Miss World Of 1975 – Wilnelia Merced

Miss World Of 1975 – Wilnelia Merced
Date of birth: October 12, 1957
Place of birth: Puerto Rico
Profession: Actress and model

Wilnelia Merced is a Puerto Rican former actress, model and beauty queen. She won Miss World 1975, and was married to entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth from 1983 until his death in August 2017.

Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she won Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 1975 and went on to win Miss World 1975 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. She remained the only Puerto Rican to win the title until Stephanie Del Valle won Miss World 2016. She travelled widely during her reigning year and was invited to pre-civil war El Salvador by that country's government. She fell in love with England, which she would later make her home.

After passing on her crown in 1976, she was signed by Ford Models in New York City. In 1978, a giant poster of her was displayed in Times Square. She was introduced to English television entertainer Bruce Forsyth at the 1980 Miss World competition gala in London. While still a public figure at home in Puerto Rico, she retired as a model after her wedding in 1983.

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