWITZERLAND||Sarah Briguet||24||1.70||Graduated in Business, she is a TV Presenter. She speaks 4 languages and writes songs. From Rechy|
|77||TAHITI||Vaea Christine Sandra Olanda||21||1.74||English student. She likes traditional Tahitian dance|
|78||TAIWAN, REP. OF CHINA||Joanne Wu Chung-Chun||25||1.73||Student of Business Administration and Industrial Economics|
|79||TANZANIA||Aina William Maeda||20||1.78||Student and wants to become a Lawyer. She likes to cook|
|80||THAILAND||Patinya “If” Thongsri||20||1.73||Political Science student. She likes basketball and reading|
|81||TRINIDAD & TOBAGO||Anabel Thomas||22||1.74||News Reporter. Wants to Become a Child Psychologist|
|82||TURKEY||Pinar Altug||20||1.74||Student of Business Administration. Sports fan|
|83||UKRAINE||Nataliya Vasilievna Kozitskaya||20||1.78||From Kiev. Student of Bodybuilding and Model. She wants to be a recognized international model|
|84||UNITED KINGDOM||Sarah Melanie Abdoun||20||1.68||Modern Languages Student. She wants to make a career in Film and TV and be a News Presenter|
|85||U.S.A.||Kristie Harmon||20||1.79||University student, likes to climb mountains. From Conyers, Georgia|
|86||VENEZUELA||Irene Esther Ferreira Izquierdo||18||1.80||From Caracas. She is a Student passionate about water sports|
|87||ZIMBABWE||Angeline Musasiwa||21||1.80||Art student. She likes to design her own clothes|
On Saturday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. local time, the show began from the Sun City Superbowl, filled with about 6,000 spectators. Some relatives of the contestants had to watch the show from the TV screens in the rooms of their hotels in Sun City because only one courtesy ticket was given to each candidate and the rest were quickly sold out. The event was broadcast for the first time live in Venezuela through Venevision at 2 pm, hosted by Venezuelan journalist Nelson Bocaranda, while in the UK was broadcast in the cable channel Sky One at 7 pm local time (two hours delayed) and in the US it was broadcast the following week through E!.
The broadcast began with images from the Lost City and the welcoming remarks from outgoing Miss World, Lisa Hanna of Jamaica. Next, the ballet of the Free Flight dance company were in charge of starting the opening number with a kind of mix between tribal dance and contemporary dance, with original music by Cedric Gradus-Samson, with the theme “Africa Goes Wild”. Then, they introduced the 87 candidates with their self-presentation videos wearing their national costumes, while they were parading on stage for the audience. The first group of girls from Miss American Virgin Islands to Miss British Virgin Islands appeared from the large pool of the Lost City. Then, from Miss Bulgaria to Miss Czech Republic from the Shawu Elephant Court; from Miss Denmark to Miss Guatemala from the Fountain of the Monkeys and the Bridge of Time; from Miss Holland to Miss Japan from the Crystal Court Restaurant facilities; from Miss Kenya to Miss Norway from the golf courses; from Miss Panama to Miss Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from the observatory; from Miss Seychelles to Miss Tahiti from the “Porte Cochere” at the entrance to the Palace of the Lost City; and the last group from Miss Taiwan to Miss Zimbabwe from the Royal Baths. The opening ended with the dance performance of the group “Free Flight” and the 87 beauties on the SuperBowl stage. The comperes of the evening, the South African actress Suanne Braun and the American actor Richard Steinmetz took the stage to officially welcome the forty-fourth edition of Miss World, thanking the President of Sun International, Sol Kerzner and the owners of Miss World, Eric and Julia Morley who were in the audience, for bringing back the contest to South Africa for the third consecutive year. After this, the American actor Bronson Pinchot was called on stage to introduce the members of the judges. They were:
01- Eric Morley – Miss World Organizer and President of the Judges.
02- Zinzi Mandela Hlongwane – Writer, Poet, Community Leader and daughter of the President of South Africa.
03- Tony Leung Ka-Fai – Actor from Hong Kong.
04- Eileen Ford – Owner and Founder of the Ford Modeling Agency.
05- Ron Moss – Actor of the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”.
06- Katherine Kelly Lang – Actress of the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”.
07- Patrick Lichfield – Photographer and British Earl.
08- Marsha Rae Ratcliff – Variety Club International Ambassador and Actress.
09- Andrés García – Renowned Mexican Actor.
10- Iman – International model of Somali origin.
11- Charles Dance – English actor.
The judge Iman, born in Somalia, came to the stage to present the award to the MOST SPECTACULAR COSTUME courtesy of Tia Maria and told the crowd that never would have imagined to present the beauty award in a “Free South Africa”. The winner of that award was Miss VENEZUELA (Irene Ferreira), who wore a fantasy costume of a typical Venezuelan bird, the cardinal, with red and black half-meter feathers designed by Antonio Betancourt. After the first commercial cut and while the contestants put on the swimsuits of the Israeli firm Gottex, the comperes presented the South African musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo for a special tribute to the new President of that country, Nelson Mandela, with video images of the natural and cultural beauties of the southern African country, as well as the visit of the contestants to the safaris and the different activities that they had on South African soil and in neighboring Swaziland, a country that was the host of a group of aspirants in the previous days. After this, Braun and Steinmitz explained the procedures of selecting the semifinalists with images of the interview with the judges held that week. Then, they presented a video describing the awards that the new sovereign of world beauty would obtain this year for a value of more than 500 thousand dollars and which you can learn about in the AWARDS chapter a little later. After a second commercial cut, the hosts presented the music video filmed by the girls from The Valley of the Waves, inviting the public to visit the facilities while singing :
“We’re all having fun in the sun
Here at the Valley of the Waves
The surf is up, the slides go down
all we wanna do is stay, yea, yea yea”
At the end, all the girls appeared on stage dancing to the same theme, wearing black and silver swimsuits and sarongs with Miss Mexico leading the choreography. Braun and Steinmetz then announced the next award, that of Miss PHOTOGENIC, chosen by the photographers who covered the contest and sponsored this year by Kodak, for which they called on the scene the American fashion photographer Herb Ritts, who made known the name of the winner. She was Miss INDIA (Aishwarya Rai). Then, actress and member of the judges, Katherine Kelly Lang went up to the podium to present the winner of the Miss PERSONALITY award, given by the contestants themselves and sponsored this year by US Africa Airways. This award went to Miss THAILAND (Patinya Thongsri). It was then time to announce the names of the 10 semi-finalists, announced alternately by Braun and Steinmetz. They were, in random order:
Miss PHILIPPINES, Miss CROATIA, Miss ZIMBABWE, Miss INDIA, Miss UNITED KINGDOM, Miss BELGIUM, Miss SOUTH AFRICA, Miss GREECE, Miss VENEZUELA and Miss MALAYSIA. As the semifinalists prepped for their next performance, Suanne Braun called on South African singer David Abbate to the stage to entertain the audience with his song “I’m In Love.” While he sang, they presented a video of the contestants with their gowns parading in groups of four from the Palace of the Lost City. After his musical presentation, Suanne announced the start of the parade of semifinalists in swimsuits courtesy of Gottex and who paraded individually accompanied by a South African model, while Steinmetz told how each one of them kept in shape to show off those sculptural bodies. However, Miss India confessed to enjoying the “occasional extravagance.”
|01||Miss PHILIPPINES||Caroline “Cara” Villarosa Subijano||23||News presenter||Manila|
|02||Miss CROATIA||Branka Bebic||19||Economy student||Metkovic|
|03||Miss ZIMBABWE||Angeline Musasiwa||21||Art student||Harare|
|04||Miss INDIA||Aishwarya rai||21||Architecture student||Bombay|
|05||Miss UNITED KINGDOM||Sarah Melanie Abdoun||20||Modern Languages Student||Fulham, London|
|06||Miss BELGIUM||Ilse De Meulemeester||23||She studied Greek and Latin||Brussels|
|07||Miss SOUTH AFRICA||Basetsana Julia Makgalemele||20||Psychology student||Johannesburg|
|08||Miss GREECE||Evangelia “Evi” Adam||21||Works as a German teacher||Athens|
|09||Miss VENEZUELA||Irene Esther Ferreira Izquierdo||18||Student||Caracas|
|10||Miss MALAYSIA||Rahima Orchient Yayah||21||Works as a Secretary Assistant||Kuala Lumpur|
After the third commercial break, the comperes welcomed to the stage to the South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka to sang the theme “Women of the World” while presenting a video with all the contestants in gowns crossing the Bridge of Time in Sun City. The closing of the musical number was made with all the participants on stage dressed in their elegant evening dresses, appearing in groups and then leaving the stage to continue with the show. Braun and Steinmetz again arrived at the stage, this time with a change of wardrobe and ready to present the parade in evening dress of the ten semi-finalists. Suanne Braun was commenting on personal details of each of the semifinalists as they walked the stage.
As they paraded, each stopped before the microphone to tell what she would do if she won the Miss World crown. Miss Philippines said that this opportunity would help her develop her personality and open doors in her communications career and that she would do her best to fulfill her task of “Beauty with a Purpose” and that she would no longer be only an ambassador for Filipinos but also for homeless children. Miss Croatia mentioned that she would help children who are victims of the war in her country and that part of the prize money would be used to pay for her studies in economics. Miss Zimbabwe said that whatever she went on to undertake with her degree, she would do so firmly and confidently to encourage young people to take positive thoughts and actions in life. Miss India said she would take on her duties with great sincerity and dedication and would become an ambassador of peace, goodwill, harmony and compassion, trying to justly fulfill the motto of “Beauty with a Purpose” and that she would tell her people that she would always be there for them.
Miss United Kingdom expressed that she would be honored to represent all nations, particularly as she grew up in first and third world countries, and that she felt involved in the issue of children with AIDS and those suffering from malnutrition and that she would give her best to work energetically and enthusiastically throughout the year to raise funds for public awareness for those in desperate need of help. Miss Belgium said that her greatest wish after winning the contest would be bringing happiness to people in need and would try to keep the world together through communication, and in that way try to abolish discrimination. Miss South Africa confessed that she would use the award to improve her education and become a successful and qualified educational psychologist to help her community that has given her so much. For her part, Miss Greece said she would honor the title with her work to help disabled and hungry children and all poor people. In addition, she would open a language school for German in her country. Miss Venezuela was the only one who spoke in Spanish, dressed in an impeccable white gown with an elegant chiffon cape designed by Ángel Sánchez and said that the title would give her the opportunity to continue with her work in order to help abandoned children in Venezuela and that it would proudly carry out all the activities that are ruled by the Miss World organization since children were the future of the planet. And finally, Miss Malaysia said she would use the title as a symbol of love, care and concern for the children who represents the future.
After the fourth commercial break, Richard Steinmetz announced the names of the five finalists. They were Miss ZIMBABWE, Miss INDIA, Miss CROATIA, Miss SOUTH AFRICA and Miss VENEZUELA. For the final question, actor Bronson Pinchot helped the judges, selected by each finalist, with the microphone. Miss Zimbabwe chose actor Ron Moss, who asked her if she wins Miss World what she would tell the other 86 girls in the competition. She said she would tell them, even though she won the crown, they were also beautiful and were winners. Miss India selected actress Katherine Kelly Lang who asked her what qualities the next Miss World should have. Aishwarya answered that a Miss World should prove that she has compassion for the dispossessed, regardless of their status, that she can see behind the barriers that men have imposed on color and nationality, and that this is what she would do as a true Miss World, to be a real person. Miss Croatia was the Mexican actor Andrés García , who asked her if she could change an event in the world, which one would it be and how she would do it. She replied that she would change the war and aggression in her country, but that she was aware that history could not be changed but the future could be influenced. Miss South Africa chose Charles Dance who questioned her about the most significant change that her country had had. She responded that it was definitely the development and reconstruction program that President Mandela had implemented to improve the lifestyle of South Africans, regardless of race or creed, to eradicate the injustices of previous laws. And finally, Miss Venezuela was asked by Iman: Why do women in the 90s still enroll in this type of competition? To which the Venezuelan replied with the help of an interpreter the following: “Beauty pageants are not divorced from the dynamics of women today, women are still women and therefore symbols of beauty”, but the interpreter did not translated exactly what she said in her language.
After the fifth commercial block, the international model Naomi Campbell and the American actor Blair Underwood took the stage to tell the audience about the advances of “Beauty with a Purpose” during the last year and the scope of “Operation Hunger” in South Africa. Later, the South African musician Johnny Clegg went on to perform the song “The Crossing” (Osiyeza) while a video of “Beauty with a Purpose” was shown accompanied by the male choir “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” and the 87 candidates on stage. It was then time to receive the outgoing Miss World, the Jamaican Lisa Hanna, who took her farewell walk while giving her final message. After the sixth and final commercial cut, the comperes called Eric Morley on stage to give the results in reverse order, as was customary. Morley then announced that the SECOND PRINCESS was Miss VENEZUELA, Irene Ferreira and the FIRST PRINCESS, Miss SOUTH AFRICA, Basetsana Makgalemele. Both were crowned by Julia Morley.
And finally the name of the new MISS WORLD 1994 was known. She was none other than Miss INDIA, Aishwarya Rai !!!. The gorgeous dark-haired, green-eyed Indian, wearing a bright white tight-fitting gown with a left side cape and half-arm gloves of the same color, became the second woman from India to obtain the coveted title after Reita Faria who won in 1966. Julia Morley immediately put the sash that credited her as the most beautiful woman on the planet. Folding her hands in a traditional gesture of thanks, a serene and smiling Aishwarya Rai accepted the title. After sitting on the throne, she received the crown from Lisa Hanna and then took her triumphal walk on stage with music composed for the occasion by the South African Cedric Gradus-Samson. At the end of the two-hour broadcast, the coronation party was held at the Palace hotel in the Lost City. By the way, it was estimated that about 1.4 billion people in approximately 82 countries watched the show on television.
At the party it was announced that Miss Zimbabwe had been the Third Runner-up and Miss Croatia had been the Fourth Runner-up. The Continental Queens of Beauty were also announced:
|AFRICA||Miss SOUTH AFRICA||Basetsana Julia Makgalemele|
|AMERICAS||Miss VENEZUELA||Irene Esther Ferreira Izquierdo|
|ASIA & OCEANIA||Miss INDIA||Aishwarya rai|
|CARIBBEAN ISLANDS||Miss CAYMAN ISLANDS||Anita Lilly Bush|
|EUROPE||Miss CROATIA||Branka Bebic|
For the second year in a row South Africa, Venezuela and Croatia took the Continental Queens awards. Of that selected group of five continental queens, the only one who had not reached the semifinalists had been Miss Cayman Islands, but of the Caribbean she was the contestant who came closest to the title. She received a prize of £ 500 for being Queen of the Caribbean while Miss Croatia won £ 1,000 for also being a Continental Queen and, in addition, for being one of the finalists. The First Princess won a prize of £ 2,000 and the Second Princess, £ 1,000. The remaining semi-finalists, as well as Miss Zimbabwe, won £ 500. It should be noted that this money would then be sent by mail check to their respective countries.
The wonderful prizes for the winner included the following: A fully paid vacation at Sun International’s Ocean’s Club & Tennis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas with an airline ticket to that destination courtesy of USAFrica Airways. From the swimsuit firm Gottex she would receive exclusive designs from their 1995 Cruise collection; from the South African cosmetics firm Justine, the winner would receive beauty and cosmetic treatments during her reign year; from the Kookai firm she would receive exclusive designs of casual suits from their 1995 summer and winter collection; also exclusive costumes from the Weill collection, a selection of the best Pierre Cardin footwear, a set of diamond and gold necklace and bracelets courtesy of Tía María, an MX6 car courtesy of Mazda, free accommodation and VIP treatment at any of the hotels affiliated to “European Travel Network” and an employment contract for £ 40,000 by the Miss World organization during the year of reign. Eric Morley had to correct a misprint since it was published in the ‘program book’ that Miss World was going to win £ 50,000 in cash, when in fact the prize stood at 40 thousand sterling pounds, ten thousand beginning the year and the rest would be paid at the time of delivering the title the following year according to the commitments made during her year of reign. In addition, ETN (European Travel Network) offered a membership card to all the candidates with which they could enjoy accommodation with excellent discounts in more than 12 thousand affiliated hotels in the world.
THE YEAR OF REIGN OF AISHWARYA RAI.-
The day after her election and after the customary royal breakfast, the media calls, fashion photo shoots, interviews and the beginning of a dizzying lifestyle began. When asked about her goal as Miss World, she said that the first one would be to show “Compassion for the underprivileged.” Then, the brand new Miss World traveled to London accompanied by the Morleys and among the first official activities she had was attending the Variety Club Christmas party at Dickens & Jones on Wednesday, December 7. Just that same day it was released on the screens of E! in the USA the Videofashion! special with the incidents of the Fashion Show that the candidates carried out in Sun City. Days later, on December 10 and 11, Aishwarya Rai visited Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, to fulfill the commitments of her reign.
Aishwarya’s return to her country became a reality on Friday, December 16, a reception that was organized by Pradeep Guha of the Times of India newspaper. It was a grand reception that spanned 5 days in Delhi and Mumbai and also had an audience with the Prime Minister, the President and Mrs Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on December 19. The love and respect that the people of her country showed her so freely was a very moving experience for her. The new titleholder said she wanted to work to improve literacy rates in the second most populous country in the world. Aishwarya, whose beauty dazzled everyone, paraded by candlelight down a street near her home in Bombay, in a horse-drawn carriage, like a princess from a fairy tale. Friends and neighbors who supported her, lined the route to welcome the second Indian woman who put the country on the map of the beauty in a single year. Rai’s victory came quickly after the success of Sushmita Sen, who had won the Miss Universe pageant just six months earlier.
Her travels around the world included many countries, each one special, unique and memorable. She attended glamorous nights in France and Germany, raised funds in London for the women and children of Bosnia; had photo shoots and fashion shows in Amsterdam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jamaica; visits to Houston and exotic countries like Bermuda and South Africa; attended a peace conference in Sri Lanka and the Telethon in Iowa through Variety International. The visit to Lithuania was very interesting, being a relatively new country, as was the trip to Nepal, where she met Queen Aishwarya, a memorable event since they shared the same name. The various episodes and experiences of that fabulous year were the best gift she could have received. Finally, Aishwarya relinquished her crown to her successor in November 1995 in the same city where she was cheered, Sun City.
“The year also broadened my horizons in every way, helping me to truly break down the barriers established by man, of nationalities, gender, age and status, and helped me evolve as a person. It certainly opened the doors to many opportunities. But it also gave me tremendous confidence since this year it brought me closer to myself. That gave me a clearer perspective, since now I see life as a person of the world, and I am glad to be part of this Family, created solely by an experience like Miss World. Yes, it has been a very busy year and I did my best to do justice to the privilege that was granted to me and from it I have taken the wealth of knowledge and experience. Now I am ready to transcend the reality of next year, radiant, enthusiastic and excited for another beginning, in constant search of excellence”, she said at the end of her reign. And she added: “Don’t pretend, just be. Don’t promise, just act. Don’t dream, realize it!” .
BIOGRAPHY OF MISS WORLD 1994.-
Aishwarya Rai was born on November 1st, 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka, in a Bunt family that spoke Tulu, a Dravidian language in danger of extinction. Her father, Krishnaraj, who died on March 18, 2017, was an Army biologist, while her mother, Vrinda, was a housewife. She has an older brother, Aditya Rai, who is a merchant marine engineer. The family moved to Mumbai, where Rai attended Arya Vidya Mandir High School. Rai did her intermediate education at Jai Hind College for a year and then joined DG Ruparel College in Matunga, scoring 90 percent on the HSC exams. She trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens. Her favorite subject was zoology, so initially considered to study a career in medicine. Then, with plans to become an architect, she enrolled at the Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, but later dropped out of her education to pursue a career in modeling. In 1991 she appeared in the American edition of Vogue magazine. In 1993, Rai gained widespread public recognition for her appearance in a Pepsi commercial with actors Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudhry. That year she was going to participate in the Miss India pageant, but she decided to withdraw for her studies, leaving it for the following year. At the 1994 Miss India pageant, she won second place, behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World, also winning five other subtitles: “Miss Catwalk”, “Miss Miraculous”, “Miss Photogenic”, “Miss Ten Perfect” and “Miss Popular”.
The organization was about to send Aishwarya to Miss Universe at the last minute because Sushmita Sen had lost her passport, so they told her that then they would send her to Miss World instead of Miss Universe and they would exchange the contests between the two winners. But Sushmita refused and moved heaven and earth to get a new passport in time for Miss Universe, she went and won! For her part, Aishwarya tried on the ball gown that she would wear at Miss World for the first time the day she left for Sun City. But when she was trying it on, the dress fell apart, much to her dismay. The repaired dress finally made it to South Africa with Aishwarya’s parents, who flew in for the crucial final days to offer their emotional support. Interestingly, a day before Miss India and Miss World, Aishwarya’s evening gown’s zipper was damaged and it had to be repaired in an emergency. But so many inconveniences culminated in a happy ending. On November 19, 1994, Aishwarya won the Miss World crown at the Sun City Superbowl, also taking home the “Miss Photogenic” and “Continental Queen of Asia-Oceania” awards. Her roommate during her stay in South Africa was Miss Curaçao, Marisa Bos. After traveling the world and handing over her crown, Rai continued her modeling career until she became an actress. In 1996 she was a judge for Miss World held in India.
Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Tamil film “Iruvar” and had her first Hindi premiere in “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya” that same year. Her first commercial success was the Tamil romantic drama “Jeans” (1998), which was the most expensive film made in Indian cinema at that time. She was more successful and won two Best Actress Awards in Filmfare for her performances in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” (1999) and “Devdas” (2002). In 1999, Rai participated in a world tour called “The Magnificent Five”, along with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Akshaye Khanna and Twinkle Khanna. That same year, she was appointed Longines Ambassador of Elegance. In 1999, Rai began dating Bollywood actor Salman Khan; their relationship was often reported in the media until the couple broke up in 2002. Rai cited “abuse (verbal, physical and emotional), infidelity and unworthiness” by Khan as reasons for ending the relationship. She then had a romantic relationship with actor Vivek Oberoi before they split in 2005. In 2003, she was the first Indian actress to be a member of the Cannes Film Festival judges and was a global brand ambassador for L’Oreal. For many, she is considered the most beautiful Miss World in history.
Rai gained critical acclaim for playing a passionate artist in the Tamil romance “Kandukondain Kandukondain” (2000), the heroine of “Tagore”, Binodini in the Bengali film “Chokher Bali” (2003), a depressed woman in the drama “Raincoat” (2004), Kiranjit Ahluwalia in the British drama film “Provoked” (2006), and a nurse in the drama “Guzaarish” (2010). Rai’s greatest commercial successes have been the romance “Mohabbatein” (2000), the adventure film “Dhoom 2” (2006), the historical romance “Guru” (2007) and “Jodhaa Akbar” (2008), the film of science fiction “Enthiran” (2010), the romantic drama “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” (2016) and the movie “Fanney Khan” (2018).
Concerned about environmental conservation and animals, Aishwarya Rai urged an American millionaire not to sell his black rhino to a South African hunting ranch in 2001. Rai sent a letter asking David Laylin, president of Great Falls-based Speedtech Instruments, Virginia, not to sell its endangered black rhino for use in hunting off a ranch in Johannesburg. The 24-year-old animal is called “Baixinha”, which means “Pretty.” “The slaughter of such a magnificent and rare animal would be a terrible tragedy. What makes it even more tragic is the fact that Baixinha is meek. She is not afraid of humans and even takes food from the hand of a child. What horrible to betray the trust of gentle animals with humans”, Rai said. Urging Laylin to reconsider his plan to sell Baixinha, Rai said: “Please accept to free Baixinha in a sanctuary where it can live the rest of its life in peace”. Additionally, Rai was a brand ambassador for the National Eye Bank Association of India campaign to promote eye donation in her country, pledging to donate her eyes. In 2005, she became an ambassador for “Pulse Polio”, a campaign established by the Government of India in 1994 to eradicate polio. That same year, Rai was named spokesperson for the International Year of Microcredit, which unveiled the main goals and priorities of the UN to alleviate poverty. In February 2005, Rai performed with other Bollywood stars at the HELP! Telethon Concert, a fundraiser for victims of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. In November 2004, Rai created the Aishwarya Rai Foundation to help to people in need in India.
Abhishek Bachchan fell in love with Rai while filming “Dhoom 2”. Their engagement was announced on January 14, 2007 and later confirmed by their father, the well-known Amitabh Bachchan. Rai married the actor on April 20, 2007 according to traditional Hindu rites of the Bunt community, to which she belongs. The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence, “Prateeksha”, in Juhu, Mumbai. Rai was very close to her family and lived with them in Bandra, Mumbai, until her marriage. Rai is Hindu and deeply religious. Her international presence skyrocketed when Abhishek Bachchan accompanied her to the Cannes Film Festival shortly after their marriage, and later on the Oprah Winfrey show where she appeared on September 28, 2009. Bachchan and Rai have a daughter, Aaradhya , born on November 16, 2011. Their roles outside the screen included duties as brand ambassador for several organizations and charitable campaigns. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS). Together with other members of the Bachchan family, she laid the foundations for a special school for underprivileged girls in the village of Daulatpur, Uttar Pradesh, in 2008. The construction was funded by the Bachchan family and the school is named after Rai. She appeared along with several other Bollywood actors at the 2006 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne. In 2009, she was awarded the Padma Shiri Prize in Arts of India.
Also in 2009, Rai was designated as the first Ambassador of Goodwill to Smile Train, an international charity that provides free cleft lip surgery and palate children in need. Her work with Smile Train focused not only on India, but also in 76 developing countries around the world. In 2010 she was named the Most Beautiful Miss World in History by the specialized page Global Beauties. In September 2012, Rai had joined the General Secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the renowned Hollywood actor Michael Douglas at a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace in New York. Later that week, she was appointed a new Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, the joint United Nations program on AIDS and HIV to raise global awareness on protecting children from HIV infection and increasing access to the antiretroviral treatment. In 2012, she was named “Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France” and in 2015, she received the Stardust Award for “Jazbaa” .
Rai Bachchan is one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities. Despite constant speculation of the media, she keeps her personal life very well. Her physical appearance and her performances have made her a style icon for young women. In 2011, India Today noted that there were more than 17,000 websites dedicated to her. She was selected by Verve magazine on its list of the most powerful women in the country. In 2001, Forbes named Rai among the top five movie stars in India. In a survey of readers, conducted by the magazine Hello!, she was voted “the most attractive woman of 2003”. In 2004, she was chosen by Time as one of the most influential people in the world and appeared on the cover of the Asia’ edition in 2003. In October 2004, a wax figure was exhibited at the Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London. The same year, a tulip in the Netherlands was named “Aishwarya Rai” in her honor. In 2005, Mattel launched a limited edition of Rai Barbie dolls in the UK. British magazine Maxim ranked Rai first on its list of “Sexiest Women in India”. In May 2006, Rai appeared in People magazine as one of the “most beautiful people in the world”.
In 2014, Aishwarya Rai was honored by the Miss World Organization at the 64th International Beauty Pageant for her commitment to “Beauty with a Purpose” since winning the crown two decades earlier. Described as an embodiment of beauty with a purpose, Aishwarya was also recognized as the most successful Miss World up to that point. “I am here overwhelmed by this honor. I thank the Miss World organization for the incredible honor that I have received …”, she said in her acceptance speech. “To have the opportunity to hold the title, wear the crown with pride … that was the only time I ever went out and experienced beauty with a purpose …” said the actress looking gorgeous in a sparkling dress. Aishwarya was accompanied by her mother Vrinda, her husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan and Aaradhya, her then three-year-old daughter, on stage.
On July 12, 2020, it was reported that Rai and her daughter had tested positive for COVID-19 and that they would quarantine their home. On July 17, they were reportedly hospitalized. On July 27, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter, Aaradhya, recovered from COVID-19 and left the hospital after being hospitalized for 10 days, her husband Abhishek Bachchan reported on Twitter. Abhishek Bachchan and his father, renowned actor Amit abh Bachchan, 77, were still recovering from the novel coronavirus disease at a hospital in Mumbai. “Aishwarya and Aaradhya fortunately tested negative and were released from the hospital. They will now be home. My father and I remain in the hospital under the care of medical staff”, he said in a tweet. The couple continue to live in their home in Juhu, Mumbai.
FROM THE OTHER CONTESTANTS.-
The representatives of the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Switzerland, New Zealand, Mauritius and Ireland competed without pain or glory in Miss Universe 1995 held in Namibia. Four years after participating in South Africa, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Russia met again in Hawaii in the 1998 Miss Universe, where the Puerto Rican was second runner-up and the Russian was a semi-finalist. In addition, Joyce Giraud won the International Queen of the Atlantic ’95 and Miss Venus International ’97 pageants. Miss Norway won the Miss International ’95 in Japan, in which also competed Miss United Kingdom, while the Ukrainian was a semifinalist in the same contest but in its edition of 1997. Miss Iceland won Miss Scandinavia ’95, Miss Mexico was crowned at the Miss Maja International ’95 where Miss Austria also competed while Miss Denmark was the second finisher of the Miss Baltic Sea ’96. Miss Poland was a semi-finalist at Queen of the Year ’95 and Miss Sri Lanka was a semi-finalist at Mrs. World 2001. For her part, Miss Macau participated in Miss Chinese International ’95, the Irish in Miss Europe ’95 , and the Bolivian and the Dominican girls competed together at the International Coffee Queen contest in 1995. For her part, Miss Colombia renounced her national title upon returning from Miss World.
Miss South Africa, Basetsana Makgalemele, received an honorary Study Abroad scholarship from Nelson Mandela in 1994. Before and during her reign as Miss South Africa, Basetsana dated boxer Dingaan Thobela, but met her current husband Romeo Kumalo, a Vodacom executive and former broadcaster, when she was crowned Miss Soweto. They started dating in 1997 and were married in 2000. In 2005, Basetsana gave birth to her first child, a boy named Nkosinathi Gabriel. A second child, uShaka Kgositsile Emmanuel, was born in 2012. While she was the reigning Miss South Africa, she began hosting the lifestyle television show “Top Billing”. Basetsana teamed up with the show’s producer, Patience Stevens. The Tswelopele Productions company was born with the now Mrs. Kumalo with a fifty percent stake. The company is accredited as one of the top 300 empowerment companies in South Africa. The company’s flagship brand is the television show “Top Billing” , produced for SABC3. In 1999, Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and listed on JSE Securities Exchanged SA, making Kumalo one of the youngest black female directors to enter the mainstream of the South African economy. In recent years, the success of “Top Billing” has brought more projects to the Tswelopele brand, such as the Afrikaans magazine show “Pasella” on SABC2 and the Swati “Seskohona” youth show on SABC1. In 2001, Basetsana joined the Gauteng Travel Academy as a Director. In 2016, she was a judge in the Misss South Africa contest that took place at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, Gauteng. Kumalo is the president of the South African Women Entrepreneurs Association. In 2000 she launched her own range of clothes with the label “Ladies Stature Wear by Bassie”, distributed by department stores Ackerman at 240 outlets in the sub-Saharan Africa. Since then, it has discontinued the range. She then launched the “Bassie Red” cosmetics brand in 100 Foschini stores nationwide, followed by the Bassie Gold range in 2006. That same year, the Cape Town Fashion Festival presented Kumalo with the Fashion Icon award. Femina magazine nominated her as one of the 10 most glamorous women in South Africa. In 2002 and 2003, the Sunday Times and Elle Magazine voted her the most stylish magazine and entertainment show host at the TV Style Awards. In 2004, Kumalo contributed to the book “Inspiring Women at Work,” which focuses on the new face of leadership in the country. Additionally, she is the general editor of Top Billing magazine and was a spokesperson for Revlon for more than five years. She is still a businesswoman and philanthropist today and has a website named after her.
Miss Venezuela, Irene Ferreira, appeared in the film “GoldenEye”, from the James Bond series in 1995, along with other beauty queens (including ex-Miss World Venezuela Ruddy Rodríguez), after which she made a short career as a model. It was rumored she had an engagement with Mexican actor Andres Garcia to whom she met when he had been a judge in Miss World. She graduated as a Superior Technician in Business Organization. She married Andrea Krauter on June 16, 2008. She is currently retired from the show business, has two children (Andrés born in 2009 and Cinthia born in 2010 ) and continues to live in Venezuela. Her roommate at Miss World was Miss Ecuador. Miss Croatia, Branka Bebić had a successful modeling career. After her failed marriage to singer Sandi Cenova, Branka married businessman Hrvoje Krstulović, owner of Blitz film and video distribution and a member of the Blitz-CineStar board of directors. She has a son named Ante, with him. Greek Evi Adam became a model, actress and TV presenter. She married Labis Livieratos in 1999 and has two children. She currently skydives and lives in Athens. Belgian Ilse De Meulemeester became a renowned actress and TV presenter in her country and runs decoration shops in Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges. In 2005 she suffered from a malignant lymphoma from which she happily recovered. In 2007 her boyfriend Glenn Janssens was arrested for fraud, corruption and extortion. She separated from him in 2010 and has a son with him named Conrad born in 2002. Miss Zimbabwe, Angeline Musasiwa, is married to James Hundah and lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Filipino Caroline Subijano dedicated herself to professional modeling, was a well-known news anchor in her country and also animated several TV shows. During Miss World it was rumored that she had been stolen a white ball gown that she would wear in the finals. Many years later she denied it and explained that she did not wear the dress because it had gotten dirty in the filming outdoors and the zipper had been damaged. She had a first marriage to TV host Hans Montenegro. She moved to California where she has worked in a management position for various companies in the high-tech and medical device industry. She lives in Dublin, California with her current husband Ken Wong. Her daughter Ashley Subijano Montenegro, who has made a successful modeling career, was selected as “Miss Charm Philippines 2021”. Miss United Kingdom, Melanie Abdoun, is today an actress, producer and director of the “American Black Film Festival”. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA and is known by the name of Melanie Sharee. Miss Malaysia, Rahima Yayah, is an entrepreneur and runs her company “Orchient Sdn. Bhd”.
Puerto Rican Joyce Giraud, after participating in Miss Universe, became a recognized Top Model on the Island of Enchantment. Then, she became interested in acting and did several roles in soap-operas in Puerto Rico and later she also worked in film and TV in the US. Giraud served as an executive producer on the film “Shadow People” as well as on the television show “Siberia”. In 2012, Giraud created the international competition “Queen of the Universe” to benefit the programs of the UNESCO Foundation for Children in Need. Since then, she has produced and directed the annual event. In 2014, Giraud opened a school in Senegal, Africa with the YOU Foundation for Children in Need. She currently has a website with her name on where she sells beauty products. She has been married to Hollywood producer Michael Ohoven since 2009 and has two children, Leonardo and Michael, with whom she lives in California, USA. Norwegian Anna Lena Hansen, after winning Miss International, modeled for a time in Japan and then in New York. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Art. She has had small roles as a film actress in the US and on Norwegian TV. She is currently Mrs. Refsnes and works as a TV Director for the company “The Oslo”.
Russian Anna Malova moved to New York City in 1996 to start a professional modeling career. After Miss Universe 1998 she became a popular high society girl in New York and was the face of some commercials and advertisements such as Chopard and the Home Shopping Network. In 2004, she became dependent on painkillers and other types of drugs. The bad habits of the former Miss Russia were made public in 2010, when world news reported that she was arrested by the New York police. She received treatment from a psychotherapist but stole her prescription forms to obtain drugs, for which she was arrested again in 2011 and was on the verge of losing her ‘green card’ and being deported. After spending a few months in prison, she was released when her father paid a very high bail. She underwent successful rehabilitation treatment and, in early 2013, she got a job at a Manhattan beauty salon. In October of the same year, the court declared her “clean” under US law. In 2015, she was hired as a stylist for Traphic Magazine. Miss Costa Rica, Silvia Muñoz, directs a program pilot Prevention of Domestic Violence in young people 12 to 18 years sponsored by the Embassy of USA in Costa Rica. She has specialized as a Master in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing and Coach of Life and Women, whom she is supporting to work on their personal reconnection, their empowerment and on getting out of circles of violence, from where she also came out. She is divorced, has three children, Arantxa Jimena, Miranda and Julián Lorenzo Salazar Muñoz, as well as two grandchildren. She currently lives in the city of Heredia. Miss Ghana, Matilda Aku Alomatu, today Mrs. Osei- Agyeman, is Minister and Head of Chancellery of the High Commission of Ghana and continues to carry out social works. She has two children, Amma and Kwame. Miss Gibraltar, Melissa Berllaque, is today the wife of Ernest Galliano, she has two sons: Craig, born in 2002 and who is a professional footballer, and Elijah, born in 2014. She currently works for the government of Gibraltar. Miss Guam, Charlona Freitas married Norm Lauron, she has a son named Seiji and she dedicated herself to Medicine. She worked for the program of cancer care in Guam and is currently manager of marketing and communications at the Guam Regional Medical City.
Miss Australia, Skye-Jilly Edwards, sister of human rights lawyer Alice Jill Edwards, married firefighter and footballer Paul Beechey in 2004 with whom she opened a sushi shop and a café in Launceston and also dedicated herself to art. She got divorced in 2016. Miss Chile, Yulissa Del Pino, worked for a time as an entertainer on Chilean TV, was a cooking teacher and until recently ran a cooking website in Santiago. She has a son named Clemente born in 2006. Miss Mexico, Claudia Hernández, is a Tourism Technician and held various positions in the Secretary of Tourism of the state of Nayarit. She is married and has two sons. She is a lover of painting and gastronomy and during her youth she was a sprinter, participating in national competitions. Miss USA, Kristie Harmon, is now Mrs. Whitaker and works as Senior Vice President and Managing Broker at Harry Norman Realtors in North Atlanta. Miss Switzerland, Sarah Briguet, works in radio, is an advertising producer and has also directed documentaries.
Miss Slovakia, Karin Majtanova, is a renowned TV presenter in her country while Miss Israel, Shirly Schwartzberg, dedicated herself to acting as did the Spanish Virginia Pareja, who also made a career as a model and as a TV presenter. Thai Patinya Thongsri also dabbled in acting and starred in the film “Feathers of Passion” in her country. Miss Turkey, Pinar Altug, also highlighted as an actress and as a presenter on the Turkish TV. In 2000, she married Umut Elçioğlu but they divorced after a few years. In 2008, she married actor Yağmur Atacan, who is nine years younger than her. Their daughter, named Su, was born in January 2009. Miss Jamaica, Johanna Ulett married Lennie Bailey and lives in Davie, Florida. Miss Nigeria, Suzan Hart is married to Sunny Kuku, a renowned medical director who is a co-owner of the popular Eko Hospital in Lagos and also the president of EcoBank Nigeria. Miss Panama, Carmen Lucía Ogando, married, has a daughter and lives in Houston, Texas. Miss Brazil, Valquíria Melnik, is a journalist and TV presenter in Curitiba. Miss Seychelles, Marquise David, worked until recently in a popular hotel on the islands and is married to Stéphane Trambelland. Miss Slovenia, Janja Zupan, married director Igor Gajic in 2004 and had no children. Miss American Virgin Islands, Jessalyn Pearsall, currently lives in Tampa, Florida and has a son named Charlie. Miss Argentina, Miriam Elizabeth Nahón, worked as a secretary on various TV shows. She graduated as a lawyer, works as a medical visitor, she is divorced, has a daughter named Helena and lives in Buenos Aires. Miss Holland, Yoshka Bon, is married with two children and lives in Paris, France. Miss Hong Kong, Annamarie Wood, returned to Hong Kong from the US to pursue a career as a model and actress. She is married to a famous lawyer. Miss Iceland, Birna Bragadóttir, worked as a hotel manager and is now a businesswoman, running her own company Befirst.is.
Miss Saint Lucia, Yasmine Walcott, was the National Director of Miss World Saint Lucia in the first decade of the 2000s. She later entered politics and was named Consul General of her island in Martinique. The Ukrainian Nataliya Kozitskaya competed the following year in Miss Ukraine where she was first runner-up. Then She dabbled as a singer and she married a billionaire and had three daughters (Anne-Marie, Marie-Antoinette and Elizabeth). In 2005, she fled to Moscow to avoid being prosecuted, since her husband, Igor Bakai, was accused by the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office of embezzling and laundering 500 million Ukrainian hryvnias and was wanted by Interpol between 2005 and 2007. They currently live in Moscow. After Miss World, Miss Dominican Republic, Claudia Franjul, worked in the TV of her country, was co-animator with Jorge Taveras of the program “Fantástico”, the last one where she participated before dying in a terrible traffic accident when she was heading to Santo Domingo from her hometown, Baní, on April 21, 1995, just five months after returning from Miss World.
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Nelson Mandela’s daughter and Miss World judge, Zinzi, died of COVID-19 on July 13, 2020 at age 59 in Johannesburg, while her father passed away on December 5, 2013 at 95, also in Johannesburg. Eileen Ford ceased to exist at age 92 on July 2, 2014 in Morristown, NJ , Sol Kerzner died of cancer at age 84 on March 13, 2020 in Cape Town, and Patrick Lichfield passed away at age 66 on November 10, 2005 in Oxford, England. Photographer Herb Ritts died on December 26, 2002 of pneumonia when he was 50 years old and Eric Morley left us on November 9, 2000 at the age of 82 in London, but we will read more about this in the corresponding article…