Bahamas, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Antigua, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Peru, Brazil,
Venezuela, Italy, Guatemala, Canada, Germany, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg,
Poland, Bermuda, Uruguay, Malaysia & Hong Kong
Kenya, Gambia, Western Samoa, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, Isle of Man, France,
Chile, Paraguay, Iceland, El Salvador, Tonga, Australia, American Virgin
Islands, Belgium, Greece, Bolivia, New Zealand, St. Kitts, Barbados &
Bottom Trinidad & Tobago,
Guam, Jamaica, Japan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, U.S.A., Costa Rica, Sweden Cayman
Islands, Lebanon, Denmark, Portugal, Israel, Korea, Norway, Dominican
Republic, India, Ireland, Ecuador, Gibraltar, Swaziland, & Holland
Not in the picture
British Virgin Islands,
Macau, Malta, Panama, Philippines, St. Vincent, Sierra Leone &
Miss World 1986
- an amalgam
of news reports -
Miss World 1986, Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde, a 23-year-old secretary from
Trinidad & Tobago, adjusted her new crown and told a worldwide audience of
her hopes to get married.
Miss Denmark, Pia Rosenberg Larsen, 19, came in second and Miss Austria,
Chantal Schrieber, 21, won third place in the contest televised to millions
of viewers worldwide from Royal Albert Hall.
Wearing a rhinestone-studded black evening dress, Laronde, a brown-eyed
5-foot-5 secretary whose main interest is modeling, smiled broadly as she
stepped onto the stage ahead of a field of 77 contestants.
Laronde, of Marabella, South Trinidad, reached up to reposition her crown
and spoke of her boyfriend, Ricardo Merrick.
The seventh woman from the Caribbean to win the title, she was tipped as the
1986 favorite by the London newspaper Daily Mirror, which described her as a
“Caribbean cracker who should have everyone up for a calypso.”
Miss Laronde was also named winner of the Queen of Beauty Trophy for the
Americas, one of five continental prizes first awarded in 1981.
The other queens of beauty were: Miss Swaziland, Illana Faye Lapidos, 18,
for Africa; Miss Philippines, Sherry Rose Byrne, 18, for Asia; Miss New
Zealand, Lynda Marie McManus, 20, for Oceania; and Miss Denmark for Europe.
Miss Laronde won the top prize of 5,000 pounds ($7,100) in cash, a
25,000-pound ($35,500) year-long contract to promote clothes and other
beauty products worldwide, and all the acclaim that goes with being Miss
She was declared winner over some of the world’s most glamorous women in
such categories as looks and personality.
brown-eyed brunette from the south Caribbean island chain spoke calmly to an
interviewer on the stage, encouraging viewers to travel to Trinidad for next
February’s carnival celebrations.
Miss Denmark won 2,000 pounds ($2,800) for second place and Miss Austria
1,000 pounds ($1,400) for third. The other four finalists received 500
pounds ($700) each.
Thames Television, the commercial network, broadcast this event to more than
500 million people worldwide, including about 16 million in Britain.
The rival British Broadcasting Corp. dropped the show in 1984, calling it
“an anachronism in this day and age of equality, and verging on the
“It always amazes me how a lot of people pooh-pooh the thing but then rush
home and sit glued to it,” said Liz Brown, a Thames spokeswoman.
“You’re obviously going to get the feminist element,” the cattle market
thing, but by and large most people view it as an enjoyable 1 1/2 hour
Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador & Venezuela
Mexico, Paraguay, Colombia & Brazil
Paraguay & Panama
Betting shop's choices
New Zealand & Denmark