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Here are some interesting facts & information on Miss World Beauty Pageant. Read the trivia on Miss World and know these fun facts.

Miss World Trivia

Several interesting facts are associated with Miss World Beauty Pageant. Since its inception in 1951, many intriguing things happened and became part and parcel of Miss World saga. A number of superlatives are associated with Miss World and make an interesting trivia.
  • The winner of the first Miss World contest was Sweden's Kerstin Hakansson, who was chosen from 26 contestants and received a cheque for £1,000 and a pearl necklace along with the Miss World title. Kerstin was the first and the last winner to wear a bikini.
  • In 1967, Misses Finland, Denmark, Italy, Lebanon and New Zealand were advised to take bed rest for health reasons. However, all of them appeared in the line-up on stage.
  • The shortest reign as Miss World was that of 18-year-old Gabriella Brum of West Germany. She was crowned the thirtieth Miss World in 1980 but resigned just after 18 hours.
  • Eleven Miss World finalists have been Bond Girls. To assist James Bond, casting directors across the world have looked at the Miss World alumni.
  • Three countries have successfully held the Miss World title for consecutive years: Sweden in 1951 and 1952 United Kingdom in 1964 and 1965 India in 1999 and 2000.
  • Elizabeth Chovinsky, the fourth runner-up in Miss World 1953, was the only citizen of Monaco ever to make it to the finalists' line up in a major international beauty pageant.
  • Lynda Carter, USA, did not go beyond the semi finals in 1972. However, thanks to a popular television series of the same name, she became more popular than the winner Belinda Roma Green of Australia.
  • Since its beginning in 1951, the Miss World pageant has registered more than 3,500 national winners and currently receives approximate 1 million entries per year across the world. It is the most coveted title in global beauty pageants.
  • Aishwarya Rai, the second Miss World from India, held the title in 1994. That same year, another Indian, Sushmita Sen, was Miss Universe.
  • From 1980 the contestants were judged on personality and intelligence as well as looks.

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