• Short Summary

    Finnish model Anne Pohtamo was crowned Miss Universe in San Salvador, capital of the Central American republic of E1 Salvador, on Saturday night (19 July) watched by hundreds of armed police and troops.

  • Description

    Finnish model Anne Pohtamo was crowned Miss Universe in San Salvador, capital of the Central American republic of E1 Salvador, on Saturday night (19 July) watched by hundreds of armed police and troops.

    The heavy security at the city's national gymnasium followed a bomb attack in the centre of the capital only hours before the glittering crowning ceremony, when a dynamite charge injured one passer-by and damaged the national Tourist Office -- local administrative centre for the beauty pageant.

    The previous night university students daubed buildings with red-paint slogans attacking the government in obscene language and protesting against the 1.5 million dollars (680,000 sterling the country had spent to stage the Miss Universe competition.

    Hundreds of extra troops guarded the hotel where the 71 national beauty queens were staying and the 12,000 seat gymnasium where the big event was presented.

    The tension proved too much for some of the contestants -- Miss Philippines, Miss Japan, Miss bermuda and Miss Morocco all fainted backstage before the start. Miss Morocco was still unconscious 20 minutes after the finish.

    The capacity crowd exploded with boos and jeers when the judges failed to place Miss U.S. (third) and Miss Sweden (fourth) higher. They were semi-finalists with representatives from Brazil, Colombia, England Haiti, Ireland, Israel, japan, Philippines, the host country E1 Salvador and Finland.

    Miss Pohtamo's victory was the first for Finland since Armi Kuusela won the first Miss Universe contest at Long Beach, California in 1952. The slim 34-24-33 (86-61-83 cms) long-legged blonde earned 10,000 dollars (4,500) in cash, a mound of furs, clothes and jewellery and the usual year's exposure in films and television for her victory. She is aged 19.

    Miss Haiti, student Girthed David, was second; America's Summer Bartholomew, third; Sweden's Cathalina Sjodahl, fourth; and fifth was Miss Philippines, Rose Marie Singson Brosas.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0K48HH4MRBH69LRGZ3X6ULEI
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0K48HH4MRBH69LRGZ3X6ULEI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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