Miss World 2015 will be held on 19 December 2015 at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China PR. Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss from South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.
The pageant was created in 1951 by Eric Morley, it was called the Festival Bikini Contest. The swimsuit competition was intended as a promotion for the bikini. However, because of the controversy arising from Miss World 1951 Kicki 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.
In 1976 swimsuits were replaced by evening gowns for the crowning. In 2014, the organization eliminated the swimsuit competition from the pageant.
Kicki Håkansson Miss World 1951
The pageant's popularity grew in 1959 when the BBC started broadcasting the beauty pageant. In the 1980s, the pageant repositioned itself with the slogan Beauty With a Purpose, with added tests of intelligence and personality. Eric Morley died in 2000, her wife, Julia Morley succeeded as the owner of the organization.
The annual final is a month-long event with activities, dinners and galas.
Miss World Special Awards
Miss World Top Model (started in 2004)
Miss World Beach Beauty (started in 2003)
Miss World Talent (started in 1978)
Miss World Sports (started in 2003)
Beauty With A Purpose (Miss World Scholarship, started in 2001)
Best World Dress Designer (started in 1995)
The highest Interview Score (started in 2011)
People's Choice / People's Champion (started in 2003)
Multimedia Award (started in 2012)
Miss World 2015 Predictions
Miss World Lebanon 2015 - Valerie Abou Chacra
Miss World Spain 2015 - Mireia Lalaguna
Miss World France 2015 - Hinarere Taputu
Miss World South Africa 2015 - Liesl Laurie
Miss World Brazil 2015 - Catharina Choi
Miss World Philippines 2015 - Hillarie Parungao
Miss World Jamaica 2015 - Sanneta Myrie
Miss World Russia 2015 - Sofia Nikitchuk
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