On Spotlight--- this will be our regular feature every Monday. Highlighting a queen who made such impact in her country and in pageantry! Since most of you love reading about interesting stories of illustrious queens of the past. Our first offering On Spotlight is MARITZA SAYALERO. Catch our Queen On Spotlight every Monday! 😍😍😍
The first woman from Venezuela to win @missuniverse , Maritza Sayalero rose to fame in 1979 with her win. She won the contest by a landslide, winning the interview, evening gown and swimsuit competitions in the pageant, which took place in Perth, Australia.
Sayalero showed enough of her legendary poise to become the indisputable leader of the night.
Immediately after the live telecast ended, the stage collapsed, as too many journalists and photographers had stormed on to get a photograph of the new queen. She managed to save a contestant (Miss Colombia) from falling into the gaping hole left in the middle of the set. Other delegates, including Miss Turkey and Miss Brazil, fell through the hole and were injured including Maritza herself.
Her victory began a national interest in beauty in Venezuela. Her name has become synonymous with beauty among Spanish language speakers, not only in Venezuela. Following her victory, in the 1980s, many parents named their daughters Maritza after her, especially if they shared the common family surname of Fernandez.
At least one ship was named in her honour, Maritza Sayalero.
She later married tennis player Raul Ramirez, and became a Mexican citizen. They have three children together, and live in Baja California. She is now a businesswomen, with a boutique which sells designs of her own making, living a moderately quiet life. #OnSpotlight
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