LIMA, Peru -- Karen Dianne Baldwin, 18, became the first Canadian to be named Miss Universe Monday night, winning the 1982 crown over 76 of the world's most beautiful women.
Miss Guam Patty Chong Kerkos was chosen first runner-up and will replace Miss Canada if she is unable to fulfill her yearlong reign.
Miss United States Terri Utley was the fourth runner-up in the pageant, held for the first time in a Latin American nation.
Miss Greece Tina Rossou was chosen third runner up and Miss Italy Cinzia Fiordeponti was second runner-up.
It was the first time a Canadian entrant won the pageant.
The 5-foot-10 Miss Canada resides in Toronto and plans to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan next year to study marketing and finance. She weighs 119 pounds, has green eyes and chestnut brown hair.
Pageant officials said they no longer provide bust, waist and hip measurements for any of the contestants.
A worldwide television audience estimated at 600 million people viewed the two-hour extravaganza broadcast from Lima's Amauta Coliseum, a 30-year-old bull ring renovated for the event.
'This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me,' said Miss Baldwin, her smile radiant as she took her first steps as the world's most beautiful woman in a victory walk along the stage apron.
'It is nothing but a dream come true.'
In an anxious moment for pageant organizers, civil guards rushed to the stage to protect the winner from the crush of hundreds of adoring fans and paparrazi who surged foward, jostled Miss Canada and knocked her tiara askew.
'Don't leave me,' she shouted to a guard who escorted her safely to the wings.
'Thank God I'm still alive.'
Security for the contest was extremely tight following terrorist bombings of the U.S. Embassy Saturday night, organizers said. All cars entering the site of the pageant were searched, and police spot searched audience members as they arrived.
There were no Latins among the five finalists and the audience registered its disapproval with staccato shouts for favorites.
'Brazil, Brazil,' they chanted intermittently with 'Peru, Peru.'
Peruvian Prime Minister Manuel Ulloa said the outburts were not in any way a sign of anti-American or anti-Western sentiment. 'It was a momentary emotional reaction,' he said. 'Everyone likes to see the hometown favorite win.'
For winning, Miss Baldwin received more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, plus a New York City apartment, a custom-tailored mink coat, diamond and gold jewelry and an outboard motor boat.
She was born Sept. 6, 1963, and enjoys swimming, racquetball, cross-country skiing, tennis, squash and polo. Her father William is president of a real estate agency. Her mother Marion is a real estate broker. She has two brothers.
She said the person she most admires was Pulitzer peace prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
As Miss Canada, the recent high-school graduate has visited various units of the Canadian armed forces and traveled to the North Pole.
In preliminary contests, Miss Cayman Islands, Maureen Theresa Lewis, was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants, and Miss Bahamas, Ava Marilyn Burke, was named 'Miss Photogenic' by foreign and domestic photographers.
The award for best costume went to Miss Peru, Francesca Zaza.
The panel that selected the winner included Broadway producer David Merrick, actress Cicely Tyson, game show host Peter Marshall, New Yor) Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay and magician David Copperfield.