Miss World- History And List, Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Since his death in 2000, Morley’s widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant.
Along with Miss Earth, 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 current Miss World is Manushi Chhillar of India who was crowned on 18 November 2017 in Sanya, China.
The pageant has its share of shocking moments. Throughout history, it remains the only one of the major international pageants with two winners resigned or dethroned. One of the first shocking moment came up in 1974 – UK’s Helen Morgan was crowned Miss World 1974 (24th Edition).
But, she resigned four days later on a discovery that she had a child. Miss World is the oldest surviving international beauty pageant. Launched in 1951 by Eric Morley, who by then had introduced ballroom dancing to television through the show Come Dancing, the pageant began as Festival Bikini Contest but was dubbed as Miss World by the media.
What started out as a one-off event became an annual extravaganza after Morley heard of a similar concept being institutionalized by the Americans — the Miss Universe pageant.Today it is part of the Big Four beauty pageants alongside Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Earth.
Eric Morley died in 2000, and his wife, Julia, succeeded as chairwoman of the Miss World organization.
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 favorites.
It also sells its Talent, Beach Beauty and Sports events as television specials to broadcasters.
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 Amina’s plight (see Controversies section).
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 Aaaradhya and mother Brinda Rai.
The oldest winner so far has been Aneta Kręglicka of Poland who won the title in the year 1989 (39th Edition). She
There have been many instances when a country has won more than once. What is interesting is the time interval between the wins of a single country.
The longest gap between two wins by a country is by Peru. In 1967 (17th Edition), Madeline Hartog-Bel of Peru was crowned the winner, and after a gap of 37 years, in 2004 (54th Edition), María Julia Mantilla of Peru won the title.
The record for the shortest gap is shared between three countries – In 1951 (1st Edition) and 1952 (2nd Edition), Sweden’s Kerstin Håkansson and May-Louise Flodin were crowned respectively; in 1964 (14th Edition) and 1965 (15th Edition), UK’s Ann Sidney and Lesley Langley won the title respectively and in 1999 (49th Edition) and 2000 (50th Edition), India’s Yukta Mookhey and Priyanka Chopra became Miss World respectively.
Some winners apart from winning the crown also set some records – Sweden’s Kerstin Hakansson became the first European to win the title when she became Miss World 1951 (1st Edition).
Egypt’s Antigone Costanda became the first African and the first from a Muslim-dominated country to win Miss World Title when she became Miss World 1954 (4th Edition). Venezuela’s Susana Duijm became the first Latin-American and the first from Americas to win Miss World Title when she became Miss World 1955 (5th Edition).
Jamaica’s Carole Joan Crawford became the first Caribbean to win Miss World when she became Miss World 1963 (13th Edition).
India’s Reita Faria became the first Asian to win Miss World Title when she became Miss World 1966 (16th Edition). Poland’s Aneta Kreglicka became the first Eastern European to win Miss World Title when she became Miss World 1989 (39th Edition). Nigeria’s Agbani Darego is the first Black African to win Miss World Title, she became Miss World 2001 (51st Edition). And, China’s Zhang Zilin the first Miss World of East Asian origin, when she won Miss World 2007 (57th Edition).
Miss World Beach Beauty
Miss World Beach Beauty was a swimsuit or fast-track competition in the Miss World pageant. 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 organization eliminated the swimsuit competition from the pageant
Miss World Beauty With a Purpose
Beauty with a Purpose, formerly known as Miss World Scholarship, is an event established in 2001 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 semifinals. Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar from India is the first Beauty With a Purpose recipient to eventually win the Miss World crown.
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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 semi-finalists during the finals, unlike Beach Beauty which chooses the winner in a batch of 100+ contestants.
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. 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.
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Just See Some Interesting Facts About Miss World
- It is the Oldest Beauty Pageant in the World
- The Miss World Pageant was founded by Eric Morley who was a British TV host
- It was first held in the year 1951 in Britain.
- The First Miss World was “Kerstin “Kiki” Håkansson” and she was from Sweden.
- Miss World originally started as a Bikini Contest for the Festival Of Britain
- Venezuela has the most number of Miss World title winners from a single country with as many as Six Miss Worlds.
- Miss India “Reita Faria” was the first Asian and the first Indian to win Miss World Title in the year 1966.
- Miss UK “Helen Morgan” who won the Miss World title in the year 1974 resigned just after four days when it was known that she had a child.
List of Miss World Winners
|South Africa||Penelope Anne Coelen||1958|
|United Kingdom||Rosemarie Frankland||1961|
|Jamaica ||Carole Joan Crawford||1963|
|United Kingdom||Ann Sidney||1964|
|United Kingdom||Lesley Langley||1965|
|United States||Marjorie Wallace||1973|
|United Kingdom||Helen Morgan||1974|
|South Africa||Anneline Kriel (Assumed)||1974|
|Puerto Rico||Wilnelia Merced||1975|
|Dominican Republic||Mariasela Álvarez||1982|
|United Kingdom||Sarah-Jane Hutt||1983|
|Venezuela||Astrid Carolina Herrera||1984|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Giselle Laronde||1986|
|United States||Gina Tolleson||1990|
|Peru||María Julia Mantilla||2004|
|Iceland||Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir||2005|
|Czech Republic||Taťána Kuchařová||2006|
|United States||Alexandria Mills||2010|
|South Africa||Rolene Strauss||2014|
|Puerto Rico||Stephanie Del Valle||2016|