Almost until the last moment there was speculation that green-eyed Jamaican beauty queen Cindy Breakspeare, aged 21, would pull out of this year's Miss World contest in London on Thursday (18 November) -- but she didn't and went on to win.
GV Miss Australia walking down steps and parading during finals of Miss World contest in London
GV ZOOM IN TO Miss Guam parading
SV Miss Jamaica parading, followed by Miss Japan
GV Miss South Africa
SV Crowd applauding as Eric Morley announces winner (3 shots)
SV Miss Jamaica receiving trophy and being crowned by last year's Miss World
SV Runners up PAN TO Miss Jamaica parading (2 shots)
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Background: Almost until the last moment there was speculation that green-eyed Jamaican beauty queen Cindy Breakspeare, aged 21, would pull out of this year's Miss World contest in London on Thursday (18 November) -- but she didn't and went on to win.
SYNOPSIS: Miss Australia, 19 year old Karen Pini, was one of the hot favourites to win the contest -- which has been plagued by various troubles in the past, from women's liberation demonstrations to the sacking of one reigning Miss World for alleged love affairs with well-known personalities. Diana Duenas from the island of Guam -- an outsider who carved through the competition to reach the last ten from whom the winner was chosen.
Miss Jamaica on her final appearance before the judging -- looking confident enough, despite nail-biting before the contest that her government might ask her to withdraw in protest against South African apartheid policies which meant that two girls -- one black and one white -- represented their country. Earlier seven girls had been withdrawn in protest and another two dropped out after the initial judging. There were also fears that non-white beauties would stage a mass walk-out during the final part of the competition, before live television cameras.
But these proved to be unfounded and the last night of the big beaut fling went off without a hitch -- with Eric Morley, head of the organisation that promotes the Miss World contest, in his by-now well-practised role of announcer of the winners. Miss Jamaica also fulfilled her traditional requirements of showing spontaneous delight and a tear or two as she came forward to receive her crown and GBP 5,000 pounds sterling prize money.
Miss Australia was second, Miss Guam third -- and fourth and fifth places were taken by Miss Unites Kingdom, 19 year old Carol Grant and Miss Finland, 21 year old Merja Helena Tammi. The new Miss World can now look forward to a year of luxury world-wide travel and lucrative personal appearances which could earn her up to GBP 50,000 sterling.