Glitter and splendour are the keynote as the Japanese preliminaries for the 1958 Miss World Contest get under way in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Glitter and splendour are the keynote as the Japanese preliminaries for the 1958 Miss World Contest get under way in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium. Forty-eight striking young beauties are taking part in this year's contest.
The Miss World Contest takes place simultaneously with the Miss Universe Contest -- both of which are sponsored by the Sankei Newspapers of Tokyo.
The contest opens with the introduction of the judges to the audience followed by the first appearance of the contestants dressed in cocktail dresses.
The contestants are examined for facial expression, poise and manner of speech. Thirty girls survive this first ordeal. In the second series of tests, the number is still further reduced to fifteen.
The lucky winner of the Miss World contest from Japan is 23 year old Miss Hisako Okuse of Aomori Prefecture, in north Japan; Height, 167 cm; weight, 54 kilos; bust, 87 cm; waist, 56 cm; hip, 92 cm.