Miss Universe 1992

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Miss Universe 1992
Date May 8, 1992
Presenters Dick Clark, Leeza Gibbons and Angela Visser
Venue Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 78
Placements 10
Debuts CIS, Hungary
Withdraws Belize, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, USSR, Yugoslavia
Returns Aruba, Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Honduras, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland
Winner Michelle McLean
Congeniality Barbara Johnson
 Turks & Caicos
Best National Costume Pamela Zarza
Photogenic Soledad Diab

Miss Universe 1992, the 41st Miss Universe pageant, was held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand on May 8, 1992. Seventy-Eight international beauties competed in this year.

At the conclusion of the final telecast, Michelle McLean of Namibia was crowned Miss Universe 1992 by Lupita Jones of Mexico.[1] She was the first titleholder from Africa since Margaret Gardiner in 1978, and the first Namibian to place in the pageant in the six years her nation had been competing.

Delegates arrived in Thailand in late April for pre-pageant events, including the national costume competition and preliminary competitions held prior to the final telecast. The national costume competition took place on May 3.

This was the first time the pageant was held in Thailand, four years after Porntip Nakhirunkanok won Thailand's second Miss Universe title in 1988.


Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok.
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.


Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 1992
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 6
Top 10

Semifinal scores[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Catalina Best in Swimsuit

Order of announcements[edit]



Preliminary scores[edit]

a Iceland placed eleventh, after a very low Interview scores, she failed to make the cut.
b France's scores did not appear during the telecast.

Contestant notes[edit]

  • Einat Zamoa, who represented Israel, placed first runner-up in the Miss Israel pageant but was sent to Miss Universe because the winner, Ravit Asaf, was under the age restriction of 18 years.[2]
  • Miss Hong Kong 1991, Amy Kwok was expected to represent Hong Kong and even arrived in Bangkok, but was disqualified because she did not meet residency requirements. Kwok was a US resident who became the first overseas contestant to win the Miss Hong Kong title. The same issue came up again in Miss Universe 1996 when the winner Winnie Yeung was also a US citizen and she was disqualified. The 1st runner up in the pageant, Sofie Rahman was her replacement.[3]
  • Prior to the final telecast a sports analyst for USA Today picked Shannon Marketic (USA) and Carolina Izsak (Venezuela) as co-favourites to win the title, offering 4-1 odds.[4]

Host city[edit]

Thailand anticipated holding the pageant as early as August 1991, when thousands of slum dwellers were evicted in order to improve the image of the city prior to a World Bank conference that was held in the city in October and the pageant.[5]

The official announcement that Bangkok would host the pageant was made in December 1991, with the date initially set as May 16.[6] In March the date was moved back to May 8 so that it would not clash with Wisakha Bucha Day, a Buddhist holiday.[7]

Political crisis[edit]

The pageant was held amidst a political crisis in Thailand that culminated on 17 May in the Black May protests against the government of General Suchinda Kraprayoon. The day prior to the event the public relations director expressed fears that the show might have to be cancelled if the situation escalated, although the threat was played down by other pageant officials.[8]


  1. ^ "Namibia Wins Miss Universe Pageant". Associated Press. 1992-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Miss Israel loser gives up quest to be Miss Universe". The Jerusalem Post. 1992-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Miss Hong Kong disqualified from Miss Universe contest". Agence France-Press. 1992-04-21. 
  4. ^ Landis, David (1992-05-06). "Best-bet Beauties". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Shenon, Philip (1991-08-25). "Thailand Evicting the Poor: Coming Events Spur Leaders to Level Slum". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  6. ^ "Miss Universe contest to be held Bangkok in May". Agence France-Press. 1991-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Organizers seek new date for beauty pageant". Agence France-Press. 1992-03-06. 
  8. ^ "Miss Universe organiser says political crisis threatens pageant". Agence France-Presse. 1992-05-07. 

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