Miss Universe 1978

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Miss Universe 1978
Date July 24, 1978
Presenters Bob Barker, Helen O'Connell and Corinna Tsopei
Entertainment Robert Goulet and Violines Mágicos de Villafontana
Venue Centro de Convenciones de Acapulco, Acapulco, Mexico
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 75
Placements 12
Debuts Lesotho, New Hebrides
Withdraws Antigua, British Virgin Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mauritius, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten,Yugoslavia
Returns Bonaire, Guatemala, Morocco, St. Vincent, Turkey
Winner Margaret Gardiner
 South Africa
Congeniality Sophia Titus
 Trinidad & Tobago
Best National Costume Alamjeet Kaur Chauhanti
Photogenic Maribel Fernández
 Costa Rica

Miss Universe 1978, the 27th Miss Universe pageant, was held at Centro de Convenciones de Acapulco, Acapulco, Mexico on July 24, 1978. Seventy-five contestants competed in the event.

18-year-old Margaret Gardiner from South Africa was crowned as Miss Universe 1978 by Janelle Commissiong from Trinidad & Tobago earning South Africa's first Miss Universe crown.

This particular Miss Universe pageant marked the first Mexican—and Televisa—appearance for 19-year-old Maribel Fernandez Garcia. She would become the most immediate success story from this pageant. Within a year of this pageant, she signed to appear in a Vicente Fernández movie, and, because there was already a Mexican actress named Maribel Fernandez, she signed with the network under her new stage name of Maribel Guardia.

Electronic scores were showed on screen for the first time. It also showed the lowest scores ever in the history of the pageant, specially that of Miss Holland, who got 2.890 points in the swimsuit competition.



Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 1978
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
  •  Spain - Guillermina Ruiz Domenech
3rd Runner-up
  •  Colombia - Mary Shirley Sáenz Starnes
4th Runner-up
Top 12

Semifinal scores[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Miss Press
  •  Aruba - Margarita Marieta Tromp

Order of announcements[edit]


The following celebrities judged the final competition:[1]




  1. ^ "Once More... Who's the Fairest". Los Angeles Times. July 24, 1978. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 

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