Videos from History: Miss World Gina Swainson

February 28, 2010

One of Bermuda’s great moments on the international stage was when 21 year old St. Georges resident Gina Swainson won the Miss World Pageant in 1979. Gina had also previously placed 1st runner up at the Miss Universe Pageant in Australia.

We’ve unearthed some video footage of both events, and speaking of winning awards, these videos may possibly win the award for “most grainy and lowest quality”, we do apologize but in our defense they are thirty years old!

The video below shows Gina being announced, and then crowned Miss World in 1979:

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Below is footage of Gina Swainson at the 1979 Miss Universe Pageant held in Perth, Australia. The Ms Universe is a completely separate organization from the Miss World, Gina placed 1st runner up in this event – one of the few competitors over the years to do so.
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When Gina returned there was a parade in her honour, and she was immortalized with both a commemorative stamp as well as a life sized sculpture by Desmond Fountain. For more on Gina, see her profile.

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