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    Before the influence of Western fashions reached Malaya, long tresses like these were the accepted thing among the young ladies of the country.

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    MS Girl displays long hair
    5 ft

    MS two girls walk across stage
    7 ft

    High LS - spectators
    9 1/2 ft

    MS Girl lets hair down

    MS Women watch
    16 1/2 ft

    MS Girl puts hair up
    21 1/2 ft

    MS People watch
    23 1/2 ft

    MS Girl with hair in bun parades
    27 1/2 ft

    CU do
    30 ft

    MS Another girl parades
    34 ft

    BCU Same girl shows hair
    37 ft

    MS Another girl parades
    40 ft

    MS Boys watch
    42 ft

    MS Another style displayed
    47 1/2 ft

    MS Women judges
    50 1/2 ft

    Rear MS girl shows double-bun style
    54 1/2 ft

    MS Spectators
    56 ft

    MS Two girls show double-buns
    59 ft

    MS All girls parade across stage
    68 1/2 ft

    CU Woman judge writing
    70 1/2 ft

    Rear MS girls still parading
    72 ft

    MS do
    76 ft

    MS judges and crowd
    79 1/2 ft

    Rear MS Prime Minister's wife hands out award
    81 ft

    MS P.M.'s wife gives another award
    83 1/2 ft

    85 ft

    MS Girl receives trophy
    86 ft

    Closer do
    88 ft

    MS Another girl gets trophy
    90 1/2 ft

    MS Reporter interviews two girls
    94 ft

    Rear MS P.M.'s wife receives bouquet
    100 ft


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    Background: Before the influence of Western fashions reached Malaya, long tresses like these were the accepted thing among the young ladies of the country. Oriental lasses were proud of their flowing locks. Now, because of the dominance of Western styles, long hair has become something of a rarity among Malayan girls. So much so that this parade of long hair styles at Kuala Lumpur drew an intense amount of interest.

    The parade was actually a chignon or "hairbun" competition to see which Malayan girl could produce the most attractive style for long hair. The result showed that the art of arranging hair in the traditional style was far from lost. Flowers, leaves and strands of coral were among the trimmings delicately interwoven with the air to outline the various patterns.

    The aim of the hairbun competition was to counter the influence of the so-called "Audrey Hepburn" style of closely cropped hair. The woman's section of the United Malay National Organisation staged the event to show young Malayan women that long hair is not only becoming, but easy to handle. This is known as the "double" bun style - giving an attractive butterfly effect.

    And now, here's the eye-catching array of styles created by the wearers themselves. There were prizes waiting for those chosen as the most beautiful. This was the attempt to turn Malayan women back to the old way of wearing their hair. Women judges allotted points to each contestant.

    The selection was completed, and the Malayan Prime Minister's wife, TUNKU SHARIFA RODZIAH made the awards. It was during the presentation that an unfortunate incident occurred to mark the proceedings. Carried away with excitement, the compere announced a wrong name and the young lady here was mistakenly awarded the prize winner's trophy. The error was not discovered until after the show. The Hudges had unanimously selected the contestant on the left here as the winner, but she was omitted from the prize list. However, all was put right and harmony restored, at this occasion in Kuala Lumpur.

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