- Title: VENEZUELA: 20 MEN REACH FINALS OF FIRST 'MISTER VENEZUELA' BEAUTY CONTEST
- Date: 17th July 1996
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 17, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV MR. VENEZUELA CONTESTANTS MODELLING CASUAL WEAR 0.11 2. CU/LV PARTICIPANTS (2 SHOTS) 0.31 3. SV/LV CONTESTANTS MODELLING BATHING SUITS (5 SHOTS) 1.22 4. LV FINAL FIVE FINALISTS IN TUXEDOS WAITING TO HEAR WHO HAS WON/ SECOND PLACED CONTESTANT COLLECTS A SILVER CUP 1.33 6. SV WINNER JOSE GREGORIO FARIA WALKS UP TO COLLECT HIS CUP AND SASH AS MR VENEZUELA 1.52 7. SV FARIA AND SECOND PLACED CONTESTANT SMILE AT CAMERAS 1.59 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela LATIN AMERICA
- Duration: 00:02:01
- Story Text: INTRO: Men from Venezuela, a country that has produced eight Miss Universe and Miss World winners in the past two decades, were out to prove they are every bit as attractive as their women at the launch of the first "Mister Venezuela" contest.
Twenty hand-picked hunks went through their final paces for the first ever "Mister Venezuela" contest on Wednesday (July 17) where an all-female panel of judges scored individuals on their "overall physical presence." It was an event which organisers described as being made "for women, by women", where each contestant ran the gauntlet of screams from hundreds of female fans.
After a traditional swim-wear and evening-wear parade, 24-year-old Jose Gregorio Faria of Maracaibo won the coveted title.
"I am very happy. This is a very serious contest and now men will be able to feel what only women have felt for all these years," Faria said.
Organiser Gabriel Ramos said the top five contestants will go on to compete for the "Mister World" crown in Istanbul, Turkey, in September.
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