|Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, is surrounded by well-wishers after she is crowned.|
“Neil Armstrong of the United States just landed on the moon but Gloria Diaz @its.gloriadiaz of the Philippines has just conquered the Universe." - US Pres.Richard Nixon (July 19, 1969).
MANILA - Exactly 49 years ago today, Philippines got the first Miss Universe crown through Gloria Diaz. Let's go back to 1969 and have a glimpse of Gloria's official photos as Miss Universe. All photos courtesy of IMG Universe LLC.
|Philippines native Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, looks pensive in this headshot. Diaz won her title in Miami Beach, Florida.|
|Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, displays some of her prizes. Although Miss Universe no longer receives a sceptor or a trophy, she does receive prizes from sponsors that range from Clairol to Mikimoto Pearls to Maurice Lacroix and Hoya Crystal.|
|Standing in her Catalina swimsuit, Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, shows off the form that helped her win the title. Catalina Swimsuits founded the Miss Universe Pageant in 1952.|