Miss Universe Margie Moran oozes honesty and practicality as she answers a tough final question during the Miss Universe pageant held in Athens, Greece in July of 1973.
Her response to the question has persuaded the judges to chose her to bag the prestigious crown. Aside from the latter, she also brings home the Miss Photogenic award.
As for the Philippines, Miss Moran is the second Filipina who won the coveted Miss Universe title. It happened 4 years after Miss Gloria Diaz bring home the crown for the first time in 1979.
Maria Margarita “Margie” Moran was able to bag the Miss Universe crown during the pageant’s 22nd event held in Athens Greece on July 21, 1973. She was only 19 years old at the time of the competition. She bested 61 beauty queens from around the world that participated in the event.
From the 61 candidates, it was reduced to the Top 12. The judges have further narrowed it down to Top 5. The final five are Miss USA, Miss Philippines, Miss Norway, Miss Israel, and last but not least Miss Spain.
During the last part of the event, the 5 finalists need to answer a random general type question. Each of the contestants needs to select a random envelope containing the question.
Miss Philippines gets the chance to answer last. The question for her seems simple but is really a tough one. She answered it straightforward and with practicality.
Do you want to know her answer during the Miss Universe question and answer portion? I also want to know too!
Miss Universe Question 1973: Let’s make believe that all of a sudden you had a million dollars. What’s the first thing you would buy and why would you buy it.
Margie Moran Answer: A house and lot, because it’s the most expensive thing and I can’t afford it. If I have a million bucks, I’ll buy a house and lot and live by myself, and other people of course.
Watch the Q and A portion for Miss Universe 1973:
I also want to include here the questions and answers of the other finalist. For you to have an idea about their performance. I apologize if I transcribe incorrectly the answers of the contestants.
Question for Miss Spain: If your little sister or a friend were to enter this pageant next year. What advice would you give them?
Miss Spain Answer: She will advise her sister to come here because it was a very good experience. Not only, but also for girls in every country because it’s a very good experience for every woman in the world.
Question: If you have to stop being you and become somebody else. Who would you want to be and why?
Miss Israel Answer: I think I want to be a great scientist. Because I think that science is the most important aspects a value in our lives. Constructive Science not the destructive science for world purposes for instance. Science help humanity and this is my aim in life.
Question: You had a chance to see how the people of Athens live. How does it differ from the way people live in your hometown?
Miss Norway Answer: Oh, that was a difficult question, I think. People here is a very warm. And am, they are looking out on each other and they don’t care to talk with strange people on the street. In Norway, we does not do that. And am ah oh it’s difficult to answer in English.
Question: You’ve been away from home for about 10 days. What is the first thing you are going to do when you get home and why?
Miss USA: Many people will ask me. The first thing, “How is Greece, what it is like to be home.” The people in this country have made me feel so at home. That all I can do is take them back with me. And that’s what I am going to tell my folks when I get home.
Alright, after the judges have heard the answers of the respective finalist. They chose Miss Margie Moran of the Philippines as Miss Universe for 1973.