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MISS WORLD SIDELIGHTS

Miss World pageants have always been eventful. And often the most interesting things have happened off the ramp than on it. Here's a sample of Miss World oddities through the years.
PTI | By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2004 09:10 PM IST

Miss World pageants have always been eventful. And often the most interesting things have happened off the ramp than on it. Here's a sample of Miss World oddities through the years.

1951

Eric Morley attracted the attention to the first Miss World contest by having the contestants wear the newly-designed bikini, which was daring for that time. Many countries were reluctant to have their beauty queens appear in bikinis, among other reasons, therefore only five showed up for the contest.  Mr. Morley had to take in 21 British beauty queens of various titles to increase the number of contestants.

1953

Miss Egypt, who had expected to win, screamed and fainted when she was given third place.

Eric Morley wrote: "...despite the headaches and frights she gave me at the time I shall always remember her as one of the outstanding figures, in every way, among all those who have entered the contest at any time."

1954

Eric Morley Described Carmen Susana Dujim as probably the shyest Miss World titleholder. Already a photogenic model in her country, she worked for three yeras doing film, photographic and modelling work until her engagement. She conquered the first of 11 crowns Venezuela has won in the three big pageants over the past 50 years. Her daughter competed as Miss Venezuela in Miss World 1983.

1955

Petra Schurmann, 23, was at that time the oldest competitor ever to have won the title. She took full advantage of her title by becoming not only a top model, but also one of Germany's leading television announcers.

1956

Petra Schurmann, 23, was at that time the oldest competitor ever to have won the title. She took full advantage of her title by becoming not only a top model, but also one of Germany's leading television announcers.

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