Vintage Haiti : Gerthie David, Beauty Queen
According to my fellow Blogger Kreyolicous
In July of 1975, Gerthie David and several Miss Universes, representing their respective countries, flew to El Salvador for the 13th Edition of the Miss Universe pageant. David, a dark-skinned beauty with large eyes, and a spectacular figure was Haiti’s delegate in the pageant. Although she did not win the title, she was the 1st Runner up, and among the Top 5 Finalists.
On the night of the pageant ceremony, David was a sight to see dressed in a long, sleek gown with a white boa, chandelier earrings dangling from her ears, her hair permed and subdued into a short crop, and sporting a smile that could light up a blackout.
David lived a relatively quiet life, resurfacing as the set designer for the 2005 Haitian movie La Rebelle.
Watch the actual crowning Here
According to Wiki:
Historically, the most notable contestants were Evelyn Miot and Gerthie David. On July 14, 1962, Evelyn Miot was the first black contestant to be one of the 15 semi-finalists in the Miss Universe Pageant. This was Miss Haiti’s first international meet. Gerthie David competed in the Miss Universe Pageant in 1975 and placed in the finals, becoming runner up to Miss Finland, Anne Marie Pohtamo who won the 1975 title. In 1975, Gerthie became the second black woman to be placed in the finals. In 1975 Joelle Apollon was declared Miss Haiti World to represent the country in Miss World Pageant, remaining as the fifth finalist, was the only time Haiti the sent a candidate aMiss World. The 1968 Miss Haiti Universe delegate, Claudie Paquin, was eliminated in the first round of Miss Universe. The last time Miss Haiti Universe competed in Miss Universe before 2010 was in 1989, the delegate was Glaphyra Jean-Louis.