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Ulla Weigerstorfer - Miss World 1987


Miss World & Beauty With A Purpose

Ulla Weigerstorfer - Miss World 1987

Visiting a home for the handicapped in Poland.
Thousands of people turn up to meet Ulla in Poland.
Ulla visited the Gladys Aylwood Children’s home in Taiwan.

June 29 1987 was the day I won the Miss Austria! This day, I thought, was one of the most exciting moments in my life and it was the beginning of a wonderful year.

I was flying to London to meet all the other 80 girls. I thought how it is going to be when such a lot of girls from all over the world have to stay together for three weeks. If there would be fights about winning the contest, or if we would become friends?

After two days, I knew we would be very good friends. Then the 12th of November came and we had the contest at the Royal Albert Hall. And it was me who won Miss World 1987! It was one of the most exciting moments of my life.

Chat Shows

The first day of my reign started very early with a television interview at TV AM, followed by shooting photos and signing autographs and also a lot of interviews for different television stations. In the evening, I was a guest at the Terry Wogan television chat show. This was the beginning of an exciting 12 months. I was travelling a lot. I went to Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Italy, Poland and all over the UK.


Warm Welcome

All the people I met and worked with made me feel very welcome and therefore I want to thank them. It wasn’t always easy to be away from my family, friends and my horses. On all these journeys I had the opportunity to meet different people and to see a little bit of the country which was exciting for me.

A lot of people asked me which country I liked the best but I really couldn’t tell because there are so many beautiful places all over the world and they are impossible to compare. I not only visited these countries, I also did a lot of work for the Cottage Home Organisations and Variety Club International. In the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Jamaica we made big fashion shows to raise money for homes where orphans were living.

Eye Contact

I also had the opportunity to visit a lot of hospitals and homes for handicapped people and children. I always enjoyed these visits. Sometimes I did not speak the language and we spoke with hands and eyes. It was hard but we had a lot of fun. In Taiwan, we had a party with over 1000 orphans and handicapped children. They learned beautiful songs, danced ballet and played instruments. With this little show, they gave us a very special present. All these events and playing a little part of the glamour and glitter of show business, giving interviews, speaking to hundreds of people, signing autographs and standing still for thousands of pictures made me learn a lot. Now that my reign is over and I look back on a marvellous year, I think the most important thing that I take back home is that I learned as much as I would normally learn in ten years. Sometimes we had quite long and hard days but all the people around me tried to make it as easy as possible.


Worldwide Friendship


A big thank you to the Miss World Organisation, especially to Mr and Mrs Morley who made me feel like I was part of their family. I wish the next Miss World, who has the possibility of enjoying all these exciting experiences, good luck and I hope she will enjoy it as much as I did. All these pictures, memories and gifts that I take home with me to Austria will always remind me of my marvellous year as Miss World 1987. It makes me happy to know I have friends all over the world and I hope I can visit them again as soon as possible.

Ulla Weigerstorfer, Miss World 1987

Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.



Julia Morley



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