Miss Universe 1979

Miss Universe 1979
Miss Universe 1979 opening titles.jpg
Date 20 July 1979[a]
Entertainment Donny Osmond
Venue Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia
Broadcaster CBS (international)
Seven Network (TVW-7) (official broadcaster)
Entrants 75
Placements 12
Winner Maritza Sayalero
Congeniality Yurika Kuroda
Best National Costume Elizabeth Busti
Photogenic Carolyn Seaward
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Miss Universe 1979, the 28th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 20 July 1979[a] at the Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia. Maritza Sayalero of Venezuela was crowned by Margaret Gardiner of South Africa. This is the first time Venezuela won the pageant.

Notably, a large piece of debris from Skylab, which had fallen 9 days earlier, was displayed on stage during coronation night.[1]


Miss Universe 1979 participating nations and results


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 1979
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
  •  Brazil – Martha Jussara da Costa
4th Runner-up
  •  Sweden – Anette Marie Ekström
Top 12

Special Awards

Special Awards Winners
Best National Costume  Uruguay – Elizabeth Busti
Miss Photogenic  EnglandCarolyn Seaward
Miss Amity  Japan – Yurika Kuroda