Throwback: What Was Miss Universe Like 20 Years Ago in 1997?

16 Jan

1997 doesn’t sound like it was that along ago, right? Well, it’s now been 20 years since 1997! Welcome to 2017.

1997

We dug deep into the Miss Universe archives to see what the competition was like 20 years ago. Check out some of the highlights below.

The 1997 Miss Universe competition took place in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Miss Universe Costa Rica 1997 Gabriela Aguilar, Miss Canada 1997 Carmen Kempt, Miss Mexio 1997 Rebeca Tamez, Miss USA 1997 Brook Lee and Miss Panama 1997 Lia Victoria Borrero were photographed enjoying time on the beach together.

Miss Venezuela 1997 Marena Bencomo, Miss USA 1997 Brook Lee and Miss Trinidad and Tobago 1997 Margot Ria Bourgeois made the top three.

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Yes, George Hamilton and Marla Maples were also there. They hosted the competition.

Miss USA 1997 Brooke Lee won Miss Universe.

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She became the seventh Miss USA to win Miss Universe.

It’s safe to say she was surprised when her country name was called!

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It appears she’s thinking something along the lines of, “OMG!!!”

She posed for photos with the other top two contestants afterwards.

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Miss Venezuela 1997 Marena Bencomo was first runner-up and Miss Trinidad and Tobago 1997 Margot Ria Bourgeois was second runner-up.

And here she is the day after her big win! 

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This outfit definitely says, “It’s 1997.”

How did 20 years fly by so quickly?!

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