Keeping Safe in Asia

ASIA, LAND OF DIVERSITY

Asia is a beautiful and diverse place, from rain forests, rice fields, and cultural landmarks, to bustling cities, gridlock motor bike traffic, and relentless marketeers. But there are two sides to this intriguing land; Asia is also a place of terrible crime, violence and corruption. Travellers to Asia can take safety precautions and procedures to ensure you are kept safe.

CRIME PREVAILS

Most Asian countries are developing nations, where people on average have a much lower income than people from western countries. I was talking with a young 20 year old man that was waiting on us at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He told me he worked 18 hours a day, 28 days per month, and he earned US$40 per month (US$1.40 per day). Although these people get by, living in these conditions can be very difficult, and turning to crime would be an attractive and almost irresistible option. Just a small amount of pick-pocketing and stealing could provide a lot more for their families.

TRAVELLERS ARE TARGETED

Most lower-middle class Asians will see foreigners as very wealthy people. In their minds, if you can afford to travel here, you are rich. Criminals will know that you will be carrying valuable items and cash, and you could be targeted as a potential victim. My friend and I were walking to the park near our hotel in Ho Chi Minh. He was taking photos with a very expensive camera and kept it loosely around his neck with a strap. Thankfully, before anything happened, a concerned local who could speak very good English told us that we should be extremely careful if we were to have the camera out, especially at night time. We returned the camera to the hotel room before returning to the park.

AUTHORITIES ARE OF LITTLE USE

If you are a victim of a crime in the developing Asian countries, there is not much help provided. In fact, the police can be just as corrupt as the criminals. While in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I was visiting an Australian who lives there permanently. She had just bought a car and was giving it a test run. She saw some locals drive down the wrong direction of a one way street and decided to do the same. Immediately she was stopped by the police. According to protocol, she was to go to the police station and receive a US$25 fine for breaking the road rules. She waved a US$10 note to the policeman, he took it, returned to his car, and let her go about her business. The police in Cambodia rely on bribes and corruption to provide food for their families, as the wages they get do not go very far.

HOW TO BE SAFE

No-one likes to be a victim of crime, so here are techniques to be safe while travelling in Asia.
1. Do not keep valuables lying around in hotel rooms. Hotel cleaning staff earn a lowly wage, and although they may be nice and honest people, don’t tempt them. A good idea is to lock your luggage zippers with a padlock when leaving possessions alone in hotel rooms.

2. Do not keep valuables loosely hanging on your body. Cameras and belt bag straps can be slit with a small knife very quickly, and by the time you have figured it out, your items are gone. Use a slim, poly-cotton money belt, strapped inside of your clothes, around your body. They are very thin, almost invisible under clothes, and inaccessible by shifty pick-pockets.

3. If possible, wear your backpack at the front. This is not so important if you are in a group, but when alone or in a pair, this is a good idea. An acquaintance was sharing with me his experiences in Cambodia. A foreign woman with a bag on her back was riding on the back of a moto (motorbike taxi service) when a man (who was on foot) grabbed her pack as she was riding by. The woman stubbornly held on to her pack and came off the back of the moto. Although she got to keep her possessions, she was covered with cuts and grazes from the fall.

4. Travel in numbers. A good rule is to have at least two people going everywhere you go, ESPECIALLY at night time. When we were in Cambodia we made it a rule to walk in pairs, even throughout the day. I know this can be difficult for people that travel alone, may be you could find a group from your country that is going to the same country that you want to go to.
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Miss World Pageant

1951: London, England. Miss Sweden was the first Miss World.Miss United Kingdom, Laura Ellison-Davies, was the 1st runner-up…

1952:London, England.Miss Sweden, May Louise Flodin, was crowned Miss World.

1953:London, England. Denisse Perrier became the first French to win the Miss World. Miss Greece was the 1st runner-up…

1954:London, England. Miss Egypt, Antigone Constanda, was elected Miss World. She was the first African woman to win the Miss World.

1955:London, England. Surprisingly, Miss Venezuela, Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga, won the Miss World title. Miss Venezuela was given a heroines´s welcome when she returned to her country.

1956:London, England.Miss Germany, Petra Sussana Schurmann, was elected Miss World.

1957:London,England. Marita Lindahl was the first person from Finland to win the Miss World pageant.

1958:London, England.Miss South Africa, Penelope Anne Colen, was elected Miss World. She was the second African woman to win the Miss World.

1959:London, England.Corinne Rottschafer was the first woman from Holland to win the Miss World.

1960:London,England. Norma Gladys Cappagly became the first Argentinian to win the Miss World.

1961:London, England. Miss United Kingdom, Rosemary Frankland, won the Miss World title. Miss Taiwan, Grace Lee, was the first runner-up…

1962:London,England.Catharina Johanna Lodders became the second Miss Holland to win the Miss World pageant.

1963:London, England. Surprisingly, Miss Jamaica, Carole Joan Crawford, was crowned Miss World. She became the first woman from Caribbean to win the Miss World.

1964:London, England. Miss United Kingdom, Ann Sydney, was elected Miss World.

1965: London, England. Miss United Kingdom, Lesley Langley, was crowned Miss World. The United Kingdom was a dominant force in Miss World in the 1960s.

1966:London, England.Rita Faria became the first Miss India to win the Miss World title.

1967:Miss Peru, Madeleine Hartog-Bell, was crowned as the 17th Miss World in London´s Royal Albert Hall Theater on November 16th.The favourites were South Africa´s Disa Duivestein, United Kingdom´s Jennifer Lewis, Czechoslovakia´s Alzabeta Struckulova, Peru´s Madeleine Hartog-Bell, and Guyana´s Shakira Baksh. Miss World 1967 worked as a fashion model for approximately 10 months in Paris. For the first time, Tanzania sent a delegate named Theresa Shayo to London.

1968:London, England. The winner was Penelope Plummer, Miss Australia. At the onset, Israel´s Mirey Zamir was the favourite. Misses Guyana and Yugoslavia were semifinalists.For the first time, the United States did not qualify for the semi-finals.Africa sent eight delegates to London (Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda).

1969:London, England.Eva Rueber Staier became the first Miss Austria to win the Miss World title.Miss Mexico, Gloria Leticia Hernandez Martin del Campo, was crowned Miss Photogenic. For the second time, Czechoslovakia, a communist republic in Europe, sent a delegate to London. Miss Czechoslovakia, Marcela Bitnarova, was one of the semifinalists at the pageant. Ironically, Peru did not participate at the Miss World.

1970:London, England. Surprisingly, Miss Grenada, Jennifer Josephine Hosten, was crowned Miss World.She became the first black woman to win the pageant. Ms.Hosten put Grenada, a small island in the Caribbean, on the map when she was elected Miss World.
Miss Yugoslavia, a communist state in Europe, qualified for the semi-finals.

1971:London,England.Miss Brazil, Lucia Tavares Petterle, won the Miss World title.Surprises among the top 15 were Misses Guyana (Nalini Moonsar),South Africa (Monica Fairall), Guam (Deborah Bordallo), and Portugal ( Ana Paula De Almeida). Surprisingly, Grenada did not participate at the Miss World.

1972:London, England.Miss Australia, Belinda Green, was crowned Miss World. She was the second woman from her country to win the coveted title.For the first time, Botswana sent a delegate named Agnes Motswere to London. Surprises among the top 15 were Misses Seychelles (Jane Edan Straves) and Mexico (Gloria Gutierrez Lopez).Surprisingly, Miss Belgium, Anne Marie Roger, did not enter the semi-finals.Before she went to England, Miss Belgium competed in Miss Universe 1972, where she was semi-finalist and Miss Photogenic.

1973:London, England. Marjorie Wallace became the first American to win the Miss World title.Miss Philippines, Evangeline Luis Pascual, was the first runner-up.In July, her countrywoman, Margarita Moran, had been crowned Miss Universe 1973. Miss Seychelles, June Gouthier, was semi-finalist and Miss Personality.

1974:London, England.Miss United Kingdom, Helen Elizabeth Morgan, was elected Miss World.Just four days after Miss United Kingdom, Helen Morgan, had ascended the throne she was dethroned by Miss World Organization. Why? She was a single mother. Miss Wales and Miss United Kingdom was the first runner-up in the final Miss Universe 1974. She once said,” I offer the triumph to my son Richard. I will feel proud that when he grow up he can says that his mother is officially one of the most beautiful woman”.She was replaced by Miss South Africa, Anneline Kriel. Miss South Africa 1974 became the third woman from Africa to win the Miss World pageant.Miss Yugoslavia, Jadranka Bajac, was crowned Miss Photogenic.

1975:London, England. Wilnelia Merced Cruz became the first woman from Puerto Rico to win the Miss World title. Miss Yugoslavia,Ladija Verkovska, was the fourth runner-up. Miss Venezuela, Maria Conchita Alonso Bustillo, finished in 7th place. From 1984 to 2004, she became an actress and singer in Latin America, Spain and the United States.
For the first time, Haiti sent a delegate named Joelle Apollon to London.Certainly, Miss Haiti had classical beauty of the black women around the world.She finished in 6th place. Surprisingly,Miss Swaziland,Vinah Thembi Mamba, was crowned Miss Photogenic.Miss United States, Annelise Ilschenko, did not qualify for the semi-finals.

1976:London, England.Miss Jamaica, Cinthya “Cyndy” Jane Breakspeare, became the second woman from Jamaica to win the Miss World title.Miss United States,Kimberley Marre Foley, did not qualify for the semi-finals. In the 1970s, many women from Caribbean won six global pageants:Grenada (Miss World 1970), Puerto Rico (Miss Universe 1971 and Miss World 1975), Jamaica (Miss World 1976),Trinidad & Tobago (Miss Universe 1977), and Bermuda (Miss World 1979).

1977:London, England. The Miss World 1977 title was won by Mary Stavin, Miss Sweden.Ironically, Miss Brazil, Magdalena Sbairini, was the big favourite. Surprisses among the top 15 were Miss Mexico (Elyzabeth Gonzalez) and Miss Peru (Isabel Frias Zavala).Unfortunately, Miss Nicaragua, Beatriz Lacayo Obregon, one of the most beautiful girls, did not qualify for the semi-finals.

1978: London, England. Miss Mexico, Martha Eugenia Ortiz, was a big favourite, but she did not win the Miss World title. She was for many the “Miss World of the night”! However, Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Photogenic.Surprisingly, Argentina´s Silvana Suarez was crowned Miss World. Miss El Salvador, Iris Yvette Mazorra, did not qualify for the semi-finals.She was one of the most popular delegates in Miss Universe 1978.

1979:London, England. The Miss World 1979 title was won by Gina Ann Cassandra Swainson, Miss Bermuda. She was the first runner up in the final Miss Universe 1979.Miss Venezuela, Tatiana Capote, was disqualified by Miss World Organization. What happened? One of her breasts slipped from the side during the dress rehearsal.

1980:London, England.Miss Germany, Gabrielle Brumm, won the Miss World.However, Miss Germany was dethroned by Miss World Organization. On November 28, 1980, in Agana (Guam´s capital), Miss Guam, Kimberley Santos, was elected Miss World.

1981:London, England. Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss World and Miss Americas. At the onset, Venezuela´s Carmen Josefina “Pilin” Leon Crespo was the favourite.

1982:London, England. Miss Dominican Republic was crowned as the 32nd Miss World in London´s Royal Albert Hall Theater.She was the first woman from her country to win the loveted title. For political reasons, Miss Argentina did not participate at the Miss World.The favorites were Misses Trinidad & Tobago and Switzerland.Special awards were given to Lolita Morena of Switzerland for Miss Photogenic, and to Maureen Therese Lewis of the Cayman islands for Miss Personality. Miss Trinidad-Tobago, Althea Ingrind Rocke, was compared to “Cleopatra” by Journalists.

1983:Miss United Kingdom, Sarah-Jane Hutt, won the international beauty Pageant on May 26, 1987, in London.Surprises among the top 15 were misses Hong Kong (Margaret Cheung) and Bolivia (Ana Taboada Arnold).Miss Bolivia made it to the quarter-finals for the second time in a row.Miss Yugoslavia, Bernart Marovt, was elected Miss photogenic.

1984:London, England. Venezuela´s Carolina Astrid Herrera was crowned Miss Photogenic,Miss Americas and Miss World. However, Miss Brazil became a big favourite by experts and journalists.Miss Brazil,Adrianne Alvess de Oliveira, had several years experience as professional model in Paris.

1985: London, England. The final results were: Miss USA (2nd runner-up), Miss United Kingdom (1st runner-up), and Miss Iceland was Miss World 1985. Ironically, Miss Venezuela, Rudy Rosario Rodriguez del Lucia,had the highest semifinal score…

1986:London, England.Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde from Trinidad & Tobago became the third black woman to be crowned Miss World. Curiously,Miss United States, Halle Berry (currently famous actress) went to London to enter the Miss World pageant, where she came in sixth place.Miss Ecuador, Alicia Gisella Cucalon Macias,finished in 7th place.

1987:London, England.The winner was Miss Austria.Ulla Weigerstorfer became the second Miss Austria to win the Miss World contest.The first runner-up Miss Venezuela was the crowd favourite. Albany Josefina Lozada Jimenez was one of the most beautiful women in the Miss Venezuela history.Miss Poland, Monika Nowosadko, finished in 4th place. For the first time since 1982, Argentina sent a delegate named Catherine Ciscatto. She came in sixth place.

1988:London, England. The final results were: the 2nd runner up was Miss United Kingdom, the 1st runner-up was Miss South Korea and Miss World 1988 was Miss Iceland. Linda Petursdottir became the second Miss Iceland to win the Miss World.Miss Guatemala,Mariluz Aguilar Rivas, was crowned Miss Photogenic.

1989:Victory City, Hong Kong. Surprisingly, Miss Poland, Aneta-Beata Kreglicka, was elected Miss World. She was the first woman from a communist country to win the Miss World title.The USSR competed at the Miss World pageant for the first time.Miss USSR,Anna Gorbunova, won the Miss Photogenic award.

1990:London, England. The final results were: Miss New Zealand (4th runner-up), Miss Finland (3rd runner-up),Miss Venezuela (2nd runner-up), Miss Ireland (1st runner-up), and Miss United States was Miss Americas and Miss World 1990.Miss Venezuela,Sharon Luenso Gonzalez,won the Miss Photogenic title.

1991:Atlanta,United States. Miss Venezuela, Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jimenez, was crowned Miss Americas and Miss World 1991.She became the fourth Miss Venezuela to win the Miss World contest.

1992:Sun City, South Africa.For the first time, Africa hosted the pageant.Representatives from 83 countries, territories and dependencies attended the Miss World.Miss Russia, Yuliya Alexandrovna Kurochkina, was elected Miss Europe and Miss World 1992.

1993: Sun City,South Africa. Representatives from 83 countries and territories attended the Miss World.One of the most enthusiastic fans was Nelson Mandela, who was president of South Africa. Miss Jamaica, Lisa Hanna, was crowned Miss World. Miss People´s Republic of China,Wang Yin Tao, did not compete at the Miss World. Miss China pageant has been forbidden since 1950 by the Chinese communists.

1994: Sun City, South Africa.The final results were: Miss Croatia (4th runner-up), Miss Zimbabwe (3rd runner-up),Miss Venezuela (2nd runner-up), Miss South Africa (1st runner-up), and India was Miss Asia and Miss World 1990.Miss India, Aishwarya Rai, also was elected Miss photogenic.

1995:Miss Venezuela,Jackeline Maria Aguilera Marcano, was crowned Miss Americas and Miss World in Sun City´s Entertainment Centre on November 18th.She also won the Miss Photogenic award.

1996:Bangalore, India. Irene Skliva was the first person from Greece to win the Miss World pageant.

1997:Baie Lazare,Seychelles (a small island in Africa). Representatives from 86 countries, territories and dependencies attended the Miss World.India´s Diana Hayden was elected Miss World.She was the third woman from India to win the Miss World title. For the first time since 1989, Miss Venezuela, Christina Dieckmann Jimenez, did not qualify for the semi-finals.

1998:Lake Berjay Mahé Beach Resort, Seychelles. Miss Israel,Linor Abargil, was crowned Miss Asia and Miss World.Linor Abargil was the first woman from Israel to win the Miss World contest.For the second time, Miss Venezuela,Veronica Schneider, did not qualify for the semi-finals.

1999:London, England.Miss India, Yukta Mookhey was crowned Miss Asia and Miss World 1999.At the onset, Venezuela´s Martina Thorogood Heemsem was the favourite. Many people thought that Miss Venezuela was robbed…

2000:London, England. Representatives from 95 countries and territories attended the Miss World. India´s Priyanka Mini Chopra was elected Miss World.She became the fifth Miss India to win the Miss World pageant.

2001:Sun City, South Africa. Miss Nigeria,Ibiagbanidokibudo Asenté Darego, was crowned Miss World. At the onset, Miss Chile, Christiane Balmelli was the favourite.Surprisingly, Miss Chile did not qualify for the semi-finals. The People´s Republic of China competed at the Miss World pageant for the first time.Miss China,Bing Li, was finalist.

2002:Abuja (Nigeria) and London(England). Representatives from 88 countries and territories attended the Miss World. Azra Akin was the first person from Turkey to win the Miss World pageant.Vietnam,a communist country in Asia, competed at the Miss World pageant for the first time.Miss Vietnam,Pham Thi Mai Phuong, was semi-finalist.

2003:Sanya,China. For the first time,the peoples´s Republic of China hosted the pageant.Representatives from 106 countries, territories and dependencies attended the Miss World. Miss Ireland was crowned Miss World and Miss Europe. At the onset,Rossana Davison, was the favourite.

2004:Sanya, China.Representatives from 107 countries, territories and dependencies attended the Miss World.Miss Peru, Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia,was elected Miss Americas and Miss World by internet users. Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia was the second woman from Peru to win the Miss World title.After her victory, she was given a heroic welcome in her country.Currently, she is an idol in Peru such as Teofilo Cubillas (former football player),Cecilia Tait Villacorta (former sportswoman), and Gladys Zender (ex-Miss Universe).

2005:Sanya, China. Representatives from 104 countries and territories attended the Miss World. Unnur Birma Vilhjámsdottir became the third Icelandic to win the Miss World pageant.

2006:Warswaw, the capital city of Poland. Representatives from 104 countries and territories attended the Miss World.Miss Czech Republic, Tatana Kuracharova, was elected Miss World. At the onset, Venezuela´s Federica Alexandra Guzman Diamante was the favourite. Many people thought that Miss Venezuela was robbed…

Miss World – From 1951 to 2008

History

1951 Under the leadership of Eric Morley, the United Kingdom was home to the Miss World Pageant, one of the most important beauty contests on the planet.

1952 The Second Annual Miss World Competition was held in London. Sweden ‘s perfomance at MissWorld started out very well! This Scandinavian country won the award two yearsin succession.

1953 Manel Illangakoon,MissCeylon — Asia’s best hope in the UK — was third runner-up to Miss World Contest. In the early 1950s, Ceylon was one of three Asian nations to have compete in the beauty pageants on the planet. This Island became Sri Lanka on 22 May 1972 and has since competed under that name.

1954 Egypt’s Antigone Constanda became the first non-European representative to be crowned Miss World. America’s delegate Karin Hultman was first runner-up to Miss World, ahead of Efi Mela ( Grece ), Claudine Bleuse ( France ), Franke Waither ( Germany ) and Grete Hoffenbland ( Denmark ).

1955 Margaret Haywood, a “huge favorite”, became the second American woman to be named finalist in the British capital.

1956 The United States placed second for the third time in a row.

1957 Japan’s entrant qualified for the finalstwo years in succession.

1958 Five out of six finalists at Miss World were from Europe: Claudina Auger ( France ), Vinne Ingemann ( Denmark ), Gun Harriette Margareta Wagstrom ( Sweden ), Lucien Struve ( Holland ), and Eileen Sheridan ( UK ).

1959 Miss Rhodesia, Vivien Lendin, and Miss South Africa, Moya Meaker were semi-finalists. Rhodesia — Zimbabwe since 1980 — was not semi-finalist again until 1965.

1960 South Korea’s contestant Young-hee Lee made the top 15 for the first time. Korea’s qualification for the semi-finals was one of a number of surprises.

1961 Miss Spain Carmen Cervera was the first Spaniard to make the semi-finals. She also became the only Hispanic beauty queen to place among the finalists in 1961.

1962 Miss Japan, Teruko Ikeda, was fourth runner-up to Miss World Contest. Ikeda was one of the first Japanese delegates to be elected finalist.

1963 Liberia, a nation of ex-slaves, made the top 15 for the first time.

1964 The United Kingdom, the host country, was the winner for the second time. Apart from that, Helen Joseph became Montserrat’s first and only semi-finalist. Montserrat is a tiny Island on the Caribbean Sea.

1965 Eight out of fifteen semi-finalists at Miss World were from Europe :Lesley Langley ( UK /winner ), Gladys Waller ( Ireland ), Ingrid Kopetzky ( Austria ), Yvonn Ekman ( Denmark ), Faija Marja Salminen ( Finland ), Christine Sibellin ( France ), Karin Schutz ( Germany ), and Britt Marie Lindblad ( Sweden ).

1966 Miss Yugoslavia, Nikica Marinovic, was allowed to compete at Miss World, where she almost pulled off a major shock. Nikica was first runner-up! What could have happened if Yugoslavia — a Communist nation — had won this contest? During Cold War, Yugoslavia was one of only four Communist nations to compete in London, along with Czechoslovakia ( 1967, 1969, 1989 ), Bulgaria (1988), and Poland (1983-89 ).

1967 Peru’s Miss World Madeleine Hartog-Bell, once a fashion model in Paris, went on a peace mission to South Vietnam, alongside other names like Bob Hope ( actor ), Barbara McNair ( performer ) and Raquel Welch Tejada ( actress ).

1968 For the first time, Miss USA did not advance past the first round.

1969 Marcela Britanarova was allowed to leave Czechoslovakia, a Communist nation, for a trip to London, where competed for the Miss World title. In Britain, shequalified for the second round.

1970 Breaking with the tradition of the previous two decades, a black representative, exactly Jennifer Hosten ( Grenada’s contestant ), won the global trophy. The victory set off a frenzy of celebrations on Grenada, one of the world’s ten smallest nations.

1971 Guyana, Britain’s last colony on the South American mainland, made the top 15 for six years in succession.

1972 Mexico’s representative Gloria Gutierrez became the only Latin American beauty queen to place among the semi-finalists.

1973 Two out of five finalists at Miss World were from Asia: Miss Philippines, Evangeline Pascual ( 1st runner-up ) and Miss Israel ( 3rd runner-up ). Apart from that, Sylvia Ohannesian was the first Lebanese woman to be a semi-finalist at Miss World.

1974 America’s entrant Terry Ann Browning finished fifth.

1975 Yugoslavia, the only “Communist competitor” in London, qualified for the second round and then placed seventh.

1976 Jamaica’s entrant Cindy Breakspeare won the British award. For political reasons, many countries boycotted the 1976 Miss World. The explanation given by these countries, among them Yugoslavia and India, was that they objected to South Africa’s participation in England.

1977 Once again, politics played a major role in this international contest. Surprisingly, Jamaica did not defend its Miss World title. Why? It boycotted this event to protest the inclusion of South Africa.The country’s Head of Government Michael Manley, an admirer of Cuba’s dictator Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, refused to allow Jamaica to compete in Britain.The Island was joined by India, Indonesia, Liberia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, Singapore, Swaziland, and Yugoslavia.

1978 Was Argentina the heavy-favorite for the Miss World title? No, it wasn’t. But, Silvana Suarez, Argentina’s representative, won the crown. Apart from that, South Africa was banned from competition because of its government’s racist policies. However, Jamaica returned to London after participating in the African-led boycott of the Miss World Pageant.

1979 Seven out of fifteen semi-finalists at Miss World were from Latin America / Caribbean:Gina Swaisson ( Bermuda ), Debbie Campbell ( Jamaica ), Lea Silva Dall Acqua ( Brazil ), Roselina Rosas ( Mexico ), Lorlei de la Ossa ( Panama ), Marlene Coggins ( Trinidad & Tobago ) and Laura Rodriguez ( Uruguay ).

1980 Was Israel the big favorite for the Miss World trophy? Yes, it was. But, Miss Israel, Anat Zimmerman, did not win the award. Apart from that, Bermuda, which won the global pageant in the previous year, made the top 15 in the British capital.

1981 Venezuela’s Miss World, Pilin Leon, the tallest delegate at MW ’81 , visited Caracas, where she ,a former volleyball player, was given heroine’s welcome.

1982 Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Aretha Ingrind Rocke, was labeled as the”Cleopatra of the Caribbean” by the press for public comments about her exotic face. She — the country’s most beautiful women since Janelle Penny Commissiong — was a “huge favorite” to win the international award in 1982.

1983 Welcome to England.Miss Malaysia Michelle Yeoh –today one of Asia’s most famous actresses — did not even make the semi-finals, but she saw this global contest as a great learning experience.

1984 Perhaps the most notable “Miss World anecdote” for Bolivia wasprovided by Erika Wyesse, a spectacular blonde. Bolivia’s beauty queen Erika Wyesse was criticized by animal rights activists, when a photo of her wearing an “ocelot coat” was published in London. Unfortunately, the ocelot is an endangered animal on Earth, including Bolivia.

1985 The United States won the Miss Americas title for the first time other than Venezuela, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Miss USA World, Brenda Denton, defeated Jamaica’s Alison Jane Barnett, the heavy press favorite in the British capital. In addition to her continental prize, Denton was second runner-up in Miss World.
1986 Five out of seventy-seven entries at Miss World were from Oceania: Australia, Guam, New Zealand, Tonga, and Western Samoa.

1987 For the first time in several years, Miss United Kingdom, host country, failed to make into the semi-finals. However, Hong Kong became the only British colony in the second round of the Miss World Competition. In addition to making the top 12, Miss Hong Kong, Pauline Yeung, now a famous actress in Asian film industry, became “Miss Asia”.

1988 California’s Diana Magaña, 1st runner-up to Miss USA 1988, made the top ten.

1989 Moscow,USSR. Iceland’s Linda Petursdottir was the first Miss World to visit USSR /Soviet Union ( present-day Russia ).

1990 The Miss World title went toGina Marie Tolleson ( America ). Tolleson, who placed as first runner-up in Miss USA 1990, became the second U.S. delegate to win that title since the British event first began in the 1950s.

1991 France made the top ten for the first time since 1980, when Patricia Barzyk was second runner-up.

1992 For the first time in its history,Russia, a Marxist country 14 months ago, captured the Briton award. Meanwhile, Miss America, Sharon Belden, was called among the semi-finalists.

1993 The Miss World Pageant went toJamaica — which is slightly larger than the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Since it became a sovereign country, a former British dependency, in 1962, the Caribbean Island has won three Miss World titles.

1994 The new star of India, Aishwarya Rai, was crowned Miss World and years later she became a famous actress. Aishwarya Rai has appeared on screen with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and Bollywood, including Nandita Das, Martin Henderson, and Ben Kingsley.Some pageant experts believe that she is “one of the most beautiful girls of the world”.

1995 With gubernamental help, among them Nelson Mandela, and the enthusiastic support of the South African people, Sun City hosted the pageant. For the first time in several years, the States was eliminated in the preliminaries.

1996 Bangalore, India. Nine countries and one dependency qualified for the award: Greece ( winner ), Colombia ( 1st runner-up ), Brazil ( 2nd runner-up ), Venezuela ( finalist ), India ( finalist ), Dominican Republic, Aruba, Mexico, South Africa, and Belgium. Surprisingly, the States did not advance past the first round.

1997 Miss World was held in Seychelles ( Africa ). It was indeed an opportunity for the entries to visit one of the world’s most stunning and beautiful beaches. The elimination of Latin America, from Argentina to Venezuela and the American Virgin Islands, from the second round shocked many pageant experts.

1998 Miss Israel, Linor Abargil, captured the international award — she won the country’s only Miss World title that decade and century. In addition to this title, Israel has had several semi-finalists and finalists: 1956 ( 2nd runner-up ), 1957 ( semi-finalist ), 1959 ( 2nd runner-up ), 1960 ( 1st runner-up ), 1962, 1967 ( 3rd runner-up ), 1968 ( 2nd runner-up / favorite ), 1969, 1970 ( 2nd runner-up ), 1972 ( 2nd runner-up ), 1973 ( 3rd runner-up ), 1974 ( fourth runner-up ), 1976, 1980 ( 2nd runner up / favorite ), 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992, and 1995 ( 3rd runner-up ).

1999The 49th Annual Miss World Contest was held in London ( finals ) and the Maldives Islands ( swimsuit photo shoot ). Miss India was the winner; it has had two titleholders from 1965 to 1994.

2000 There were several surprises: Kazajstan’s representative Margarita Kravtsova and Uruguay’s entrant Katja Tomsen had qualified for the second round. Tomsen, who speaks English, Spanish and Italian, was also crowned Miss Americas.

2001 The Indian dynasty in Miss World, with three global awards from 1997 to 2000, ended this year after it failed to qualify for the second round.The People’s Republic of China was represented for the first time at a Miss World Contest; China’s delegate finished fifth.Astonishingly, Carrie Ann Stroup did not even make the semis in South Africa. According to Ladbrokes, Stroup, Miss America, was a “huge favorite” to win the international crown, ahead of Christianne Balmelli ( Chile ), Sara Corner ( India ), and Andreina Prieto ( Venezuela ). The USA had won the award twice, in 1973 and 1990.

2002 Turkey’s beauty queen was elected Miss World. She brought home her country’s first ever Miss World. For the first time, there were 20 semi-finalists: Nigeria, Holland, Colombia ( 1st runner-up ), Puerto Rico, China, Yugoslavia, Russia, Peru ( 2nd runner-up ), Norway, Vietnam, India, Curacao, Aruba, Australia, Philippines, Bosnia Herzegovina, Italy, Venezuela and the United States.

2003 Miss World, Rosanna Davison was hand-picked by a top-class international jury, including Candace Bushnell ( author ), Jackie Chan ( actor ), Pradeep Guha ( journalist ), and Gustavo Gianetti ( model ). Davidson was a big favorite after the preliminaries. Prior to Ireland ‘s victory, it did not advance past the second round since 1990.

2004 Miss USA, Nancy Randall, made the top Three. In China, Randall became the second black American to be named semi-finalist in Miss World. She hails from Brazil.

2005 Iceland – the most sparsely populated country on the continent of Europe – won its third global title. Curiously it has more MW awards than any country aside from India ( 5 ), Venezuela ( 5 ) and the United Kingdom ( 4 ). “Miss World went to Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir ” was the headline in newspapers in Iceland, an Island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle.

2006 Was Miss Venezuela, Federica Guzman Diamante, the heavy favorite for the Miss World trophy? Yes, she was. But, unfortunately, Venezuela did not win the international pageant. Guzman Diamante — a television hostess – failed to make into the finals. Despite its historical success in countless contests, Venezuela has not won a MW award since 1995.

2007 In fairness to thePeople’s Republic of China, the birthplace of the beauty contests on Earth, Zhang Zi-lin , a native of Beijing, became Miss World 2007. Miss China was also the second beauty queen from a Communist nation — after Poland in 1989 — to win the European prize. Zhang, an ex hurdler, was the number one favorite for the crown, alongside other names like Ada Aimee de la Cruz, Miss Dominican Republic, and Jugita Jurkute, Miss Lithuania.For the fourth time, the event was held in a Marxist country. China — with one of the most fervent beauty contests followers in Asia — became the 33rd country to win the global award.

2008 Johannesburg ( South Africa ). The new star of Russia, Kseniya Vladimirovna Sukhinova, was chosen Miss World. Miss Russia beat 109 other entries in the pageant. She, the heavy press favorite, became the first Russian woman to win Miss World since Yulia Kurochkina in 1992.