Miss Universe 1975
|Miss Universe 1975|
|Date||July 19, 1975|
|Venue||National Gymnasium, San Salvador, El Salvador|
|Debuts||Belize, Mauritius, Micronesia, Samoa|
|Withdraws||Cyprus, Honduras, Portugal, Senegal, Surinam|
|Returns||Denmark, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Morocco, Peru, South Africa|
|Winner||Anne Marie Pohtamo
|Congeniality||Christine Mary Jackson
Trinidad and Tobago
|Best National Costume||Emy Elivia Abascal
|Photogenic||Martha Echeverry (tie)
Summer Bartholomew (tie)
Miss Universe 1975 the 24th Miss Universe pageant was held at the National Gymnasium, San Salvador, El Salvador on July 19, 1975. The live telecast was broadcast on CBS. Miss Universe 1972, Kerry Anne Wells of Australia crowned the new Miss Universe, Anne Marie Pohtamo of Finland.
The political backdrop to the 1975 Miss Universe pageant was not a happy one, however. According to the New York Times, August 5, "while a worldwide television audience saw El Salvador’s sunny beaches before the “Miss Universe” finals July 19, off-camera heavily armed troops were called out to halt demonstrations by students protesting the Government’s expenditure of $1-million on the contest." Protests took place in Santa Ana and San Salvador. Again, from the NY Times: "According to the military Government, which contended that the march was part of a “Communist plot,” one person was killed, five wounded, and 11 arrested. But according to the students, at least 12 persons were killed, 20 wounded, and 40 arrested."
|Miss Universe 1975|
|Best National Costume||
Order of announcements
- Austria: Rosemarie Holzschuh also competed both in Miss International 1975 and Miss World 1975, but failed to placed.
- Belgium: Christine Delmelle also competed in Miss World 1975, but unplaced.
- Bermuda: Donna Louise Wright also competed in Miss World 1975, but unplaced.
- Canada: Sandra Margaret Emily Campbell was competed both in Miss International 1974 and Miss World 1974, but failed to placed.
- England: Vicki Harris placed 2nd runner-up in Miss World 1975 as represented United Kingdom.
- El Salvador: Carmen Elena Figueroa was elected as a member of El Salvador's Legislative Assembly in 2006.
- France: Sophie Sonia Perin also competed in Miss World 1975, but unplaced. She became Miss International 1976 later.
- Germany: Sigrid Silke Klose also competed in Miss International 1975, but unplaced.
- Iceland: Helga Eldon Jonsdóttir placed 2nd runner-up in Miss International 1973.
- Indonesia: Lydia Arlini Wahab was competed in Miss International 1974, but unplaced.
- Ireland: Julie Ann Farnham was a semifinalist in Miss World 1974.
- Lebanon: Souad Nakhou competed in Miss World 1976 two years later, but failed to placed.
- Luxembourg: Marie Thérèse Manderschied also competed in Miss World 1975, but unplaced.
- Scotland: Mary Kirkwood placed 2nd runner-up in Miss Europe 1976 two years later.
- Spain: Chelo Martín López was a semifinalist in Miss International 1974.
- Switzerland: Beatrice Aschwanden competed in Miss International 1976 two years later.
- Yugoslavia: Lidija Vera Manić became Miss International 1975 later.
Panel of Judges
- "Unrest Growing in El Salvador: Demonstrations Put Down After Protest Against Beauty Contest," New York Times, August 5, 1975.
- Asamblea Legislitiva: Carmen Elena Figueroa