Miss Universe 1992

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Miss Universe 1992
Miss Universe 1992 Map.PNG
Miss Universe 1992 participating nations and results
Date 8 May 1992
Presenters Dick Clark, Leeza Gibbons, Angela Visser
Venue Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 78
Placements 10
Debuts CIS, Hungary
Withdrawals Belize, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, St. Vincent & 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
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Miss Universe 1992, the 41st Miss Universe pageant, was held on 8 May 1992 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Seventy-eight contestants competed in this year. Michelle McLean of Namibia was crowned by Lupita Jones of Mexico at the event's conclusion. This is the first and so far only time that Namibia won the pageant.


Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok


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



  • 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.[1]
  • Miss Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 1992, Julia Etina did not compete in Miss Universe 1992, due to the fact that she had turned 18 years old after February 1. Her first runner-up of Miss CIS 1992, Lydia Kuborskaya went to Miss Universe instead of her. However, Etina got an official visit to the United States as sort of a consolation prize for missing the big event.[2][3][4]
  • 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.[5]

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.[6]

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

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.[9]


  1. ^ "Miss Israel loser gives up quest to be Miss Universe". The Jerusalem Post. 1992-04-13. 
  3. ^ Crowning Achievement Falls Flat A Hit At Soviet Pageant Will Miss Next Step
  5. ^ "Miss Hong Kong disqualified from Miss Universe contest". Agence France-Press. 1992-04-21. 
  6. ^ Shenon, Philip (1991-08-25). "Thailand Evicting the Poor: Coming Events Spur Leaders to Level Slum". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  7. ^ "Miss Universe contest to be held Bangkok in May". Agence France-Press. 1991-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Organizers seek new date for beauty pageant". Agence France-Press. 1992-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Miss Universe organiser says political crisis threatens pageant". Agence France-Presse. 1992-05-07. 

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