For 66 international beauty queens a week-long judging period is underway in Manila, the Philippines, after which one will be declared the fairest in the land -- Miss Universe 1974.
GV Contestants parade on stage in national costumes
SV Miss Australia receiving gift from Philippines Tourism Secretary Jose Aspiras
SV Miss Singapore
SV Miss Thailad
SV Miss Senegal receives gift
SV Miss Korea receives gift and kisses Tourism Secretary
SV PAN Miss Universe parades with compere
GV Contestants parade on stage
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Background: For 66 international beauty queens a week-long judging period is underway in Manila, the Philippines, after which one will be declared the fairest in the land -- Miss Universe 1974.
The contest was officially opened on Sunday (14 July) at a colourful ceremony in the 10,000-seat Folk Arts Theatre built on reclaimed land on Manila Bay.
Contestants paraded in national costumes and exchanged giftes with a representative of the Philippines Government, Tourism Secretary Jose Aspiras. Miss Universe 1973, the Philippine's own Margarita Moran, was also presented to the packed first night audience.
Miss Universe 1974 will be named next Sunday (21 July) after an arduous week of interviews and rehearsals before an 11-man judging panel.
She will receive ten thousand American dollars, a service contract for a similar amount and many other valuable gifts and prizes.
Early favourites for the contest were the host of beautiful Asian girls, Miss Australia, Miss Finland and Miss Venezuela.
SYNOPSIS: Sixty-six of the world's most beautiful girls are competing in Manila, the Philippines, for the coveted title of Miss Universe, nineteen seventy-four.
A colourful opening ceremony marked the start of the contest on Sunday at Manila's Folk Arts theater. Contestants exchanged gifts with Philippines' Tourism Secretary, Jose Aspiras. Even at this early stage of the contest, favourites for the title appeared to be one of a host of beautiful. Asian girls.
But the African girls, such as Miss Senegal, have also made an impression.
Final decision will be left to a panel of eleven judges after a week of interviews and rehearsals.
The winner be named on Sunday. She will succeed Philippines' own Margarita Moran, Miss Universe nineteen seventy-three.
This year's winner will receive ten thousand American dollars, a service contract for the same amount and other valuable prizes.