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MISS U.S.A. 1969 WENDY DASCOMB

Miss USA 1970- Wendy Dascomb's Farewell Speech
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Here is Wendy Dascomb's historical farewell speech at the 1970 Miss USA Beauty Pageant:
"Well, a year has passed since I last stood on this stage. A lot's happened. A lot of...umm...should I say...uh...experiences. I don't know how to explain them...but they were something. Also, I learned a lot while travelling this year...the places...the people. It, some of it, made me very very happy and the rest was just sort of discouraging. I have a very very strong hope for the girl who's the winner this year. I hope that she can stand in this place, at this time and relate to the all the viewing public a year of beautiful and meaningful experiences rather than my year's pre-occupation with fear...a great deal of fear for our world."
Wendy Dascomb was the 1969 Miss USA winner from the State of Virginia and a semifinalist in the 1969 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant won by the Philippines' Gloria Diaz. Wendy was 19 years old when she won the Miss USA contest and somewhat dazed by the rapid pace of events that catapulted her to the position of a nationally recognized beauty. The charming hazel-eyed blonde could hardly believe that she would be representing the United States in the 1969 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. In one interview, Miss Dascomb told the press that, "Truth of the matter is I never even wanted to be a contender for the Miss USA title, and it was only at the insistent urging of my drama teacher at Stratford College in Danville, Va. that I got involved." Miss Dascomb then said, "He insisted I enter the preliminary contest held in Piedmont, Va. I agreed, but I didn'y even tell my roommate because I was so sure I would be eliminated right at the start." It was not only her drama teacher's urging but her fellow classmates as well that she entered the local contest that was to lead to her first becoming "Miss Virginia" and then "Miss U.S.A. 1969". With no thought of being chosen the winner, Wendy had made plans to study dramatics in England that summer. And as far as winning Miss Universe 1969 title, Miss Dascomb said, "I'll never win the Miss Universe title- never, never, never."
When asked about her farewell speech at the 1970 Miss USA Beauty Pageant, Miss Dascomb said that she forgot the speech she had prepared for delivery before a national television audience that Saturday night at the crowning of her successor, Debbie Shelton of Virginia. So Miss Dascomb spoke off the cuff and mentioned "fear" she had encountered in the past year. "I practiced and rehearsed any speech, but when I got up there I just couldn't say it," Miss Dascomb recalled. "There was a mental block." "What I did feel was fear, war. It really concerned me. That's what I meant about the new Miss USA: I hope she isn't preoccupied with fear. "And it's not just war. I was speaking of our ecological system, our population and everything. Also the starvation, If we don't curb it, our-children won't make it." Wendy Dascomb was the first cover story for Gloria Steinem’s “MS? Magazine in 1972.


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