MIAMI (AP) JULY 09,1984— Miss Sweden,a 21-year-old registered nurse who "never dreamed" it could happen, wore the jeweled crown of Miss Universe 1984 today after outshining 80 other beauty queens from around the world.
"I can't believe this, I'm so happy that my parents are with me," Yvonne Ryding said tearfully Monday night after winning the pageant, and the $175,000 in cash and prizes that go with the crown.
Miss Ryding, who weighs 114 pounds and stands 5-foot-7, was the runaway leader at all stages of the contest, scoring highest in both the swimsuit and evening gown categories.
She also was the favorite of the other contestants, who gleefully surrounded her after the coronation, saying "I told you, I told you."First runner-up was Miss South Africa, Tisha Snyman, 20,
of Durban; second runner-up was Miss Venezuela, Carmen Maria Montiel, 19, of Maracaibo; third runner-up was Miss Philippines, Dess Verdadero, 21, of Manila; and fourth runner-up was Miss Colombia,
Susana Caldas, 20, of Cartagena. THE FIVE finalists had been asked what they would tell women throughout the world if they won the pageant. Miss Ryding said she would encourage all women to
"have their own personality." The new Miss Universe's first official act was to reign over a coronation ball early today. She was to make a "breakfast-in-bed" appearance for the media,
followed by an awards ceremony. Miss Ryding also was to select a $5,000 prize wardrobe from an exclusive shop in Bal Harbour, north of-Miami Beach, before leaving Miami on Wednesday for appearances
in New York. Her title became official Monday night when host Bob Barker pronounced Miss Ryding the winner and the 1983 Miss Universe, Lorraine Downes of New Zealand, placed the jeweled crown on her head.
Sten and Agneta Ryding quickly pushed through a crowd of photographers to stand at their daughter's side. "It's unbelievable," said Ryding, holding the heavy Miss Universe cup for his daughter.
"I've never seen such a thing before. The people in Sweden can't understand what this is. "Asked if he expected his daughter's victory, the proud father replied, "No, I didn't. There were so many girls,
she was lucky." Miss Ryding said she "never dreamed" she would win. She said that after her year of activities, she would probably return to her job as a registered nurse in Sweden. MISS BERMUDA,
Rhonda Wilkinson, said most of the contestants had picked Miss Ryding as their choice for Miss Universe 1984. "We had chosen her a week ago," the 21-year-old said. Miss USA, Mai Shanley, 21, of Alamagordo,
N.M., said at the coronation ball that she was not disappointed to finish only as a semifinalist in front of a hometown crowd. "It's a little bit sad, because a really nice three weeks is coming to an end,"
she said, "but I felt I'd done my very best as Miss USA in the pageant." The other semifinalists who did not make it to the finals were Miss Germany, Brigitte Berx, 22;
Miss Guatemala, Julieta Urrutia, 21; Miss Holland, Nancy Need, 20; and Miss Thailand, Savinee Prakaranang, 19. A capacity audience of 4,000 paid between $15 and $50 each to watch the extravaganza at a downtown
Miami convention center. The two-hour program began at 9 p.m. Live television coverage via satellite brought the pageant to an estimated 22 countries, while viewers in 28 others will see it through syndicated rebroadcasts.
This year's judges included Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera, Mexican singer Lucia Mendez, Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen, television talk-show host Alan Thicke, prima ballerina
Maria Tallchief and actor Harry Guardino. [AP Staff 1984]