Fifty three girls, chosen to represent their respective countries in next Friday's Miss. World Competition,?
Fifty three girls, chosen to represent their respective countries in next Friday's Miss. World Competition, put on bathing costumes and paraded in front of the cameras in the Lyceum Ballroom in London, United Kingdom, on Saturday (18th November). The competitions considered to be the world's leading beauty contest and is worth around GBP 40,000 sterling to the winner in modelling and publicity fees over the next year.
Among the contestants displaying their charms were Miss. Sylvia Ohanessian from Lebanon, Miss. Pornpit Sakonujiara from Thailand, Miss. Edicta garcia from venezuela and Miss. Virginia Radinas from Australia. Miss. Belinda Green, an Australian, won the title last year. The girls are judged on their overall personality as well as their looks. Miss. Lebanon, for instance, enjoys reading, theatre, water skiing and yoga, while Miss. Venezuela's ambition is to become a doctor.
The competition is organised by Mecca Promotions who give all the proceeds to charity.
SYNOPSIS: The centre of London - and fifty three contestants for next Friday's Miss. World Contest parade in front of the cameras. They have each been selected by their country to compete in what is considered the world's most prestigious and most lucrative beauty contest. It is reckoned to be worth around forty thousand pounds sterling to the winner over the next year.
On Friday the girls will be judged by an international panel of nine judges in front of an estimated television audience of thirty five million. It is usually the biggest audience puller of the year, but in 1973 has some competition from Princess Anne's wedding.
There is a heavy weight of responsibility on the shapely shoulders of Miss. Australia. She will hope to follow in the footsteps of her countrywoman - Miss. Belinda Green, who won last year.
The girls will be judged not only on their looks but on their personality and achievements. Miss. Venezuela, for instance, enjoys music and reading and hopes to become a doctor.
In recent years there have been demonstrations by members of the Womens Liberation Organisation, who say the competition is demeaning to women.