Margaret Gardiner (South Africa, 1978)
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Margaret Gardiner became the first African to win the Miss Universe title in a ceremony held in Acapulco, Mexico. In the 4th round, she came in the top position among five finalists and won the pageant after correctly answering the final question.
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Gardiner is a published author of two books on health and beauty, and she also holds a degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston.