It was the 20th of July in 1979 when Venezuela won its very first Miss Universe crown. Then 18 year old Maritza Sayalero won the title after she survived evening gown, swimsuit and interview being on top of the other candidates. The celebratory mood after Sayalero’s win was replaced by shrieks and screams from the candidates when a portion of the stage collapsed and the platform dropped about 6 feet. This incident happened at the Perth Entertainment Center in Perth, Australia! It was attributed to the sudden surge of photographers and reporters onto the stage immediately after the crowning.
Our Throwback Thursday photos were taken moments after the incident happened:
Photo Credits: http://www.pageantopolis.com
Good thing that the girls were safe except Miss Malta and Miss Turkey who were badly bruised.