Monika Nowosadko Ewa, who should be a distant cousin of mine. She was Miss Polonia 1987.
Miss Austria owns the world LONDON (AP) - Ulla Weiger- storfer, a. veterinary science student from Vienna, Austria, celebrated her first full day as Miss World today and said it was all like a dream. "I didn't think I would win," Miss Weigerstorfer said after she was crowned in the 37th-annual pageant Thursday night. "I feel there were ' 78 Miss Worlds here." , The 20-year-old student and part- time model showed no signs of tears and smiled broadly as she walked down the runway wearing a black and purple flamenco-style dress and holding the Miss World scepter. "I'm so happy, I couldn't say," — she told reporters after the pageant at the Royal Albert Hall before an audience of 8,000. An estimated 500 million television viewers in 50 countries watched the 90-minute show The 5-foot-ll, blue-eyed blonde, the first Austrian to win the title since 1969, was chosen from among 78 contestants. British bookmakers had offered odds against her winning of 20-1. The first runner-up was Venezuela's Albani Lpzada Jimenez, a 22-. , year-old television interviewer from Caracas who was the bookies' clear favorite before the contest. Iceland's Anna Margret Jonsdottir, a 21-year-old stewardess from Reykjavik, came in third. Miss United States, 23-year-old receptionist Clothilde Cabrera from Tampa, Fia., failed to make the final rounds. Miss Weigerstorfer, who succeeds ULLA WEIGERSTORFER Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde of Trinidad and Tobago, also was named winner of the Queen of Beauty trophy for Europe, one of five continental prizes first awarded in •198i: Miss Venezuela was named winner for the Americas. The other Queens of Beauty were Miss Nigeria, Mary Ngozi Biendseh, 19, for Africa; Miss Hong Kong, Pauline Po Ling Yeung, 20, for Asia; and Miss Guam, Francel Caracol 24, for Oceania. In addition to Miss Austria, Miss Venezuela and Miss Iceland the other three finalists were Miss Poland, Monika Nowosadko Ewa, 23- Miss Argentina, Katerina Ciscato 17; and Miss Colombia, Claudia Escobar Zapata, 21. Miss Weigerstorfer earlier had spoken enthusiastically in an onstage interview about her interest in horse riding. With (he title, she won $8,800 and a $44,000 one-year contract to promote clothes and beauty products worldwide. Another Austrian model, Eva Reuber-Staier, won Miss World in 1969. • • For the first time, the entrants paraded in leotards, not swimsuits, in what some saw as a concession to disapproving feminists. "We have to keep up with the times," said Julia Morley, who runs the pageant with her entrepreneur husband, Eric. "Bathing costumes are old hat." ; . . The pageant has raised more than $50 million for underprivileged and disabled children since it was first held at the Festival of Britain 1951. m