Miss World is the oldest-running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Since his death in 2000, Morley’s widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant. Along with Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.
In 1951, Eric Morley organised a bikini contest as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations that he called the Festival Bikini Contest. The event was popular with the press, and was dubbed “Miss World” by the media. The swimsuit competition was intended as a promotion for the bikini which had only recently been introduced onto the market, and which was still widely regarded as immodest. When the 1951 Miss World pageant winner, Kerstin “Kiki” Hakansson from Sweden, was crowned in a bikini, it added to the controversy.
Sources close to the Miss World organization, which was canceled at the last minute, as at least 23 beauty queens were infected with the virus, causing them to lose millions, told the Page Six. The contest was scheduled to take place on December 16 in Puerto Rico, but it was canceled just hours before the show.
” They lost the millions in the cost of the set to produce the contest,” said an event source, who judges contestants on their philanthropic work, not on how they look in bathing suits. We hear that the production cost is around $5 million to make Miss World.
The Miss World 2021 pageant was temporarily postponed due to the health and safety interest of the contestants, staff, and the general public, the organization reported on its Instagram account. The event would take place last Thursday and the final gala of the event was canceled for 90 days.
A representative from the contest told the page: “The safety of everyone involved had to be paramount, even if it meant additional costs.” 23 of the 97 contestants reportedly tested positive along with at least 15 staff members.
Beauty guru Peter Thomas Roth was on the island to act as a judge, telling us that when he got there a few days earlier, “eight of the girls had already tested positive.” The virus wasn’t the only problem the show encountered. During the week before its air date, they also ran out of power.
Roth added: “Everything kept getting postponed because the hotel’s power kept going off and they didn’t have a generator. The events were delayed a few hours because the girls needed to do their hair and makeup and they needed electricity.“
The show, which features Halle Berry and Lynda Carter as former winners, has been rescheduled to take place at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico on March 16.
” We are confident that the event will be a great success in March and we thank everyone for their support and understanding, ,” said the program representative. Roth insists that despite the drama, he still plans on returning to be the judge at the pageant.
” We are looking forward to the return of our contestants, (whom we have come to know and love), to compete for the Miss World crown, ” said Julia Morley, Executive Director of Miss World Ltd. Puerto Rico offers a safe and secure environment! a spectacular backdrop for the Miss World Festival filming!”