After almost three decades, India will once again host the prestigious Miss World international beauty pageant in 2023.
The final dates for the eagerly awaited 71st Miss World edition have not yet been determined, but it is expected to take place in November of this year. The international pageant was last held in India in 1996.
“I am delighted to announce India as the new home of the 71st Miss World Final… We cannot wait to share your unique and diverse culture, world class attractions and breathtaking locations with the rest of the world. The 71st Miss World 2023 will showcase the Achievements of 130 National champions in their one-month journey across ‘Incredible India’ as we present the 71st and most spectacular Miss World final ever,” said Julia Morley, chairperson and CEO of Miss World organization at a press conference on Thursday.
The month-long competition, which will feature competitors from over 130 nations, will include a series of demanding events like talent shows, sporting challenges, and charitable endeavours — all designed to highlight the traits that make them change ambassadors. The current Miss World, Karolina Bielawska of Poland, said she is thrilled to hand over her crown in this “beautiful country” that upholds the same values as Miss World. She is currently in India spreading the word about the beauty competition.
India has the greatest hospitality in the entire world. It is my second time here. You make me feel like home. You stand for the same values – diversity and 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.
Equally excited and looking forward to India hosting the event was the current Miss India World Sini Shetty, who’ll represent the country in the high-octane competition.
“I am so excited to meet all my sisters across the globe to welcome them to India to show them what India truly stands for, what India is, what is the diversity in India. I am really excited and looking forward to this journey. I hope you guys have the best time here in India,” she said.
India has won the prestigious title six times — Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999), Priyanka Chopra (2000), and Manushi Chillar (2017).