Afraid she’d look like a horse

At the International Beauty Congress held in Los Angeles in August 1963, when Miss Luxembourg (Catherine Paulus) learned during rehearsals that she was expected to appear in a bathing suit during the contest, she started laughing hysterically and was reported to have said, "I will look like a horse. The people will all laugh at me. And then I will laugh. I can't do it... I can't do it."

The judges had to give her a tranquilizer to calm her down.

Somehow she was nevertheless talked into wearing a bathing suit the next day. And, of course, because of her outburst the picture of her wearing it then ran in papers nationwide.

She received a round of applause during her appearance, but didn't make it through to the finals. However, she was awarded the title of "Miss International Friendship" during the contest.

Detroit Free Press - Aug 16, 1963

clipping: Corsicana Daily Sun - Aug 19, 1963

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 08, 2018
     Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | 1960s

She didn’t look like a horse to be sure. Not the greatest swimsuit though.
Posted by Brian on 02/08/18 at 07:07 AM
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