Miss Universe 1979

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Miss Universe 1979
Date 20 July 1979
Presenters Bob Barker, Helen O'Connell and Jayne Kennedy
Entertainment Donny Osmond
Venue Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Western Australia
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 75
Placements 12
Debuts Bophuthatswana, Fiji, Transkei
Withdraws Bonaire, Curaçao, Lebanon, Lesotho, New Hebrides, Nicaragua, Samoa
Returns Antigua, British Virgin Islands, St Kitts & Nevis, Portugal
Winner Maritza Sayalero
Congeniality Yurika Kuroda
Best National Costume Elizabeth Busti
Photogenic Carolyn Seaward
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.

Miss Universe 1979, the 28th Miss Universe pageant was held at Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia on 20 July 1979. 18-year-old Maritza Sayalero earned Venezuela's first Miss Universe crown. She was crowned by Margaret Gardiner of South Africa. Seventy-five contestants competed in this year.

NOTE: For the first time in the history of international beauty pageants, the stage where the throne sat, collapsed after the girls flocked to hug and kiss the winner. That part of the stage could NOT handle the crush of the bodies. Fortunately, the TV cameras had already been turned off but there were a number of still photographers from the press still around.



Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 1979
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
  •  Brazil - Martha Jussara da Costa
4th runner-up
  •  Sweden - Annette Marie Ekström
Top 12

Semifinal Scores[edit]

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
  •  Japan - Yurika Kuroda
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements[edit]


Preliminary Swimsuit Scores[edit]

Panel of Judges[edit]

External links[edit]