24th place – Miss Universe 1980 – Shawn Weatherly

24th place – Shawn Weatherly (USA)

(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 1980 was held at Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul, South Korea, on July 8, 1980. It was a beautifully produced edition of Miss Universe, in which 69 candidates competed for the title. Cayman Islands (chosen as Miss Congeniality) and Turks & Caicos participated for the first time.

Miss Universe delegates in Seoul.

Before landing in Seoul, a group of candidates traveled to Colombia, where they attended the Universal Meeting of Beauty and Fashion. The contestants from Colombia, USA, México, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, visited the cities of Barranquilla, Cucuta, Cali, Medellin, and Bogota. During the 10 days they spent in Colombia, the participating Miss Universe delegates raised funds to help the local needy ones, especially children.

From Bogota, they all traveled to Los Angeles, and finally to Seoul, where they met the other candidates. Miss Universe 1980 then kicked off!

Australia was a favorite, but missed the cut

The 69 beauties toured Korea during three weeks. In Seoul, they stayed at the luxurious Shilla Hotel. Sponsored by the Hankook Ilbo e Korea Times newspapers,  Korean Air Lines, and the Korean National Tourism Corporation, the 29th edition of Miss Universe was the 3rd one held in Asia: the other two had happened in the Philippines (1974), and Hong Kong (1976).

The local organizers wanted to show Korea to the rest of the world and to prove that Seoul could organize great international events, after all, it was bidding to host the 1988 Olympic Games.  It might have helped: one year later Seoul was chosen and officially announced as the host city of the 1988 Olympic Games, beating Nagoya, in Japan.

Three weeks of preliminary events included a spectacular parade down the main thoroughfare of Seoul, aboard flowered “Kotcha” floats, each decorated with the round “Taeguk” symbol of eternity. One million people lined the streets to cheer the ladies. One of the most enthusiastic fans was Colombian Ambassador, Dr. Virgilio Olano, who was so taken by the beauty of his country’s representative, Maria Patricia Arbelaez, that he drove beside her float in his Mercedes-Benz the entire length of the parade.

New Zealand: Miss Photogenic

Among the most popular delegates in the parade were Australia’s Katrina Redina, a big hit in her teeny-tiny silver lame bikini, which was supposed to be her national costume; press-favorite Delyse Nottle, impersonating Captain Cook; Korea’s own Kim Eun-jung; and Germany’s Kathrin Gloetzi who periodically clicked her heels and saluted the crowd, following on the theme of her costume – a mini-skirted military uniform.

The competition evenings of the pageant featured the fastest-paced Parade of Nations on record. The girls were instructed to introduce themselves with only their name and country. Things became unglued during the finals, when Bolivia’s Carmen Pereira jumped the gun ahead of Bermuda, messing up the alphabetical order.

Maritza Sayalero, Miss U79, with Misses New Zealand, and Tahiti

One of the big favorites of the press and public, from the very beginning, was New Zealand’s stunning Delyse Nottle, who won the Miss Photogenic trophy, in addition to making the top five. When queried by reporters to explain her beauty secrets that led to the Photogenic trophy, the none-too-shy Delyse sweetly chirped, “My shining blue eyes, my smile, and the curves on my chest are another attractive point.”

The Korea Times reported that Miss Australia, Katrina Rendina, lost the Photogenic prize by only one photographer’s vote.

The Korea Times revealed one of pageant emcee Bob Barker’s tricks in getting through the semifinalist interviews. During the commercial break immediately preceding the first set of interviews, Bob instructed the audience to laugh whenever he touched his left ear. Said Bob, “This is known as the Old Korean Left Ear Trick.”

Going into the finals, local newspapers reported that the Misses New Zealand (Ms. Nottle), Australia (Ms. Rendina), USA (Shaewn Weatherly), Tahiti (Tilda Fuller) and Philippines (Maria del Rosario Silayan) were the most favored to win the crown, among beauty experts and international visitors. All made the semi-finals except for Australia.

Shawn in ss

Other delegates considered favorites by locals were Venezuela, Tahiti, Iceland, and Canada.

Miss USA, Shawn Weatherly, had a very special group of people cheering for her and making some big noise in the audience: 29 girls she had defeated in the Miss USA contest! They were all invited by Korean organizers to attend the pageant in Seoul.

Although the Korean government was far from being democratic in those days, it was openly against Apartheid, and refused to issue visas to 4 candidates: Misses South Africa, Namibia, Transkei and Bophuthatswana. However, Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe 1978 from South Africa, was a judge. Go figure…

Koreans invested over USD 3 million in production, a true fortune in those days. The enormous stage looked magnificent, showing different aspects of the Korean culture. The Miss Universe Pageant lived great times in those years, with high tv ratings, millions of USD in sponsorship coming in, and considerable international press interest. Harold Glasser, president of Miss Universe, was so enthusiastic that he believed in a couple of years from then, Beijing would host Miss Universe. That is something that hasn’t happened yet…

Donny Osmond performed for the candidates and the universe

Donny Osmond sang for the candidates, the lovely Helen O’Connell, dressed in a Korean traditional costume, was a special commentator for the last time, next to Jayne Kennedy, who also reviewed the judges’ scores.

Something curious about Miss Universe 1980: only half of the girls who placed among the top 12 in the swimsuit preliminary competition, advanced to the semi-finals.

The top 12 in swimsuits were: USANew ZealandScotlandCanadaIceland, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, Tahiti, Germany, Holland, and England.

The semi-finalists were: USA, New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, Philippines, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Tahiti, Colombia, Korea, and Panama.

Top 5 and Bob Barker: New Zealand, Scotland, Philippines, USA, and Sweden

Among the ones who did not make the cut, the biggest shock was Miss Australia, who next to Misses USA and New Zealand, was considered a front-runner for the title. No African beauty became a semi-finalist, and Miss Panama was the only black candidate in the group. Venezuela, the country that had the previous year’s winner, also stayed out. Miss Wales would become Miss UK World, and was the 4th runner-up in Miss World 1980.

The top 5 were Misses USA, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, and a surprising Miss Sweden. Miss Canada missed the cut by very little.

The international press commented disfavorably on the poor quality of the on-stage translators during the finals. At least two of the twelve semifinalists suffered poor interviews with Bob Barker due to the shoddy translations. For example, Bob asked Colombia’s Maria Patricia Arbelaez what she planned to do if she won the crown. The translator simply asked the girl, “What do you want to do?” and the girl’s answer related to a different period in time – in the distant future. Similarly, Miss Korea’s answer to Bob’s question about matchmaking was very diplomatic, yet the interpreter gave a very brusque and rude answer in English.

Crowning moment

Miss Universe and her first runner-up (Scotland’s Linda Gallagher) were roomates throughout the pageant. In an interview with the Korea Times, their chaperone, Hedy Yun revealed that both misses were very sociable and warm-hearted. Nonetheless, Linda of Scotland became rather upset when Miss USA’s beaded designer gown arrived and she had nothing comparable to wear. The chaperone placed a phone call to Korea’s top designer, Andre Kim, who happily allowed the Scottish lass to wear one of his sequined gowns for the finals.

In the end, Miss Sweden finished in 5th, Miss Philippines in 4th, hot-favorite Miss New Zealand in 3rd, Miss Scotland in 2nd place, and Miss USA, Shawn Weatherly, won a 5th Miss Universe title for her country. She actually got the highest scores, by a large margin, in all stages of the competition. It was a well-deserved victory.

Top 3: New Zealand (3rd), USA (1st), Scotland (2nd)

During her morning-after interview, Shawn said, “My job is not the exhibition of my body. Talking with people and making friends in all nations is my main duty.” Her goal, at the time, was to become a sports commentator, following completion of a communications degree at Clemson University. Ironically, her career following her reign was not that of sports commentator but, instead, an actress who exhibited her famous body many times in the popular television series “Baywatch.” She also starred in the 1980′s blockbuster movie Police Academy.

Among the 7 American Miss Universe titleholders, Shawn ranks as #1.

She currently resides in Newport Beach, California, with her husband, Chip Harris, and their two children, Jack and Jessie.

On a sad note, Miss Philippines, Maria Rosario Silayan, one of the most elegant candidates that country ever sent to compete in Miss Universe, died of colon cancer in 2006. Miss Venezuela, Maye Brandt, committed suicide in 1982.

(Special thanks to Alberto Dubal and Beauty School!)

SHAWN WEATHERLY
3rd PLACE
MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE FROM NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA 1952-2010

 

Shawn Weatherly, the 5th American crowned Miss USA

Top 5: Sweden (5th), New Zealand (3rd), USA (1st), Scotland (2nd), and Philippines (4th)

Miss Universe 1980

56 comments to 24th place – Miss Universe 1980 – Shawn Weatherly

  • Juan

    Well they did get this one right, she is by far the most beautiful Miss Universe from the US. Still, I think she is overrated, she is not more beautiful than Mona or Amelia.

    • KL

      I think Shawn pales in comparison to some Miss USA who didn’t win, Myrna Hansen, Shandi Finnessey, Deborah Shelton, Courtney Gibbs and Christie Fichtner comes to mind.

  • prinpoleon

    i in shock because in the home page follows the picture of justine pasek and when enter in the page go to the page of shawn wetherly GOOD BYE USA beautiful shawn wetherly in my ranking she place 16 the 24 place is for armi kuusela from finland i think than shawn is one of the most beautiful miss universe i love her

  • Andrew

    “Talking with people and making friends in all nations is my main duty”. Thanks for those words Shawn!. I wish beautiful but high-maintenance Oxana would have kept that in mind!.

  • NANANA

    me encanta shwan wheterly y linda gallager y es muy cierto lo que shwan dijo de que su trabajo no es mostrar su cuerpo ese debe ser lo q toda reina de belleza diga que el trabajo humanitario es lo mejor y MARITZA SAYALERO HERMOSAAAAAAAAA SEGURO ESTARA ENTRE LAS 10 MEJORES O LAS 5

  • James

    She is pretty, but in several pics it looks like her head is disproportionately too big for her body.

  • Anthony

    Maritza is so stunning. By far the most beautiful ever in my opinion. I know people are fixated with the northern European ‘Snow White’ ideal Oxana represents: very white skin, very blue eyes. I myself prefer the most exotic, sublime beauty of Maritza, I hope to see her in the top 5!!!

  • Aster21

    Next please: Denisse Quiñones y Lara Dutta.

  • KL

    Holeee Toleeedo. Judge Toledo actually gave a perfect score of 10 for once. A first!

  • Kate

    Shawn Weatherly ranked 24th in GB’s 2001 contest. Just as in 2001, she is the highest ranking Miss USA (the only Miss USA in the top half of the rankings in both contests). North and Central America’s winner is either Natalie Glebova or Ximena Navarrete. The top 3 for the 1980s has been set: Barbara Palacios Teyde, Cecilia Bolocco, Angela Visser.

  • KL

    I remember Shawn being in the Battle of the Network Stars where they did a small segment of her. She claimed that when she won the Miss South Carolina USA pageant, she didn’t know that there was “more” afterwards, like Miss USA and then Miss Universe (somebody else awhile told me that Shawn KNEW what she was doing so her claim in the interview about “not knowing” was bogus).

    The funniest comment she made was about the next morning after winning the Miss Universe title. She said she got out of bed and looked into the mirror and said to herself: “THIS? They think THIS is the most beautiful girl in the world?!! They’re crazy!”

  • Luis

    Two comments on the last sad not: Maria Silayan actually passed away in 2006, not 2004. And she is not the only contestant from that year to die. Venezuela’s Maye Brandt died only a couple of years later, in 1982. She is one of 3 Miss Venezuela’s to have died.

    • KL

      Maye Brandt died so needlessly, she committed suicide shortly after being involved in an abusive relationship.

      • Javier

        Interestingly, Maye was both crowned and herself crowned as Miss Venezuela by the same Venezuelan queens as Shawn was at Miss Universe, Maritza Sayalero and Irene Sáez.

        • KL

          I wonder what it does to Maye to know that her predecessor and successor went on to become Miss Universes while she didn’t even make the cut.

  • Raymond

    Cecilla Bolocco or the early MUs in the 60s should have been 24th place… Shawn is underrated here…

  • MMDA

    MISS PHILIPPINES 1980 / Miss Universe 3rd Runner up 1980 MARIA “CHAT” SILAYAN
    R E S T – I N – P E A C E +

  • Anaxagoras

    Another real and natural beauty gone. I agree she is the top USA Miss Universe winner, would dare to say that Linda Bement is just behind her (I know many don’t agree with me). As the comments about the pageant mentioned, Miss Universe was at is peak in organization, and obviously in Winners. I would also dare to comment that this was possible to Maritza, Shawn and Irene’s winnings. Would include Janelle and Amparo as the top winners from the 70s. Yes, I know that Shawn belongs to the 80s, but as I was commenting, she along withe the others I mentioned brought Miss Universe to its peak. Besides this, the production of that year pageant was amazing and I was a witness (TV viewer of course LOL) and I was captivated by it !!! Fare ranking.

  • Elmonje88

    en este concurso, según los videos AUSTRALIA era la más bella……..sin embargo Shawn Weatherly es muy hermosa, y la tengo en mi top 10 personal…….muy bella!!!!….YA SE ACABARON LAS MISS USA….

  • Marcos Acosta

    Dios la verdad no entiendo hasta donde va a llegar Miss Universe 1964, Corinna Tsopei, esa mujer debio quedar en las posiciones mas bajas, esa mujer no es nada agraciada, no entiendo como votaron por ella, ella es la que debe estar por venir en la posicion 23 supongo, me enorgullece que 4 de nuestras Miss Universos Venezolanas esten entre las mejores 25 y cuidado y no 2 de ellas esten entre las mejores 10. Para mi deberia seguir 1964, 1978, 1975, 1966

  • Alexis

    Shocked!
    She was part of my Top Ten Ranking :(
    Next would be Corinna Tsopei, Ieda Vargas, Barbara Palacios or Ximena Navarrete

    NEXT!

  • cdn1822

    Okay I love Shawn Weatherly but Miss Universe 1984, Yvonne Riding is more beautiful and is much more beautiful than Justine or Sushmita. I don’t know how she was placed so low. She is #2 or #3 on my list.

  • Daniel

    Las mas hermosas para mi son: Denisse Quiñones y Dayana Mendoza

  • VictorG

    I really miss Helen O’Connell, she was a great hostess for the pageant for many years, very lovely and classy. Shawn Weatherly has an all-American sporty look and was a very beautiful Miss Universe. Not sure if she was the most beautiful Miss U. from the USA, but 30 years ago she certainly personified the ideal woman for many.

  • KL

    To Global Beauties, Shawn’s average score should be 9.255, not 9.235. Please double check.

    • admin

      Thanks, KL, the mistake we made was when typing Fontes’ score, which was 9.55, instead of 9.85. It’s been fixed. Thanks once again!

  • Tina

    While in recent years PUERTO RICO and PHILIPPINES have made questionable evening gown choices at Miss Universe, I thought both flat out OWNED the evening gown round at Miss Universe 1980. These two were heavily underscored in my view.

    I’m still flabbergasted that CECILIA BOLOCCO hasn’t been eliminated yet. She is one of my least favourite winners based solely on her lack of beauty. I don’t think most would have placed her ahead of Amelia, Sushmita, Justine, Martha, Mona and now Shawn. She looked like she was 45 when she competed and took the title.

    • VictorG

      LOL Tina, I agree! Cecilia Bolocco was not one of my faves, and she has that enormous forehead which wisely she does not display as she did when she won the Miss Universe crown. It was time for her to go 10-20 places ago!

  • Luciano C.

    Well ranked!

  • marceloC

    vai mesmo em portugues. Marta em 27? antes de Ieda? Fale sério

  • Flemström

    It’s remarkable that delegates from the United Kingdom have always been strong competitors in all major pageants, and been close to win Miss Universe several time, but it has always been like an utopia to do that

  • cejo tama

    ESTA MISS UNIVERSO ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES MISS USA QUE HA GANADO EL CONCURSO, PIENSO QUE DEBERIA HABER OBTENIDO UNA MEJOR POSICION. ESE AÑO VENEZUELA ENVIO A UNA HERMOSA MUCHACHA MAYE BRADT. ERA FAVORITA POR LA PRENSA LOCAL DE KOREA POR SUS HERMOSO CONTRASTE DE PELO NEGRO Y OJOS AZULES. TENIA BUENA ESTAMPA. SIN EMBARGO NO LLEGO A ESTAR EN EL TOP 12. ESE AÑO ENTREGO LA CORONA MARITZA SAYALERO SIN DUDA ALGUNA LA MISS UNIVERSO VENEZOLANA MAS BELLA DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS.

  • Lyndon

    . . . We agree on your comment that Maria Rosario “Chat” Silayan was one of the most elegant Miss Philippines who participated in the Miss Universe contest. . . Indeed, she was very regal in her serpentina blue evening gown . . .

    • Jonathan

      and she was really underscored in the evening gown. She shold have placed number 1 in the evening gown that year. But Philippines is so proud of her and to the 20 or so semifinalist, finalists or winners of Miss U from the Philippines. Her is more success to the Philippines in the Miss U contest!!!!

  • CORINNA TSOPEI IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE EVER!!NATURAL,A UNIQUE FACE AND ABOVE ALL AN UNFORGETTABLE SMILE!!LOOK AT CHILEAN BEAUTY SITE FOR HER WITH AMAZING FOTOS!!

  • Brody

    Un muy inmerecido lugar para Shawn, ella esta en mi top 10. Shawn aún hoy competiría y seria favorita, su belleza es atemporal Me encanta. Que triste que una MU con la claidad de Shawn este por debajo de Alicia Machado :(

    • Jason

      Alicia es increíblemente hermosa, independientemente de sus problemas después del concurso. La belleza de Shawn es común y su cuerpo parecía estar fuera de forma. Me parece justo este lugar

  • Antorcha

    Shawn is underrated in this contest as she placed 1st in every preliminary, semifinal, and final round. She simply dominated over her competition, which is something Ximena, Dayana, and Margaret G.didn’t do. Strikingly beautiful Shawn, the most beautiful Miss Universe from USA, the country with the most winners and sure to continue the overall lead for a long time.

    • Jason

      Simply winning every round of competition the year they won has nothing to do with an overall ranking. After seeing all the articles of the contests presented so far, it’s obvious there have been very weak years, and others very competitive where anyone in the top 5 deserved to win.

  • manty

    she is so cute, miss philipines was one of the best in that year

  • Eloy

    She is REALLY BEAUTIFUL!! I would it wanted to see her in a higher position. By far the most beautiful American winner and I love her SO 1980 evening gown, so retro now and cool back then ( at least for my taste).
    That was just a bit before my time of following beauty pageants, but from the pics that I had seen around Australia was a KNOCK OUT !!

  • dilip indian

    look how funny and ridiculous maritza sayalero is looking in that funny black gown with silver laces dangling while she is crowning shawn

  • Micaiah

    Una belleza muy All American pero tambien natural y cercana. Voy a hacer una prediccion del top 10 (sin ningun orden): Natalie Glebova, Jennifer Hawkins, Amparo Munoz, Dayana Mendoza, Alicia Machado, Angela Visser, Maritza Salayero, Denisse Quinones, Oxana Fedorova, Lara Dutta. Ellas deberían ser las primers clasificadas.

  • VERSAILLES

    SHAWN WEATHERLY ES SIN DUDA ALGUNA -LA MEJOR DE LAS 7 MISS USA QUE HA GANADO LA CORONA UNIVERSAL- (AUNQUE NO PUEDE OPACAR A LA BELLISIMA CHRISTY FITCHNER, MISS USA ’86, PERO ESA ES OTRA HISTORIA).
    EL EVENTO REALIZADO EN SEUL, COREA DEL SUR FUE UNA DE LAS EDICIONES MAS EXOTICAS Y GLAMOROSAS QUE SE HAN VISTO: LA COREOGRAFIA DE “THE KOREAN ANGELS” FUE ALGO ESPECTACULAR!!
    ERA LA PRIMERA VEZ QUE UNA REINA DE ESCOCIA LLEGABA TAN LEJOS: PRIMERA FINALISTA; LA MISS SUECIA TAMBIEN MUY LINDA; MISS CANADA INICIA UNA TRIPLETA QUE CULMINARIA CON EL TRIUNFO DE KAREN BALDWIN EN 1982.
    LA CEREMONIA FINAL FUE PRESENTADA POR BOB BARKER Y LA ACTIRZ JAYNE KENNEDY, QUIEN PREVIAMENTE HABIA SIDO MISS OHIO 1970.
    UN CORDIAL SALUDO PARA ASTER21 !!

  • ernest reyes

    This girl is not the most beautiful Miss Universe from the U.S.A., tome it’s Sylvia Hitchcock. This girl is very ordinary looking. Her beauty is the typical beauty you find in the streets of any american cities. Her runner-up in the USA pageant was stunning than her. The only reason why this girl won at the time, because USA has not won Miss Universe in thirteen years at that time, also her dad was an officer in the military. Going back to the universe that time, I was in Seoul watching the pageant live. The clear stand out that year were Ms. Philippines, New Zealand and Tahiti. I think the girl from the Philippines was breathtaking in her evening gown. She wowed the Korean audience. Talk to a lot of them they wanted Philippines or New Zealand to win. Irene Saez prettier than her.

  • Luuk

    Next: Kerry Ann Wells, Australia

  • licenciado

    Alicia Machado, nº 23

  • Ariadna

    Okay hopefully the next eliminated girl will be Ximena, it would be too much for her to make the top-20.

  • xessppe

    i know we should be talking about shawm or about who can be the next.! but i have an interesting question.! Why should GB consider OXANA a MU if she is not officially one? i mean, we all know that she won but The Miss Universe Organization does not take her as an official winner because she did not do her job.!

    I LOVE THIS LIST AND IT IS KINDA EXCITED TO SEE WHO IS NEXT.! BUT IF OXANA TAKES THE NUMBER ONE PLACE, GB would be against the MUO’s rules that we should follow coz those are its rules.!

    • Ariadna

      Even though Oxana was dethroned she still WAS Miss Universe for several months. I think it’s not that important that MUO doesn’t consider her as one. Amparo Munoz and Armi Kuusela did not finish their reigns also, but they are still considered as the former MU’s and are included in the ranking, so why not include Oxana?? That’s fair to include her! Anyway I don’t think she will take the first place, it will probably be a surprise! Someone we don’t expect to be 1st.

      • Jay

        Neither Amparo nor Armi were fired and officially replaced. Oxana fired and she is not officially considered the Miss Universe for that year, so no, it’s not the same. However this is an unofficial ranking so why not?. But simply out of respect I would never choose her as number one, no matter how pretty she is(by the way, regardless of anything I don’t think she is the most beautiful).

  • Alexis

    Sorry, pero creo que la Bolocco definitivamente es top 10, yo la tengo en el puesto 7 en mi ranking, la siguiente en mi opinión debería ser Ieda Vargas, Corinna Tsopei o Ximena Navarrete…
    La Machado la tengo 11ava, esa mujer si que fue zorra para ganar la Corona, bien merecida, la Glevoba la tengo 12ava.
    Maritza Sayalero es mi favorita de las Venezolanas, Denisse Quiñones la tengo 17ava.
    Que gane la Fedorova y ya!

    • licenciado

      En mi ranking a Cecilia Bolocco igual la tengo en el 7º lugar…ya salio Corina en el puesto 23 y ojala ahora siga Ximena…muy buena tu prediccion Alexis

  • Paulo

    Very very beautiful. She won from end to end. One of the best.

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