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Helen Morgan
Birth name Helen Elizabeth Morgan
Date of birth September 29, 1952 (1952-09-29) (age 57)
Place of birth Barry, Wales
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Helen Morgan (born 1952 in Barry),[1] is a Welsh model, and the 1974 winner of the Miss United Kingdom and Miss World pageants. Morgan became the first winner to resign, and the second not to finish her reign as Miss World.

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Biography

Born in Barry, she worked in a bank. Entering modelling competitions on a part time basis, she won the Miss Wales and Miss United Kingdom titles in 1974.

Morgan represented Wales in the 1974 Miss Universe pageant, where she finished First Runner Up to Amparo Muñoz of Spain. When Muñoz resigned as Miss Universe before the end of her reign, the crown was not offered to Morgan or any other runner up.

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1974 Miss World

Winning Miss United Kingdom earned Morgan the right to represent the United Kingdom in Miss World. She had originally been reluctant to enter the Miss Wales competition, and was eventually paid £30 as a last-minute stand-in when another competitor dropped out.[2] Morgan become the second Welsh woman and the fourth UK representative to win the competition in 1974.

However, she was forced to resign four days after her victory, upon the discovery that she had a 18 month old son.[3] Although this did not violate the competition rules (which stipulated only that entrants must be unmarried), she was made to resign.

First runner-up Anneline Kriel of South Africa succeeded her. Helen became the first winner to resign, and the second Miss World titleholder not to finish her reign (the first case was that of Miss World 1973 Marjorie Wallace who, according to pageant officials, was fired for "failing to fulfill the basic requirements of the job" a few months into her reign).

After Miss World

Threatened with being a named party in a divorce - an action which was later dropped - Morgan was allowed to keep her other titles. Morgan resigned from the bank, and undertook a career in modeling, TV and films.[3]

After modelling

Morgan married and relocated to Surrey in the 1980s, and had two more children Poppy and Ben.[3] Morgan later left the UK, and presently lives in Spain with her husband Ronny Lamb and family.

In 2004, Morgan agreed to judge the 2004 Miss Wales competition in Swansea,[4] the 30th anniversary of her competition win, won by Amy Guy.[2]

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Preceded by
Deidre Greenland
Miss Wales
1974
Succeeded by
Gina Kerler
Preceded by
Veronica Ann Cross
Miss United Kingdom
1974
Succeeded by
Vicki Harris
Preceded by
Marjorie Wallace
Miss World
1974
(resigned)
Succeeded by
Anneline Kriel

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