- Title: U.K.: WORLD'S LOVELIEST GIRLS FLY INTO LONDON IN SEARCH OF INTERNATIONAL CROWN.
- Date: 12th November 1975
- Summary: 1. GV Girls posing for press at Hampton court 0.05 2. SCU Girls posing for press cameras 0.13 3. SV Miss Holland and Miss Sweden 0.18 4. SV Miss Finland posing for Miss Australia 0.26 5. GV ZOOM INTO CU Miss South Africa fondling police dog with policeman 0.32 6. GV Left to right: Miss Australia, Miss New Zealand AND Miss U.K. having a drink 0.37 7. GV & SCU Miss U.S.A. and Miss Norway 0.43 8. GV Miss New Zeal and Miss Canada on river side 0.51 9. SV Girls walking through Hampton Court grounds 0.58 10. CU PAN Miss Singapore 1.02 11. GV Contestants walking through gardens 1.05 Initials BB/0310 AB/JB/BB/0330 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 27th November 1975 12:00
- Location: HAMPTON COURT, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Reuters ID: LVA7JBUV64R3A36IXCKRJWEG9A6L
- Story Text: More than seventy beautiful girls from all over the world are in London this week to take part in the 25th Miss World contest to be held on Thursday (20 November)
The girls are spending this week seeing the sights of London accompanied by the usual enthusiastic entourage of news reporters.
According to the bookmakers Miss Australia, 21-year-old Anne Davidson, and Miss South Africa, 25-year-old Helga Johns, were joint favourites for the title on Wednesday (12 November).
A spokesman for the organisers, Mecca Limited, said that this year all the glamorous entrants in London's annual beauty pageant have been carefully vatted to prevent a repetition of last year's fiasco when unmarried mother, Helen Morgan of Wales resigned soon after being crowned because of adverse publicity.
There was also embarrassment and controversy in 1973 when the American winner, Marjorie Wallace, was dethroned after publicity over her romantic exploits.
This year all national organisations sending a candidate to the quest were told -- no more unwed mothers, no divorcees and nobody who has ever had a child.
But the 1975 title could still run into hot political waters if Miss Cuba wins and Havana disowns her as a fake Cuban. For the lovely Miss Cuba -- who until Wednesday was the hot favourite -- is actually Miss Cuba Libre and comes from a group of Cuban exiles living in Florida.
But despite the hectic scenes of recent years the contest's appeal does not seem to have been damaged. It is expected that as usual there will be a vast television audience watching the judging next week.
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