India is preparing to host the prestigious Miss World pageant this year, marking a significant return after a hiatus of 27 years since the last edition in 1996. The announcement was made on June 8 during a press conference in Delhi, where Miss World Organization Chairman Julia Morley and reigning Miss World 2022 Karolina Bielawska revealed India as the chosen destination. They were joined by Femina Miss India World 2022 winner Sini Shetty.
Expressing her excitement, Julia Morley stated, “I am thrilled to declare India as the new host for the 71st Miss World Final! Ever since my initial visit to this incredible country over 30 years ago, I have held a deep affection for India. We eagerly anticipate sharing India’s unique and diverse culture, its world-class attractions, and its breathtaking locations with the rest of the world.”
Interestingly, it had previously been confirmed that the United Arab Emirates would host this year’s event, making India’s selection a surprising twist.
Julia Morley’s decision to choose India as the host country stemmed from her recent visit on World Environment Day. During her time in India, she was captivated by the nation’s rich cultural heritage, unwavering commitment to promoting diversity, and dedicated efforts to empower women.
Former Miss World Manushi Chillar Reacts To The News
Furthermore, Miss World 2022 Karolina Bielawska expressed her enthusiasm for handing over her crown in India, a “beautiful country” that shares the same values as Miss World. Praising India’s hospitality, she mentioned that it was her second visit and that she felt at home due to the country’s emphasis on diversity, unity, and core values such as family, respect, love, and kindness. Karolina Bielawska expressed the desire to showcase India’s offerings to the world during the month-long event and believed it to be a fantastic idea, as reported by PTI.
Sini Shetty, the winner of Femina Miss India World 2022, also conveyed her excitement for India hosting the pageant. Looking forward to meeting her global sisters and exhibiting the true essence of India’s diversity, Sini Shetty expressed her anticipation for the upcoming journey. She wished the participants an enjoyable time in India, as reported by PTI.
Former Miss World Manushi Chillar shared her joy and excitement about India hosting the Miss World competition on her Instagram stories, exclaiming, “Wohoo! Super excited to welcome the Miss World competition in India!!”
The month-long event will bring together participants from over 130 nations and feature various activities such as talent shows, sporting challenges, and philanthropic initiatives, all aimed at showcasing the qualities that make them ambassadors of change.
India has previously claimed the prestigious Miss World crown on six occasions. Reita Faria, the first-ever Miss World from India, won the contest in 1966. Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999), Priyanka Chopra (2000), and Manushi Chillar (2017) are the other Indian winners of the competition. The exact date for this year’s event, expected to take place in November or December, is yet to be announced.