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Miss World history

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, April 21, 2012

THE Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant, having started in 1951. According to Wikipedia, the Miss World Pageant was created in the United Kingdom by the late Eric Morley, introduced as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations.

Throughout the years, the Miss World pageant has become one of the most publicised pageants in the world. Contestants from around the world vie for the crown with not just their beauty but also their intelligence and personality.

The winner spends a year travelling around the world, representing the Miss World Organisation and its various causes. The successful Miss World undertakes the Miss World Organisation's theme of Beauty With A Purpose, working tirelessly to raise funds for many good causes.

According to the Miss World website, Miss World funded for Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia; supporting Operation Hunger and the Nelson Mandela Trust in Africa, and teaming up with Jackie Chan and the Chinese Red Cross in bringing aid to those affected by the Asian tsunami.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to local and international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children the world over through the initiatives and causes undertaken by the Miss World pageant

Past Winners

n2011 - Ivian Sarcos (Venezuela)

n2010 - Alexandria Mills (USA)

n2009 - Kaiane Aldorino (South Africa)

n2008 - Ksenia Sukhinova (South Africa)

n2007 - Zhang Zilin (China)

n2006 - Ta?ána Kucha?ová (Poland)

n2005 - Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir (China)

n2004 - María Julia Mantilla (China)

n2003 - Rosanna Davison (China)

n2002 - Azra Akın (United Kingdom)

n2001 - Agbani Darego (South Africa)

n2000 - Priyanka Chopra (India)