1989, The year of liberty
Words like Perestroika,
Glasnost and solidarity were common to listen in the news, or
names of people like Gorvachov, Vaclc Havel, Lech Walesa, Erick
Honecker, Zhirkov or Jesuselski.
reforms in favour of democracy were started in today’s extinct
Soviet Union, reappearances of ethnic struggles in Armenia
and Georgia, separatism in the Baltic republics of Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania, reappearances of nationalisms in Serbia,
Croatia and Slovenia in Yugoslavia. Hungary and Poland held
free and multiparty elections.
In China thousands of workers and students defied the government
in favor of democratic reforms in Tiananmen famous square that
finished with the slaughter of thousands of people.
The fall of the communist government and the climax of these
events ended with the fall of the Berlin wall, precedent for
the German unification.
Picture; Poland's Joanna Gapinska, 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe
changing events propitiated to realize the first beauty contest
named Miss Moscow ( won by Maria Kalinina) and months after,
the first Miss Soviet Union being the winner Yulia Sujanova,
who could not travel to Miss Universe in 1989 since the final
was done a few days before the Miss Universe final. That year
some countries returned to the beauty contests, like Miss
Poland, Joana Gapinska who was 4th. Place in the contest.
That year queens from several countries were going to be received
such as, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia (that was returning to
the contest after 18 years), and Bulgaria that finally they
did not participate in the contest.
From left to right; Jana Kronkova, Miss Czechoslovakia and
semifinalist in Miss Universe 1990 and Maria Kalinina, Miss
Maria Kalinina was invited, Miss Moscow who could not participating
because she was representing a city, not a country.
In November, after all the political changes in East Europe,
was reflected in Miss World 1989, where you could see the
delegates participation of Yugoslavia, Poland, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, Soviet Union and Latvia, being the winner Miss Poland,
Aneta Kreglicka, the first crown of an international contest
to this part of the world.
From left to right; Miss USSR 1989, julia Sajarova and Miss
World 1989 Anetta Kreglicka of Poland and her runners-up,
Miss Canada Leanne Caputo and Miss Colombia Mónica María Isaza.
Thank you very much to Alexboy777 (Mexico)
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