Miss World 1978

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Miss World 1978
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Miss World 1978 Titlecard
Date 16 November 1978
Presenters Paul Burnett and Sacha Distel
Venue Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Broadcaster BBC
Entrants 68
Placements 15
Debuts Dominica, St. Vincent
Withdrawals Bolivia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Panama, Papua New Guinea, South Africa
Returns India, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Swaziland, Tunisia, Virgin Islands
Winner Silvana Suárez
← 1977
1979 →

Miss World 1978, the 28th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 16 November 1978 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. The winner was Silvana Suárez from Argentina.[1] She was crowned by Miss World 1977, Mary Stavin of Sweden. First runner-up was Ossie Margareta Carlsson representing Sweden, second was Denise Coward from Australia, third was Martha Eugenia Ortiz of Mexico, and fourth was Gloria Valenciano from Spain. This is the first time that the award for Miss Talent was given.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results[1][2]


Final results Contestant
Miss World 1978
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
  •  Mexico – Martha Eugenia Ortiz
4th runner-up
  •  Spain – Gloria Valenciano
5th runner-up
6th runner-up


68 contestants participated in Miss World 1978.[3]



  •  Dominica
  •  St. Vincent


Last competed in 1970:

  •  Nigeria

Last competed in 1975:

  •  India
  •  Malaysia
  •  Mauritius
  •  Philippines
  •  Swaziland
  •  Tunisia

India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, and Swaziland were the contestants who withdrew in two consecutive pageants, Miss World 1976, and 1977, due to a protest against South Africa's participation, consisting of one black and one white delegate.

Last competed in 1976:

  •  Virgin Islands

Last competed in 1977:

  •  Italy
  •  Jamaica
  •  Singapore


  • This is the first time that  South Africa did not participate in Miss World due to an apartheid policy for 14 years.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Lodi News-Sentinel". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The Hour". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 

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