47th place – Margarita Moran – Miss Universe 1973

47th place – Margarita Moran (Philippines)

(Our judges are: Greg Borowski, Willian Prendiz de Jurado, Edwin Toledo (Times of Beauty), Ricardo Guiraldes (Chilean Charm), Julio Rodriguez (Belleza Venezolana), Alberto Dubal (Miss Memorabilia), Jimmy Harris (Beauty School), Pepe Medel, Jean-Marie Vandecasteele, Andre Sleigh, Rose Foulger, Luis Trujillo. From GB, Ed Dominguez, Henrique Fontes, and Chris Kuntz)

Miss Universe 1973 was held at the 2,000-year-old amphitheater of Odeon of Herodes Atticus, at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on July 21, 1973. It might have been the only show the US audience didn’t see live, as it was broadcast with a 7 hr. time delay. It was the only time Miss Universe was held on continental Europe.

In 1973 Miss Universe went Greek!

“This is truly the fitting place for the Miss Universe Pageant to celebrate its 22nd anniversary, the place where the first beauty contest was ever held,” said Chryssanthos Dimitriadis, the man responsible for the Miss Universe contest in Greece. “Greece is where the Goddess Aphrodite, better known as Venus, won the first beauty contest and has remained the symbol of feminine beauty ever since.” It was regarded as the best organized Miss Universe pageant, and also the one with the most impressive stage and scenery, up to that date.

Miss Philippines, Margarita Moran, who had been chosen by press photographers “Miss Photogenic”, won the 2nd Miss Universe crown for her country.

Misses Spain, Brazil, Philippines, Norway and Israel were all expected to be in the top 5. Except for Brazil, all other four were finalists indeed, in addition to Miss USA, Amanda Jones, who was naturally beautiful and had a great personality.

As a matter of fact, in a pageant of very few surprises, when the top 12 were announced – Philippines, Lebanon, USA, Japan, Norway, India, Spain, Greece, Colombia, Brazil, Israel and Argentina – all deserving their spots among the semi-finalists, just a few names of those who did not make it deserved an honorable mention, like Germany, who in 1977 would be Miss World’s 2nd runner-up and Miss International’s 1st runner-up, Curaçao, Switzerland, and Chile (Miss Amity).

Farzana Habib, Miss India, read the palms of everyone participating in the pageant.

Miss Spain, one of the favorites, missed her boyfriend terribly and always complained about having a headache.

Miss Israel, Limor Schreibman, for many the number 1 front-runner for the crown, blew the final question proceedings, by first not understanding the question and being sent back in place until they could get a proper interpreter. Then, after the others answered and the interpreter was brought on stage, she suddenly understood the question without his help.

The very lovely Miss Japan, Miyoko Sometani, cut her own hair short for the pageant, and looked very trendy and beautiful.

Miss Lebanon, Marcelle Herro, famous back home for having “the most beautiful eyes in the world”, sadly died in Lebanon’s civil war a few years later.

One of the judges, a famous bull fighter by the name of “El Cordobes”, did not have Miss Philippines in his list of favorites until he saw Margarita speaking perfect Spanish. The Spaniard judge, amazed to see an Asian woman speaking fluent Spanish, suddenly move her up to first place in his list!

The great Amanda Jones of the USA: 2nd place

Miss Israel was 5th, Spain was 4th, Norway, the crowd favorite, was 3rd, USA was 2nd, and Miss Philippines was Miss Universe 1973.

Ana Maria Cumba, the Miss Universe chaperone who wrote her memories in the book “The World of Miss Universe”, telling tidbits about the pageant’s backstage in the 1960′s and 70′s, did not have many good things to say about Miss Universe 1973′s personality and behavior.

“I told Bob Parkinson (Miss Universe’s new director in those days) what Margie had done to me on our first assignment (spending a whole night out playing with friends without letting Cumba know where she was and returning to the hotel after 7 AM). I found out then that that was why Agnes Jenning, her official chaperon, didn’t want to travel with her anymore. There were a lot of things about Margie that I had to learn the hard way”, she reported.

On the other hand, also in Cumba’s words, Margie complained about her appearances, and that they were not what she had expected.

Nonetheless, Cumba gave Moran credit for her beauty and elegance, and mentioned she was also very trendy and always properly dressed for her assignments.

 

Margie Moran today, as a judge in the 2011 Miss Philippines Universe contest

She later married Congressman Antonio Floirendo, Jr. and settled in Davao City, managing a resort called “Pearl Farm” in Samal Island, Davao del Norte. Moran has full respect and admiration from the people of the Philippines, a country with great appreciation for beauty pageants and its beauty queens.

Filipino pride: Margie Moran conquered a 2nd Miss Universe crown for the Philippines

Finalists: Israel (5th), USA (2nd), Philippines (winner), and Norway (3rd).

Lovely Spain was the 3rd runnr-up; beautiful Lebanon died victim of her country's civil war

(Special thanks to Greg Borowski and Alberto Dubal for their valuable contribution)

 

37 comments to 47th place – Margarita Moran – Miss Universe 1973

  • Kate

    Margarita Moran ranked 44th in GB’s 2001 contest.

  • VictorG

    Amanda Jones was my favorite Miss USA, and she appeared soooo relieved when she was named first runner-up to the lovely Margarita Moran, Miss Universe 1973.

    • KL

      Amanda couldn’t wait for her reign as Miss USA be over and if she became Miss Universe, she will have to work for the organization for a few more months, something she was not looking forward to.

  • MOJO from the Philippines

    MARGIE MORAN became the island of Mindanao’s greatest Goodwill Ambassador. This very smart woman produced a coffee table book showcasing the amazing places of culture and history within the island. She also was a prime mover in promoting Mindanao’s tourism potential. She gave meaning to her crown by becoming a tireless community worker. What she has been doing is a true mark of ageless beauty!

  • Elena

    Finally! Margarita Moran and Shawn Weatherly two misunderstandings in the history of Miss Universe. On Margarita, even the crown sat askew.

  • Rica Tililing

    Smart girl :-)

  • Cdn1822

    Even though the two titleholders from the Philippines are now eliminated, let’s not forget that Miss International 1979 from the Philippines was chosen as the best Miss International ever in a GB contest a few years ago and that Miss International 2005 is arguably the best Miss International ever (taking all new winners into account.)

    1973 was a pretty amazing year for the Philippines pageant wise. They were also first runner up in Miss World with an absolutely amazing representative.

  • Kevin

    Very elegant beauty, stand out …Miss Philippines

  • pyroclastic

    As usual…Miss Brazil…FAVORITE in 1973!!!!! heheheheheeh…well this comment will be deleted again anyway.

    Hmmmmm….elaborate please what was “not nice” about margarita moran’s behavior in the pageant?…I believe much has been written on her humilty, elegance and confidence that made her a much sought-about contestant that year

  • FTLA

    Right on VictorG!! Amanda Jones was my pick to be Miss Universe and I agree with the article referring to her as “great”. She is with Deborah Shelton, Judi Andersen, Julie Hayek, Christi Fichtner, and Shandi Finnessy as Miss USAs, who were MU 1st RU. I was exuberant when Shawn and Brook won but I hoped Miss Canada 1995 should’ve won instead of Chelsi. I think if Amanda was MU1973, then she would surely be among the top of this contest. Like Margarita, Amanda speaks spanish too! Nevertheless, I was glad for Philippines to have another beautiful girl win Miss Universe. Mabuhay sa filipinos sa buong mundo!!

  • Margarito Moron

    My favorite in this year is Miss Israel, it´s very sad that she failed in the final question. But she was very beautiful, more than Rina Messinger (MU 76).
    Other lovely finalist is Miss Spain, unforgettable her interview with “Hungry, help and boys!”.
    Miss Argentina was very nice, with “One, two, three, four…” in her interview of Top 12.

  • pop

    My 47th place is Justine Pasek, Miss Universe 2002(9.026 points).

    Margarita Moran, Miss Universe 1973 is my 51st place with 8.936 points.

  • Brody

    Increible…Margarita Moran por encima de Karen Baldwin, uno de los rostros mas lindos de MU

  • Kate

    I found the 2001 list through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

  • Luuk

    I placed her at #40. Her pics are inconsistent but she won me over when I saw the 1973 MU video on YouTube. Moran really looked like a winner.

    I am still puzzled that Michelle McLean beat Moran, Baldwin, Hongsakula. She had a good body but her face was too manly for my taste.

  • taddercountryman

    DEFINITIVAMENTE AL JURADO DE GLOBALBEUTIES NO LE GUSTA LA BELLEZA DE RASGOS ASIATICOS, CREO QUE A NIVEL DE RAZAS, SE LES LLAMA RAZA AMARILLA?, DE LAS 7 MISS UNIVERSO CON ESOS RASGOS JAPON 59 Y 2007, TAILANDIA 65 Y 88, FIILIPNAS 69 Y 73, USA 97, YA VAN 5 ELIMINADAS, Y LOS ANTECEDENTES INDICAN QUE DENTRODE LAS PROXIMAS ELIMINADAS ESTARAN LAS DEL 59 Y 88, DENTRO DEL JURADO NO RECONOZCO A NINGUN ASIATICO Y CUANDO ME REFIERO A ASIATICO, ES AL LEJANO ORIENTE, NO ALMEDIO ORIENTE.NO SE EN VEZ DE UNA ELECCION JUSTA ME PARECE QUE ESTOY VIENDO OTRA EMISION DEL MISS UNIVERSO DONDE LAS ASIATICAS, PRECISOSAS EN SU GRAN MAYORIA NO SUELEN SOBREVIVIR AL PRIMER CORTE. UN POQUITO MAS DE JUSTICIA CON LAS 2 CHICAS DEL LEJANO ORIENTE QUE QUEDAN CON VIDA, SALUDOS DESDE VENEZUELA

  • Jonathan

    Disagree with this ranking. So low for Margarita and Gloria. Timeless beauties from the Philippines. Anyway, this is the opinion of a handful of people so that is just fine with me. No plastic surgeries please.

  • Ray

    I was living in Spain at the time this contest took place. Rocio Martin,the Spaniard representative, was terrified of winning the contest. When she returned to Spain, she said that the idea of moving to USA during the Miss Universe reign and the world traveling scared her to death. Today, she is a popular figure in Spanish tv and has her own modeling agency in Sevilla. She became a grandmother for the first time last year. She has two adult daughters and one son.

  • Fran

    Creo que es cierto ya han descalificado a las MU asiáticas muy pronto, creo que hay latinas que definitivamente ya deberían haber sido nombradas. No tengo nada en contra de México pero sus dos Miss Universo (1991 Lupita Jones y 2010 Ximena Navarrete) no tienen nada de especial no me gusta ninguna de las 2, y la MU 2006 Zuleyka de Puerto Rico ya debería aparecer dentro del top 40.

  • cejotama

    ESTOY DE ACUERDO CON FRAN, ESTA MUJER ES MUY LINDA MERECIO UN MEJOR LUGAR, DE FECHO VEAN LA FOTO QUE PRESENTAN ACTUAL, A SUS CASI 60. BELLIZIMA. AHORA NO SE QUE ESPERAN PARA SACAR A LA ZULEIKA DEFENITIVAMENTE YA DEBERIA HABER SIDO NOMBRADA.

    • taddercountryman

      HOLA SOY DE VENEZUELA, DEFINITIVAMENTE HAY GANADORAS DEL MISS UNIVERSO QUE NUNCA ENTENDERÉ POR QUE GANARON Y AUN NO SE ENCUENTRAN ENTRE LAS ELIMINADAS, ME PREGUNTO SERÁ ESE ENIGMA (EL NO SABER POR QUE GANARON) LO QUE PUEDEN VER LOS JUECES Y YO NO PUEDO,QUE HA PERMITIDO EL QUE HAYAN GANADO Y AUN NO FIGUREN ENTRE LAS ELIMINADAS?????? ENTRE ELLAS VEO A GLADYS ZENDER (la catalog asi por culpa de unica foto, bien horrible por cierto por la que se sabe que esa señora existe , además de la belleza que tiene por hijo, porque del resto no aparece nada en ningun lado, si alguien tiene fotos actualizadas que las muestre por fa), LUZ ZULOAGA (el mismo caso de la anterior pero algo menos fea, pero sin la belleza de hijo), NORMA NOLAN (YA APARECIÓ), MARGARET ARVEDSSON, SILVIA HITCHCOOK (EN MI OPINION EL PUESTO 60 ES POCO PARA ELLA), QUIZAS SOLO LA SUPERA ZULEYCKA (LAS DRAG DE RU PAUL SON MAS BELLAS, propongo que quede fuera dela eleccion), SHAWN WHEARTLY, LORRAINE DOWNES, CORINA TSOPEI, Y AUQNUE ME CUESTE DECIRLO PORQUE SOY VENEZOLANO, BARBARA PALACIOS (LA MEJOR POST MISS UNIVERSO DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS, PERO ello no quita que ERA MUCHO MENOS BELLA QUE LAS 1, 2 Y 3 FINALISTAS, USA, COLOMBIA Y POLONIA) Y ALICIA MACHADO (RUSIA O MEXICO MERECIERON GANAR ESE AÑO, sin contar que Aruba y Finalandia eran mucho mejores que ella). BUENO SEGUIREMOS LLEVANDONOS UNAS CUANTAS SORPRESAS, QUIEN QUITA A LO MEJOR LA PROXIMA RESULTA SER IRENE SAEZ O ANGELA VISSER, LAS PREVIAS GANADORAS DE LAS ENCUESTAS ACERCA DE LAS MAS BELLAS MISS UNIVERSO DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS (IRENE FUE ELECTA MUCHO ANTES QUE NACIERA GLOBALBEAUTIES)Y ANGELA LO FUE CON GLOBALBEAUTIES. VEREMOS Y A SORPRENDERSE SE HA DICHO, ME IMAGINO QUE IRAN A APARECER ENTRE LAS PROXIMAS 10 ELIMINADAS, MUJERES COMO DENISE, NATALIE, OXANA, DAYANA, STEFANIA, MARITZA,JENNIFER, DAYANARA, KERRY ANN, CHRISTIAN O CAROL. YA NADA ME SORPRENDE, BUENO SI ME SORPRENDERÁ ALGO, JEJE. VER A LA RU PAUL DE LA FAMILIA GANAR EN ESTA ELECCION (probrecita vale, me da cosa porque ella no me ha hecho nada de verdad, y tambien es cierto que no me conoce y yo no la odio, pero nunca entenderé como una mujer tan masculina y siendo el doble feo y travesti de Michael Jackson, ganó este concurso, JEJEJE, sobre todo teniendo las finalistas que tuvo, se me ocurre una teoria, fue que leyeron los resultados al reves JEJEJEJEJEJEJEJEJEJ, BYE

  • blackclover

    Though she ranked low, in this site contest.. I agree it is just an opinion of a few people. Margie has a real queenly and winning aura, no wonder she won over the other girls. Amanda Jones is also nice and beautiful almost equally can take the title but I guess the judges felt that Margie got what it takes to be a Venus-personified.

  • Luis

    As I said before in different posting and would like somebody in Global Beauty could clarify us about the criterias for this ranking. I could have an idea but not be clear and maybe (to no say evident)most of the people doesn’t. The matter of Margarita Moran and other Asian Queens being below in the ranking doesn’t mean discrimination or apathy to this kind. It’s not a matter of facial and body but poise, charm, elegance and manners that could influence this ranking among with history. One of the matters I like of this pageant in particular was the place where it was held. It gave the kind of mistery and beauty… a great communication between modern and history at the time. I have always considered Margarita Moran was of the most beautiful queens in his history and got use as a comparison when last year I made posting regarding Venus Raj.

  • Marie Jones

    For me Margarita is one of the most beautiful Miss Universe I have ever seen. It is not so easy to win both title & Miss Photogenic award voted by photographers themselves. Moran is pure elegance with regal bearing. How could someone ranked these beauty queens??? These are over the years with different era of time where beauty is so different than modern times. Were the judges there each of the pageant? or were they just basing this on pictures? It’s nonsense at all.

    • Lily

      I was just wondering the same thing. Margarita Moran is not really one of my favorite Miss Universes but… how can someone who the professional photographers at the actual pageant voted as “Miss Photogenic” be ranked so low? Obvously, she deserves more credit since the photographers during that era thought she was the most stunning in person (which is what counts) when compared to the other candidates. Only a few of the Miss Universes hold that distinction and that needs to be taken into consideration. I do love this countdown and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the ladies fare… however, it is dismaying as it is starting to look a little biased.

  • Mike Magpantay

    Margie was Bob Barker’s favorite and pick to win the crown. When asked why he said “Off all the pretty girls in this competition, she is the only one who has class”.

  • dilip

    great mu, she is still radiant

  • Mark

    This one placed way too high! Ugly teeth, nothing special, Maybe politics helped her. Glad she’s out!

  • javierox

    very low rank for Margarita Moran, she deserved a little bit higher place

  • lamarquise

    I would put her “last” among the Asian winners. She was not photogenic and was not pretty at all, not in the picture anyway. However, when she was on stage at Miss Universe 1994, she was so elegant, beautiful and charming. I guess she looks better as she gets older.

  • Arcel Carbonell

    Margarita Moran had won the 1973 Miss Universe… And I saw her again the following year, in Manila, Philippines the host of Miss Universe 1974. Margarita Moran was the Hermana Mayor or the Grand Marshall in the Parade of the Miss Universe 1974. I’ve seen every contestants in their individual lavish floral and bamboo floats. And Margarita Moran was even the most beautiful in the parade. She was a reigning queen and not contestant anymore. In that parade of Miss Universe 1974, Ialso liked the beauty of non semi-finalists, Miss Guam ’74 Liz Tenorio and Miss Nicaragua ’74 Frances Tapia Duarte, and Puerto Rico ’74 Sonia Stege… they’re truly beautiful in person. Margie Moran could be on the top 10 Miss Universe…

  • Arcel Carbonell

    And I woiuld like to add…, that Miss Universe 1973 MARGIE MORAN, as to this presstime and to date… remains very beautiful and growing old gracefully and beautifully. Transparent. No plastic surgery. Because other former Miss Universe…. Their beauty and body faded as they aged… Now who else is beautiful after all these years. So Margie is the beauty of all times… my dear.

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