Juno Onink from The Hague, was 22 years old when she represented the Netherlands at the Miss Europe 1963 pageant. She was part of Team Miss Holland 1963. In that year there were 4 girls who would represent the Netherlands at the 4 big international beauty pageants: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Europe.
The girl that was officially crowned as Miss Holland 1963, Godelieve Sassen, would go to the Miss Europe pageant but in the end she refused to to go to any international pageant. First runner-up Juno Onink, who would go to the Miss Universe, was then asked to go to the Miss Europe pageant instead. She would therefore go to the two pageants. But Juno never went to the Miss Universe pageant.
Could it be the fact that she was not very positive about the Miss Europe pageant in the press that made the Miss Holland committee decide to sent the 2nd runner-up, Elsa Onstenk to the Miss Universe pageant instead of Juno.This is the article about the Miss Europe pageant which was written by Juno for the daily newspaper: de Telegraaf.
A BEAUTY-PAGEANT IS AN INDUSTRY
22 year old Juno Onink, one of the 4 Miss Hollands who were chosen this year, wrote her tale for Tienkamp, about the past weeks, which she mainly spent in airplanes, hotel-bars and of course on the catwalk, where she strolled before a strictly watching eye of a number of members of jury in bathing suit and evening gown.
She experienced the pageant, often subject to sharp criticism, as a candidate. So she knows everything about that.
Exhaustion,heat and boredom
By Juno Onink
I always considered beautypageants the utmost nonsense and I would never consider giving up my job at the office and participate in one, if I wouldn’t gain anything from it.
It always was my intention to become a mannequin, and by becoming Miss Holland, you can reach this goal quicker.
On the long run it is easier. You know it is not you yourself walking there, but you are part of an industry called beautypageants.
I became Miss Holland and that opened many doors. Travelling far away, proposals for fashion shows, and thereby the possibility to earn some money.
My chaperone and I travelled by airplane to Rome. There we met the other beautyqueens from other countries, who also were travelling with their chaperones to the Miss Europe pageant in Beirut.
The first afternoon in Rome we spent in the lobby of the hotel, sitting, hanging aroud and giving out autographs to admirers. Boredom, heat and exhaustion is what I will always remember about that afternoon.
I hardly was in contact with the other girls. The understanding between was not very good. There was no cordiality. Every girl saw rivals in the other girls, and none would admit that another girl was also beautiful. I was a bit closer to Miss Germany, my roommate.
In Rome there were of course excursions, trips and speeches by several mayors and others. On saturday evening we all went out, but even then there still was no better understanding.
We all had our own new Fiat with chauffeur. It was a nice view when we were driving through th centre of Rome: 18 of the same cars in a row.
Then we travelled by airplane to Beirut. There was fatigue and even more heat again.
There was no leisure time. The picture with this story where I was leaning on the edge of the swimming pool of the hotel, was taken at 02:00 AM. During the day there was no time for swimming.
One official event followed the other. There were excursions which I would had enjoyed, wasn’t it because of the heat. Miss Norway fell ill because of the heat.
One afternoon Miss Germany and I reported ill, so we would at least have a few hours to ourselves.
The evenings begore the actual Miss Europe pageant, we spent with our chaperones. A kind of obligatory going out, as all the chaperones were members of the jury. Your attitude towards them obviously would be of influence of the results of the pageant. But I did’t feel like dancing cheek to cheek with strange men. Fortunately I had a lot of support of my own chaperone who acted very properly. From the above we can conclude that beautypageants shouldn’t be taken very seriously. There were no scandals, I didn’t notice anything, but Miss Holland is for sure not the most beautiful girl from our country and Miss Europe not the one from our continent.
It is a business and that’s why it’s incorrect to criticize participation. Every girl entering does so to gain something out of her participation. After Beirut I could have gone to Cairo, but I went back to Amsterdam. I felt homesick to my boyfriend and I was exhausted.
This month I will go to America.one week to New York, 3 days Washington and then the pageant in Miami. I don’t really feel like it, but I heard that it is less official.
(This is a translation of an article written by Juno Onink for de Telegraaf)