RETRO PHOTO: Miss Nigeria Falls At The Miss Universe Pageant (Miami, 1964)
One of the questions on the forms for the contestant biographies required the contestants to state what they hoped to gain from their participation in the competition. Most of them replied with typically insincere, faux-inspirational pageantry cliches like “To represent my country,” “To make friends” and “To travel.” Edna Park however, stated in no uncertain terms, ” To win the crown.”
When the names of the finalists were announced, Edna Park was not among them. Ms. Park immediately collapsed in tears and had to be carried off the stage. When she failed to stop crying after two hours, she was administered sedatives by a physician and admitted to the hospital for overnight observation before eventually returning to Nigeria. To her dismay, she found that the incident had earned her much ridicule in the Nigerian press.
[Thanks To Amanda Kirby & Ebony magazine]