Miss World 1979

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Miss World 1979
Date 15 November 1979
Presenters Sacha Distel and Esther Rantzen
Venue Royal Albert Hall, London, UK United Kingdom
Broadcaster BBC
Entrants 69
Debuts Lesotho
Withdraws Curaçao, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Tunisia
Returns Bolivia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Panama, and Portugal
Winner Gina Swainson
 Bermuda
Personality Anne-Marie Franke
 Guam
Photogenic Karin Zorn
 Austria
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.

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.

Results[edit]

Final results Contestant
Miss World 1979
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
4th Runner-up
5th Runner-up
  •  Brazil - Lea Silvia Dall'acqua
6th Runner-up
Top 15 Semifinalists

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Personality
  •  Guam - Anne-Marie Franke
Miss Photogenic

Contestants[edit]

Contestant
Number
Nation Contestant
01  Argentina Veronica Ivonne Gargani
02  Aruba Vianca Maria Magdalena van Hoek
03  Australia Jodie Anne Day
04  Austria Karin Zorn
05  Bahamas Deborah Elizabeth Major
06  Belgium Christine Linda Bernadette Cailliau
07  Bermuda Gina Ann Cassandra Swainson
08  Bolivia Patricia Asbun Galarza
09 Brazil Brazil Lea Silvia dall'Acqua
10 Canada Canada Catherine Emily Mackintosh
11  Cayman Islands Jennifer Pearl Jackson
12 Chile Chile Marianela Veronica Toledo Rojas
13  Colombia Rosaura Rodriguez Covo
14  Costa Rica Marianela Brealy Mora
15  Cyprus Eliana Djiaboura
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
22  Germany Andrea Hontschik
23  Gibraltar Audrey Lopez
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
30  Iceland Sigrun Saetran
31 India India Raina Winifred Mendonica
32  Ireland Maura McMennamim
33  Isle of Man Kathleen Mary Craig
34  Israel Dana Feller
35  Italy Rossana Serratore
36  Jamaica Debbie Rachelle Campbell
37  Japan Motomi Hibino
38  Jersey Treena Alison Foster
39  Korea Hong Yeo-jin
40  Lebanon Jacqueline (Jacky) Riachi
41  Lesotho Pauline Essie Kanedi
42  Malaysia Shirley Chew
43  Malta Elena Christine Abela
44  Mauritius Marie Chanea Allard
45 Mexico Mexico Roselina Rosas Torres
46 New Zealand New Zealand Nicola Lesley (Nikki) Ducksworth
47  Nigeria Helen Prest
48  Norway Jeannette Aarum
49  Panama Lorelay de la Ossa
50  Paraguay Martha Maria Galli Romanach
51  Peru Lucía Magali Pérez Godoy Quintanilla
52 Philippines Philippines Josefina Francisco
53  Portugal Ana Gonçalves Vieira
54  Puerto Rico Daisy Marissette Lopez
55  Singapore Violet Lee
56  Spain Maria Dolores (Lola) Forner Toro
57  Sri Lanka Shamila Weerasooriya
58  Swaziland Gladys Adelaide Carmichael
59  Sweden Ingrid Marie Säveby
60   Switzerland Barbara Meyer
61  Tahiti Thilda Raina Fuller
62  Thailand Tipar Suparbpun
63  Trinidad & Tobago Marlene Coggins
64  Turkey Sebnem Unal
65 United Kingdom United Kingdom Carolyn Ann Seaward
66 United States United States Carter Wilson
67  Uruguay Laura Rodriguez Delgado
68  Virgin Islands Jasmine Olivia Turner
69  Venezuela Tatiana Capote
70  Western Samoa Danira Leilani Schwalger

Trivia[edit]

Returning countries and Debuts[edit]

  • 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.

Other notes[edit]

  • 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.

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