Photo 1: Jardine Steps (c 1980)
Photo 2: Publicity materials for Miss Universe Pageant (c 1987)
Photo 3: The main stage of the Miss Universe Pageant (1987)
giant sphinx-like lion at center stage to remind us of our mythical origins. How about the time when the Miss Singapore, Marion Teo, was asked by the American MC what she would tell the world about Singapore?
The event proper began with sixty-eight beauties dressed in national costumes descending the two staircases singing the theme song from the pop group Wang Chung, "Let's go, baby, let's go, baby...come on!!...a party all over the world!!" Each time you tuned into the English radio station, that song was surely the one you often hear. When you drive, you tap your feet or your hands on the steering wheel.
The Parade of Nations follows with quite a few memorable costumes but already bookies were placing bets that one of the Latinos from Miss Venezuela, Miss Colombia, Miss Chile, Miss Paraguay or Miss Puerto Rico could be crowned as the winner. Asia’s best bet was Ms. Philippines.
How did the bookies and the guys come to the conclusion?
Are you aware that the demographics of the Miss Universe Pageant winners follow certain practices? Some years the winner emerges from Asia, most times from the Americas. Also some years the trend is for fair-complexion and other times for chocos.
We got to see the pre-recorded swim suite parades but felt the Asian beauties “lost” because of the lack of stage presence – physical height and assets. No one doubted Miss U.S.A. had a pair of solid gold which in itself was hard to beat. When Miss Singapore got to the semi-finals, we were not certain Singapore stood a chance. Reviewing the interview video clip, you can make your own conclusions.
Photo 4: Vivocity today
After a couple of more years of intensive use as a MICE site for computers and heavy machinery, the exhibition halls were eventually torn down and rebuilt. So now you have it, the story of one great event at Jardine Step before it became Vivocity.