The Miss World 2023 beauty pageant is all set to return to India after nearly three decades. The Miss World Organization on Thursday announced the news in a press conference in New Delhi.
“I am delighted to announce India as the new home of the 71st Miss World Final! I have had a great affection for India from the first moment I visited this incredible country more than 30 years ago! We cannot wait to share your unique and diverse culture, world-class attractions and breath-taking locations with the rest of the world,” said Julia Morley, the current chairperson and CEO of the Miss World Organisation in a statement
This is a moment of pride and joy as India will be hosting the 71st Miss World 2023 pageant after a gap of 27 years. The country last hosted the event in the year 1996.
Participants from more than 130 countries will gather in India to showcase their talent, participating in a series of competitions, including talent showcases, sports challenges, and charitable initiatives.
The beauty pageant aims to promote charitable causes through philanthropic activities, inspiring contestants to make a positive impact in their communities and contribute to society.
The current Miss World, Karolina Bielawska of Poland expressed her excitement over India hosting the competition said that she is excited to hand over her crown in this “beautiful country” which stands for the same values as Miss World.
“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.. diversity, 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,” said the Miss World 2022.
India has won the Miss World title six times, which includes Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999), Priyanka Chopra (2000), and Manushi Chillar (2017).
The beauty pageant is scheduled later this year but the exact date and host city have not been announced yet.