Thailand: Beauty's Comeback

The softest, roundest and loveliest of Thais is a girl named Abhasra Hong-skul, 17, who goes by the nickname of "Pook"—which in Siamese means soft, round and lovely. That at least was the decision in Bangkok last week where Pook was proclaimed Miss Thailand of 1964. Drums rolled, bugles blared, balloons soared madly into a velvet sky, and the commanding general of Thailand's First Army announced in martial tones the winner of the coveted gold cup. But the exuberant Bangkok crowds were cheering much more than a one time drum majorette who packs 116 Ibs. into a 35-22-35 frame,...

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