A 21-year-old Finnish model, Riitta Vaisanen, was crowned Miss. Europe during a dazzling ceremony held?
GV PAN Entrants in evening dress lined up on stage
MV Miss. Finland walks forward and is crowned, watched by other entrants (4 shots)
CU Miss. Finland walks along stage and is congratulated by runners up (2 shots)
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Background: A 21-year-old Finnish model, Riitta Vaisanen, was crowned Miss. Europe during a dazzling ceremony held in a medieval castle on the Greek island of Rhodes on Sunday (6 June).
Afterwards, Miss. Vaisanen told newsmen that her victory would not change her life style. She said she would continue her modelling career and caring for her three racehorses.
The beauty pageant was held in the courtyard of the 15th century castle of the Knights of Saint John and attracted entries from all over Europe.
The runners up were Miss. Switzerland - Isabelle Fischbacher; Miss. Holland - Lucie Visser; Miss. Greece - Melina Michailidou and Miss. Scotland - Marie Kirkwood.
SYNOPSIS: The Miss. Europe Beauty contest on Sunday - and a tense moment as the entrants from all over Europe await the judges' decision. The ceremony was held in the 15th century castle of the Knights of Saint John on the Greek island of Rhodes.
The lucky winner - Finland's entrant, Riitta Vaisanen.
Riitta is a model. The other big interest in her life is horse-racing and she already owns three horses. Afterwards she told newsmen her victory would change her lifestyle very little and she would continue her modelling career and caring for her horses.
And after many weeks of anticipation and the hectic round of judging and attending the many functions that lead up to the final, it was Miss. Europe's turn to relax and enjoy her success.
Although they were probably a little disappointed, the four runners-up were quick to congratulate the new queen. The top girls were Switzerland's entry - Isabelle Fischbacher, an 18 year old model from Vevey; Miss. Holland - a 19 year old actress from the Hague, Lucie Visser; Miss. Greece - Melina Michailidou, an 18 year old model from Athens and Miss. Scotland, Marie Kirkwood, 30, a model from Glasgow.