Miss Universe 1992

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Miss Universe 1992
(left) Title card
(right) Lupita Jones Miss Universe 1991 riding on an elephant
Date9 May 1992[a]
VenueQueen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand
BroadcasterCBS (international)
Channel 7 (official broadcaster)
WinnerMichelle McLean
CongenialityBarbara Johnson
 Turks and Caicos
Best National CostumePamela Zarza
PhotogenicSoledad Diab
← 1991
1993 →

Miss Universe 1992 was the 41st Miss Universe pageant, held on 9 May 1992[a] at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Seventy-eight contestants competed in this year. Michelle McLean of Namibia was crowned by Lupita Jones of Mexico at the event's conclusion. This is the first and so far only time that Namibia won the pageant.


Location and date

Thailand anticipated holding the pageant as early as August 1991, when thousands of slum dwellers were evicted in order to improve the image of the city prior to a World Bank conference that was held in the city in October and the pageant.[1]

The official announcement that Bangkok would host the pageant was made in December 1991, with the date initially set as 16 May.[2] In March the date was moved back to 8 May so that it would not clash with Wisakha Bucha Day, a Buddhist holiday.[3]

The pageant was held amidst a political crisis in Thailand that culminated on 17 May in the Black May protests against the government of General Suchinda Kraprayoon. The day prior to the event the public relations director expressed fears that the show might have to be cancelled if the situation escalated, although the threat was played down by other pageant officials.[4]


Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok
Miss Universe 1992 participating nations and results


Placement Contestant
Miss Universe 1992
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 6
Top 10


  1. ^ a b The event was held at 8:00 am Thailand Time (UTC+07:00); for the Americas, this was 8 May in their local times.


  •  Israel — Eynat Zmora, who represented Israel, placed first runner-up in the Miss Israel pageant but was sent to Miss Universe because the winner, Ravit Asaf, was under the age restriction of 18 years.[5]
  •  CIS — Julia Etina, Miss CIS 1992, did not compete in Miss Universe 1992, due to the fact that she had turned 18 years old after February 1. Her first runner-up of Miss CIS 1992, Lydia Kuborskaya went to Miss Universe instead of her. However, Etina got an official visit to the United States as sort of a consolation prize for missing the big event.[6][7][8]
  •  Ireland — Jane Thompson, who represented Ireland, replaced Amanda Brunker, who was Miss Ireland 1991, due to the fact that Brunker was underaged before 1 February. However, Thompson was from Belfast in Northern Ireland.
  •  Republic of China — Wu Pei Jun, Miss Universe Republic of China 1992, was underaged before 1 February. Her first runner-up, Liu Yu Hsin couldn't go either due to her health problems. So the chance was given to her second runner-up, Vivian Shih Hsiu Chieh, who went to the pageant instead.[9]
  •  Spain - Sofia Mazagatos, Miss España 1991, did not compete due to the fact that she was underaged before 1 February. Her first runner-up, Virginia García went instead of her.[10] Mazagatos went only to Miss Europe 1992 pageant.


  •  Belize
  •  Ghana
  •  Hong Kong — Amy Kwok was expected to represent Hong Kong and even arrived in Bangkok, but was disqualified because she did not meet residency requirements. Kwok was a US resident who became the first overseas contestant to win the Miss Hong Kong title. The same issue came up again in Miss Universe 1996 when the winner Winnie Yeung was also a US citizen and she was disqualified. The 1st runner up in the pageant, Sofie Rahman was her replacement.[11]
  •  Italy - Gloria Zanin, Miss Italia 1992 rejected to compete at Miss Universe 1992 in order to boost her career as an actress and model locally. Therefore, this is Italy's first ever withdrawal at Miss Universe since its exception in 1952, they would only withdrew again in 2006.
  •  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Lack of Sponsorship.
  •  Soviet UnionCollapsed in 1991, split into fifteen countries. The titleholder of Miss USSR 1991, Ilmira Shamsuttinova later competed in 1996 as Miss Russia.[12]
  •  Trinidad and Tobago – Rachel Charles was underage before 1 February. She competed in 1993 instead.
  •  Yugoslavia – Due to the breakup in April, also wars and political crisis. Returned in 1998.


  1. ^ Shenon, Philip (25 August 1991). "Thailand Evicting the Poor: Coming Events Spur Leaders to Level Slum". Los Angeles Daily News.
  2. ^ "Miss Universe contest to be held Bangkok in May". Agence France-Press. 17 December 1991.
  3. ^ "Organizers seek new date for beauty pageant". Agence France-Press. 6 March 1992.
  4. ^ "Miss Universe organiser says political crisis threatens pageant". Agence France-Presse. 7 May 1992.
  5. ^ "Miss Israel loser gives up quest to be Miss Universe". The Jerusalem Post. 13 April 1992.
  7. ^ Crowning Achievement Falls Flat A Hit At Soviet Pageant Will Miss Next Step
  9. ^ 〈世界环姐选举改派第三名施秀洁参赛〉,《联合晚报》,1992年4月10日,4版
  10. ^ ://missmexicoeverywhere.blogspot.com/2012/01/?view=
  11. ^ "Miss Hong Kong disqualified from Miss Universe contest". Agence France-Press. 21 April 1992.
  12. ^ P, Oleg (20 June 2014). "ВСЕ НАШИ МИСС: МИСС СССР 1991". ВСЕ НАШИ МИСС (in Russian). Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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