Can you believe it's been 50 years since Gloria Diaz won Miss Universe 1969? We can't, and the whiplash this throwback video the pageant's official Twitter account posted recently is only fueling our disbelief even further. Here, rewatch Gloria's iconic, unforgettable crowning moment...a nick in time that would change our national perception of beauty queens forever. After all, she was the Philippines' very first MU winner!
Held on July 19, 1969 at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Florida, Gloria's historic win marked the 18th Miss Universe show. Gloria, dressed in a sparkling white column gown and sporting that iconic winged eyeliner look, was crowned by Miss Universe 1968 Martha Vasconcellos of Brazil at the end of the evening.