1970s Miss Universe Pageants Were Wild

Pageanteers were way shorter (in height) back then

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Today, being crowned Miss Universe often means that you will have to be rather tall. Most of the women who have a shot today tower at around 5’9, while weights remained far below the average weight of a typical woman at around 115 pounds.

During the 1970s, things were a little bit more forgiving. While slender builds remained a must, women who entered this contest were allowed to be a bit shorter. This decade saw the average height of a pageant contestant hover around 5’6.