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Celebrating Margarita Moran's 40th Coronation Anniversary as Miss Universe 1973



Exactly 40 years ago today, July 21, 1973, Margarita Moran of the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 1973 at the Herod Atticus Theatre in Athens, Greece. Margarita became the second woman from her country to win the coveted title (Gloria Diaz was the first in 1969). In the photo, Margarita is flanked by her court, from left to right: 4th runner-up Miss Israel Limor Schreibman, 1st runner-up Miss USA Amanda Jones, 2nd runner-up Miss Norway Aina Walle, and 3rd runner-up Miss Spain María del Rocío Martín Madrigal

A beaming Margarita

The last two standing: Philippines and USA. Host Bob Barker announces the winner
Margarita's winning reaction
Miss USA Amanda Jones is happy for Margarita's win
Margarita takes her victory walk

Greek authorities did not allow the contestants to wear swimsuits in the open-door theater to honor the sanctity of the place. Instead, they had to wear the ancient Greek clothing for women called chiton (shorter version), accessorized with sandals and armlet. A separate swimsuit segment was videotaped for the television audience.
The morning after her coronation, Margarita enjoys a continental breakfast fit for a queen

Margarita's homecoming parade


Margarita is interviewed about her Greek experience
Margarita's official swimsuit portrait as Miss Universe 1973

Margarita makes a guest appearance on the popular American game show, "What's My Line?"


RELIVING MARGARITA'S MISS UNIVERSE MOMENTS:




WATCH MISS UNIVERSE 1973 IN ITS ENTIRETY:




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