Miss Universe 1985

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Miss Universe 1985
Date15 July 1985
VenueJames L. Knight Convention Center, Miami, Florida, United States
BroadcasterCBS (WTVJ)
WinnerDeborah Carthy-Deu
 Puerto Rico
CongenialityLucy Montinola
Best National CostumeSandra Borda
PhotogenicBrigitte Bergman
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Miss Universe 1985 was the 34th Miss Universe pageant, held on 15 July 1985 at the James L. Knight Convention Center in Miami, Florida, United States. Seventy-nine contestants competed in the pageant. Deborah Carthy-Deu of Puerto Rico was crowned by Yvonne Ryding of Sweden.[1]


Location and date

In October 1984, the owners of the newly expanded West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada showed an interest in hosting the Miss Universe 1985 pageant there.[2] This followed an unsuccessful attempt to host the Miss Universe 1984 pageant in Calgary, Alberta, Canada the previous year.

Pageant organizers chose to host the pageant in Miami, Florida for the second consecutive year. George Honchar, president of Miss Universe Inc., expressed disappointment at a lack of local support for the event, which cost the city $2 million.[1]

Selection of participants

In April, 1985 the city of Miami requested that the Miss Universe organization insist that South Africa should not send a representative to pageant, due to the threat of demonstrations over her country's Apartheid policy.[3] In mid May the nation announced that they would not send their titleholder, Andrea Steltzer, to the pageant because of fears for her safety.[4] This was the first time since 1975 that the country did not participate in the pageant; they would not return to the event until 1995.[5] Andrea Steltzer (half South African and half German) took part as Miss Germany in the 1989 Miss Universe pageant where she was a semi-finalist.


Miss Universe 1985 participating nations and results


Placement Contestant
Miss Universe 1985
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
  •  Zaire – Benita Mureke Tete
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10



  1. ^ a b "79 Women Vie For Miss Universe Crown". Associated Press. 1985-07-15.
  2. ^ "Edmonton's new focus". The Globe and Mail. 1984-10-23. p. M1.
  3. ^ "Miami Worried About Miss South Africa". The San Francisco Chronicle. Reuters. 1985-04-02.
  4. ^ "Protest Fears Force Miss South Africa Out Of Miss Universe Pageant". Associated Press. 1985-05-19.
  5. ^ "South African representatives to Miss Universe". Pageant Almanac. Archived from the original on February 21, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Leisner, Pat (1985-05-13). "Miss Texas, the New Miss USA, Will Represent USA in Miss Universe Pageant". Associated Press.

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