Miss World

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Miss World
Miss World logo.svg
Motto Beauty with a Purpose
Formation29 July 1951;67 years ago (1951-07-29)
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters London
Official language
Julia Morley
Key people
Eric Morley
Website missworld.com

Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. [1] [2] Since his death in 2000, Morley's widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant. [3] [4] Along with Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants—the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions. [5]

Beauty pageant competition of beautiful people

A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although most contests have evolved to also incorporate personality traits, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges' questions as judged criteria. The term refers largely to contests for women such as the Big Four international beauty pageants.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Eric Douglas Morley was a British TV host and the founder of the Miss World pageant and Come Dancing TV programme. His widow, Julia Morley, is now head of the pageant and his son Steve Douglas is one of its presenters.


The current Miss World is Vanessa Ponce of Mexico who was crowned on 8 December 2018 in Sanya, China. [6] She is the first Mexican woman to win Miss World. [7]

Vanessa Ponce Miss World 2018

Silvia Vanessa Ponce de León Sánchez, known simply as Vanessa Ponce , is a Mexican model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2018. She is the first Mexican to be crowned as Miss World.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the eleventh most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.

Sanya Prefecture-level city in Hainan, Peoples Republic of China

Sanya is the southernmost city on Hainan Island, and one of the four prefecture-level cities of Hainan Province, in Southeast China.


20th century

In 1951, Eric Morley organised a bikini contest as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations that he called the Festival Bikini Contest. [8] The event was popular with the press, and was dubbed "Miss World" by the media. The swimsuit competition was intended as a promotion for the bikini [9] which had only recently been introduced onto the market, and which was still widely regarded as immodest. When the 1951 Miss World pageant winner, Kerstin "Kiki" Hakansson from Sweden, was crowned in a bikini, it added to the controversy.

Festival of Britain national exhibition in the United Kingdom, 1951

The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition and fair that reached millions of visitors throughout the United Kingdom in the summer of 1951. Historian Kenneth O. Morgan says the Festival was a "triumphant success" as people:

flocked to the South Bank site, to wander around the Dome of Discovery, gaze at the Skylon, and generally enjoy a festival of national celebration. Up and down the land, lesser festivals enlisted much civic and voluntary enthusiasm. A people curbed by years of total war and half-crushed by austerity and gloom, showed that it had not lost the capacity for enjoying itself....Above all, the Festival made a spectacular setting as a showpiece for the inventiveness and genius of British scientists and technologists.

Swimsuit competition

A swimsuit competition, more commonly now called a bikini contest, is a beauty contest which is judged and ranked while contestants wear a swimsuit, typically a bikini. One of the judging criteria is the physical attributes of the contestants. The Big Four international beauty pageants have included examples of such a competition.

Bikini two piece womens swimwear

A bikini is typically a women's two-piece swimsuit featuring two triangles of fabric on top, similar to a bra and covering the woman's breasts, and two triangles of fabric on the bottom, the front covering the pelvis but exposing the navel, and the back covering the buttocks. The size of the top and bottom can vary from full coverage of the breasts, pelvis, and buttocks, to very skimpy designs like a thong or G-string that cover only the areolae and mons pubis, but expose the buttocks.

The pageant was originally planned as a Pageant for the Festival of Britain, but Eric Morley decided to make the Miss World pageant an annual event. [10] [11] Morley registered the "Miss World" name as a trademark, [12] and all future pageants were held under that name. However, because of the controversy arising from Håkansson's crowning in a bikini, countries with religious traditions threatened not to send delegates to future events, and the bikini was condemned by the Pope. [13] Objection to the bikini led to its replacement in all future pageants [14] [15] with what was accepted as more modest swimwear, and from 1976 swimsuits were replaced by evening gowns for the crowning. [16] Håkansson remains the only Miss World crowned in a bikini. [12] In Miss World 2013 all participants wore a one-piece swimsuit plus a traditional sarong below the waist as a compromise with local culture. [17]

Evening gown womans dress usually worn to a semi-formal or formal affair

An evening gown, evening dress or gown is a long flowing women's dress usually worn to formal occasions. The drop ranges from ballerina, tea, to full-length. Evening gowns are usually made of luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, velvet, satin, organza, etc. Silk is a popular fibre for many evening gowns. Although the terms are used interchangeably, ball gowns and evening gowns differ in that a ball gown will always have a full skirt and a fitted bodice, while an evening gown can be any silhouette—sheath, mermaid, A-line, or trumpet shaped—and may have an empire or dropped waist.

A one-piece swimsuit most commonly refers to swimwear worn by women and girls when swimming in the sea or in a swimming pool, or for any activity in the sun, such as sun bathing. Today, the one-piece swimsuit is usually a skin-tight garment that covers a female's torso, except maybe the back or upper chest.

A sarong or sarung is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist, worn in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, and on many Pacific islands. The fabric often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be brightly colored by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Different types of sarongs are worn in different places in the world, notably, the lungi in India and the izaar in the Arabian Peninsula.

Morley announced the Miss World winners in the order No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1. This keeps the tension up and avoids the anticlimax if Nos. 2 and 3 are announced after the winner. [18]

In 1959, the BBC started broadcasting the pageant. The pageant's popularity grew with the advent of television. During the 1960s and 1970s, Miss World would be among the most watched programs of the year on British television. [19] However, in 1970, the Miss World contest in London was disrupted by women's liberation protesters armed with flour bombs, stink bombs, and water pistols. [20] More than 18 million people watched the pageant at its peak during the late 1970s and early 1980s. [21]

In the 1980s, the pageant repositioned itself with the slogan Beauty With a Purpose, with added tests of intelligence and personality. [22] However, there have been various objections to the contest. [23] [24] Although it still "enjoys success worldwide", it was no longer broadcast on BBC with the last mainstream broadcast on UK television in 1988. [25] ITV's Thames Television took over the UK broadcasting rights between 1980 and 1988. During the early 1990s, there was a decline in the popularity of mainstream television broadcasts of the event after it became "increasingly unfashionable" in the late 1980s. The pageant returned on satellite channel Sky One in 1997, [26] before moving to Channel 5 for three years (1998–2000). [27] [21]

21st century

Eric Morley died in 2000, and his wife, Julia, succeeded as chairwoman of the Miss World organisation. [28]

The first black African Miss World winner, Agbani Darego of Nigeria, was crowned in 2001. As part of its marketing strategy, Miss World came up with a "Vote For Me" television special during that edition, featuring the delegates behind the scenes and on the beach, and allowing viewers to either phone in or vote online for their favourites. It also sells its Talent, Beach Beauty and Sports events as television specials to broadcasters. [29] ITV broadcast the 2001 pageant from South Africa on digital channel ITV2, with the special airing a week earlier on the main ITV channel. [30]

In 2002 the pageant was slated for Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria to host its final. This choice was controversial, as a northern Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, was awaiting death by stoning for adultery under Sharia law there, but Miss World chose to use the publicity surrounding its presence to bring greater global awareness and action to Lawal's plight (see Controversies section). [31] [32] No British channel agreed to broadcast the event. [33]

In the Miss World 2014 ceremony, Aishwarya Rai was crowned Most Successful Miss World by the Miss World Organisation. She attended the celebration with her husband Abhishek Bachchan, daughter Aaradhya and mother Brinda Rai. [34] It has been broadcast on local TV channel London Live since 2014.

Miss World Organization

Ivian Sarcos in a school in Mumbai, India Ivian sar..jpg
Ivian Sarcos in a school in Mumbai, India

The Miss World Organization owns and manages the annual Miss World Finals, a competition that has grown into one of the world's biggest. [35] Since its launch in 1951, the Miss World organisation has raised more than £250 million for children's charities [36] that help disabled and underprivileged children. [37] Miss World is franchised in more than 100 countries. [38] [39] Miss World, Limited is a privately held firm, and thus figures for its earnings, expenses and charitable contributions are not publicly available.


The Miss World pageant has been the target of many controversies since its inception.

Nigeria 2002

In the year leading up the finals in Nigeria, several European title holders lobbied their governments and the EU parliament to support Amina Lawal's cause. [49] A number of contestants followed the lead of Kathrine Sørland of Norway in boycotting the contest (despite the controversy Sørland would go on to become a semi-finalist in both the Miss World and Miss Universe contest), while others such as Costa Rica were instructed by their national governments and parliaments not to attend the contest. Among the other boycotting nations were Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Panama, Belgium and Kenya. There was further controversy over the possibly suspended participation of France and South Africa, which may or may not have been due to the boycott. [50] For her part, Lawal asked that contestants not suspend their participation in the contest, saying that it was for the good of her country and that they could, as the representative of Sweden had earlier remarked, make a much stronger case for her on the ground in Nigeria. [51]

Despite the increasing international profile the boycott was garnering in the world press, the contest went ahead in Nigeria after being rescheduled to avoid taking place during Ramadan, with many prominent nations sending delegates. Osmel Sousa of Venezuela, one of the world's most influential national directors, famously said "there is no question about it (the participation of Miss Venezuela in the contest)." The trouble did not end there, however. A ThisDay (Lagos, Nigeria) newspaper editorial suggesting that Muhammad would probably have chosen one of his wives from among the contestants had he been alive to see it, resulted in inter-religious riots that started on 22 November in which over 200 people were killed in the city of Kaduna, along with many houses of worship being burned by religious zealots. [52] Because of these riots, the 2002 pageant was moved to London, following widely circulated reports that the representatives of Canada and Korea had withdrawn from the contest and returned to their respective countries out of safety concerns. A fatwa urging the beheading of the woman who wrote the offending words, Isioma Daniel, was issued in Nigeria, but was declared null and void by the relevant Saudi Arabian authorities. [53] [54] [55] [56] Upon the pageant's return to England, many of the boycotting contestants chose to attend, including Miss Norway, Kathrine Sørland, who was ironically tipped in the last few days as the number one favourite for the crown she had previously boycotted. [57] [58] [59] [60] [61]

The eventual winner of the pageant was Azra Akın of Turkey, the first predominantly Muslim country to hold the title since Egypt in 1954. [62]

Indonesia 2013

In Miss World 2013, protests by Islamic groups began a few weeks before the contest began, resulting in the pageant's finale and all pre-pageant activities being isolated to Hindu-majority Bali. [63]

China 2015

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada, was not given visa to travel in China and hence missed the official deadline of 20 November 2015 for entry to the Miss World 2015 pageant, and was declared persona non grata by the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa since she openly criticized China's human rights violations. She was later allowed by the Miss World Organization to compete at Miss World 2016. [64] [65]


EditionCountryNameNational TitleLocationNumber of Entrants
2018 Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Vanessa Ponce Miss Mexico Sanya, China118
2017 Flag of India.svg  India Manushi Chhillar Femina Miss India
2016 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle Miss World Puerto Rico Washington, D.C., United States 117
2015 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Mireia Lalaguna Miss Spain Sanya, China 114
2014 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Rolene Strauss Miss South Africa London, United Kingdom 121

Fast track events

The winner of these events, called "fast track" competitions, automatically make it into the quarter or semifinals of Miss World. [66] The fast track categories are Miss World Beach Beauty, Beauty With a Purpose, Sports Challenge, Talent and Top Model. Miss World Beach Beauty, replacing Miss World Best in Swimsuit, and Miss World Sports were added in 2003. Miss World Top Model was added in 2004. Miss World Multimedia was added in 2012.

Miss World Beach Beauty

Miss World Beach Beauty was a swimsuit or fast track competition in the Miss World pageant. [67] The Beach Beauty event first started in 2003, when the Miss World Organization decided to have preliminary or fast track events to automatically give a semifinal spot to some of the delegates. This event allowed the Miss World delegates (over 100) to have a chance of being in the semifinals. The winner goes on to make the semifinals automatically. The Beach Beauty event showcased different swimsuits designed by Miss World 1975, Wilnelia Merced. In 2014, the organisation eliminated the swimsuit competition from the pageant. [68]

YearWinnerRepresentedPlacement at Miss World
2003 Rosanna Davison [69] Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland [69] Miss World 2003 [70]
2004 Nancy Randall [71] Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2nd Runner-up
2005 Yulia Ivanova [72] Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [72] Top 15 semifinalist
2006 Federica Guzmán [73] Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela [73] Top 17 semifinalist
2007 Ada De La Cruz [74] Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic [74] Top 16 semifinalist
2008 Anagabriela Espinoza [67] Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Top 15 semifinalist
2009 Kaiane Aldorino [75] Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar [75] Miss World 2009 [76]
2010 [77] Yara Lasanta Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico [78] Top 20 semifinalist
2011 Alize Lily Mounter [79] Flag of England.svg  England Top 7 finalist
2012 Sophie Moulds [80] Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1st Runner-up
2013 Sancler Frantz [81] [82] Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil [81] [82] Top 6 finalist
2014 [83] Olivia Asplund [84] Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Top 25 semifinalist

Miss World Beauty With a Purpose

The Beauty with a Purpose is an event established in 1972 that is celebrated during the activities prior to the Miss World pageant. It awards the contestant with the most relevant and important charity project in her nation. Since 2005 the winner automatically makes the quarter finals. Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar from India is the first and only Beauty With a Purpose recipient to eventually win the Miss World crown.

Beauty with a Purpose winners

YearWinnerCountryPlacement at Miss World
2001 Piarella PeraltaFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
2002 Nozipho ShabanguFlag of Eswatini.svg  Swaziland
2003 Denisa KolaFlag of Albania.svg  Albania
2004 Tonoya Anne ToyloyFlag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
2005 Oh Eun-young Flag of South Korea.svg  Korea Top 6
2006 Lamisi MbillahFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Top 17
2007 Valeska Saab Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Top 16
Kayi Cheung Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Top 16
2008 Gabrielle Walcott Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 2nd Runner-up
2009 Pooja Chopra Flag of India.svg  India Top 16
2010 [77] Natasha MettoFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Top 25
2011 Astrid Yunadi Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Top 15
Stephanie KarikariFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
2012 Vanya Mishra Flag of India.svg  India Top 7
2013 Ishani Shrestha Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal Top 10
2014 [83] Julia GamaFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Top 11
Rafieya Husain Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana Top 11
Koyal Rana Flag of India.svg  India Top 11
Maria Rahajeng Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Top 25
Idah NgumaFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Top 11
2015 Maria Harfanti Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 2nd Runner-up
2016 Natasha Mannuela Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 2nd Runner-up
2017 Manushi Chhillar Flag of India.svg  India Miss World 2017
Achintya Holte Nilsen Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Top 10
Laura Lehmann Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Top 40
Adè van HeerdenFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Top 10
Đỗ Mỹ Linh Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Top 40
2018 [85] Shrinkhala Khatiwada Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal Top 12

Miss World Best in Swimsuit

Miss World Best in Swimsuit was an award given to the delegate at Miss World who has the highest score at the swimsuit competition during the finals. The award has only been given out for 3 years and no award was presented from 1998 to 2002. The new Miss World Beach Beauty competition was established in 2003 to choose the new Best in Swimsuit winner. The winner proceeded to make the semifinals automatically. The winner of this award is chosen in the list of semifinalists during the finals, unlike Beach Beauty which chooses the winner in a batch of 100+ contestants.

YearWinnerRepresentedPlacement at Miss World
1995 Miri Bohadana Flag of Israel.svg  Israel [86] Top 5
1996 Yessica Salazar GonzalezFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Top 10
1997 Diana Hayden Flag of India.svg  India [87] Miss World 1997 [87]
1998 Karen MarrieFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Unplaced

Miss World Sports Challenge

Miss World Sports or Sportswoman is a title and award given to the winner of a sports event at Miss World. It is a fast track or preliminary event, giving the winner automatic entry into the semifinals. So far there are 5 Miss World Sports winners starting at 2003. In 2005, there was no Miss Sports winner because it wasn't held as an individual fast track event, but rather a continental team competition. Starting in 2006, the individual competition was back again.

YearWinnerRepresentedPlacement at Miss World
2003 Nazanin Afshin-Jam Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1st Runner Up
2004 Amy Guy Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Top 15
2005 Asia-Pacific Asia Team Challenge
2006 Malgosia Majewska Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Top 17
2007 Abigail "Abby" McCarryFlag of the United States.svg  United States Top 15
2008 Alexandra Ívarsdóttir [67] Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland [67] Top 15
2009 Erusa SasakiFlag of Japan.svg  Japan Top 16
2010 [77] Lori Moore [88] Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland [78] Top 25
2011 Marianly TejedaFlag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Unplaced
2012 Sanna Jinnedal Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Top 30
2013 Jacqueline Steenbeek [82] Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands [82] Top 20
2014 [83] Krista Haapalainen [84] Flag of Finland.svg  Finland [84] Top 25
2015 Steffi Van Wyk [89] [90] Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia [89] [90] Unplaced
2016 Natalia ShortFlag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands Top 20
2017 Aletxa MuesesFlag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Top 40
2018 Marisa Butler Flag of the United States.svg  United States Top 30

Miss World Talent

Miss World Talent is a talent or fast track competition in the Miss World pageant, in which a number of contestants show their abilities in singing, dancing, poetry, etc. [91] Introduced in Miss World 1978, the winner of the event automatically makes it into the semifinals starting 2003. The award returned at Miss World 2001.

YearWinnerRepresentedPlacement at Miss World
1978 Louvette Monzon HammondFlag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines Unplaced
2001 Stephanie ChaseFlag of Barbados.svg  Barbados Unplaced
2002 [92] Rebekah RevelsFlag of the United States.svg  United States Top 10
2003 Irina Onashvili [69] Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia [69] Top 20
2004 Shermain Jeremy [93] Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda [93] Top 15
2005 Kmisha Counts [94] Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  US Virgin Islands [94] Top 15
2006 Catherine Jean Milligan [95] Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland [95] Top 17
2007 Irene Dwomoh [96] Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana [96] Top 15
2008 [97] Natalie Griffith Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados Top 15
2009 Lena Ma [98] Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada [98] 4th Runner-up
Mariatu KargboFlag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone [98] Top 16
2010 [77] Emma Britt Waldron [99] Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland [78] 3rd Runner-up
2011 Gabriela Pulgar [100] Flag of Chile.svg  Chile [lower-alpha 1] [100] Top 20
2012 Yu Wenxia [102] [103] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China [102] [103] Miss World 2012 [104]
2013 [105] Vania Larissa [106] Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia [106] Top 10
2014 [83] Dewi Liana Seriestha [107] [108] Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia [108] Top 25
2015 Lisa Punch [109] [110] [111] Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana [109] [111] Top 11
2016 Bayartsetseg AltangerelFlag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia Top 11
2017 Michela GaleaFlag of Malta.svg  Malta Top 40
2018 Kanako Date [112] Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Top 30

Miss World Top Model

The Miss World Top Model is a modeling fast track competition at the Miss World Pageant. [113] The competition was first held in 2004, but not in 2005-2006. It has been held since 2007; the winner of the competition automatically qualifies for the semifinals.

YearWinnerRepresentedPlacement at Miss World
2004 Yessica Ramírez Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Top 15
2007 Zhang Zilin Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Miss World 2007
2008 [67] Ksenia Sukhinova Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Miss World 2008 [67]
2009 Perla Beltrán Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1st Runner-up
2010 [77] Mariann Birkedal Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Top 7
2011 Zhanna Zhumaliyeva Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Top 15
2012 Atong DemachFlag of South Sudan.svg  South Sudan Top 7
2013 Megan Young [114] Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Miss World 2013
2014 [83] Isidora BorovčaninFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Unplaced
2015 [115] Mireia Lalaguna Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Miss World 2015
2016 Jing KongFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Top 11
2017 Ugochi IhezueFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Top 15
2018 Maëva Coucke Flag of France.svg  France Top 12

Miss World Multimedia

The Miss World Multimedia is a social media fast track competition at the Miss World Pageant. It was first incorporated in 2012. As part of this contest, the girls are updating about their preparations for the pageant, their social work, their wardrobe, their stay during the pageant and other things. Based on their interactions with fans on various social media channels, a winner is chosen.

YearWinnerRepresentedPlacement at Miss World
2012 Vanya Mishra Flag of India.svg  India Top 7
2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon Flag of India.svg  India Top 20
2014 Elizabeth Safrit Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2nd Runner up
2015 Hillarie Parungao Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Top 10
2016 Catriona Gray Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Top 5
2017 Enkhjin TseveendashFlag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia Top 15
2018 Shrinkhala Khatiwada Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal Top 12

Miss World hosts and artists

The following is a list Miss World hosts and invited artists through the years.

1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 Eric Morley
1959 Bob Hope
1960 Bob Hope Herald Trumpeters of the Royal Artillery [116]
1961 Michael Aspel Bob Hope [117]
1962, 1963, 1964 Michael Aspel
1965 David Jacobs, Michael Aspel Ronnie Carroll, Lionel Blair [118]
1966 Peter West, Michael Aspel The Three Monarchs, Mark Wynter [119]
1967 Simon Dee, Michael Aspel Malcolm Roberts, Los Zafiros [120]
1968 Michael Aspel, commentary by Keith Fordyce Gene Pitney [121]
1969 Michael Aspel, Pete Murray Frank Ifield, The Roy Budd Trio, Lionel Blair [122]
1970 Bob Hope, [123] [124] Michael Aspel, Keith Fordyce
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 Michael Aspel and David Vine
1975 David Vine and Ray Moore
1976 Sacha Distel, Patrick Lichfield, and Ray Moore
1977 Andy Williams, and Ray Moore
1978 Sacha Distel and Paul Burnett
1979 Sacha Distel, Esther Rantzen, Germaine Greer and Ray Moore
1980 Peter Marshall, Judith Chalmers and Anthony Newley Anthony Newley and The Dougie Squires Dancers
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 Peter Marshall and Judith Chalmers

1981 – Julio Iglesias and The Dougie Squires Dancers

1982 – The Three Degrees

1983 – Leo Sayer and The Ken Warwick Dancers

1984 – The Drifters and The Ken Warwick Dancers

1985 – Jack Jones and The Ken Warwick Dancers

1986 Peter Marshall and Mary Stävin Five Star and The Ken Warwick Dancers
1987 Peter Marshall and Alexandra Bastedo Rick Astley and The Ken Warwick Dancers
1988 Peter Marshall and Alexandra BastedoKoreana and Donny Osmond
1989 Peter Marshall, Alexandra Bastedo and John Davidson Aswad
1990 Peter Marshall and Michelle Rocca Jason Donovan and Richard Clayderman
1991 Peter Marshall and Gina Tolleson Indecent Obsession
1992 Billy Dee Williams, Jerry Hall, Deborah Shelton, Doreen Morris and Suanne Braun Abigail Kubheka, Sophia Foster, MarcAlex, Mara Louw, Paul Buckby, Malie Kelly, Leslie Klein-Smith and Soweto String Quartet
1993 Pierce Brosnan, [125] Doreen Morris, Kim Alexis and Gina Tolleson George Benson, Crissy Caine, Jon Cecil, Sam Marais, PJ Powers and Vicky Sampson
1994 Richard Steinmetz, Suanne Braun and Bronson Pinchot David Abbate, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Johnny Clegg, Free Flight Dance Company and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
1995 Richard Steinmetz, Jeff Trachta and Bobbie Eakes Caught in the Act
1996 Richard Steinmetz and Ruby Bhatia Alisha Chinnai
1997 Richard Steinmetz and Khanyi Dhlomo Mkhize Ricky Martin
1998 Eden Harel and Ronan Keating Boyzone and Errol Brown
1999 Ulrika Jonsson and Melanie Sykes Robert Palmer, Westlife and Enrique Iglesias
2000 Jerry Springer and Rebecca de Alba Bryan Ferry, bond, Leonard Cohen and S Club 7
2001 Jerry Springer and Claire Elizabeth Smith Umoja
2002 Sean Kanan and Claire Elizabeth Smith Chayanne and BBMak
2003 Phil Keoghan, Amanda Byram [126] and Angela Chow Luis Fonsi, Bryan Ferry, Morrissey and Wuhan Acrobatic Troupe
2004 Troy McClain, Angela Chow and Lisa Snowdon Lionel Richie and Il Divo
2005 Tim Vincent and Angela Chow Alexander O’Neal and Beijing Singing & Dancing Theatre
2006 Tim Vincent, Angela Chow and Grazyna Torbicka Westlife, Robin Gibb and Amici
2007 Fernando Allende and Angela Chow Duncan James, Haikou Artistic Group, The South African Mvezo Choir and No. 9 Primary School of Sanya
2008 Tumisho Masha and Angela Chow McFly, Alesha Dixon, Jeanette Winterson
2009 Angela Chow, Michelle McLean [127] [128] Umoja, Gang of Instrumentals
2010 Angela Chow, [129] Steve Douglas Shayne Ward, [130] Dave Koz, Carlos Aponte [131]
2011 Angela Chow, [132] Jason Cook, Steve Douglas Diversity, [133] Blue, [134] Ramin Karimloo
2012 Myleene Klass, [135] Jason Cook, [136] Lily Wu, Ni Ran Mutu, Steve DouglasRodrick Dixon, Huhehaote Youth Horse Cello Troupe
2013 Myleene Klass, Kamal Ibrahim, Daniel Mananta, Amanda Zevannya, Steve Douglas Matt Cardle, [137] Blue, [137] [138] GIGI Art of Dance, Soerya Soemirat Dance Group, Iskandar Widjaja, Maylaffayza
2014 Tim Vincent, Megan Young, [139] Frankie Cena, Steve Douglas Sky Blu, [140] The Vamps [141]
2015 Tim Vincent, Megan Young, [139] Angela Chow, [142] Steve Douglas Yu Wenxia, [143] The Wholls, [144] Julian Believe [142]
2016 Jason Cook, Megan Young, Frankie Cena, Steve Douglas[ citation needed ]Rodrick Dixon, Morrison Brothers
2017 Fernando Allende, Angela Chow, Megan Young, Frankie Cena, Barney Walsh, Steve Douglas [145] Kristian Kostov, Celine Tam, Jeffrey Li, Zizi
2018 Fernando Allende, Angela Chow, Frankie Cena, Megan Young, Stephanie Del Valle, Barney Walsh Donel Mangena, Dimash Kudaibergen, Sister Sledge

See also


  1. "... Miss England was Miss World 2011 Beach Beauty, Kazakhstan was Miss World 2011 Top Model, while Miss World 2011 Talent title went to Miss Chile ..." [101]

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Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the American-based Miss Universe Organization. It airs in more than 190 countries worldwide and seen by more than half a billion people annually. Along with Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth, Miss Universe is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.

Miss America beauty contest

Miss America is an annual competition that is open to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 25. Originating in 1921 as a "bathing beauty revue", the contest is now judged on competitors' talent performances and interviews. As of 2018, there is no longer a swimsuit portion to the contest, or consideration of physical appearance. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours, touring the nation and promoting her particular platform of interest. The winner is crowned by the previous year's titleholder.

Miss Earth Annual environmental-themed beauty contest

Miss Earth is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants – the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities. The Miss Earth winner is the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations. The Miss Earth Foundation also works with the environmental departments and ministries of participating countries, various private sectors and corporations, as well as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

Vida Samadzai Afghan model

Vida Samadzai is an Afghan-American actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was Miss Afghanistan in 2003. As the first Afghan woman to participate in an international beauty pageant since 1974, her appearance in a red bikini in the 2003 edition of Miss Earth pageant created controversy in her native country. She was a contestant on the popular reality show Bigg Boss in 2011.

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Miss World 2002 52nd edition of the Miss World pageant

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Miss Nigeria is an annual beauty pageant show which showcases positive attributes of Nigerian women and awards university scholarships. The winner portrays exemplary qualities and serves as a role model for young women in the country. The pageant is currently organized by Daily Times.

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Miss Pakistan World is a beauty pageant for Pakistan. Till date it is the only original Pakistani beauty pageant that is internationally recognized in the world. The contestants of the Miss Pakistan World pageant are Pakistani girls who reside all over the world, as well as the participation is opened for Pakistani girls from Pakistan, as well as dual nationality holders. Miss Pakistan World has been running since 2002 and has expanded to launching Mrs. Pakistan World as well as Mr. Pakistan World.

1927 International Pageant of Pulchritude

The Second International Pageant of Pulchritude and Eighth Annual Bathing Girl Revue was held from May 21 to May 23, 1927, in Galveston, Texas. More contestants from outside the United States entered the pageant compared to the previous year, with women from Cuba, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Spain joining. Canada and Mexico also sent delegates, as they had in 1926. There were also 29 contestants from the United States. An estimated 250,000 people attended the events during that weekend, and over $5000 in prizes were given to the winners. The pageant was becoming known as an opportunity for potential movie and stage actresses to be discovered.

Miss Earth 2012

Miss Earth 2012, the 12th edition of the Miss Earth pageant, took place on 24 November 2012 at the Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines. The pageant was broadcast live internationally on Star World and was shown 25 November 2012 at 10:00 a.m. on ABS-CBN, with coverage on Studio 23, TFC-The Filipino Channel, and also on channels of participating counties worldwide. Olga Álava from Ecuador, crowned her successor Tereza Fajksová, a 23-year-old university student and model from Brno in Czech Republic at the end of the event. Miss Earth-Air went to the 23-year-old German-Filipino fashion designer and model, Stephany Stefanowitz of the Philippines, Miss Earth-Water was awarded to a Maracaibo native Osmariel Villalobos, a 24-year-old broadcasting company talent from Venezuela, and Miss Earth-Fire was given to the 22-year-old, a student and model from Minas Gerais, Brazil. 80 contestants competed for the crown in this year's edition.

The Big Four consists of the four major international beauty pageants for women – Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth. The group was first described by the China Daily newspaper in 2004 as "the world's four major beauty contests", Chosun Ilbo newspaper in 2010 described them as "the world's top four beauty pageants". In 2017, the Latin Times considered the group as the "most important pageants in the world". In 2018, NBC News referred to them as the "four biggest international pageants".

Miss World 2015 The 65th edition of the Miss World pageant.

Miss World 2015, the 65th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 19 December 2015 at the outdoor arena of the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China. 114 contestants from all over the world competed for the crown. Rolene Strauss of South Africa crowned her successor Mireia Lalaguna of Spain at the end of the event. It was the very first time in the history of Miss World that Spain won the pageant.

Audra Diane Mari is an American television host, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. She was crowned Miss World America 2016 on July 8, 2016 and represented the United States at Miss World 2016. She also represented the state of North Dakota at the Miss Teen USA and Miss USA pageants where she placed 1st runner-up in each pageant.

Miss Bumbum beauty contest

Miss Bumbum is an annual beauty pageant held in Brazil to reward the owner of the best buttocks in the country. Created by journalist and entrepreneur Cacau Oliver, the competition has 27 contestants, each of whom represents one of the country's 27 states. The winner receives 50,000 Brazilian reais in endorsement deals, and instantly becomes a celebrity in Brazil. Brazilian television network RedeTV! broadcasts the event. The reigning title holder is Ellen Santana.

Anu Namshir born April 12, 1991 is a Mongolian model, graphic designer and beauty pageant titleholder who represented Mongolia at the Miss International 2013, Miss Manzhouli 2014, World Bikini Model 2015, Asian Star Model 2015 Supermodel International 2015, Miss World 2015, Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 pageant. She won the Miss Mongolia 2013 title and was later crowned as World Bikini Model International 2014 and Miss Manzhouli 2014 (winner) in China, Asian Star Model 2015 Supermodel International 2015 (winner) in Korea and Miss World Mongolia 2015. And then she represented Mongolia in the Miss World 2015. On September 26, 2016 she was crowned Miss Tourism Queen International 2016 and awarded Miss Charity. And then December 1, 2016, she has participated first in Goyol 2017 which was organized by Mongolian Designers Association annually was awarded "Photo Model". She worked at Mongolia's Next Top Model show 14th number representing Z24 online ticket reservation through Z24 face.

Catriona Gray Filipino-Australian model, stage actress, singer, visual artist

Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray is a Filipino-Australian model, singer, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the pageant. Previously, Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 and Miss World Philippines 2016.


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