Miss World Julia Morley© GettyImages

Miss World Pageant Is Returning To India After 27 Years

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

India is gearing up to host the 71st edition of Miss World later this year. The oldest existing international beauty pageant of its kind is coming back to the country after 27 years, with the last one held here in 1996.

The month-long event will see contestants from over 130 countries making their way to India to take part in a series of competitions which will include talent showcases, sporting challenges, and a glimpse into their charitable initiatives. According to the organisation, these will “highlight the qualities that make them the ambassadors of change”.

Julia Morley, chairperson and CEO of Miss World organisation, addressed a press conference recently and said, “The 71st Miss World 2023 will showcase the Achievements of 130 National champions in their one-month journey across ‘Incredible India’ as we present the 71st and most spectacular Miss World final ever.”

Julia Morley and current Miss World Karolina Bielawska©GettyImages

The current Miss World, Karolina Bielawska of Poland, is already in the country, performing her duties as the reigning queen and promoting the pageant, said, “India has the greatest hospitality in the entire world. It is my second time here and you make me feel like home. You stand for the same values, which are diversity and unity. Your core values are family, respect, love, kindness and this is something that we would love to show to the world. There is so much more to see here, and bringing the whole world here for a month and showing everything that India has to offer is the best idea.”

While the final dates are yet to be ascertained, the competition will be set in November and will also see current Miss India World Sini Shetty compete. Previously, six Indians have won the crown, including Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, and Manushi Chhillar.