Miss World 1979
|Miss World 1979|
|Date||15 November 1979|
|Presenters||Sacha Distel and Esther Rantzen|
|Venue||Royal Albert Hall, London, UK|
|Withdraws||Curaçao, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Tunisia|
|Returns||Bolivia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Panama, and Portugal|
Miss World 1979, the 29th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 15 November 1979 in the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. The winner was Gina Swainson from Bermuda. She was crowned by Miss World 1978, Silvana Suarez of Argentina. First runner-up was Carolyn Seaward representing the United Kingdom and Second runner-up was Debbie Campbell from Jamaica. Swainson was a first runner up in Miss Universe 1979 represented Bermuda and Carolyn Seaward was a second runner up in Miss Universe 1979 represented England.
|Miss World 1979|
|Top 15 Semifinalists|
|01||Argentina||Veronica Ivonne Gargani|
|02||Aruba||Vianca Maria Magdalena van Hoek|
|03||Australia||Jodie Anne Day|
|05||Bahamas||Deborah Elizabeth Major|
|06||Belgium||Christine Linda Bernadette Cailliau|
|07||Bermuda||Gina Ann Cassandra Swainson|
|08||Bolivia||Patricia Asbun Galarza|
|09||Brazil||Lea Silvia dall'Acqua|
|10||Canada||Catherine Emily Mackintosh|
|11||Cayman Islands||Jennifer Pearl Jackson|
|12||Chile||Marianela Veronica Toledo Rojas|
|13||Colombia||Rosaura Rodriguez Covo|
|14||Costa Rica||Marianela Brealy Mora|
|16||Denmark||Lone Gladys Joergensen|
|17||Dominican Republic||Sabrina Brugal Tillian|
|18||Ecuador||Olba Lourdes Padilla Guevarra|
|19||El Salvador||Judith Ivette Lopez Lagos|
|20||Finland||Tuire Venla Sulotar Pentikainen|
|21||France||Sylvie Helene Marie Perera|
|24||Greece||Mika (Dimitra) Dimitropoulou|
|25||Guam||Anne-Marie Kay Franke|
|26||Guatemala||Michelle Marie Dominguez Santos|
|27||Holland||Nannetje Johanna (Nanny) Nielen|
|28||Honduras||Gina Maria Weidner Cleaves|
|29||Hong Kong||Mary Ng Wei Lei|
|31||India||Raina Winifred Mendonica|
|33||Isle of Man||Kathleen Mary Craig|
|36||Jamaica||Debbie Rachelle Campbell|
|38||Jersey||Treena Alison Foster|
|40||Lebanon||Jacqueline (Jacky) Riachi|
|41||Lesotho||Pauline Essie Kanedi|
|43||Malta||Elena Christine Abela|
|44||Mauritius||Marie Chanea Allard|
|45||Mexico||Roselina Rosas Torres|
|46||New Zealand||Nicola Lesley (Nikki) Ducksworth|
|49||Panama||Lorelay de la Ossa|
|50||Paraguay||Martha Maria Galli Romanach|
|51||Peru||Lucía Magali Pérez Godoy Quintanilla|
|53||Portugal||Ana Gonçalves Vieira|
|54||Puerto Rico||Daisy Marissette Lopez|
|56||Spain||Maria Dolores (Lola) Forner Toro|
|57||Sri Lanka||Shamila Weerasooriya|
|58||Swaziland||Gladys Adelaide Carmichael|
|59||Sweden||Ingrid Marie Säveby|
|61||Tahiti||Thilda Raina Fuller|
|63||Trinidad & Tobago||Marlene Coggins|
|65||United Kingdom||Carolyn Ann Seaward|
|66||United States||Carter Wilson|
|67||Uruguay||Laura Rodriguez Delgado|
|68||Virgin Islands||Jasmine Olivia Turner|
|70||Western Samoa||Danira Leilani Schwalger|
Returning countries and Debuts
- Lesotho competed in Miss World for the first time.
- Portugal last competed in 1973.
- Guatemala last competed in 1976.
- Bolivia, Lebanon, and Panama last competed in 1977.
- Bermuda and United Kingdom placed as 1st and 2nd runner-ups in Miss Universe 1979 which was held in Perth, Western Australia.Gina Swainson is the second woman who actually competed in the Miss Universe pageant, placing as runner-up and eventually winning a rival pageant. The first to be Rosemarie Frankland in 1961.
- Germany, Andrea Hontschik made into the semi-finals in both Miss Universe and Miss World at the same year. Austria, Karin Zorn, who failed to put her through the semi-finals in Miss Universe 1979 in Perth four months before, made into the semi-finals in Miss World and then placed as finalist.Later she won the Miss Europe 1979/80 title.
- Other than Austria, Bermuda, Germany, and United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras and Mauritius also competed in Miss Universe four months before.
- Ireland, Paraguay and Tahiti competed in Miss Universe 1980 in Seoul. Tahiti made into the semi-finals.
- Virgin Islands, Jasmine Olivia Turner, competed in Miss Universe 1986.
- Western Samoa, Danira Leilani Schwalger, was half-Maori and half-New Zealander, and was also the sister of Lenita Marian Schwalger who competed in Miss Universe 1981 in New York.
- Isle of Man, Kathleen Mary Craig, was the eldest of Craig sisters who competed in Miss World.
- 8 out of 15 countries which made it into the semifinals, were not in the semifinals last year: Malaysia (1963), Uruguay (1975), Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago (1976), and Brazil and Germany (1977). Bermuda and Panama made into the semi-finals for the first time in Miss World. The former debuted in 1971, while the latter in 1967. Ultimately, Bermuda won the title.