Rina Messinger, Miss Universe 1976 of Israel
of Israel was crowned as Miss Universe in Hong Kong
on July 10, 1976 in Chinese Theatre, days later says
to New York press; "I'm no politician. I think
my being Miss Universe will show people that Israel
has another side, not only war."
She also disclosed
plans to give part of her $10,000 cash award to wounded
Top 12 was announced
and there were: ISRAEL, Rina Messinger, VENEZUELA, Judith
Josefina Castillo Uribe, Gales, Sian Adey-Jones, SCOTLAND,
Carol Jean Grant, AUSTRALIA, Julie Anne Ismay, ARGENTINA,
Lilian Noemí Deasti, CHILE, María Elena
Sommer, COLOMBIA, María Elena Reyes, CURACAO, Anneke
Dijkhuizen, ENGLAND, Pauline Davies, HONG KONG, Rowena
Lam and NORWAY, Bente Lihaug. (below picture).
During the contest circulated
some rumors; At a Hong Kong gala, pageant judge and film director
Roman Polanski asked Miss Austria, Heide Passian, who she thought
the greatest person in the world was. "The Pope,"
she replied. Mr. Polanski snarled: "I think this Pope is
a lousy Pope."
Several contestants complained
about all the parties and public events they had to attend that
were sponsored by Hong Kong's elite. "I'd just like to
go home now, but these people think they own you because they
put up money, so you have to go to the parties and dance with
their sons," said Miss Samoa, Taliilani Ellen Letuli. She
added that both she and Miss Philippines, Lizabeth de Padua,
had been asked by scions of one Hong Kong magnate to stay with
them after the pageant.
One pageant official said
the new Israeli Miss Universe, Rina Messinger, would present
the pageant with "a monumental security problem,"
considering her extensive travel and personal appearance schedule.
Another official said they were working on a security plans
to protect the new Miss Universe from Palestinian terrorists.
"Her safety is very important to us, but she should be
allowed her freedom." One of the first measures they took
was to prohibit television cameras from the coronation ball.
Some pictures from Top
5; they were, Miss Israel, Venezuela, Gales, Escocia and Australia
Our thanks to Ademir
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