Exactly 43 years ago today, Amparo Muñoz of Spain was crowned Miss Universe 1974 by Margarita Moran of the Philippines. Miss Universe 1974, the 23rd Miss Universe pageant, was held on July 19, 1974 at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila, Philippines. It was the first time in the pageant's history that the event was held in Asia.
After the beauty pageant, she left the Philippines to begin what was supposed to be an exciting and memorable year as Miss Universe but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. Everything came to a head when her crown was broken into pieces after she hurled it through a window. Amparo, the fiery and temperamental Spanish beauty, decided not to continue being Miss Universe and resigned in January 1975 but she was never was never officially dethroned and the title was not offered to any of the other runner-ups. Her 1st runner up Helen Morgan of Wales was crowned Miss World later that year but was dethroned a few days later
The 1974 Miss Universe title then became vacant for six months and it was Miss Universe 1972 Kerry Ann Wells who crowned the 1975 Miss Universe
Muñoz died on February 27, 2011, aged 56, due to unspecified causes
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