Helen Morgan (Miss World)

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Helen Morgan
Born Helen Elizabeth Morgan
(1952-09-29) September 29, 1952 (age 61)
Barry, Wales
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Helen Morgan (born 29 September 1952)[1] is a Welsh model, and the 1974 winner of the Miss United Kingdom and Miss World pageants. Morgan became the first winner to resign, and the second not to finish her reign as Miss World.

Biography[edit]

Born in Barry, she worked in a bank. Entering modelling competitions on a part-time basis, she won the Miss Wales and Miss United Kingdom titles in 1974.

Morgan represented Wales in the 1974 Miss Universe pageant, where she finished First Runner Up to Amparo Muñoz of Spain. When Muñoz resigned as Miss Universe before the end of her reign, the crown was not offered to Morgan or any other runner up.

1974 Miss World[edit]

Winning Miss United Kingdom earned Morgan the right to represent the United Kingdom in Miss World. She had originally been reluctant to enter the Miss Wales competition, and was eventually paid £30 as a last-minute stand-in when another competitor dropped out.[2] Morgan become the second Welsh woman and the fourth UK representative to win the competition in 1974.

However, she was forced to resign four days after her victory, upon the discovery that she had an 18 month old son.[3] Although this did not violate the competition rules (which stipulated only that entrants must be unmarried), she was made to resign.

The first runner-up, Anneline Kriel of South Africa, succeeded her. Morgan became the first winner to resign, and the second Miss World titleholder not to finish her reign (the first case was that of Miss World 1973, Marjorie Wallace, who, according to pageant officials, was fired for "failing to fulfill the basic requirements of the job" a few months into her reign).

After Miss World[edit]

Threatened with being a named party in a divorce – an action which was later dropped – Morgan was allowed to keep her other titles. She resigned from the bank, and undertook a career in modeling, TV and films.[3]

After modelling[edit]

Morgan married and moved to Surrey in the 1980s, and had two more children, Poppy and Ben.[3] She later left the UK, and now lives in Spain with her husband Ronny Lamb and family.

In 2004, Morgan agreed to judge the 2004 Miss Wales competition in Swansea,[4] the 30th anniversary of her competition win, won by Amy Guy.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales Assembly with a difference for Miss Wales". BBC Wales. 1999-08-26. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Miss World in a different era". BBC Wales. 2004-09-10. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "Search for 'missing' Miss World". BBC Wales. 2004-07-23. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  4. ^ "'Lost' beauty queen is found". BBC Wales. 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 

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Preceded by
Deidre Greenland
Miss Wales
1974
Succeeded by
Gina Kerler
Preceded by
Veronica Ann Cross
Miss United Kingdom
1974
Succeeded by
Vicki Harris