MISS WORLD BEAUTY PAGEANT
The world’s largest and longest running Beauty Pageant will come to a grand finale’ on Sunday, November 18, in Sanya, China, with the crowning of the 67th “Miss World.” As a lead-up to the grand finale’ the “Miss World Beauty Pagent” festival just started in Beijing, China, with the arrival of over 120 Beauty Ambassadors from every corner of the globe to compete for the coveted crown and title. On October 31, 500 costumed performers and a Parade of Spectacular Floats will serve as the official welcome ceremony, as some 100,000 people will welcome the “Miss World” Nations at the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in a spectacular welcome event.
The preliminary “Fast Track” competitions, which will run for some four weeks prior to the final night, include a Sports Challenge, Top Model Challenge, Multi-Media Challenge, Talent Competition, Head to Head Challenge and the all-important Beauty with a Purpose Challenge. In this Challenge, each delegate (contestant) is charged to present a community platform in which they are actually involved, with a charitable cause that makes a significant change in the lives of others. “Beauty with a Purpose” has been the benchmark of the Miss World Organization and the main focus for children charities which has raised over $1Billion.
Miss World CEO/Founder Julia Morley, who created the `Beauty with a Purpose’ initiative noted that `Beauty with a Purpose’ is really the benchmark in which Miss World is selected to represent not only as a global beauty but as an Ambassador of her country, who has devoted her time and efforts to various charities – mainly involving children, the poor and disenfranchised. This concept has been materializing in other global pageants, where increasingly, the contestants are favored for their careers and charitable efforts. Every year, Miss World travels the world with Julia Morley to shine the light on underprivileged children’s charities for which thousands of dollars are raised. Former Miss World winners including, the now famous actress Priyanka Chopra of India (Miss World 2000), Rolene Strauss of South Africa (Miss World 2014) and Agbani Darego of Nigeria (Miss World 2001), has taken the mantle becoming United Nations Ambassadors, championing the `Beauty with a Purpose’cause on an International level.
This year, we will see a contingent of fierce beauties competing for the coveted crown and title. Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean are well represented in this year’s 2017 pageant. Several of them are among the early favorites, set and ready to dazzle the judges, with the hope of capturing the crown. Early favorites include: Miss World Mexico – Andrea Meza; Miss World Peru – Pamela Sanchez; Miss World Panama – Julianne Brittion; Miss World Bahamas – Geena Thompson; Miss World Colombia – Maria Diaz; Miss World Tanzania – Julitha Kabete; Miss World United States – Clarissa Bowers; Miss World Ukraine – Polina Trach; Miss World Brazil – Gabriella Vilela; Miss World Philippines – Laura Lehmann; Miss World Nigeria – Ugochi Ihezue and Miss World Bolivia – Yasmin Pinto.
This will truly be a gala pageant, bringing over one hundred and twenty countries together for one common goal. Countries may have political differences or at war, but the “Miss World” stage is one that promotes: friendships, charity, and sisterhood. Among the other countries that will be represented by beautiful delegates are: Ghana, Wales, Fiji, Croatia, Australia, Scotland, Curacao, Guyana, Cyprus, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Thailand, China PR, Serbia, Cook Islands, Laos, Trinidad & Tobago, Sierra Leone, Guadeloupe, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Germany, Poland, Seychelles, Kenya, Ethiopia, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Nepal, Russia, Norway, Spain, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, India, Italy, Hungry, South Sudan, Belize, Rwanda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Botswana, Iceland, Japan, Kazakstan, Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, England, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, South Africa, Guam and Malta.
OUTGOING QUEEN FROM PUERTO RICO
The reigning “Miss World” Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico who is studying Law and Communications at Pace University in New York City, is involved with fundraising efforts for her hurricane ravished homeland. There will not be a representative from Puerto Rico in this year’s “Miss World” pageant due to the hurricane. Stephanie has used her “Miss World” crown and title to promote charitable causes around the world. Stephanie presented a 24-hour telethon in Iowa which raised over $4M USD. She appeared at two Royal Galas in London and Hampton Court Palace in the United Kingdom, where she launched a campaign to raise $1M USD for a Pediatric Transplant Unit of the Auxilla Mutuo Hospital in Puerto Rico. Stephanie also visited India with Miss World CEO, Julia Morley, and, continues to build support for her Beauty with a Purpose project; Lily’s Angel Foundation, an organization which promotes access and early intervention therapy for babies with Down Syndrome.
FOR THE FINALE’
Stephanie will play host to all of the delegates in China and will crown her successor at the end of a gala night of pageantry on November 18. The Miss World final show set is a closely guarded secret. What we know is that the set has been designed and created by Beijing Rise whose design credits include the Beijing Olympic Games and Eurovision Song Contest.