Miss World 1981

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Miss World 1981
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Miss World 1981 Titlecard
Date12 November 1981
PresentersPeter Marshall, Judith Chalmers
VenueRoyal Albert Hall, London, UK[1]
BroadcasterThames Television
Entrants67
Placements15
WithdrawalsMauritius, Panama, Paraguay, Swaziland, American Virgin Islands
ReturnsChile, El Salvador, Iceland, Suriname, Tahiti
WinnerPilín León
 Venezuela
← 1980
1982 →

Miss World 1981, the 31st edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 12 November 1981 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.[2][1] The winner was Pilín León from Venezuela,[3][2] the first titleholder from her country since 1955. She was crowned by Miss World 1980, Kimberley Santos of Guam. Another Venezuelan, Irene Sáez, had been crowned Miss Universe 1981 in July, making Venezuela one of the very few countries to hold both major international titles (Miss Universe and Miss World) in the same year. The titles of Continental Queens of Beauty were awarded for the very first time.

Results[edit]

Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss World 1981[1][3][4]

Placements[edit]

Final results Contestant
Miss World 1981
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
  •  Brazil – Maristela Grazzia
4th runner-up
5th runner-up
6th runner-up
Semi-finalists

Continental Queens of Beauty[edit]

Continental Group Contestant
Africa
Americas
Asia
Europe
Oceania

Contestants[edit]

EUROPE
Number Nation Contestant
01  Austria Beatrix Kopf
02  Belgium Dominique van Eeckhoudt
03  Cyprus Elena Andreou
04  Denmark Tina Brandstrup
05  Finland Pia Irmeli Ann-Marie Nieminen
06  France Isabelle Sophie Benárd
07  Germany Barbara Reimund
08  Gibraltar Yvette Maria Bellido
09  Greece Maria Argirocastritou
10  Holland Saskia Lemmens
11  Iceland Ásdís Eva Hannesdóttir
12  Ireland Geraldine Mary McGrory
13  Isle of Man Nicola Jane Grainger
14  Italy Marisa Tutone
15  Jersey Elizabeth Sarah Walmsley
16  Malta Elizabeth Mary Fenech
17  Norway Anita Nesbø
18  Spain Cristina Pérez Cottrell
19  Sweden Carita Gustafsson
20   Switzerland Margit Kilchoer
21  Turkey Aydan Şener
22  United Kingdom Michelle Donnelly
OCEANIA
Number Nation Contestant
23  Australia Melissa Hannan
24  Guam Rebecca Arroyo
25  New Zealand Raewyn Patricia Marcroft
26  Papua New Guinea Jennifer Abaijah
27  Tahiti Maimiti Kinnander
28  Western Samoa Julianna Curry
ASIA & AFRICA
Number Nation Contestant
29  Hong Kong Winnie Chin Wei-Yee
30  India Deepti Divakar
31  Israel Ninnette Asur
32  Japan Naomi Kishi
33  Korea Lee Han-na
34  Lebanon Zeina Joseph Challita
35  Malaysia Cynthia Geraldine de Castro
36  Philippines Suzette Nicolas
37  Singapore Sushil Kaur Sandhu
38  Sri Lanka Sonya Elizabeth Tucker
39  Thailand Massupha Karbprapun
40  Lesotho[1] Palesa Joyce Kalele
41  Zimbabwe[1] Juliet Nyathi
THE AMERICAS
Number Nation Contestant
42  Argentina Ana Helen Natali Schoeder Belmut
43  Aruba Gerarda Hendrine Jantiene Reopel
44  Bahamas Monique Ferguson
45  Bermuda Cymone Florie Tucker
46  Bolivia Carolina Díaz Mansour
47  Brazil Maristela Silvia Grazzia
48  Canada Earla Stewart
49  Cayman Islands Donna Marie Myrie
50  Chile Susanna Bravo Indo
51  Colombia Nini Johanna Soto González
52  Costa Rica Sucetty Salas Quintanilla
53  Curaçao Mylene Mariela Gerard
54  Dominican Republic Josefina María Cuello Pérez
55  Ecuador Lucía Isabel Vinueza Urjelles
56  El Salvador Martha Alicia Ortiz
57  Guatemala Beatriz Bojorquez Palacios
58  Honduras Xiomara Sikaffy Mena
59  Jamaica Sandra Angela Cunningham[4]
60  Mexico Doris Pontvianne Espinoza
61  Peru Olga Roxana Zumarán Burga
62  Puerto Rico Andrenira Ruiz Sáenz
63  Suriname Joan Boldewijn
64  Trinidad & Tobago Rachel Ann Thomas
65  United States Lisa Lynn Moss
66  Uruguay Silvia Marianela Bas Carrese
67  Venezuela Pilín León[3][2]

Notes[edit]

Returns[edit]

  • Last competed in 1966:
    •  Suriname
  • Last competed in 1979:
    •  Chile
    •  El Salvador
    •  Iceland
    •  Tahiti

Withdrawals[edit]

  •  Panama
  •  Paraguay
  •  Swaziland
  •  Portugal – Paula Dos Santos who had a dual citizenship, won the Miss Portugal contest held in Johannesburg, South Africa. She flew to London, only to be told by Eric Morley that any girl from South Africa cannot participate, and that the contest has to be held in the country of the girl's origin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ribane, N. (2006). Beauty: A Black Perspective. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-86914-087-8. The Miss World of 1981, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, only had three contestants from African countries: Zimbabwe, Lesotho and ...
  2. ^ a b c d "New Miss World". Rome News-Tribune. November 13, 1981. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Weeks, Sally (August 13, 1986). "Venezuelan beauties undergo rigorous training to win international pageants". Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Jamaica. W.I.L.I.P. series. W.W. Gaunt & Sons. 1987. p. 92. They enthusiastically choose a Miss Jamaica Universe each May and a Miss Jamaica World each September And there are ... have been second runners-up in the Miss World finals — Debbie Campbell in 1979 and Sandra Cunningham in 1981.

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