Winning Miss Universe: Lorraine Downes

Lorraine Downes was the first (and only) Miss New Zealand to be crowned the ‘most beautiful woman in the universe’.

Here, she reflects on her experiences as Miss Universe 1983, and how the win has shaped her life and ideas about truth and beauty.

Filmed in 2013 for the exhibition Our Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.

Our Miss Universe Lorraine Downes – exhibition information

Visit Te Papa’s Collections Online to find out more about Te Papa’s collection of Miss Universe objects.

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