Miss Universe 1977

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Miss Universe 1977
Date 16 July 1977
Presenters Bob Barker, Helen O'Connell
Entertainment Trío Los Juglares featuring Fernando Casado
Venue National Theater, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 80
Placements 12
Debuts Antigua, British Virgin Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Réunion, St. Kitts, St. Lucia
Withdrawals Guatemala, Luxembourg, Turkey
Returns Belize, Haiti, Lebanon, Tahiti
Winner Janelle Commissiong
 Trinidad & Tobago
Congeniality Pamela Mercer
Best National Costume Kim Sung-hee
Photogenic Janelle Commissiong
 Trinidad & Tobago

Miss Universe 1977, the 26th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 16 July 1977 at the National Theater in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago crowned by Rina Messinger of Israel. She is the first Black woman to win the title.

Miss Universe was then owned by Gulf+Western Industries, an American conglomerate which had large investments in the Dominican Republic, including the Central Romana sugar mill, the Casa de Campo resort, free trade zone, and Consolidated Cigars among others.

Charles Bluhdorn, G+W's chairman, was involved in several big projects for the Dominican Republic, a country he loved very much. He was also involved in many future projects related to the country, specifically Altos de Chavón an artists' village located within the Casa de Campo complex.

Holding Miss Universe, with an estimated 200 million viewers, was the perfect vehicle for boosting the Dominican tourist sector.

Pageant host Bob Barker would later start a 3-season run of syndicated Price Is Right 2 months later, replacing Dennis James.



Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 1977
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up

Special awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements[edit]





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