Miss World 1970

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Miss World 1970
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Miss World 1970 Titlecard
Date 20 November 1970
Presenters Michael Aspel, Keith Fordyce, Bob Hope[1][2]
Venue Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Broadcaster BBC
Entrants 58
Debuts Africa South, Grenada, Mauritius
Withdrawals Chile, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Paraguay
Returns Ceylon, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Spain, Thailand
Winner Jennifer Hosten[3][4]
← 1969
1971 →

Miss World 1970, the 20th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 20 November 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.[5] 58 contestants competed for the Miss World title. Jennifer Hosten from Grenada won the crown of Miss World 1970.[3][4] She was crowned by Miss World 1969, Eva Rueber-Staier of Austria. The event was marked by controversy in the days beforehand, during the contest itself and afterwards.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss World 1970[2][3][6][7][8]
Final results Contestant
Miss World 1970
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
5th runner-up
  •  Brazil – Sônia Yara Guerra
6th runner-up



A panel of nine judges evaluated the performance of the contestants in Miss World 1970.[2][10][11] Some of the judges included Joan Collins, Eric Gairy, the first Prime Minister of Grenada, Glen Campbell and Nina.[2][10][12]


Miss Lebanon, Georgina Rizk, who was not placed here, went on to win the 1971 Miss Universe Pageant in Miami Beach, Florida USA.


  •  Africa South
  •  Grenada
  •  Mauritius


  • Last competed in 1959:
    •  Hong Kong
    •  Puerto Rico
  • Last competed in 1964:
    •  Spain
  • Last competed in 1966:
    •  Malaysia
  • Last competed in 1968:
    •  Ceylon
    •  Italy
    •  Thailand

Protests and controversy[edit]

There was controversy before the contest began because the organisers had allowed two entries from South Africa, one black, one white. On the evening of the contest, a bomb exploded under a BBC outside broadcast van in an unsuccessful attempt by the Angry Brigade to prevent the contest being televised. There were no injuries. The audience then had to enter the hall past noisy demonstrators who were penned behind barricades.[13]

During the evening there were protests by Women's Liberation activists.[8] They threw flour bombs during the event, momentarily alarming the host, Bob Hope.[14][15] He was also heckled during the proceedings.[2][13]

Even greater controversy then followed after the result was announced. Jennifer Hosten won becoming the first Black woman to win Miss World and the black contestant from South Africa was placed second. The BBC and newspapers received numerous protests about the result and accusations of racism were made by all sides. Four of the nine judges had given first-place votes to Miss Sweden, while Miss Grenada received only two firsts, yet the Swedish entrant finished fourth. Furthermore, the Prime Minister of Grenada, Sir Eric Gairy, was on the judging panel. One of Gairy's obituaries described his corruption and use of a gang of thugs when in government.[16][13] Inevitably there were many accusations that the contest had been rigged. Some of the audience gathered in the street outside Royal Albert Hall after the contest and chanted "Swe-den, Swe-den". Four days later the organising director, Julia Morley, resigned because of the intense pressure from the newspapers. Years later Miss Sweden, Maj Christel Johansson, was reported as saying that she had been cheated out of the title.

Julia Morley's husband, Eric Morley, was the chairman of the company (Mecca) that owned the Miss World franchise. To disprove the accusations, Eric Morley put the judging panel's ballot cards on view[6] and described the complex "majority vote system". These cards showed that Jennifer Hosten had more place markings in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions over Miss Sweden and the other five finalists. Julia Morley then resumed her job. However many still felt Sir Eric Gairy on the judging panel had influenced the other judges to give Jennifer token placings.[13]


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  7. ^ a b Drum: A Magazine of Africa for Africa. African Drum Publications. 1971. 
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  15. ^ "L–ast milestone on a record-breaking comedy Road ... Bob Hope dies at 100". Buzzle.com. 29 July 2003. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  16. ^ O'Shaughnessy, Hugh (25 August 1997). "Obituary". The Independent. 

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