|Gloria Aspillera Díaz was born on April 5, 1951 in the Philippines. She won the country's very first Miss Universe Crown in 1969 when she was just 18 years old. This month, we are featuring her 1969 Miss Universe crowning moment to celebrate her birthday. We would like to wish her the happiest one ever.
The following is an excerpt from a Florida newspaper dated June 25, 1970: Gloria, a dark-eyed brunette who wears lightly her official stamp as 1969's most beautiful girl in the universe, reached the Miami finals last July after winning the "Miss Philippines" preliminary.
One of the 12 children of Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Díaz, Gloria says she went into the original contest during a vacation from college when "I had nothing much to do and it seemed like fun." She has had plenty to do during the past 12 months. She has traveled to South America, Australia, many areas of the United States and Canada representing
companies that sponsored last season's pageant. She has learned to cope gracefully with autograph hunters, discourage elderly—over 25—wolves, and keep in shape one basic makeup job including eyelashes, with occasional patching, for 18 or more hours of personal appearances.