Miss World : Info

The Miss World is one of the oldest beauty pageants amongst the Big 4 (four) international beauty pageants. Established in the year 1951, the idea of Miss World beauty pageant was conceptualized by late Eric Morley as the first edition of the Miss World beauty pageant was held in United Kingdom. Miss World is one of the most publicized beauty pageants alongside Miss Universe and Miss Earth pageants.

The Miss World originally started as the Festival Bikini Contest, but an embarrassed British media decided to call it with a more modest name, ‘Miss World’. The pageant was met with a lot of criticism in the beginning, so much so that the swim suit was replaced with more modest swim suits after the first contest. The first Miss World (originally Festival Bikini Contest) was Kerstin "Kiki" Håkansson from Stockholm, Sweden. She was the first and last winner to be crowned while wearing a bikini.

The Miss World was first aired in 1959 by BBC and gained popularity thereafter and has grown manifolds. In the year 1980, the pageant adopted the slogan ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ and added tests of intelligence and personality in order to avoid criticism of objectifying women. The Miss World has seen its share of controversies; in the year 1970, feminist protestors disrupted the pageant by throwing flour bombs on the ongoing live pageant. In 1976 the pageant included both a Caucasian and African representative for South Africa which lead to a huge furor and many participating countries decided to boycott the pageant.

Miss World pageant has grown manifolds since then; to enter Miss World, the contestant should be the winner of the national title in their respective home nation. Those chosen to represent their nation then compete in the Miss World Finals. Miss World is no longer just a beauty pageant, it has emerged as a platform for young women from across the globe to showcase their talent, intelligence and work towards a greater good. Miss World pageant provides these contestants to display their culture and raise awareness towards various humanitarian causes as every year the pageant raises millions of pounds for charitable work under the banner of ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ program.

The annual final is typically a month long event, with several preliminary galas, dinners, balls and activities, culminating in a globally telecast final show in which the field is narrowed to between 15–20 delegates. Since 2011, winners and finalists of various group and talent events are awarded bonus points to their preliminary scores. Delegates with the highest points (bonus of challenge events included) are qualified to the final round.

Venezuela and India have dominated the Miss World pageant with six titles so far, followed by United Kingdom and Jamaica with five and four wins respectively.

2001

Agbani Darego from Nigeria was crowned Miss World 2001 at the finale held at Sun City Entertainment Centre, South Africa on 16th November 2001.

2002

Azra Akin from Turkey was crowned Miss World 2002 at the finale held at Alexandra Palace, London on 7th December 2002.

2003

Rosanna Davison was crowned Miss World 2003 at the finale held at Crown of Beauty Theatre, China on 6th December 2003.

2004

María Julia Mantilla was crowned Miss World 2004 at the finale held at Crown of Beauty Theatre, China on 4th December 2004.

2005

Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir was crowned Miss World 2005 at the finale held at Crown of Beauty Theatre, China on 10th December 2005.

2006

Tatána Kucharová from Czech Republic was crowned Miss World 2006 at the finale held at Palace of Culture and Science, Poland on 30th September 2006.

2007

Zhang Zilin from China was crowned Miss World 2007 at the finale held at Crown of Beauty Theatre, China on 1st Decembe 2007.

2008

Ksenia Sukhinova from Russia was crowned Miss World 2008 at the finale held at Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa on 13th December 2008.

2009

Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was crowned Miss World 2009 at the finale held at Gallagher Convention Centre, South Africa on 12th December 2009.

2010

Alexandria Mills from USA was crowned Miss World 2010 at the finale held at Crown of Beauty Theatre, China on 30th October 2010.

2011

Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela was crowned Miss World 2011 at the finale held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, United Kingdom on 6th November 2011.

2012

Yu Wenxia from China was crowned Miss World 2012 at the finale held at Dongsheng Fitness Center Stadium, China on 18th August 2012.

2013

Megan Young from Philippines created history by winning the first ever title for her country as she was crowned Miss World 2013 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Indonesia on 28th September 2013.

2014

Rolene Strauss from South Africa was crowned the Miss World 2014 at ExCeL London, United Kingdom on 14th December 2014.

2015

Mireia Lalaguna from Spain was crowned the Miss World 2015 at Crown of Beauty Theatre, China on 19th December 2015.

2016

Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 at MGM National Harbor, United States on 18th December 2016.

2017

Manushi Chhillar from India was crowned Miss World 2017 at the Sanya City Arena, China on 18th November 2017.

2018

Vanessa Ponce from Mexico was crowned Miss World 2018 at the Sanya City Arena, China on 8th December 2018.

2019

Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica was crowned Miss World 2019 at Excel London, United Kingdom on 14th December 2019.