Miss World 1975, the 25th edition of the Miss World pageant was held on 20 November 1975 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 67 contestant took part in the pageant won by Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico. She was crowned by Miss World 1974, Anneline Kriel of South Africa. Runner-up was Germany, Marina Langer, in third place was Vicki Harris representing the United Kingdom, fourth place was Maricela Maxie Clark of Cuba and Yugoslavia's Ladija Verkovska completed the top five.


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Final Results Contestant
Miss World 1975
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
  •  Cuba - Maricela Maxie Clark
4th Runner-up
5th runner-up
  •  Haiti - Joelle Apollon
6th runner-up

Special awards[edit]Edit

Award Contestant
Miss Personality
Miss Photogenic

67 Contestants[edit]Edit


Returning countries and Debuts[edit]Edit

  • CuraçaoEl SalvadorHaitiSt. Lucia, and Swaziland competed in Miss World for the first time.
  • Cuba last competed in 1955.
  • Bolivia and Uruguay last competed in 1965.
  • Trinidad & Tobago last competed in 1971.
  • IcelandLuxembourgMauritiusPeruSeychelles, and Turkey last competed in 1973.

Withdrawals and Nations not competing[edit]Edit

  • Spain promptly withdrew from the competition, after an announcement that General Francisco Franco, the ruler of Spain, had died on the morning of the pageant date. Pageant organizers concerned that she had been too upset by Franco's death to appear in the finals.


  • Italy (Anna Vitale) was replaced by Vanna Bortolini, her first runner-up of the Miss Italy beauty pageant, because she decided to return home to take care of her ill mother.
  • South Africa (Rhoda Rademeyer) was the second runner-up of Miss South Africa beauty pageant. The official titleholder of this pageant, Vera Johns, was disqualified by the Miss World organizers when it was discovered that she came from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her Rhodesian nationality apparently did not violate the pageant's rules. The first runner-up, Crystal Coopers, went to London, but her father would not allow her to compete there because it was discovered that Vera Johns was not going to be officially stripped of her title.

Other Notes[edit]Edit

  • France (Sophie Perin) was the third Miss World contestant to win the Miss International title in 1976, after the winning streaks of Brucene Smith (Miss World 1971contestant representing the United States of America), who won the title in 1974, and Tuula Anneli Björkling (Miss World 1972 contestant representing Finland), who won the title in 1973.
  • Swaziland was now the organizer of the Miss Swaziland pageant.
  • Bahamas competed in Miss Universe 1982, and then awarded as Miss Photogenic.
  • Germany was handpicked by a pageant photographer, rather than the winner of that nation's pageant.
  • Argentina competed in Miss Universe 1976, and she was a semifinalist.
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