32nd place – Miss Universe 1981 – Irene Saez

32nd place – Irene Saez (Venezuela)

(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 celebrated its 30th anniversary in the “Big Apple”. Although New York had welcomed Miss Universe candidates several times before they reached their final destinations, especially in the 1950′s and 1960′s, it was the first time that it hosted the whole pageant. The final  happened at the Minskoff Theater and 76 women competed. Gibraltar, Namibia, and Western Samoa debuted. A homesick Miss Mauritius returned home one week before the final event.

In 1981 NY welcomed the Universe!

At first, Miss Universe 1981 was expected to happen at the Madison Square Garden, however, due to little interest by the local press and people, it was moved to the Minskoff, located at the heart of Broadway, with a 1600-people capacity.

The candidates stayed at the fabulous Le Park Meridien, the first French hotel in New York, which had been recently inaugurated.

Broadway musicals were represented in the event by 42nd Street, which was part of the show.

The lovely Helen O’Connell, co-host of Miss Universe since 1972, and nominated for an Emmy Award for her participation in Miss Universe 1976, was gone. German sex symbol Elke Sommer took her place, but was far from being as good as Helen. Bob Barker hosted the show and did an amazing job, as usual.

Brazil and Venezuela: front-runners for the 1981 title!

Among the 1981 judges, stars like Pelé, Julio Iglesia, Lee Majors, Kiriaki Tsopei and Mary McFadden could be found.

If some 20 to 25 candidates had enough beauty to fight for a top 12 spot, the reality was that the remaining girls ranged from mediocre to bellow average, a trend in Miss Universe in the late 1970′s and most of the 1980′s. The 1981 group was considered one of the weakest in history, confirmed with the low preliminary swimsuit scores the majority received from the judges (watch it here).

During the 20 days the 76 beauties spent in New York, two girls emerged as the absolute front-runners for the title: Venezuela’s Irene Saez, and Brazil’s Adriana Alves de Oliveira. Miss USA, Kim Seelbrede, was also a local favorite.

The lovely Miss Tahiti

The main favorites from Europe were Misses Germany, Norway, Italy and Belgium. Canada, Tahiti, Uruguay, Colombia, Wales and Sri Lanka also appeared as strong possibilities. And that was about it.

In 2004, when Miss Universe 2004 was held in Ecuador, Miss Ecuador 1981 Lucía Isabel Vinueza Urjelles, was interviewed and asked by a local CARAS magazine reporter what had been her secret to get that far in the competition, to which she responded: “Please don’t publish it, but I only made it because almost all candidates were truly horrible, and I can prove it!”. Of course it was published!

Miss Sincerity: "Contestants were ugly, so I made it" (Ecuador)

Miss British Virgin Islands, Carmen Nibbs, accused the pageant organizers and press of being racist: “Photographers only look for the white candidates from Europe and Latin America. The blacks are completely ignored”. Asian delegates also complained about discrimination.

Their complaints did not achieve much for them: 10 of the 12 delegates were blondes. No Asian or black delegate made the cut. The two brunettes were from Oceania: New Zealand and Tahiti (one of the favorites, she did not go further in the competition for having the charisma of an oyster).

Since the show happened in Broadway, the candidates had to rehearse twice as much as Miss Universe candidates did in previous years, which caused them to complain about being drained and exhausted. The Latins also cried about the food: “It’s always the same lunch: cold chicken, potato salad and a soda! The only thing they serve warm is the soda!”.

Brazil: Best Nat'l Costume

During one of many rehearsals, Bob Barker was interviewing a Central American delegate who spoke no English. He asked her to say at least a couple of words in English, to which she responded: “NO CHICKEN!!”. All other delegates stood up and applauded her vigorously!!

A few awards were distributed at the Presentation Show: Miss Bahamas was Miss Amity, Miss Denmark was chosen as Miss Photogenic (to everyone’s shock), and Miss Brazil won the Best National Costume Award, with Venezuela in 2nd, and Korea in 3rd places.

After a few minutes into the pageant’s final telecast, the semi-finalists were announced: Holland, Ecuador, New Zealand, Sweden, Brazil, USA, Norway,  Venezuela, Belgium, Germany, Tahiti and Canada. It was definitely the year of the blondes!

Top 12: the year of the blondes!

The two surprises were Ecuador and New Zealand. The exclusion of Miss Finland was a huge upset, and many expected Miss Sri Lanka to represent Asia in the semi-finals, but it did not happen, despite her high score in the preliminary swimsuit competition.

Final moments: Venezuela and Canada

Miss Canada, Dominique Dufour, barely made it, with the lowest score among the semi-finalists. However, she consistently grew in the semi-finals (6th place in interview, 5th in swimsuit, and 2nd in evening gown), advancing to the final 5 with Venezuela, Belgium, Sweden, and Brazil.

Miss Venezuela led all three semi-final competitions, becoming the clear favorite for the crown. Her elegance and poise were unbeatable that night. Miss Brazil, the other press favorite, although many believed was the most stunning delegate of 1981, lacked proper grooming, did not control her nerves in many occasions, and did not shine as expected. By very little (0.06 point-difference), Miss Tahiti did not steal her spot among the 5 finalists.

Top 5

Miss Belgium, one of the most beautiful face in the competition, who had charmed the audience in her semi-final interview, could not answer the final question, and finished in 5th place; Miss Brazil was 4th; surprising Miss Sweden was 3rd; Canada, with a great answer, had moved from 12th place in the preliminaries to a final 1st runner-up position; the undisputed winner was Irene Saez, Miss Universe 1981, and Venezuela’s 2nd winner in only 3 years.

After the pageant was over, Miss Costa Rica spoke to the journalist representing the Latin group saying that Miss Brazil was their favorite, and that she should’ve been the winner, and not Venezuela. But even the Brazilian journalists did not agree with Miss Costa Rica and the other Latin

Irene in swmsuit

delegates. One thing about Miss Venezuela that impressed everyone was her preparation. While Miss Brazil joined the group of girls who was always complaining about the food, the many hours of rehearsals, etc, Miss Venezuela never opened her mouth to complain and kept her poise from day one of competition. She also looked calm and collected throughout the competition.

In Brazil, the press pointed out the importance of a good preparation for the pageant, body and mind (something that up to today has never changed in Miss Brazil Universe). Osmel Souza, the man behind the Venezuelan beauties’ coaching, started being famous for his work. In that same year, Venezuela would also

Miss U 81!

conquer the Miss World title! Osmel is still around and collecting many important crowns. Venezuela has been ever since the unquestionable #1 powerhouse in beauty pageants, and shall remain as such for a while.

As a matter of fact, the dispute between Venezuela and Brazil in Miss U 1981 had a much deeper meaning: Brazil, the country that had had 2 winners, 4 1st runner-ups, and several finalists and semi-finalists in the 30 previous years, would step down from its ‘Miss Universe powerhouse status’ to, making room to the emerging power of Venezuela. In the next 30 years, only 1 Brazilian would be a Miss Universe finalist again, Natália Guimarães, 26 years later. As for Venezuela, other 4 women would conquer the Miss Universe title, and several would be runner-ups and semi-finalists.

As for Irene, she was a very good Miss Universe, very professional in all aspects. Years later she entered politics and even ran for the presidency of Venezuela. Saez was the governor of the state of Nueva Esparta, elected with over 70% of the votes.

Special thanks to Alberto Dubal for his valuable contribution, and to Belleza Venezolana for the great photos!

 

Irene Saez, Miss Universe 1981 from Venezuela

Top 5: Sweden (3rd), Brazil (4th), Belgium (5th), Venezuela (1st), Canada (2nd)

Winner and her runner-up celebrate in NY!

See more photos at BellezaVenezolana.net

142 comments to 32nd place – Miss Universe 1981 – Irene Saez

  • Alexis

    Not agree at all…
    She should have made top 20 at least
    My top ten
    10.- Lara Dutta – India MU 2000
    09.- Jannelle Commissiong – Trinidad & Tobago MU 1977
    08.- Shawn Wheatherly – USA MU 1980
    07.- Cecilia Bolocco – Chile MU 1987
    06.- Amparo Muñoz – Spain MU 1974
    05.- Angela Viser – Holland MU 1989
    04.- Jenifer Hawkins – Australia MU 2004
    03.- Gladys Zender – Perú MU 1957
    02.- Maritza Zayalero – Venezuela MU 1979
    01.- Oxana Fedorova – Russia MU 2002

    In my humble opinion ;)

    Greetings from Chile

    • Brody

      Casi coincidimos Excepto porque para mi la mejor MU venezolana es Barbara Palacios. Mi top 10 es :
      10. Ximena Navarrete.
      9. Christian Martel.
      8. Lara Dutta.
      7. Shawn Weatherly.
      6. Barbara Palacios.
      5. Angela Visser.
      4. Jennifer Hawkins.
      3. Cecilia Bolocco.
      2. Amparo Muñoz.

      1. OXANA FEDOROVA.

  • Mike

    The most funny thing is Miss Ecuador interview with CARAS Magazine, she didn’t want her speech to explore, but it’s finally done by the Magazine. Irene is very charming and elegance, she should place higher, I’m shock to see her only in 32nd position, and now with a back-to-back Venezuelans at MBMU. I don’t get why Latin American contestants always complaint this, complaint that, can anyone explain to me? Thank you.

  • Jay

    Great article, as usual! LOL Love Miss Eacuador’s sincerity!
    I for once think that Irene should have ranked lower, I don’t see any beauty in her. I don’t like Miss Brazil either. Weak year, Miss Canada should have been the winner.

  • VERSAILLES

    No puedo creer que la venezolana haya quedado en esta posicion.

    • Jose

      También estoy atónito! Cecilia Bolocco no es más bonita! Ni Alicia Machado! Ni Botswana!

      • Anaxagoras

        Botswana…Quien es ella??? Fíjate en lo que escribes!!! Creo que te refeieres a la Mple Kwelagobe representante de Botswana en 1999 y ganó verda???
        Ellá ya está posicionada.

  • Ken

    I think nobody would ever imagine Miss Stefania Fernandez only trailing Irene Saez by one position. How could this happen? I do not cry foul that a lot of the Venezualas deserve to be in the top 20 or 30, not sure just why Stefania would be ranked this high, and Miss Saez at #32? Is Global Beauties craving for controversy?

  • GEMMOPARKS

    GB forgot to add that GUATEMALA was supposed to be the host country for Miss Universe 1981.However, due to banking,financial and political reasons,the pageant was moved to New York City.

    • Ken

      Wow I did not know that, but the country was just recovering from a massive earthquake 5 years earlier, and hosting a pageant that soon seems inappropriate. To this date, Guatemala still haven’t hosted a major grand slam pageant.

  • PW

    Whaaaaaaat? IRENE SÁEZ 32? OMG, NO WAY!
    Where is Ximena Navarrete and Ieda Vargas?

  • Jenna

    One of the most gracious and classy Miss Universe’ever, but facially I agree with her ranking!

  • Se merece estarf en el top 10 de la belleza universal… la unica miss que se le hizo una muñeca… barbie…. a ninguna de las otras venezolanas lo ha tenido… la que mas lejos y famosa de venezuela a llegado… tanto en la politica como en la farandula….

  • Diva Supreme

    Are you kidding me?! This unforgettably lovely woman on the 32nd spot?! She should be making at least the top 20, probably even much higher! There will be so many average-looking plain Jane winners placing ahead of her who all should have gone ages and ages ago that I won’t even bother with mentioning or listing them! Three judges once again giving her just 8.0?! Just like in the case of Sylvia Hitchcock, I am just really wondering and asking: and how exactly should the Miss Universe winner look then in order to please them and score high in their books?! Most obviously, the problem with certain judges is the Venezuela sash! Sorry but certain bias are OBVIOUS. What will we be seeing next, Maritza Sayalero gone?!

    • Jenna

      Diva…you’re Venezuelan bias is unparalleled! Irene was a great Miss Universe, but please, she is not drop dead gorgeous in any respect!

      • Diva Supreme

        And who are you to say that she was not drop-dead-gorgeous – or who indeed “is supposed to be”?! The way I see it, my opinion is exactly as valid as yours and my, does it seem based on this thread that several people agree with me! Would you be exactly as “disturbed” by my bias if she were carrying a non-Venezuelan sash?! Apart from Stefania, I just happen to find ALL THE FIVE OTHER Venezuelan titleholders beyond gorgeous and placing this magnificent woman on the 33rd spot is BEYOND RIDICULOUS. My opinion and if you cannot take “my unparalleled Venezuelan bias”, skip my comments!!

  • harold germino

    i just cannot believe alicia machado places higher than irene saez…something’s wrong here…

    • Anaxagoras

      I don’t agree with you. Actually I would’ve placed them in the same order but both in a higher ranking. Which Alicia seems to be in so !!!

    • Jorge Enrique

      Your so right, even in Venezuela when Alicia won, nobody there believe in her, the winner that year in Venezuela must be Miss Nueva Esparta Jackeline, is true cause that year she won Miss World…!! Alicia in not that pretty and never better than Irene Sáez…Thank you.

  • Bjoern

    Are you serious? Canada more beautiful than Irene? Get an optometrist or maybe you should go to Beauty School and be re-defined of the meaning of beauty. Dominique Dufour was just SO LUckY that night. Her hairstyle and gown were so tranny-ish! She looks like 40!

    Irene Saez is a super beauty. I ddn’t expect her tp come out too early. Seeing the scores, two from GB gave her very low scores. I am quite disappointed. But nevertheless this is a collective scoring, and we cant do anything but read on.

    Afterall, this kind of survey (wit great reviews) is highly commendable.

    Personally, Irene Saez is 1 9.99 (or 10.0 since 10 is the highest here). She is my Top 5 Most Beautiful Misses Universe ever.!

    • Ken

      The great reviews (as well as reading the comments) is right now the only bright spot about follwing up this contest. However, after the reading the 2009 recap in which France’ Chloe Mortaud was not given a mention, I am even losing a little faith.

    • Diva Supreme

      Bjöern, I could never agree more with you!! While I really love following this poll and most of all, reading these wonderful reviews (thousands thanks for GB for all of these ones!! They really are such a source of deep joy, information and excitement for a Miss Universe lover like I am), the way certain judges are and keep on scoring down here is just too much. I do know we are all entitled to our opinions but with all due respect, even in sports like figure skating and others like that certain judges will have to go if it indeed seems like they are not equal to their task or have some obvious bias against certain nations or contestants! I am sorry but such things really make this otherwise marvellous poll go down in value! This is downright degrading against a marvellous beauty queen like Irene Saez, marvellous in every single way! Oh and I am sorry but regarding Canada, I think she is the least attractive 1st RU in the Miss Universe history – to say it as politely as I can!

  • prinpoleon

    whatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt i very disapointed irene sez is one of the most beautigul where are corina tsopei wendy fitwilliam martha vasconcellos whats happen gb? i very angree irene saez place 8 in my ranking the 32 place is for marlene shimt from germany the venezuelan power not fell c mon venezuela

  • KL

    I just realized, lesser beauties like Justine Pascek, Natalie Glebova and Kirikai Tsopei are going to rank ahead of Irene!

  • pop

    It’s hard to believe that Irene is in lower ranking than Justin Pasek. I don’t agree at all.

    This globalbeauties ranking is nothing compared with the one in 2001.

    Irene is 11th place in my ranking!!!

  • alzuar

    personalemente pienso que no es la mejor, pero si es una posicion muy baja con respecto a otras ex miss universo que aun no han aparecido. como ya lo he dicho antes, pues la belleza es subjetiva, incluso para los jueces, esto visto claramente en la gran diferencia que hay entre unos puntajes y otros. simplemente espero que el top 10 si sea almenos el que la mayoria de gente espera.
    para mi las mejores: Oxana Fedorova, Natalie Glevoba, Angela Viser, Maritza Sayalero y Margaret Gardiner, y de verdad espero verlas en el top 10 :)
    SALUDOS DESDE COLOMBIA

  • Alfonsus

    Hi all,
    I was just 2 years old. From her journey I read and the MU’81 video I watch, I think she is the great winner from Venezuela so far. She’s beautiful inside and outside although she is too calm (I think). Personally, I agree with the GB, The contestants of MU’81 were not so beautiful mostly. So, MU’81 wasn’t the great one compared with other MU.
    With Love from Indonesia.

  • Ava Gardner

    I think the GB judges are giving a low rank to the look and style of the early 80s and not Irene Saez. That is unfortunate because they are supposed to be “experts” and have “insight”.

    Beauty wise, Irene Saez was RAVISHING. Absolutely beautiful! She also had a spectacular body for that period.

    I personally didn’t always like her styling but facially and body wise, Irene Saez was very captivating. She was also very poised.

  • paco

    Irne Saez merecia estar entre las 10 mejores. no es justo el puesto 32 para ella………saludos desde colombia………

    la mejor angela viser, o jennifer hawkins…..

  • olegNN

    Some desparate fans keep having hope that their lovely Jennifer Hawkins will become #1 of this list.I don’t understand ,what you find in the ordinary girl.When a contestant is nice-looking, is it enough to be called Miss Universe?Watch again her entrance in swimsuite with those jerky shoulders and comic hasty gait, look intently at her common face:all that was too cheap and raw for a world level.And notice- all her charms vanished, when she stopped smiling (in this point she reminds me of the Irish MW’03).Hawkins might be considered the best among the semifinslists of MU’04,after the organizers had picked out very weak top-10- I suppose ,whith high hopes on the US -contestant.That one from USA had crooked legs and was fake in every glance, smile and gesture -the “deserving” 1-st runner-up for that performance.Generally I remember the pageant’04 as a spot of disgrace on the modern history of MU. There’s well-known a quotation from D.Trump about J.H.- “the most beautiful MU of the last 20 years”. I hope, he was only joking?To my mind, the highest position for Hawkins is somewhere between 40 and 45.But I’m afraid, Your judges are too impressed with her sexy radiation and further career…Leastways, I hope she will be not put in top-10.

    • Raymond

      I thought the MU 2004 top 10 was one of the best in history!! All of the top 10 performed well in swimsuits… Paraguay, USA, Australia (a little robotic but extremely confident), Colombia, even T&T was ok. The delegates were crossovers from other pageants (Norway, Ukraine, Aruba, Jamaica – ALL Miss World semifinalists).

    • Anaxagoras

      Regarding your comment about Mr. Trump saying that Jennifer Hawkins is the most beautiful winner ever. I gues because he enjoys and likes women ” au naturel ” if you know what I mean or better, ask Dayana Mendoza.

  • Ariadna

    OMG nooooooo global beauties, that’s just unforgivable! Irene is too low, she should be AT LEAST in the top-20! She was the biggest fav for the crown, her scores were always the highest and she was the most deserving girl to win.

  • Raymond

    Yes, I agree with her ranking. Facially, I find other MUs more beautiful, but some believe she is extremely pretty… What I agree though with her victory is her poise and elegance, and her contributions to Venezuela after her reign.

  • Ariadna

    Come on, beauty-wise she’s miles ahead of Justine, Ximena, Wendy and Marta and some others.

  • Edison

    Oh no, she is my Top 10! :-(

  • GEORGE

    REALLY A SO SO LOW POSITION FOR IRENE, NEVER SHE COULD BE LESSER BEAUTIFUL THAN JUSTINE PASEK, COME ON!

    THE POSITION NUMBER 1 SHOULD BE
    OXANA FEDOROVA AS EVERYBODY RECOGNIZE AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE EVER !!!!

    1- OXANA FEDOROVA MU 2002 RUSSIA
    2- ANGELA VISSER MU 1989 NETHERLANDS
    3- AMPARO MUÑOZ MU 1974 SPAIN

  • Alex Mena

    OMGGGGGGGGG!!! Que Paso aca. Para mi es una de las mujeres mas hermosa que ha pasado por MU. Pense que seria minimo top 15.

  • Carlos

    An interesting note about Miss Brazil, Adriana Alves. A few months before Miss Universe she had been 1st runner up to Irene Saez in a now defunct South American pageant(Miss Confraternidad Sudamericana). Then 3 years later she was Brazil’s delegate to Miss World 1984, and was 5th runner up, yet again to Miss Venezuela Astrid Carolina Herrera!!!. Anywho, Irene is gorgeous and probably THE most accomplished of all Miss Universe, and recognized as such by MUO itself.

  • ALEX

    Que riñones tiene esta gente de globalbeauties en colocar a IRENE SAEZ EN ESTE LUGAR! QUE DECEPCIÓN. PARA MI TOP DE 5.

  • Nick

    I believe she is tremendously overrated. Her name is a legacy, but she is not. If you watch the pageant on YouTube, you will notice she was nervous the entire time (despite looking beautiful) and her body was very, very flabby and not toned or curvaceous. Her arms were big, too. For pageant standards she was fat, but at 5’11″ that was hardly to note. Also she was not very charismatic… I believe all of that came afterwards. One thing is right about the article.. the group was weaaaaak.. I believe Irene is the weakest of Venezuela’s six MU girls. Not Stefania.

    • Eric

      I also agree… in terms of beauty, i do think she is the weakest one… far less prettier than Stefania.

    • Jay

      I agree. She’s really not that pretty and is definitely ranked way too high. In comparison with other winners, there are many women ranked below Irene that are prettier than her.

  • Pedro/Brazil

    A 2º Miss Venezuela que se tornou Miss Universo mais bela de todos os tempos, perde apenas para Alicia Machado! Não deveria estar nesta posição, não atrás de Bárbara Palácios, essa sim deveria ter saido fora há muito tempo!

  • xessppe

    What a funny thing.!

    ARE you telling me that the most successful MU ever deserves place 32? ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT THIS LADY WHO WAS A MAJOR, A GOVERNOR AND A CANDIDATED FOR PRESIDENT DESERVES PLACE 32? ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT IRENE SAEZ WHO SHOWED THE WORLD THAT MISS UNISERVE CAN BE A TEACHING ORGANIZATION AND NOT JUST A STUPID BEAUTY PAGEANT DESERVES PLACE 32? AND ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT IRENE WHO CHANGED VZLAN HISTORY DESERVES PLACE 32?

    I HAVE A QUESTION TO THE “EXPERTS”, TELL ME JUST ONE MU THAT HAS BEEN MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL THAT IRENE. JUST ONE. NAMED ME JUST ONE MISS UNIVERSE WHO CAN BE MORE ADMIRED FOR AN ENTIRE COUNTRY THAT IRENE SAEZ. JUST ONE.!

  • Nick

    you know, they are not judging what they did after the crown.. They are judging them solely based on looks. Now calm down before your diarrhea gets worse. God, I dont wanna know what your life is like.

  • Jay

    @xessppe – Sorry, honey, but it’s not the most well accomplished Miss Universe winner, I understand, but rather, the most BEAUTIFUL one. As someone said, Irene is far from being a stunner, with huge arms, a nearly overweight body, and a face that is far from being perfect, as so many other Miss Universes. Her hair was a mess, and when she crowned Miss Universe 1982, she looked like a giant cabbage. She was always TOO OVER. Looking at the judges’ scores, they were very divided: 4 of them gave her 9,9 or higher, 4 of them scored her with 9s or 8,9, and 3 of them gave her a minimum 8. It makes perfect sense that she ended right in the middle. People should stop reacting like irrational animals whenever their own favorites are eliminated, seeing conspiracy everywhere! I truly enjoy this countdown, although I don’t agree with some of the results, after all, each one of us have a different perception of beauty. Relax, man!

    • Felipe

      Nice answer Jay !

    • Diva Supreme

      Sure, we are all entitled to our personal opinions regarding who is supposedly a stunner and who is not. I can start my personal list regarding the latter ones with Jennifer Hawkins, the most overrated Miss Universe through all times and the entire Miss Universe history, who without the singlest doubt will be placing high up there ´(probably will be taking it all) and whose face can not “exactly” be called “perfect” either – ditto with certain other winners whose faces have been praised as “perfection.” I prefer to leave those ones unmentioned. While I do admit there have been more beautiful Miss Universe winners than Irene Saez, placing her this low and scoring her just 8.0 is downright ridiculous. While personally, I would have scored her very high, I can still understand judges scoring her, say, 8.9 – 9.0, but 8.0 is just outrageous! And how can the likes of Margaret Gardiner, Mona Grudt, Kiriaki Tsopei, Wendy Fitzwilliams, Cecilia Bolocco, Justine Pasek and several others but especially Gardiner and Grudt be placing ahead of her?! Those two should have been gone ages ago!!

    • Brody

      Que buena respuesta.

  • Cindy Envy

    Luego de ver a Marisol Malaret en las ultimas 50, y a Dayanara en las 40 junto a Zuleyka??? no me sorprende que Irene Sae quedara fuera de las 30?????? y a tan solo un puesto de la mediocre Stefania fernandez que se gano su corona por un golpe de suerte loca, mientras que Irene quedo primera en todo, fue la mejor de los 80 detras de Angela y la dejan en un distante 32 lugar???? quienes son estos jueces de belleza saben lo que yo se de la vida en Marte……

  • Javi

    esto es insólito!!!!!!!! No me extraña, si los 2 jueces de PR hnaan vortado con 8.00 a las 2 venezolanas que han salido hasta ahora, se nota la envidia y la falta de objetividad.!!!! Irene es una de las Miss Universo mas bellas de Venezuela y en la historia del concurso.

    • El mata complejos

      El UNICO juez de P.R. le ha dado la misma puntuacion de 8 tanto a las puertorriquenas como a las venezolanas. Deja el trauma.

    • Elbi

      Creeme que el juez puertorriqueno primero elimina a las boricuas (como paso) que a las de otros paises. Veo a Denise en el bonche de las 30′S. No esperaba ver a todas las boricuas en los primeros seis (como algunas personas de otros paises) pero wow… Asi somos. BTW las razones que utilizan no son consistentes, a veces lo justifican por como lucieron la noche que ganaron, otras como lucieron durante el anno de reinado.

  • Kolsten

    Irene Saez…was one of the most accomplished Miss Universe’s ever. I had her ranked #25 because of serene poise and elegance. I do agree that there are 7 others who should be eliminated…I don’t get Ximena , Wendy, Justine, Amelia, Cecilia and Marta behind ahead of Irene… I am glad Shawn, Yvonne, Mona, Angela, Dayanna and Anne Marie still have survived. OK, and I don’t have Denise in my Top Ten…sorry!

  • Jose

    Irene Saez es bellisima e inteligente como es posible q haya quedado en sta posicion se stan pasando como que stan censurando? no les gusta q le digan la vrdad? no somos tontos ok

  • Felipe

    It’s such a pity that Irene has been ranked below Maritza , Cecilia and others …
    My bet is that Oxana ( for me , the best of all), Jeniffer , Glebova ( who I personally am not fond. She lacks something, despite her beautiful eyes) will be in the top 10. Also , I would include Janelle and Amelia Vega.

  • Eric

    So I guess this is the first back-to-back in this “contest”, and ironically, Stefania is part of it. Anyway, I do think Irene was a great Miss Universe, but I believe her to be “one of the” (if not the “one”) less pretty Miss Universe from Venezuela. I think that Stefania is far more pretty than Irene… although I believe Irene to have the character and intelligence that Stefania lack. Bottom line, in terms of beauty, Irene should have been placed much lower… lower than Stefania. In terms of overall, I think her position in well deserved.

  • Eric

    BTW, I forecast the next one is the last Miss Puerto Rico standing in the contest. Not because I think Denise should be the 31st but because I believe global beauties will not allow a Puerto Rican queen to be in the Top 30.

    • Steven

      why you said that?

    • Ken

      That does not make sense. Even though I am not approving of Irene Saez being placed so low and actually being neck and neck with Stefania, but if GB intentionally scored all US winners to be in the bottom, then Shawn Weatherly would probably be next in line, ahead of Denise. Right? Denise is too strong to be ranked outside of the top 20, so I think she is safe.

  • Leo Andreatos

    WTF!!!!! OMGGG!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????? IRENE IS IN MY TOP 5!!!!!!

  • Tina

    TAHITI was STUNNING! I remember watching this telecast and thought she was the most physically appealing. I agree about her lack of personality, though. Still I would have preferred to see her in the Top 5.

    I can’t believe Canada ranked as high as 1st RU. I didn’t get her at all and a part of me suspects that Miss Universe Inc. was really wanting a Canadian winner since the year after they crowned Miss Canada (Karen Baldwin) as Miss Universe, who was also relatively weak compared to other delegates in her year. Sri Lanka should have taken her spot in the Top 12.

    Irene was a lovely winner. The article fails to mention that she was awarded a special prize by Miss Universe in 1997 (The Distinguished Achievement Award) for her success in politics.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=miss+universe+1997+irene&aq=f

  • Jose

    Irene Saez es bellisima e inteligente t doy la razon javi esos jueces la tienen en contra de las venezolanas no c como no t han censurado xq han retirado mis comentarios deje mi comentario x fa no censuren vale

    • Darril

      Tranquilo, si pensaramos que los jueces están en contra de alguien tendríamos que decir que es contra las estadunidenses. Pero aquí no se trata de estar en contra de alguien. Se trata de conocer la percepción de belleza que tiene un específico grupo de personas, solo eso.

      Así que no se traumen y disfruten de los comentarios!! Esto no es una competición, porque al final quien gana no es un país! Es una persona!!!!

  • Jose

    QUEEEEEEEEEEEE! como es posible q haya quedado en esta posicion aqui sta pasando algo uhm IRENE SAEZ ES BELLISIMA!!!!!!!

  • Mark

    @ Diva Supreme – I beg a pardon? How can Cecilia, Wendy, Margaret be placed higher than Irena? Is that your question? Perhaps because not everyone thinks like you, and collectively these judges chose them over Irena? You ask people to respect your opinion, and cannot respect other people’s opinions?? Think about it, honey.

    • Diva Supreme

      The way I see it, Mark, is, I am not asking anybody anywhere to RESPECT my opinions. I was just sarcastically stating in one of my comments above that my opinion is as valid as the one of that poster’s or yours or anybody else’s down here. Number two, I won’t stop asking where are Gardiner, Grudt, Fitzwilliams and certain others, before they indeed are here. And yes, that IS my question. In case you haven’t noticed, COUNTLESS PEOPLE down here keep on asking where is this and where is that. It ain’t necessarily a sign of disrespect, just displaying a different opinion.

  • Mark

    @ Diva Supreme – and what’s your problem with Jeniffer Hawkins? The woman in incredible and I hope she is in the top 10. But if she is not, I will not cut my veins over it. I have my own list of favorites and respect GB’s list. Guys, keep it up, most of us are just loving it! :)

    • Diva Supreme

      My problem with her is that to me, she is the EPITOME of empty hype. Plain and simple. The night she won she in my eyes was just about the plainest Jane that ever took the coveted crown and her downright catwalk in swimsuit repulsed me. OlegNN said it all in his comment above, and I am truly grateful for that! And that again is MY OPINION. Sure she looks great today – with dozens of facials, but this is supposed to be about how they looked when they won. Any more questions?

  • KL

    The article did point out something about Irene that during the entire competition, she kept her mouth shut rather than complaining like the other delegates and kept her composure throughout. Which I think explain a lot in the past on why the judges all of a sudden seem to turn on a contestant. As we don’t see what the judges see during the commercials. I wouldn’t doubt that in the past, a contestant who was the front-runner was acting bitchy and behaving like a diva once the camera was off, then smiling a phony smile once the cameras were on and thus totally turned off the judges and someone from behind all of a sudden won.

  • Violet

    Alguien que explique como Justine, Ximena, Wendy, Martha, Alicia están por encima de Irene…. Creo que algunos jueces con este resultado se descalifican a si mismos…pero es algo tan subjetivo que nada podemos decir y menos hacer… Solo que Irene ha sido la única que ha sido premiada por la propia organización en marco de un Telecast… No será por ser la #32, además la belleza de su rostro es simplemente Speechless…. VIVA IRENE!!! Una de las más bellas junto a Oxana y Margaret… En mi humilde opinión!!!

  • Carolina

    Pues si, todo el mundo se queja de esto y de lo otro, pero mira, los jueces votaron y ese fue su resultado, al fin y al cabo son gustos personales (por cierto, el juez venezolano le dio un 9,99) A mi personalmente la belleza de Irene no me entusiasma. Bella si, pero aburrida, un tanto generica, no le veo nada especial. Personalmente, prefiero a Stefania Fernandez, con quien tanto se le compara para mal, Stefanía tiene una chispa,una naturalidad y una clase fuera de serie. A Irene la veo muy Barbie pero hasta ahí.Gracias

    • licenciado

      Estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo, yo me quedo con Stefania, una mujer bellisima, Irene se ve como aburrida, sin chispa, sin gracia…bonita si, pero fome.

  • Dante

    People around here should relax a little. After all this ranking is based exclusively in the opinion of 15 people. Its not like its an official thing or something. We all have different opinions and our own personal favorites. How boring would it be if we all think the same? Everybody just chill out and enjoy the rest of the competition! That said I think Irene did just ok. I was surprised to see her this low since she is the mayor favorite of some fans, but for me she is not a stunner. I do was expecting Barbara to be the next Venezuelan to go as I have stated before.

  • Luciano C.

    How is it possible that the stunning Irene places below amelia, justine and shawn?????

  • Gio

    Me parece un insulto que Global Beauties desmeresca la clasificacion de Lucia Vinueza Miss Ecuador de esa manera!!! Lucia es una mujer bellisima y muy inteligente y se gano esa clasificacion en justa lid. Ademas me gustaria saber de donde sacan que Lucia dio esa declaracion a la revista Caras? ya que dicha publicacion no empezo a circular en Ecuador sino hasta finales de los años 90…
    Si bien Lucia, siempre a sido muy abierta acerca de como su clasificacion fue una sorpresa inluso para ella, creo que tambien se deberia mencionar que Lucia fue una de las delegadas latinas mas queridas y en recibir mas atencion de la prensa local por hablar Ingles y en muchas instancias servir como traductora para las otras candidatas Latinas, incluida Venezuela, algo que sin duda le ayudo a ganar puntos al momento de clasificar.
    Por ultimo, incluso si Lucia hubiera hecho esas declaraciones, en realidad no tiene nada de malo porque si nos ponemos a pensar no se trata acaso de eso los concursos de belleza?? de ser mas bella que la otra…
    Lucia sigue siendo una de las mas bellas Miss Ecuador de la historia, y su clasificacion y belleza un icono de la belleza Ecuatoriana.

    • admin

      Dear Gio, we don’t know how much English you speak, however, nobody said Miss Ecuador did not deserve her placement. She was very beautiful and certainly deserved to be a semi-finalist. This is what MISS ECUADOR HERSELF said. Please read carefully.

  • Prometeo

    Yo la veo normal.Su cuerpo no es muy estilizado que digamos, su cara es bonita pero normal. De Venezuela esperaba primero a Barbara Palacios, y a Maritza Sayalero antes que a ella. Pero bueno, muchos no entendemos que es lo que se califique o que toman en cuenta para decir quien es más que otra.

  • Kate

    Irene Saez ranked 14th in GB’s 2001 contest.

    • Nestor

      Kate when I can see the rank of the 2001? please reply me!!

      • Elbi

        Angela Visser – Holland
        Lara Dutta – India
        Yvonne Ryding – Sweden
        Denise Quiñones
        Sushmita Sen – India
        Maritza Sayalero – Venezuela
        Marta Vasconcelos – Brazil
        Ieda Maria Vargas – Brazil
        Marlene Schmidt – Germany
        Barbara Palacios – Venezuela

        Anne Marie Pohtamo – Finland
        Wendy Fitzwilliam – T&T
        Dayanara Torres – Puerto Rico
        Irene Saez – Venezuela
        Alicia Machado – Venezuela
        Margaret Gardiner – S. Africa
        Cecilia Boloco –Chile
        Margareta Arvidsson – Sweden
        Christiane Martel – France

        Mpule Kwelagobe – Bostwana
        Michelle McLean – Namibia
        Amparo Muñoz – Spain
        Shawn Weatherly – USA
        Janelle Commissiong – T&T
        Kerry Anne Wells – Australia
        Porntip Nakhirunkanok – Thailand
        Gladys Zender – Peru
        Lorraine Downes – N. Zealand
        Brook Lee – USA

        Kiriaki Tsopei – Greece
        Apsara Hongsakula – Thailand
        Armi Kuusela – Finland
        Marisol Malaret – Puerto Rico
        Sylvia Loise Hitchcock – USA
        Lupita Jones – México
        Rina Messinger – Israel
        Norma Nolan – Argentina
        Luz Marina Zuloaga – Colombia
        Gloria Díaz – Philippines

        Carrol Morris – USA
        Chelsi Smith – USA
        Deborah Carthy Deu – Puerto Rico
        María Margarita Moran – Philippines
        Akiko Kojima – Japan
        Karen Baldwin – Canada
        Georgina Rizk – Lebanon
        Miriam Stevenson – USA
        Hillevi Rombin – Sweden
        Linda Bement – USA

    • hi kate ! You can send the rank of the 2011 for me, thanks !

  • PETE

    I can’t believe this!!!
    wait a minute, that means the greek miss universe (1964) is MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN IRENE SAEZ????!!!!

  • CESAR SANCHEZ

    ES ALGO INAUDITO LAS VOTACIONES DE ESTOS JUECES… EN QUE SE BASARAN?…NO SERA MAS BIEN QUE VOTAN A FAVOR DE UN PAIS SIN IMPORTARA LA VERDADERA BELLEZA DE SUS CANDIDATAS?. FAVORECEN A LAS SUYAS?…ES IMPOSIBLE QUE ALGUIEN CON 4 DEDOS DE FRENTE PUEDA DECIR QUE XIMENA NAVARRETE, KIRIAKI TSOPEI, CECILIA BOLOCCO, MARITZA SAYALERO, BAFRABARA PALACIOS, INLCUSO AMPARO MUÑOZ, O SHAWN WHATERLY, PUEDAN SERA MAS BELLAS QUE IRENE SAEZ. jejejje…QUE JUECES!!!

  • cejotama

    ESTOY REALMENTE MUY SORPRENDIDO, ME PREGUNTO EN QUE SE ESTAN BASANDO LOS JUECES PARA DAR LAS PUNTUACIONES. HE TRATADO DE SER LOS MAS OBJETIVO EN CUANTO LOS COMENTARIOS. EL CONCURSO DE MISS UNIVERSO LO VEO DESDE EL AÑO 1976 CUANDO FUE CORONADA MISS ISRAEL. Y HE VISTO PASAR ACIERTOS Y DESACIERTOS QUE CON EL PASO DEL TIEMPO CANDIDATAS QUE NO MERECIAN GANAR, DEMUESTRAN EL PORQUE FUERON ELECTAS, POR SU COMPORTAMIENTO, BELLEZA Y RESPONSABILIDAD, COSAS QUE NO ATINAMOS A VER EN UNA NOCHE FINAL. PERO COMO SIEMPRE HE ICHO ESE ERA SU DIA Y POR ALGUNA RAZON MERECIAN SER ELECTAS. AHORA BIEN IRENE NO MERECIA J A M A S. TENER ESTA POSICION. IRENE ES UNA DE LAS POCAS MISSES QUE HAN SIDO ENTREVISTADA POR LAS PRESENTADORAS ANTES DE SER ELECTA. UNA DE LAS POCAS QUE HA TENIDO RECONOCIEMITNO POR PARTE DE LA ORGANIZACION MISS UNIVERSO. BELLA POR SIEMPRE HASTA UNA BARBI SALIO DE ELLA. NO SE AHORA EN QUE LUGAR IRAN A QUEDAR EL RESTO DE LAS VENEZOLANAS, POR QUE ELLA MERECIA ESTAR POR ENCIMA DE ALICIA Y DAYANA Y A LA PAR CONM MARITZA SAYALERO. DOSM DE LAS MUJERES NATURALES MAS BELLAS DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS.

  • Joe-pty

    una opinion objetiva en cuanto a jueces el venezolano votaba bajo por las de USA, entonces en este sentido cada quien con su patria, concuerdo en que antes de Irene debia estar Barbara Palacios, pero en fin, no nos pongamos a comparar este concurso con el del 2001, ya que muchas que estubieron en buenas posiciones en esa decada ahora quedaron lejos (Brook, Dayanara, etc.) es cuestion de gustos

  • cejotama

    AHORA ME PREGUNTO DONDE ESTA LA OBJETIVIDAD DE LOS JUECES, NO SE QUE NACIONALIDAD TIENEN PERO SI ES CIERTO LA PUNTUACION QUE HAN DADO LOS DOS QUE SUPUESTAMENTE SON DE PUERTO RICO. SE EVIDENCIA SU ENVIDIA HACIA LAS VENEZOLANAS. QUIERO QUE CONTESTEN SI IRENE SAEZ NO MERECIA ESTAR POR DEBAJO DE MISS UNIVERSO 1977, TRINIDAD; 1986, BARBARA PALACIOS, 1990 MISS NORUEGA MONA, 1994 SHUMITA INDIA, 1998 WENDY (NO SE CUANDO LA VAN A SACAR HA TENIDO MUCHA SUERTE Y NO ES RACISMO) 2000 LARA DUTA QUE FUE SOLO UNA BUENA RESPUESTA , LA CECILIA BOLOCCOO, MISS PANAMA JUSTINE, Y HASTA LA QUIÑONES, QUE GANO PORQUE LA ELECCION FUE EN PUERTO RICO, PORQUE EN OTRO PAIS ASIATICO O EUROPEO. QUIZAS NI HUBIERA QUEDADO ENTRE LA FINALISTAS. REPIRO NO PIERDAN LA OBJETIVIDAD, ES UN CONCURSO DE BELLEZA. Y SI BIEN LA INTELIGENCIA CUENTA SEAN MAS OBJETIVOS.

  • taddercountryman

    BUENO, DESPUES DE ESTO, ME IMAGINO QUE ANGELA VISSER SERA LA PROXIMA, YA NADA ME SORPRENDE

  • Anaxagoras

    Woooow…this was a stunner!!! I really didn’t expect this at all. But I feel better to know that she along with Apasra, Lupita and Linda were under ranked.
    I was thinking about among the top 20 rank. A lot people don’t think that Irene was Miss Universe material, but I guess it was so. At that time, the pageant had its peak regarding beauty with Maritza, Shawn(mayb you won’t agree) and Irene. Karen was a fair winner but not as atonishing as these three, and the rest after them (during the 80s), lacked of what the Miss Universe Pageant standards were(sorry Barbara had poise, was kind of exotic and was very intelligent, but she wasn’t that beautiful). With no offense to Venezuelans, but this would be my ranking for all their winners:

    1. Alicia Machado
    2. Maritza Sayalero
    3. Irene Saez
    4. Dayana Mendoza
    5. Barbara Palacios
    6. Stefanía Fernández.

    I guess that Dayana will rank higher and will be above Barbara, Maritza and Alicia, in this list. And if it’s so, it’s because this panel are there for plastic surgery rather tan natural looks(though Maritza had a nose surgery, but not an extreme makeover as Dayana).

    Anyway…Irene should’ve been ranked higher !!!

  • Felipe

    Beauty is so relative guys , so take it easy. Life is short and everyone dies at the end , including the best MU of all times…Oxana , of course.
    I am having fun with some intelligent texts here.

  • Nelson

    INJUSTO, ABSOLUTAMENTE INJUSTO ESTE PUESTO PARA IRENE. ASI COMO DIJE QUE ESTEFANÍA MERECÍA ESTAR EN UN PUESTO MAS BAJO, SER INCLUSO LA PEOR MISS UNIVERSO DE LATINOAMERICA, TAMBIEN DIGO QUE IRENE SAEZ ES LA MAS ELEGANTE DE TODAS LAS MISS VENEZUELA. ESE AÑO ESTUVO POR COLOMBIA EDDY CANO, UNA MUJER ABSOLUTAMENTE BELLA, MIREN LAS ESCENAS DE ELLA Y LO VERÁN. AHORA ESPEREMOS QUE RAPIDAMENTE ELIMINEN A BARBARA PALACIOS, ALICIA MACHADO, MPULE KWELAGOBE Y GLADYS ZENDER.

  • WILL

    LO QUE HE NOTADO ACA ES QUE CUANDO ELIMINAN A UNA VENEZOLANA ENTRAN CIERTOS PERSONAJES A DESMERECER A LAS REINAS DE MI PAIS. CONOCI A IRENE EN 1998 Y ES SIMPLEMENTE SUBLIME. STEFANIA FERNANDEZ ES PRECIOSA PERO COMO MUCHOS DETESTAN QUE LOGRO EL BACK TO BACK LE DIERON BAJOS PUNTAJES. STEFANIA FERNANDEZ FUE LA MEJOR OPCION LA NOCHE DE LA ELECCION Y SU FINAL LOOK DIO LA CLAVE. DOMINICANA TENIA PELO HORRIBLE, PUERTO RICO NADA QUE VER, KOSOVO CON LOS DIENTES ROTADOS, AUSTRALIA MAS INSEGURA Y SE MORIA. IRENE ES A MI JUICIO LA TERCERA MISS UNIVERSE MAS BELLA DE VENEZUELA. SOLO ESPERO QUE A DAYANA NO LA DEJEN FUERA DEL TOP 5 PORQUE DAYANA FUE QUIEN LE DIO UN TOQUE SUPERMODELO AL ANTICUADO MISS UNIVERSE!

    ASI ME GUSTA QUE CUANDO MIS REINAS SON ELIMINADAS VERLOS LADRAR!

    ESPERO MI COMENTARIO NO SEA ELIMINADO!

    OTRO DATO, ES ACASO DENISSE QUIÑONES QUIEN GANO AMAÑANADAMENTE MAS BELLA QUE IRENE? ALLI SE LAS DEJO

    • prinpoleon

      deacuerdo contigo irene merecia mejor lugar y yo me pregunto donde esta corinna tsopei wendy fitzwilliams martha vasconcellos etc y si dayana marco un antes y un despues en el miss universo todos han hablado hablan y hablaran de dayana quien inicio la nueva era del miss universe PAZ :)

    • Anaxagoras

      Yo defiendo a Irene, pero no ladro, no soy Perro como Tú comprenderás!!! Y me atrevo a decirte que el glamour o toque de supermodelo al evento se lo dió desde antes Oxana. Que si no estoy equivocado(y por lo que dan a entender, que no será excluida) estará por encima de Dayana.
      Si debió estar mejor rankeada, pero no es la maaaas bella o mejor de todas las ganadoras.

    • drago

      Te apoyo 100%. Asi eliminen a Venezuela de este top, Venezuela es Venezuela, y nadie será superior a mi pais, en éste aspecto!

  • Antorcha

    I apologize to the GB panel for referring them as biased to favoring the Venezuelan MUs. When I learn that 5 USA winners, all east-asian winners, and a black african winner are on the bottom of this contest, I was anticipating the judges to place the venezuelans in the top 10.

    Belgium was in a close battle againt Venezuela for the MU 1981 title but Belgium couldn’t answer arguably the most difficult final question ever; even Irene had difficulty. I agree that Irene wasn’t as shapely-figured during swimsuit but I think that is a testament to her overall beauty as she still scored very high. I remember when she took stage, the american audience gave her notable audible applauses. I think Wendy Fitzwilliam, Sushmita Sen, and Ximena Navarrete are beautiful but I still think that Rina, Armi, and Irene should have all placed higher than those 3. I am surprised and in disbelief but not too bad as I am still picking Oxana to win with Natalie, Angela, and Ann-Marie to be way up there too..

  • GEM

    JUSTIN PASEK, AMELIA , JENIFER Y NATALIA TOP 5 DUELALE A QUIEN LE DUELA LAS MAS BELLASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

  • Anaxagoras

    Should’ve been ranked higher !!!

  • Pedro Chadid

    Por favor saquen RAPIDO! a la Wendy de Trinidad, a Alicia Machado (quien sólo figuro por performance pero su belleza es bastante común y nada especial)a Sushmita que NUNCA ENTENDERÉ como ganó Miss India sobre Ashwarya Rai o sobre Carolina Gómez el Miss Universo.. she is sexy etc… pero no es linda! y Amelia Vega era cute de cara pero su cuerpo daban ganas de llorar? fuera también!!!! estas chicas merecían los útimos puestos y no estar tan arriba…Y Denise es bien simple… Nunca será mejor que la griega o la Nigeriana que ganó Miss World… Irene no es mi Miss Universo favorita pero sí está encima de todas estas chicas…

  • Pedro Chadid

    1.Oxana/Jennifer(Australia) 2. Amparo Muñoz 3. Cecilia Bolocco 4. Barbara Palacios 5. Jane C. (T and T)

    • Anaxagoras

      Estava a punto de preguntar por tu rankeo personal y vi que lo escribiste después. Y con todo respeto y sin ofensa, sólo estoy de acuerdo contigo con Oxana, Amparo y Janelle. Aunque ,Amparo y Janelle se me hace muy atrevido por no decir arriesgado, el rankearlas en las cinco primeras, sin embargo en lo personal yo también siento que son de los rostros más hermosos(aunque no estoy contando personalidades, a final de cuentas la esencia del concurso en un principio era la belleza externa). Yo cambiaría a Barbara por Alicia ( si ya sé que tú no, pero a mi me impactó más ella que Barbara). Y honestamente Cecilia fué su personalidad que arrasó ese año ( en lo personal aún ono entiendo porque no ganó Roberta Capua de Italia, sin duda una de las más bellas 1ra Finalistas.
      Sumarizando, aquí lo que importa es si Irene estuvo bien o no rankeada !!!

  • dilip indian

    i had heard many good word about irene.her political achievements and contributions to the society,but had not seen her photograph.after seeing her photograph i think she is not that flatteringly beautiful,with that nose and assymmetrical face.she too is much hyped line carolina iszac

  • Brody

    Yo esperaba a Irene en el top 20. Para mino es una de las mejores, pero si representa la epoca dorada de MU es un clásico por así decirlo, creo que Alicia Machado hace tiempo debio aparecer, ella reporesenta la decadencia de MU asi como Irene lo contrario. otras que estan por debajo de Irene son: Denisse Quinonez, Wendy Fitzwilliams, Martha Vasconcellos, Maritza Sayalero, Leda Maria Vargas, Corinna Tsopei, Susmita Senn etc. En cuanto a mi ranking personal de MU venezolanas, esta de cuarta despues de Barbara Palacios, Estefania Fernandez y Dayanna Mendoza.

    • Anaxagoras

      Y Alicia por qué es la decadencia??? Por su estilo de vida actual??? Alicia es y cuando ganó fué hermosa.
      El hecho de que Dayana haya posado desnuda para una revista la hace no tan decadente o menos peor que Alicia???

  • Daniel

    Denisse Quinones la mejor miss universo junto a Ivonne Ryding y Dayana Mendoza, por favor sean objetivos y menos nacionalistas

    • Nelson

      de acuerdo con denisse e ivonne, pero cómo se te ocurre decir que Dayana es una de las tres mas bellas??? estas loko… la mejor Miss Universo de Venezuela es, sin duda alguna, Maritza sayalero..

      • Anaxagoras

        Te apoyo totalmente. Aunque en lo personal Alicia se me hace también muy bella. Podría ponerlas en 1er lugar a las dos como las Venezolanas más hermosas (obviamente ganadoras de Miss Universo)de todos los tiempos. Y a Irene después.

  • WilliamNYC

    Miss Brazil should have won Miss Universe 1981.

  • Paco

    Sigo mas que sorprendido con la nominación de Irene en el lugar 32, es ridículo que esta bellisima mujer, una de las mas laureadas Miss Universo por la propia organización, un grupo de personas invitadas como jueces de global beauties, la pongan por abajo de mujeres que no son físicamente mejores que ella, pero en fin es su opinión y para muestra de la reacción desfavorable que desataron, es la cantidad tan grande de mensajes, sorprendidos por nominar a Irene en un lugar tan bajo.

  • victor

    Señores de GB, cambien a esos jueces, realmente el concepto de belleza q tienes es absurdo. Cómo es posible que Irene Lailin Sáenz Conde esté en esa posición… Si la Organización del MU no deseaba realizar la edición del 82 y que Irene siguiera hasta 1983… Y, además, la única MU q recibió un premio especial como la que mayor trayectoria y posicionamiento ha logrado. Harold Glasser, ya fallecido, quien fue el jefe del MU dijo sobre Irene: She’s the best ever.
    Seguro colocan a la horrorosa de Ximena Navarrete en primer lugar.

  • Lena

    The award Irene receive in 1997 has nothing to do with most beutiful! It was for her acomplish, because she’s governor or whatever. Nobody say she is not good Miss Universe, but some jodges don’t like her beutiful. I agree, I think Irene is intelligente, but have bad body and face is not the best. Stefania is better from Venezuela.

  • Anaxagoras

    Si colocan a Ximena en primer lugar, será porque es muy hermosa.

  • Piper

    La verdad aunque no me gusta muchísimo Irene Saez, creo que si es mejor que varias que no hán aparecido aún. Tanto ella como Stefanía merecían un mejor lugar. En fin.

  • lamarquise

    Miss Canada’s hairdo really got my attention. What was she thinking? I bet her interview got her to 2nd place. However in her defence, her hair style was not like others (you know, typical 1980′s – like they got electrocuted): too much hairspray that is.

  • Tre

    I can’t believe her ranking!!! One of the most beautiful Miss Universe EVER. These pictures dont do her justice either. I thought she was going to be at least top 12.

  • Jean Carlos

    Tampoco estoy de acuerdo. Para mí Irene es preciosa, y posiblemente la mejor MU de Venezuela. En lo personal, ni Maritza ni Bárbara me encantan. Bárbara era más elegancia que otra cosa y Maritza, pues no sé, vi el certamen hace poco y no me pareció tan espectacular. Dayana y Stefanía, son muy lindas, pero me parece que Irene y Alicia están por encima. En el MU 96 Alicia se botó, fue la mejor y de ahí varias venezolanas estuvieron imitando su performance. Esperaba a Irene entre las mejores 10.

  • oteruel

    Eran otras épocas y estilos, todas las chicas se mostraban super maquilladas y con peinados horribles, me pregunto que se verían estas chicas si hubieran lucido con menos maquillaje y mas naturales. Todas parecían de mas de 30 años. Irene Saenz se que fue una gran Miss Universo, aunque en mi opinión no era la mas hermosa, prefería a la chica de Tahiti, de todas las venezolanas que han ganado me parece la menos atractiva, la mejor sin duda la primera, Maritza.

  • Aster21

    Irene Sáez, una rubia muy común, ni comparación con Angela Visser ella sí una rubia mega hermosa y espectacular.

  • CAROLINA

    LA MAS BELLA MISS UNIVERSO DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS. INCREIBLE EL LUGAR QUE LE OTORGARON

  • Gary

    Little has changed since 1981′s Miss British Virgin Islands remarks about racism. It’s not about preparation it’s all about racism and excluding Black and Asian contestants from winning and/or making the cut. Sure, there might be one or a few who make the cut but it’s overwhelmingly a White competition based on the White ideals and standard of beauty. So Miss Universe is not truly an international competition. Little wonder ratings have gone down so much, people are tired of seeing the same thing and it’s gotten old.

  • Luis

    As many of you here I am surprised to see Irene Saez in so low position. I have always considered her on of the most beautiful and smart Miss Universe ever. Just a look at her and you fall in love immediately.

  • cdn1822

    I loved Miss Tahiti. She was by far the most beautiful.

  • Armando

    IRENE 32, es sencillamente increible, ella es la más hermosa de todas, vi una entrevsita que le hiceron en NY despues de ser coronada y su belleza me parece WOW, pero como esto es tan subjetivo y obviamente el jurado Prendiz y Dominguez por alguna razón hasta “comprensible” no soportan que además de ser la más bella haya tenido la trascendencia que tuvo. No se puede hacer nada, lástima que el concurso no es lo objetivo que quisieramos, pero igual nos divierte. Irene debio compartir el top 2, con Oxana…. un ejemplo de “objetividad” es que justine sigue en la competencia..LOL…..

  • Kiwi

    As many in this website I was surprised at first to see Irene Saez ranked low but then I went and saw few clips in youtube of MU 1981, and it makes sense. She was pretty, elegant and seemed like a sweetheart but that was just about it. Although considered by many a stunner in the early 80s, it would seem she was more of an idea of what beauty was supposed to be in the 80s, and after 30 years her WOW factor is gone. These days a woman with Irene’s “type” wouldn’t place so high or get attention from the media in an international pageant. Other women’s “type” like the winner from South Africa and even Barbara Palacios from Venezuela would get a lot of attention. I’m guessing the judges of this countdown are taking that into consideration.

  • Fabian

    This is one I never got, in my opninion she was (and obviously still is) extremely overrated. Her swimsuit body was sub par and I thought she had no stage personality whatsoever! I agree with those posters who say ’81was a very, very weak year, seriously look at that TOP 5 for heaven’s sake! Easily the weakest of all Venezuelan winners. Am surprised she is ranked so high.

  • ALEX

    ESTO ES SIMPLEMENTE LA MEJOR MUESTRA DE LO QUE YA MUCHOS HAN DICHO… LA BELLEZA ES UN CONCEPTO QUE DEPENDE DE QUIEN LA VE…

    PERO DESDE DONDE LO VEO YO… IRENE ES LA MAS BELLA DE TODAS LAS MISS UNIVERSO… SI DE BELLEZA HABLAMOS… Y NO ES MI FAVORITA… A MI ME GUSTA, POR EJEMPLO, MUCHO MAS BARBARA PALACIOS O MARITZA SAYALERO… PARA HABLAR SOLO DE LAS VENEZOLANAS…

    DEBO DECIR QUE LA PRIMERA VEZ QUE LA VI PERSONALMENTE… UN BUEN TIEMPO DESPUES DE SU REINADO… SIMPLEMENTE ME QUEDE SIN AIRE… ES UNA MUJER FUERA DE SERIE… Y DE VERDAD DE UNA BELLEZA IMPRESIONANTE…

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