|Miss Universe 1979|
|Date||20 July 1979|
|Venue||Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia|
|Broadcaster|| CBS (international)|
Seven Network (TVW-7) (official broadcaster)
|Winner|| Maritza Sayalero |
|Congeniality||Yurika Kuroda |
|Best National Costume||Elizabeth Busti |
|Photogenic|| Carolyn Seaward |
Miss Universe 1979, the 28th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 20 July 1979at the Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia. Maritza Sayalero of Venezuela was crowned by Margaret Gardiner of South Africa. This is the first time Venezuela won the pageant.
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the American-based Miss Universe Organization. It airs in more than 190 countries worldwide and seen by more than half a billion people annually. Along with Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth, Miss Universe is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.
The Perth Entertainment Centre was an indoor arena and cinema complex in Perth, Western Australia, located on Wellington Street in the city centre. It was demolished as part of the Perth City Link project in late 2011, with its replacement, Perth Arena, opening the following year.
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Notably, a large piece of debris from Skylab, which had fallen 9 days earlier, was displayed on stage during coronation night.
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|Miss Universe 1979|
|Best National Costume|
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