TOMORROW the new Miss World will be crowned in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the most popular beauty pageant in the world. Every year, young women from different countries worldwide compete in front of over a billion television viewers.
Judges from all over the world determine which contestant has the winning combination of beauty, glamour, poise and intelligence.
This year, 109 contestants are competing, marking the biggest turnout in the 58 years of the pageant, although only 15 semi-finalists will take part in the live telecast.
Several events have taken place preceding the grand finale. Some of the semi finalists have been chosen through these fast track events.
Anagabriela Espinoza from Mexico won the Miss Beach Beauty; Natalie Olivia Griffith from Barbados won Miss Talent Show; Ksenia Sukhinova from Russia won Top Model; and Alexandra ÃvarsdÃ³ttir from Iceland is Miss Sports.
The judges picked 25 semi-finalists for each of the events and the winners were crowned at the different ceremonies.
Ruth Kinuthia of Kenya is one of the four finalists of the Beauty with a Purpose project: The annual award programme singles out and recognises the contestant who, through charitable works, made a difference to people in need in her homeland.
Kinuthia was recognised for her work with a school in the slums of Nairobi mainly for students who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, helping raise funds for the sustenance of the school, as well as being a role model for the students.
Money from this project is donated to childrenâ€™s charities worldwide. The other 10 semi-finalists will be selected by the panel of judges and Miss World Organisation representatives.
This year, viewers will be given the opportunity to vote for Miss Peopleâ€™s Choice who will be announced during the final show.
Ugandaâ€™s 18-year-old contestant, Dora Mwima, has not been chosen to take part in any of the fast-track events. This reduces her chances of being picked among the 10 semifinalists.
Adapted from online sources
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