Miss Universe 1981
Miss Universe 1981 opening titles.jpg
Date20 July 1981
PresentersBob Barker, Elke Sommer
Entertainment
VenueMinskoff Theatre, New York City, New York, United States
Broadcaster
Entrants76
Placements12
Debuts
Withdrawals
Returns
WinnerIrene Sáez
 Venezuela
CongenialityLinda Smith
 Bahamas
Best National CostumeAdriana Alves de Oliveira
 Brazil
PhotogenicTina Brandstrup
 Denmark
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Miss Universe 1981, the 30th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant, was held on 20 July 1981 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City, United States. Irene Sáez of Venezuela was crowned by Shawn Weatherly of the United States. There were 77 contestants competing for the crown, but Miss Mauritius got homesick and withdrew.[1] The pageant originally was scheduled to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala. However, for financial and political reasons, Miss Universe was moved to New York City.[2]

Results

Miss Universe 1981 participating nations and results
Miss Universe 1981 participating nations and results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 1981
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
  •  Brazil – Adriana Alves de Oliveira
4th Runner-up
  •  Belgium – Dominique van Eeckhoudt
Top 12


  Winner
  First runner-up
  Second runner-up
  Third runner-up
  Fourth runner-up
(#) Rank in each round of competition

Final Competition

Nation Preliminary

Average

Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
 Venezuela 8.575 (1) 8.966 (1) 9.024 (1) 8.887 (1) 8.959 (1)
 Canada 7.913 (12) 8.167 (6) 8.133 (5) 8.508 (2) 8.269 (4)
 Sweden 7.967 (9) 8.658 (2) 8.050 (6) 8.179 (4) 8.296 (3)
 Brazil 8.330 (4) 8.191 (5) 8.416 (3) 7.824 (7) 8.144 (5)
 Belgium 8.223 (6) 8.529 (3) 8.881 (2) 8.268 (3) 8.559 (2)
France Tahiti 7.940 (11) 8.149 (7) 8.137 (4) 7.962 (5) 8.082 (6)
 Norway 8.259 (5) 8.435 (4) 7.717 (8) 7.838 (6) 7.997 (7)
 Germany 8.400 (3) 7.875 (8) 8.041 (7) 7.442 (10) 7.786 (8)
 Holland 8.133 (7) 7.590 (9) 7.633 (9) 7.625 (9) 7.616 (9)
 United States 8.527 (2) 7.427 (11) 7.617 (10) 7.653 (8) 7.565 (10)
 Ecuador 7.967 (9) 7.442 (10) 7.300 (12) 7.317 (12) 7.353 (11)
 New Zealand 8.063 (8) 6.950 (12) 7.492 (11) 7.350 (11) 7.264 (12)

Awards

Special Awards Winners
Miss Amity  Bahamas - Linda Smith
Miss Photogenic  Denmark - Tina Brandstrup
Best National Costume  Brazil - Adriana Alves de Oliveira

Judges

Contestants

Notes

Debuts

Returns

Last competed in 1957:

Last competed in 1974:

Last competed in 1979:

Replacements

Withdrawals

Did not compete

General references

References

  1. ^ a b "Venezuelan wins title: Miss Universe". The Robesonian. Associated Press. July 21, 1981. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Miss Universe Facts & Figures". buzzle.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Miss Universe 1981". bellezavenezoelana.net.