Miss World Australia
The Miss World pageant is an international beauty
pageant created in the United Kingdom by Eric
Morley in 1951. Currently, Morley's wife, Julia
Morley, co-chairs the pageant.
World is the oldest, most widely attended and
broadcasted international beauty pageant, with
over fifty delegates from Asia and some parts
of Europe. Miss World – The Final is the
world's largest live annual television event with
global viewers topping two billionin
more than 200 countries.
winner spends a year travelling to represent the
Miss World Organization and its various causes.
Traditionally, Miss World lives in London during
her reign. The current Miss World is Zhang Zilin
from PR of China.
Miss World 2007
Miss World 2007
57th Miss World pageant was held in Sanya, People's
Republic of China on December 1, 2007. The winner
was Zhang Zi Lin. See her pictures
World started as the Festival Bikini Contest,
in honor of the recently introduced swim wear
of the time, but was called Miss World by the
press. It was originally planned as a one-off
event. Upon learning about the upcoming Miss Universe
pageant, Morley decided to make the pageant an
to the wearing of bikinis led to their replacement
with more modest swim wear after the first contest.
In 1959, the BBC started broadcasting the competition.
The pageant's popularity grew with the advent
of television. By the 1990s, the pageant was reaching
two billion viewers from almost every country
in the world.
the 1980s, the pageant repositioned itself with
the slogan Beauty With a Purpose, with added tests
of intelligence and personality.
However, the competition has been seen as old-fashioned
and rather politically incorrect in its native
Britain. Despite the global appeal, the show was
not broadcast on any major terrestrial British
TV network for several years, until Channel 5
aired it in 1998.
Morley died as the pageant entered the new century.
His wife, Julia, succeeded as chairwoman of the
Miss World Organization.
century saw its first black African winner, Agbani
Darego, in 2001. As part of its marketing strategy,
Miss World came up with a "You Decide"
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.
2002 the competition was slated for choosing 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).
Miss World Organization
Miss World Organization owns and manages the annual
Miss World Finals, a competition that has grown
into one of the World’s biggest and most
loved events. Since its launch
in 1951, the Miss World Organization has raised
more than £250 million for children’s
charities. Miss World is franchised
in more than 140 countries and commands the world’s
largest annual live TV audience.
Miss World, Limited is a privately held firm,
and thus figures for its earnings, expenses and
charitable contributions are not publicly available.
from raising millions of pounds for charities
around the globe under the banner of its 'Beauty
with a Purpose' program, Miss World is also credited
with directly influencing a dramatic increase
in tourism in Sanya, China, host of the Miss World
finals from 2003-05.
road to the Miss World crown is a long one. In
the year preceding the global finals, each delegate
must win her national title or a specially designated
Miss World national preliminary. Miss World's
national preliminaries are conducted by their
license-holders, who hold the franchise to use
the "Miss World" name in their country.
The annual final is typically a month long extravaganza,
with several preliminary events, galas, dinners,
balls and activities, culminating in a globally
telecast final show in which the field is narrowed
to between 15-20 delegates.
2003 Miss World pageant also features Fast Track
events during the preliminary round. The winners
of Fast Track events are automatically qualified
to enter the final round. Fast Track events which
have been used since 2003 are:
* Beach Beauty (2003-present)
* Miss Talent (2003-present)
* Miss Sport (2003-present)
* Beauty With A Purpose (2005-present)
* Top Model (2004, 2007)
* Personality (2003)
* People's Choice (2003)
* Contestant's Choice (2004)
surrounding the pageant
Miss World pageant seems to have been the target
of many controversies since its inception.
* In 1970, feminist protesters threw flour bombs
during the live event at London's Royal Albert
Hall, momentarily scaring the host, Bob Hope[citation
* The first winner from the United States, 1973's
Marjorie Wallace, was forced to resign because
of her high-profile serial dating. The duties,
but not the title was offered to first-runner
up, Evangeline Pascual of the Philippines, which
she refused. The two girls were tied at the final
tabulation of the pageant competition, but the
Chairman of the Board of Judges, American actor,
Gregory Peck, broke the tie in favor of Wallace.
Evangeline Pascual should be the official Miss
World 1973 because it was her right to take over
the crown but the organization did not use the
rule which states if the winner can't fulfill
her duties the first runner-up will take over
her place.Unlike the following year the title
was offered to the first runner-up who was Anneline
Kriel of South Africa after revealing that the
reigning Miss World was an unwed mother who was
Helen Morgan of United Kingdom. If the title was
offered, the Philippines would be the first Asian
country to win the two major titles in the same
year and not India. The year 1973 was the most
successful year for the Philippines after placing
all the pageants and proved to the whole world
that Philippines was a pageant superpowerhouse.
* The 1974 winner Helen Morgan resigned four days
later after it was discovered she was a single
* In 1976, several countries went on a boycott,
because the pageant included both a Caucasian
and African representative for South Africa[citation
needed]. In yet another shut-out for the nation
for its apartheid policy, South Africa competed
for the last time in 1977, before it was welcomed
back in 1991 as that policy disintegrated[citation
* The 1980 winner Gabriela Brum of Germany resigned
one day after winning, initially claiming her
boyfriend disapproved. A few days later it emerged
that she had been forced to resign after it was
discovered that she posed naked for a magazine[citation
* In 1996, wide-scale protests took place in Bangalore,
India over the hosting of the beauty contest.
The swimsuit shootings were moved to Seychelles,
and heavy security was placed. Despite the chaos,
the pageant's live telecast went on smoothly[citation
* Just days after her 1998 crowning, Israel's
Linor Abargil revealed that she had been raped
only two months before the pageant. One of the
highlights of her year was seeing her accused
rapist convicted.
* It was in 1998 Miss World Pageant when Miss
Ghana unfortunately slipped in the middle of the
stage, but was unharmed.
The 2002 Nigeria contest
the year leading up the finals in Nigeria, several
European title holders lobbied their governments
and the EU parliament to support Amina's cause[citation
needed]. 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 semifinalist 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. 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.
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 November 22 in which over
200 people were killed in the city of Kaduna,
along with many houses of worship being burned
by religious zealots. 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. 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 favorite for the
crown she had previously boycotted.
eventual winner of the pageant was Azra Akin of
Turkey, the first predominantly Muslim country
to hold the title since Egypt in 1954[citation
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* Aishwarya Rai was again crowned as the Most
Beautiful Miss World of All Time in 2000. As she
scored highest points in all former misses world
from 1951 to 1999.
* Aishwarya Rai is the only Miss World to have
a wax statue at Madam Tussads Wax Museum[citation
needed], and was named one of the 100 Most Influential
People in the World in Times Magazine[citation
* Miss World remains the only major beauty pageant
where a country successfully held the title for
consecutive years: Sweden (1951-52), United Kingdom
(1964-65), and India (1999-2000).
* India is the only country to have both Miss
Universe and Miss World crowns in the same year
twice- 1994 (Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai) and
2000 (Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra). France,
Australia and Venezuela have won both Miss World
and Miss Universe crowns in the same year once:
1953, 1972 and 1981 respectively.
* Australia and India has both won Miss Universe,
Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific all in the same
year - 1972 and 2000 respectively.
* Though unplaced in Miss World, contestants Georgina
Rizk (Miss Universe 1971), Angela Visser (Miss
Universe 1989), and Mpule Kwelagobe (Miss Universe
1999) were all Miss Universe title holders. Michelle
McLean (Miss Universe 1992) from Namibia was a
finalist at the 1991 Miss World pageant in Atlanta
and went on to win the 1992 Miss Universe crown
* Miss World has title holders who placed as finalist
or runners-up in Miss Universe. They were Carmen
Duijm Zubillaga (Miss World 1955), Corinne Rottschafer
(Miss World 1959), Rosemarie Frankland (Miss World
1961), Madeline Hartog-Bel Houghton (Miss World
1967), Eva Rueber-Staier (Miss World 1969), Helen
Morgan (Miss World 1974) (dethroned), Gina Ann
Swainson (Miss World 1979), Agbani Darego (Miss
* The longest reign by any Miss World titleholder
belongs to the first winner, Kiki Håkansson,
which lasted for 475 days (almost 16 months)[citation
needed]. The shortest reign was that of Gabriella
Brum, which lasted just 18 hours before she resigned
in 1980. Officially, the shortest
reign, from the time of her crowning until she
passes the title to her successor, belongs to
2005 winner Unnur Birna of Iceland, who reigned
for just 294 days (less than 10 months) by the
time she crowned Tatána Kucharová
of the Czech Republic on September 30, 2006[citation
* Several Miss World alumnae have been cast as
Bond girls or made appearances in the Bond movies:
o Dr. No - Michelle Mok (Hong Kong, 1958).
o Thunderball - Claudine Auger (France, first
o Diamonds Are Forever - Denise Perrier (France,
Miss World 1953).
o The Spy Who Loved Me - Eva Rueber-Staier (Austria,
Miss World 1969); she would go on to reprise her
role in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy).
o Octopussy - Mary Stavin (Sweden, Miss World
1977) and Carolyn Seaward (United Kingdom, first
o A View to a Kill - Lou-Anne Ronchi (Australia,
second runner-up 1984) and Mary Stavin (Sweden,
Miss World 1977)
o The Living Daylights - Ruddy Rodriguez (Venezuela,
o Tomorrow Never Dies - Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia,
o Die Another Day - Halle Berry (USA, finalist
* Other notable contestants who made impacts in
the show business on an international level are
Lynda Carter (USA, semi-finalist, 1972) know as
Wonder Woman and Maggie Cheung (Hong Kong, semi-finalist,
* Miss World 2004 had the whole world voting for
the new Miss World. It was for the first time
that a major international event had popular votes
were considered for choosing the winner.
* Miss World chairperson Julia Morley scrapped
the swimsuit competition from the finals from
the year 1998. She said that beachwears must be
worn on beaches only. However, she contradicted
herself from the year 2004 because from that year
all the contestants present themselves in bikinis
on the stage during the finals.
* The 55th staging of Miss World in Sanya, China
in 2005 meant that for the first time, all the
major beauty pageants were staged in the same
continent (Asia): Miss Universe in Thailand, Miss
Earth in the Philippines, and Miss International
in Japan. (Credit:
2007 Miss World Australia was crowned on the 4th
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