Miss Universe 1979

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Miss Universe 1979
Date 20 July 1979
Presenters Bob Barker, Helen O'Connell, Jayne Kennedy
Entertainment Donny Osmond
Venue Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia
Broadcaster CBS (international)
Seven Network (TVW) (official broadcaster)
Entrants 75
Placements 12
Debuts Bophuthatswana, Fiji, Transkei
Withdrawals Bonaire, Curaçao, Lebanon, Lesotho, New Hebrides, Nicaragua, Samoa
Returns Antigua, British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Portugal
Winner Maritza Sayalero
Congeniality Yurika Kuroda
Best National Costume Elizabeth Busti
Photogenic Carolyn Seaward
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Miss Universe 1979, the 28th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 20 July 1979 at the Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia. Maritza Sayalero of Venezuela was crowned by Margaret Gardiner of South Africa. This is the first time Venezuela won the pageant.

Notably, a large piece of debris from Skylab, which had fallen days earlier, was displayed on stage during coronation night.[1]



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


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 1979


  1. ^ "Venezuela Wins for the First Time: The Pageant Does Down Under". Critical Beauty. Archived from the original on December 21, 2004.