19 comments on “Throwback Thursday: The last time Miami hosted a Miss Universe Pageant

  1. India was the lowest to make it in top 10 with 8.96 average. Philippines was 8.95. That is life!

  2. I so loved the 1950’s feel of the swimwear portion with the memorable latin- flavored song Patricia. Miss Estonia almost tripped but made a quick recovery. She smoldered onstage with her Bridget Bardot aura

  3. This was a battle between Curacao’s Verna Vasquez and Italy’s Denny Mendez. Only a fraction of a point separated them until the top 6 when Brook took over with her witty answers. Venezuela was very very lucky that time.

  4. I love Brooke Lee. I think it’s her birthday today too, same with Elvis Presley.
    Mr. Norman I hope you can feature Miss Spain. She reminds me of Dayana Mendoza and I like her, apart from MJ.

  5. MU 1954 – Miriam Stevenson USA
    MU 1956 – Carol Morris USA

    MU 1995 – Chelsea Smith USA
    MU 1997 – Brook Lee USA

    MU 2012 – Olivia Culpo USA
    MU 2014 – ???

    Some have said it is too soon for another Miss USA (Nia Sanchez) to be crowned MU. History says no… we’ll see. Fingers crossed for MJ.

  6. This 1997 edition of Miss Universe was especially memorable for me for a few reasons:

    1) SWIMSUITS: I believe this was the first year MUO gave the delegates the option to wear either a one-piece or a two-piece.

    2) VERNA VASQUEZ: The gorgeousness of Miss Curacao… whose exclusion in the Top 3 was a complete shock despite a good answer.

    3) BROOK LEE: She was sweet and adorable — though her gown IMHO was probably one of the most hideous gowns I’ve seen on a MU winner.

    4) ABBY ARENAS: The .001 difference was so heartbreaking. This intelligent lass would definitely have rocked that stage and aced the Q&A portion should she have been given a chance.

    5) THAT BULGE THAT I CANNOT UNSEE: Miss Puerto Rico’s uber-fitted gown revealed all her curves including her “bulge”.


    7) GEORGE HAMILTON: Crazy… and thankfully was not invited to host the pageant again.

    8) CAROLINA HERRERA: Her controversial attempt to down-score everyone else but Venezuela almost succeeded in giving the country it’s first back-to-back win.

  7. I so love Brook answered the Miss U questions very well.

    Sayang si Abygale Arenas.

    • i too love her answer, hindi yung typical na world peace answer sa mga beauty pageant! “i will eat everything and i will eat everything twice!” very witty & intelligent talaga si brook! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. If and only if Abbygale Arenas made it to Top 10 (.001 gap).. malay natin ma upset nya si Brook Lee. Note that except maybe in few instances (1987, 1994) that once Philippines make it to the semi’s it will go all the way to win/top 5 finish.

    • ang chaka kasi nung long gown niya, yun ang nagpatalo sa kanya… kasalanan lahat ni bazura! ๐Ÿ˜ก

      • Hindi pa si barraza ang “couturier” ng mga MUP that time, but I must say na more than the underwhelming ballgown, super na let down ako sa styling ni abby nun… I cannot forget the hair extensions!!!

      • so hindi pa pala si bazura ang gumagawa ng gown ng miss philippines-u nung ’97? pero kasalanan pa rin niya yun! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  9. 2 things very memorable about this edition…

    – Ang nakakapanghinayang na 11th place finish ni Abby Arenas sa era ng tough 10 semifinalists.

    – Ang kabugerang si Denny Mendez ng Italy

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