Miss Universe Facts!

California’55
 
Like Brazil and the States, Sweden was one of the world’s beauty pageant superpowers in the 50s and 60s. In 1955, this Nordic nation won the global title.
 
Long Beach ’58
 
Surprisingly, Dutch Guiana – present-day Suriname (South America) — was one of the 15 semi-finalists, but did not make the list of the five finalists.
 
Miami ’61
 
Miss Universe 1961 Marlene Schmidt was born in the former East Germany, but she moved to West Germany in search of political tranquility and new opportunities. She was the first and only German to win the international award.
 
America ’65
 
After winning the event, Aspara Hangsakula (Thailand) embarked on a world tour, making stops in the United States, Asia and Latin America. The dark-eyed girl is Thailand’s most famous beauty queen.
 
Florida ’66
 
Inspired by Hangsakula’s victory, Thailand’s representative Jeeranum Savettanum was second runner-up.

Miami ’71

Lebanon’s Miss Universe Georgina Rizk, a native of Beirut, was the one of the first Miss Universes to appear on a national postage stamp. She, who participated in Miss World, is about five feet seven inches tall (she is taller than Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco ), weights 121 pounds and measures 35-25-35. In addition to this, Miss Lebanon Universe speaks four foreign languages.

El Salvador ’75
 
One of the most famous archaeological treasures in Central America, the Tazumal pyramid, was selected by the Miss Universe Organization as the symbol of the 23rd Miss Universe 1975 in San Salvador (El Salvador).

Acapulco ’78
 
Dewi Sukarno, former first Lady of Indonesia, was one of the international judges, along with Mario Moreno Cantinflas (Mexico’s actor), Ursula Andress (Sweden’s actress) and other famous celebrities. Dewi was the wife of former dictator Achmed Sukarno, one of the most brutal rulers in the 20th century.

Perth ’79

In the face of international sanctions, Bophuthatswana, it was not recognized by the United Nations and Washington, sent a representative to Australia, site of the beauty contest. Unfortunately, Bophuthatswana’s delegate, Alina Moeketse,a black girl, did not make the list of the 12 semi-finalists. Like Transkei, Venda, and Ciskei, Bophuthatswana was founded by the former South African apartheid regime.

Perth’79 & Paradise Island’09
 
Venezuela is often seen as a model for Miss Universe Pageant on Earth. In 1979, Venezuela’s representative Maritza Sayalero was elected MU in Oceania. In August 2009, this rich-oil country was the first country to win back-to-back Miss Universe finals. Between 1979 to 2009, the Latin nation has won six global crowns: Australia’79, New York’ 81, Panama ’86, Las Vegas ’96, Vietnam’08 & Paradise Island ’09.

New York City ’81
 
Venezuela’s Irene Saez Conde, 18-year-old, did not learn English until that she won the Miss Universe award in the United States in July 1981.During her reign, under the watchful eye of her professor, Joseph Nassif, she learned to speak English very well.

Panama City ’86
 
Miss Denmark, Helena Christensen, who had received little mention in the Panamanian press,  did not even make the semi-finals of Miss Universe Panama ’86, but seven years later she, who is half Peruvian, became one of the world’s top super-models in the 90s, alongside names like Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, and Naomi Campbell.
 
Taipei’88

Four beauty queens from Asia -Thailand (Porntip Nakhirunkanok), South Korea (Yunjung Chang), Japan (Mizuho Sakaguchi), & Hong Kong (Pauline Yeung) — were among the top five finalists. In this edition, Miss Thailand was crowned Miss Universe 1988. Apart from winning the universal trophy, she also won the “Best national Costume”. In Taiwan, Nakhirunkanok ended Latin America’s three year domination of international pageant. The three past events had been won by Deborah Carthy-Deu (Puerto Rico/1985), Barbara Palacios (Venezuela/1986) and Cecilia Bolocco (Chile/1987). Mexico’s Amanda Olivares was the only one to challenge the Asian supremacy: She finished third in the global contest.

Cancun’89

After falling from the Miss World Pageant in Spain/ UK, Angela Visser, Miss Holland, became Miss Universe in Cancun. According to experts on Miss Universe, the blue-eyed woman, an ex fashion model from Rotterdam, was one of the most beautiful beauty queens of the Twentieth century.

Las Vegas ’91
 
Ireland’s representative Siobhan McClaferty, 20-year-old hostess, did not make the list of the 10 semi-finalists, but won the Miss Photogenic award. Miss Ireland Universe, a blue-eyed girl, finished 19th (swimsuit: 8.08 points/ interview: 8.88/ evening gown: 8.44) in the international contest in Nevada. Curiously, she came close to winning the 1990 Miss World — MU’s rival – in the United Kingdom.

Bangkok ’92
 
Suriname – the only Dutch-speaking republic in the Americas – finished in the last place: 78th.

From Thailand’92 to Manila’94
 
By 1994, Miss Colombia placed second for the third consecutive year. Unfortunately, the South American country has not won a MU trophy in 51 years!

Las Vegas ’96

In the preliminaries, Miss India had the highest score in the interviews: 9.48 points, ahead of Venezuela (9.43), USA (9.37), Peru (9.36), Chile (9.28), El Salvador (9.26), Trinidad & Tobago (9.23) and Norway (9.19). India’s contestant Sandhya Chib made the top ten , but was not one of the finalists.

Trinidad Tobago’99

The African republic of Bostwana – an obscure country that had never won a beauty contest- earned the global competition in the Caribbean. It was the first time since Namibia (1992) that an obscure nation had won the prize.

Los Angeles ’06

This year Puerto Rico won its fourth Miss Universe award after finishing second in the 2005 Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand. There were a number of celebrations in the island, after Zuleyka Rivera won the universal title in North America.

Paradise Island ’09

According to MU experts, Miss France, Chloe Mortaud, was the pre-pageant favorite to win the MU title in The Bahamas, ahead of Rachael Anne Finch (Australia), Ada Aimèe de la Cruz (Dominican Republic), Iveta Lutokska (Czech Republic) and China (Wang Jungyao). Surprisingly, she, a dual French-American citizen, did not make the top 5, and finished sixth. France’s Mortaud was the first black  to be named favorite since Vanessa Mendoza, Miss Colombia, in 2002.

Cecilia Bolocco – Miss Chile & Miss Universe

Chile -more than twice the size of Arizona- is the home of beautiful girls : Daniela Benavente, Marianne Muller, Margot Montt, Lucia Santa Cruz, Kenita Larrain, Jenny Purtho Arap, Daniela Campos and Cecilia Bolocco. Already a folk hero in Chile, Cecilia Bolocco
became a legend when she won the Miss Universe pageant in 1987.Since 1990, Cecilia has been called “the most famous Miss Universe in the world”. She has won the hearts of pageant fans from Mexico to Santiago. Who is she really?

Along with the writer Gabriela Mistral (Nobel Prize for Literature 1945), she’s one of the most admired women in Chile. The second of four children in a working-class family of European descent, Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck was born on May 19, 1965 to Enzo and Rose Marie Fonck de Bolocco. She studied civil engineering at the University of Santiago and then studied costume design at INCA-CEA Institute.

Renowned for her diplomatic skills and culture, Cecilia developed a passion for dance at very early age and became a professional dancer, winning many titles. She never lost her love for dancing. Her colleagues found her to be energetic and cooperative.

In the mid-1980s, she also worked as a professional model for magazines. Cecilia was one of Chile’s most popular fashion models. She was approached by a Chilean journalist, who advised her to take up modelling. During this period of time, she suffered a tragedy when her brother Rodrigo died suddenly. This was a terrible experience for her, which marked she for ever.

On April 20, 1987 Cecilia was elected Miss Chile Universe in Santiago, succeeding Mariana Villasante, one of the most beautiful girls from South America. Like Barbara Palacios Teyde (Miss Venezuela and Miss South America-Universe), Christy Fichtner (Miss USA and Miss Texas) and Susanna Huckstep (Miss Italy and Miss Photogenic), Mariana was one of the favourites to win the Miss Universe title in Panama City.

Unlike Claudia van Sint Jan (Miss Chile 1985) and Mariana, Miss Chile 1987 competed at the Miss South America. Many of the delegates in each contest went on to their year’s Miss Universe pageant. Before winning the Miss Universe pageant, Barbara Palacios, Miss Venezuela, won the Miss South America title in 1986. Unfortunately, Cecilia did not qualify for the semi-finals at the 1987 Miss South America in Cartagena, Colombia.Curiously, she also did not win any award. Patricia Arce Rocabado (Miss Bolivia) was Miss Photogenic and Maria Victoria Zangaro (Miss Uruguay) was Miss Congeniality.Then, she immediately travelled to Singapore City to take part in Miss Universe pageant.

On May 26, 1987 Cecilia was crowned Miss Universe in Singapore City. There were celebrations for Chile -from Arica to Chiloe-,after Cecilia Bolocco won the title. The 35th Miss Universe began with a spectacular opening ceremony at World Trade Center in front of thousands of spectators from Asia and other countries.Singapore is the smallest country ever to hold the Miss Universe pageant, with a size of 270 sq mi and a population of 4.5 million people. Egypt made its first appearance as a participating country at the Miss Universe. Miss Honduras, Francia Tatiana Reyes, had taken the award of Miss Amity and Miss Brazil, Jacqueline Ribeiro Meirelles, won the Best National Costume title.

For many reasons, Miss Colombia, Maria Patricia Lopez Ruiz, was considered to have a good chance to win the title.Patricia had won two international awards: Miss South America and Miss Photogenic.

There were 12 judges: Deborah Carthy-Deu (former Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Universe), Neil Hickey (American journalist), Jose Greco (Spanish dancer), David Niven Jr (American actor), Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (American actress and singer), Chu San Goh (choreographer from Asia), Peter Graves (American film and television actor), Paul-Louis Orrier (French fashion designer), Arnold Kopelson (American film producer), Nancy Dussault (American singer and actress), Yue-Sai Kan (Chinese-American entrepreneur), Isabel Sanford (American actress).

Unlike other Miss Universes from Latin America -Norma Beatriz Nolan, Barbara Palacios, Dayanara Torres, Amelia Vega-, Miss Chile 1987 did not have the support of judges from Latin America. Deborah Carthy-Deu had given her support to Laurie Tamara Simpson Rivera (Miss Puerto Rico 1987). Some countries have been benefited by having many judges. In the past century; Venezuela has had many judges in Miss Universe: Carolina Herrera (fashion designer/ 1984 & 1997), Irene Saez Conde (Miss Universe/ 1983 & 1995), Maria Conchita Alonso Bustillo (singer & actress/ 1993 & 1998), Lupita Ferrer (actress/1986), Jose Luis Rodriguez (singer/ 1991) and Barbara Palacios (Miss Universe/ 1988).

Certainly, Cecilia had won the title and the special admiration of the Asian public. The audience had all eyes on Chilean Cecilia. It was the first appearance for Chile in the finals. She wore a spectacular white gown designed by Ruben Campos.

From 1990 to 2005, she was an internationally famous Latin American entertainer. Cecilia is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer.In 1993, Cecilia Bolocco was one of the hots at the Miss Universe in Mexico City. She said: “Really gives me great pride to be here…” Three years later, she was one of the members of the panel of judges of Miss Universe in Las Vegas, USA.

Until their separation in April 2007, Bolocco lived with her husband, Carlos Menem -ex president of Argentina-, whom she married in 2001,and their son, Maximo Saul Menem Bolocco, who was born in 2003, in Santiago (Chile). She met Menem in 1999 when she was a successful journalist After the marriage broke up, Cecilia became a fashion designer.

Cecilia Bolocco has emerged as a popular youth icon and, the Chile’s sweetheart, with her every move followed by millions across Chile. She currently resides in Santiago.

Extreme Wildlife and Extreme Rides – Disney Animal Kingdom’s Africa and Asia Area

The Animal Kingdom is another of the four theme parks in Disneyworld Florida. The park focuses more on Walt Disney’s passion for the natural environment and its proper care, conservation and research. It is the biggest animal themed park in the world. In the seven areas of the park we focus on each of them and their attractions, this article takes a look on two distinct continents that are part of the seven areas namely: Asia and Africa. They have a combination of wildlife preserves and some adrenaline pumping rides that surely you don’t want to miss.

Expedition Everest (Asia) – This railway car formed roller coaster in the Asian area goes through some twists and turns around the Forbidden Mountain and goes for the finale going through its peak. From the peak you can see the awesome view of the Animal Kingdom, then to its drop you go through darkness, returning to light that leads you to a dead end. You thought it’s over, but as you go through darkness and in a crazy escape, watch out as you would encounter the infamous Yeti who rules this mountain.

Kali River Rapids (Asia) – From the high altitudes of Expedition Everest, we now go to the waters of the Chakranadi River. The Kali River rapids is a 12 passenger raft and travels at a 90 foot ascent past picturesque jungles and jasmine scented mists. You pass through geysers and even under refreshing waterfalls. The path of your raft goes through rocky waters and the effects of illegal logging would be seen through the debris in the river. Watch out as the highlight would result in a 30 foot waterfall drop and a surprise as well from the people above the bridge. Just prepare to get really wet.

Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia) – Like the other areas, Asia has its own walking tours of their exotic animals. A must see in this area are the Asian Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Malayan Tapir ( half black, half white animal, and the Malayan Flying Fox bat. Other than the animals there are more than 50 species of exotic birds also to be seen on this jungle trek.

Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa) – You feel as if your are really in South Africa or Kenya, when you enter this animal kingdom. The tour begins in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve as you travel by an open sided Safari vehicle. You pass through rocky terrain, rivers and some bridges but in the end of this you will have the best view of the animal wildlife. From Giraffes, Lions, Elephants, the animals will leave you speechless and something really priceless to see.

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail ( Africa) – Another self guided walking tour where you discover other animals of the African kingdom like gorillas, hippos, okapi naked mole rats, meerkats and more exotic birds. After going through all these animals you will definitely agree that this is a place of enchantment as what Pangani means.