If for any reason, the winner cannot fulfill her duties, the 1st runner-up will take her place…
We always hear the statement above before a new Miss Universe is crowned. And it was back in 2002 when the 1st Runner-Up Justine Pasek of Panama took over Oxana Fedorava of Russia.
Now over at Miss USA, the line of succession is more standard (and non-complicated) in practice.
From 1967 onwards, the first runner-up automatically replaced any Miss USA titleholder who won the Miss Universe pageant. Here are the ones who benefitted, in reverse order:
Nana Meriwether of Maryland – 2012
Brandi Sherwood of Idaho – 1997 (she was also crowned Miss Teen USA 1989 prior)
Shanna Lynn Moakler of New York – 1995
Jineane Ford of Arizona – 1980
Cheryl Patton of Florida – 1967 (She was 2nd Runner-Up but took over the Miss USA title after 1st runner-up Susan Bradley of California declined when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe)
The late Miss Universe 1967 Sylvia Hitchcock showing off her Miss Universe and Miss USA crowns
Last Sunday, August 16, we lost another former Miss Universe. The winner of the 1967 crown, Sylvia Hitchcock, succumbed to cancer and will be forever remembered as one of the Miss USA titleholders who went on to win Miss Universe.
In this article by Kathy Leigh Berkowitz, it was written that “The little girl who grew up on a chicken farm in Miami and ascended to the title of Miss Universe 1967 has bid this world farewell, and left behind a legacy of love and giving, accomplishment and living, that not many in the common world achieve…”
Long-time friend Barbara Harvard was also quoted in the same write-up saying that ” “She was the same every time you saw her. She was just Sylvia. With her as Miss Universe, that could have made her arrogant. But Sylvia was Sylvia, she was never above anybody.”
Let us now look back and watch clips from her Miss Universe victory 48 years ago.
courtesy of Miss Universe Miss World
Rest in peace, Miss Universe 1967 Sylvia Louise Hitchcock-Carson
How do you like Miss Florida USA Michelle Aguirre?
Do you have the taste for true blondes? Then Michelle Aguirre – Miss Florida in the ongoing Miss USA 2013 – should be on your list. This girl is one of the running favorites for the title come finals night on June 16 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. In fact, she is the bettors’ solid pick to figure out as #1.
While I may not always go head over heels with her type, there is a special hard-to-define quality about Michelle that makes me veer towards her direction. She is sexy without going overboard. And except for the two super-vampish photos on top, she comes off as very likeable.
Is there a place for her on top? The last time her state was declared Miss USA was way back in 1967 and that was even due to a rare technicality when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe and her 1st Runner-Up Susan Bradley (of California) refused to take over. Hence, third-placer Cheryl Patton (of Florida) was officially enthroned.
Let’s see if Michelle Aguirre becomes Florida’s first ‘crowned-on-finals-night’ winner. 😉