Miss Universe 1979

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Miss Universe 1979
Miss Universe 1979 opening titles.jpg
Date20 July 1979[a]
Presenters
EntertainmentDonny Osmond
VenuePerth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia
BroadcasterCBS (international)
Seven Network (TVW-7) (official broadcaster)
Entrants75
Placements12
Debuts
Withdrawals
Returns
WinnerMaritza Sayalero
 Venezuela
CongenialityYurika Kuroda
 Japan
Best National CostumeElizabeth Busti
 Uruguay
PhotogenicCarolyn Seaward
 England
← 1978
1980 →

Miss Universe 1979, the 28th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 20 July 1979[a] 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 nine days earlier, was displayed on stage during coronation night.[1]

Results[edit]

Miss Universe 1979 participating nations and results

Placements[edit]

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
Top 12
     Winner
     First runner-up
     Second runner-up
     Third runner-up
     Fourth runner-up
(#) Rank in each round of competition

Final Competition[edit]

Nation Preliminary

Average

Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
 Venezuela 8.461 (1) 9.362 (1) 9.135 (1) 9.416 (1) 9.304 (1)
 Bermuda 7.578 (9) 8.872 (2) 9.027 (2) 9.100 (2) 9.000 (2)
 England 8.227 (2) 8.671 (3) 8.591 (4) 8.936 (3) 8.733 (3)
 Brazil 7.715 (5) 8.509 (4) 8.764 (3) 8.818 (4) 8.697 (4)
 Sweden 7.800 (4) 8.300 (5) 8.127 (7) 8.409 (6) 8.279 (5)
 South Africa 8.103 (3) 7.918 (10) 8.330 (5) 8.454 (5) 8.234 (6)
 Belize 7.654 (7) 8.118 (7) 8.279 (6) 8.118 (10) 8.171 (7)
 United States 7.676 (6) 8.100 (8) 7.709 (12) 8.335 (7) 8.048 (8)
 Germany 7.542 (10) 8.125 (6) 7.882 (10) 8.118 (10) 8.042 (9)
 Scotland 7.609 (8) 7.764 (11) 8.118 (8) 8.218 (8) 8.033 (10)
 Argentina 7.515 (11) 8.009 (9) 8.045 (9) 8.021 (12) 8.025 (11)
 Wales 7.345 (12) 7.380 (12) 7.818 (11) 8.150 (9) 7.783 (12)

Special Awards[edit]

Special Awards Winners
Best National Costume  Uruguay – Elizabeth Busti
Miss Photogenic  EnglandCarolyn Seaward
Miss Amity  Japan – Yurika Kuroda

Contestants[edit]

Notes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Returns[edit]

Last competed in 1974:

Last competed in 1977:

Withdrawals[edit]

Did not compete[edit]


General references[edit]

  • West, Donald (ed.). "Miss Universe 1979". pageantopolis.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The event was held at 8:00 am Australia Time (UTC+08:00); for the Americas, this was July 19 in their local times including the United States.
  1. ^ "Venezuela Wins for the First Time: The Pageant Does Down Under". Critical Beauty. Archived from the original on December 21, 2004.