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Miss World

Overview


The Miss World pageant is the longest running major international pageant. Miss World was created in 1951 by Eric Morley in the United Kingdom. Since his passing in 2000, the Miss World pageant has been run by co-chair and Eric’s wife, Julia Morley.  Miss World, and the Miss World Organization, work to raise money for children’s charities, and have raised more than 250 pounds (4 million U.S. dollars) since its creation in 1951.

Location


Most recently held in the same city as its headquarters in London, United Kingdom, the Miss World pageant is one the most publicized beauty pageants in the world. The newly crowned Miss World also fulfills her reign while residing in the headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The newly crowned Miss World also works closely with "Beauty with a Purpose". Established in 1972 by Julia Morley, Beauty with a Purpose works closely with many charitable organizations, primarily to give back to children around the world.

Charitable Causes


Beauty with a Purpose has helped in funding Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, done three fundraising tours to support abandoned and neglected children in Vietnam, and provided long term support for both Operation Hunger and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Africa. Additionally Beauty with a Purpose teamed up with Jackie Chan and the Chinese Red Cross in bringing financial aid to those most seriously affected by the Asian tsunami.

The Beauty with a Purpose Award is presented at the final pageant each year, after contestants present their community service and charitable projects. The contestant with the best project receives the award, which adds many points to their final score, as well as $10,000 to go to the charity the award winner has been working with. In 2011 the Beauty with a Purpose Award was presented in a special message from Nelson Mandela, which was read by his grandson, Chief Mandela.

The Competition


Each year, 80-90 national titleholders compete for the title of Miss World in six challenge events, as well and interviews. Miss World contestants participate in Beach Fashion, Beauty with a Purpose, Multi-Media, Sports, Talent, and Top Model, leading up to the final completion. At the Miss World final competition, contestants are narrowed down through a series of questions and interviews. There is also a category for People’s Choice at Miss World, with the contestant winning the people’s choice vote moving in the final line up.


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What Pageant Questions Are Asked In Interview

Unlike the Miss Universe and Miss America pageant systems, the Miss World organization does not ask each contestant a different question in the on-stage interview. Instead, they ask each finalist the same question:

"Why do you think you should be the next Miss World?"

Then each of the finalists has the chance to answer the same question. Because in the Miss World pageant all of the contestants come from very different cultural and language backgrounds, it is not difficult for them to all have different messages and answers in response to this question. Similar to the onstage question in Miss America, the contestants each have 30 seconds to answer the question. A difference in the Miss World pageant is that the host may comment on and perhaps even add in a comment during the pageant contestant's answer, as Tim Vincent did in the Miss World 2014 pageant during Miss Hungary's answer.

Typical Responses in Miss World Interview

In response to why they should be the next Miss World, contestants use their 30 seconds to express their gratitude for their journey as well as how much they've learned during their time representing their country. Other topics that contestants most commonly use in their answers include recognizing how much of who they are is beneath the surface and how they hope to make changes in the world and look towards unity and world peace.

What Happens in the Preliminary Interview at Miss World?

Is there a preliminary interview portion to the Miss World competition? The answer is yes, each contestant does get a personal time with the judges, but the score is not based heavily on contestants answers. The contestants are judged on three criteria during the interview; The first is beauty, grace and charm, the second is intelligence, poise and personality, and the third is figure and deportment. Unlike in the Miss America pageant, where contestants answer specific answers to detailed current events issues, the Miss World contestants are evaluated in response to their global ideals and their hopes for their individual countries.

Questions Focused on Getting to Know the Contestant's Journey

Most communication with contestants is based on what brought them to the competition and why they want to win and any supplemental information likely relates back to that question. This gives you the opportunity to get to know the contestants but their ability to market themselves is brought to the forefront of the competition because of the limited verbal communication segments. Some portions of the contestant's interview with the judges is displayed in a video for the finalists, as they showed at Miss World 2013.

Here again, the contestants are focused on answering what brought them to the Miss World pageant and why they want to win. When the video is included before the contestants answer why they want to be Miss World it gives them a little bit of background so that in their 30 seconds they can delve into what the Miss World Organization represents and how their values and ideals as a contestant make them perfect for the job of Miss World. Because there is only one question in the interview portion of the Miss World pageant, contestants display their personality and passions through challenge events including beauty with a purpose, multimedia, sports and fitness, talent, and top model, which all contribute to their final score.

Pageant Questions About Beauty With a Purpose

The beauty with with a purpose portion is where contestants may present their chosen charity project. By winning this challenge, the contestant not only wins points towards their final score, but they also win $10,000 for the charity that they've been working alongside. Beauty with a purpose gives the Miss World contestants the opportunity to present their charity of choice and why it's important and how they intend to help, which would be presented in the interview in the Miss America and Miss Universe pageants. This is unique in that it allows one contestant to contribute significantly towards her charity, regardless of whether or not she wins the crown.

Apart from the on stage question for finalists, the multimedia challenge also gives contestants the opportunity to interact with their fan base and gather support. Using social media contestants may display their unique personalities and interests as well as support for their charity and unlike in most pageants, it is part of their score. This is another way in which the girls can communicate what they want the judges to see outside of an interview.

How to compete in Miss World?

What are the phases of competition?

Evening Gown, Talent, Fun Fashion, Interview

Age group

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Country where the pageant is held?

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua And Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas The, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo The Democratic Republic Of The, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia (Hrvatska), Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, External Territories of Australia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Gambia The, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey and Alderney, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Heard and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Hong Kong S.A.R., Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea North, Korea South, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau S.A.R., Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Man (Isle of), Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands The, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory Occupied, Panama, Papua new Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Smaller Territories of the UK, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard And Jan Mayen Islands, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad And Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks And Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State (Holy See), Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (US), Wallis And Futuna Islands, Western Sahara, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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