Panama City (Central America) provides the setting for the 1986 MU. This capital offers a world of wonder and surprise, from modern buildings and traditional sites to tropical gardens and local cuisine.
2.Would-be model Helena Christensen, whose exotic beauty propelled her to international stardom in the 1990s, represents the Kingdom of Denmark in this year’s contest. Nonetheless, she does not even make the Top 12. Despite all this, she thereupon became one of the most highly paid supermodels on Earth, alongside Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer
3.For the second time in a row, the Republic of Zaire -subsequently called the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)- qualifies for the semis with Miss Aimee Likobe Dobala, a born-fashion model. Dobala’s stunning good looks have helped her secured a post as one of the most important models in Paris in the following years.
4.Italy’s beauty queen Susan Huckstep is disqualified in the preliminary competition despite being elected Miss Photogenic and being one of the favorites to reach the finals.
5.Chilean beauty, Mariana Villasante, gained the status of favorite at Panama, home to the 1986 Miss Universe. In the preliminary round, she reached one of highest scores, becoming one of the 10 semi-finalists, along with the contestants from Brazil, Colombia, Finland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, USA, Venezuela and Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Curiously, she did not took part in the Miss South America Universe in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, where participated nine representatives from South America which gained the right to go to Panama City, including Venezuela’s Barbara Palacios Teyde (winner and future Miss Universe 1986), Brazil’s Deysi Nunes de Sousa and Colombia’s Monica Urbina.
6.Expectations are high for Osmel Sousa’s pupil Barbara Palacios in Panama. He’s very hopeful that Miss Venezuela will be MU. The reason for this optimism is easy to see: the 1986 Miss South America is won by Palacios. Mr. Sousa is Miss Venezuela’s national director since 1981.
7.Following competing against such well-known beauties as Deisy Nunes de Sousa (Brazil’s first black queen), Christy Fichtner (USA) and Helena Christensen (Denmark), Venezuela’s Spaniard-born beauty queen Barbara Palacios Teyde becomes the first naturalized citizen (both in the Western Hemisphere and in the world) to be crowned Miss Universe on July 21, 1986 in Atlapa Convention Center at Panama City. The nation won its trophy after finishing fourth at Singapore’87. Although, she grew up surrounded by artists (she was born into an acting family),Barbara was captivated by the pageants. Her international prestige was enhanced when she acted as a telecast judge at MU 1988 in the Republic of China (ROC)/Taiwan.
8.Miss Poland Brygida Bziukiewicz makes the Top Five. She is the key figure behind Poland’s return to MU.
9.Miami Sound Machine (MSM), led by Gloria Estefan, performes at the 1986 Miss Universe.
10.The host country has a dificult go-around in the universal event.Despite enthusiam among the locals and the telecast judge Jose Quintero (a theatre director who produced high-profile broadway figures like Geraldine Page), Panama becomes the first host country to be eliminated in MU since the late 1970s.
11.The African republic of Cote d’ Ivoire (former Ivory Coast) debuts in the international event.