Miss Universe 1981

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Miss Universe 1981
Date July 20, 1981
Presenters Bob Barker, Elke Sommer
Entertainment Peter Allen, Cast of 42nd Street and US Naval Choir
Venue Minskoff Theatre, New York City, New York, USA
Broadcaster CBS, WCBS-TV
Entrants 77
Placements 12
Debuts Gibraltar, Namibia
Withdraws Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, St. Maarten
Returns Cyprus, Fiji, Martinique, Portugal, South Africa, St. Kitts, Transkei, Samoa
Winner Irene Sáez
Congeniality Linda Smith
Best National Costume Adriana Alves de Oliveira
Photogenic Tina Brandstrup

Miss Universe 1981, the 30th Miss Universe pageant, was held at Minskoff Theater, New York City in the USA, on July 20, 1981. Nineteen-year-old Irene Sáez of Venezuela was crowned as Miss Universe 1981.[1] She was crowned by Shawn Weatherly from USA. There were 77 contestants competing for the crown, but Miss Mauritius got homesick and withdrew.[2] The pageant originally was scheduled to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala. However, for financial and political reasons, Miss Universe was moved to New York City.[3]



Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 1981
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
  •  Belgium - Dominique van Eeckhoudt
Top 12

Semifinal Scores[edit]

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements[edit]

Background music[edit]

Judges [6][edit]


National pageant notes[edit]





    •  Hong Kong: Doris Loh was replaced by Irene Lo Kam-Sheung.


  1. ^ "Past Titleholders". www.missuniverse.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Venezuelan wins title: Miss Universe". The Robesonian. Associated Press. July 21, 1981. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Miss Universe Facts & Figures". buzzle.com. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4tj6mGCz_g
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXTJ1qTjg-Y
  6. ^ "Miss Universe 1981". bellezavenezoelana.net. 

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