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Miss World 2007

By Julio Rodríguez Matute. PAYPAL.ME/RODRIGUEZMATUTE2

EVENTS OF 2007.-

                In 2007, the Great Global Recession began, which affected the economies of many countries and lasted until 2009. This year, an earthquake of magnitude 8 destroys the Peruvian city of Pisco while other strong earthquakes leave victims in Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Chile and Japan. Guatemala and Mexico City are also shaken by strong earthquakes that leave material damage, Cyclone Sidr devastates Bangladesh and a tornado destroys Greensburg, Kansas. In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez orders the closure of the RCTV television station. The ETA carries out an attack on the Spanish Barajas airport, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes President of Argentina, Alberto Fujimori is extradited from Chile to Peru and the worst disturbances in Estonia’s history take place. The firm Apple introduces the iPhone to the market, with which the new era of smartphones begins and in Switzerland the longest railway tunnel in the Alps is inaugurated. A Korean student murders 32 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the worst student massacre in US history and wildfires destroy several towns in Greece. In 2007, the new seven wonders of the modern world were chosen by Internet voting: the Great Wall of China, the Jordanian city of Petra, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal in India.

The Great Wall of China

                The Japanese Riyo Mori is crowned Miss Universe in Mexico City, Priscila Perales from Mexico wins Miss International in Japan and the Canadian Jessica Trisko gets the title of Miss Earth in the Philippines. For her part, Marija Serifovic from Serbia wins Eurovision in Helsinki, Finland, with the song “Molitva” and the film “The Departed” wins the Oscar for Best Film. This year the following movies were released: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Simpsons”, “Transformers”, “Ratatouille”, ” Shrek the Third”, “I Am Legend”, “Premonition”, “Halloween”, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, “Mr. Bean’s Vacation” and “High School Musical 2”. In Venezuela the TV series “Somos Tu y Yo” is released. On the radio you hear “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera, “Do You Know? (the Ping Pong Song)” by Enrique Iglesias, “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Umbrella” by Rihanna, “Destination Calabria” by Alex Gaudino , Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”, Eric Prydz & Floid’s “Proper Education”, Yves Larock’s “Rise Up” and Juan Luis Guerra’s “La Llave de mi Corazón”. In 2007 the Infanta Sofía of Spain was born while the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the actresses Jane Wyman (Falcon Crest) and Yvonne De Carlo (The Monsters), the film producer Carlo Ponti, the screenwriter Sidney Sheldon, the American model Anna Nicole Smith, Russian politician Boris Yeltsin, former Venezuelan president Luis Herrera Campíns, former Colombian president Alfonso López Michelsen, Italian designer Gianfranco Ferré, French mime Marcel Marceau, Venezuelan actor Carlos Olivier and Venezuelan composer Aldemaro Romero died. On the other hand, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, is assassinated and the Peruvian cumbia group Néctar passed away in a traffic accident in Argentina.

COMPLAINT.-

               On April 17, the Miss World organization, through the director Michael Macario, issued a statement in which it was reported that he had obtained a judicial order from the Superior Court that prevented the Channel 4 TV station from using the name “Mr Miss World” as the title of a television program about the Miss International Queen competition that had been held in Thailand in 2006. Channel 4 was forced to change the name of the program from “Mr Miss World” to “Mr Miss Pageant”. The order prohibited Channel 4 from using the words MR MISS WORLD in connection with any television program related to beauty pageants without the consent of Miss World Limited.

PRIOR TO MISS WORLD.-

               On May 30, the Miss World organization confirmed that the 57th edition of the pageant would be held again in Sanya, China, on Saturday, December 1st at the Beauty Crown Theater. Let’s remember that, previously, the contest had already been held in that city of the southern island of Hainan in 2003, 2004 and 2005. On July 6, 2007, the contract between the Sanya authorities and the Miss World organization was officially signed for the celebration of the event in that city for a whole month, with the arrival date of the more than 110 expected candidates being November 2. After enjoying the wonders of this tropical gateway to China, participants would travel to some of China’s cultural hotspots and see the country’s preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games. They would then return to Sanya where the grand final was going to be held. Miss World President Julia Morley said: “We are delighted to announce that after careful deliberation, the Crowne Plaza Resort will be the official host hotel for the contestants of the 57th Miss World Final in Sanya. The Crowne Plaza Resort, with the support of The Holiday Inn Yalong Bay, will be hosting some wonderful events in the run-up to the 57th Miss World Final on Saturday, December 1st.” “I am delighted to bring the Miss World Final back to Sanya. I look forward to teaming up with the Sanya local government, Crowne Plaza Resort, Holiday Inn Yalong Bay and the people of Sanya to make this our most spectacular success.”

                This announcement highlighted the Crowne Plaza Resort as unique among hotels, being the first to host both the Mr. World and Miss World finals in the same year. “From the beginning, we were very impressed with the dedication of the staff and the warmth of the welcome we received”, said Morley. “We worked closely with their team to produce a global event and saw Mr. World screened in over 125 countries. Not only did they meet our goals and expectations, but in true Crowne Plaza fashion, they exceeded them.” Morley was joined at the signing ceremony by Mr. Huashan Zhao, President of Crowne Plaza, Bruce McKenzie, Vice President of IHG China Operations, and Robin Edwards, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Resort Sanya. Mr. Zhao said, “I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to host Miss World 2007. I am confident that we will meet the high standards expected of us.” Mr McKenzie added: “We will do everything in our power to help make this the most successful Miss World in the history of the event.” Miss World 2006, Tat’ana Kucharova, also flew to Sanya for the announcement. “I have seen some of the wonders that Sanya has to offer, such as the beautiful beaches, the amazing culture and the warm people of Sanya,” she said. “The contestants are going to have a great time when they come here in November.”

                The Miss World Organization co-hosted a press conference at Beijing’s Crowne Plaza on July 12 to announce their desire to join the China All Stars Promotion and Support Group for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Julia Morley said : “It is my pleasure to announce that the Miss World Organization will be bringing contestants from over 110 nations to China to help kick off the celebrations leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.” “We would be very honored and proud of this partnership and would take our role very seriously. This would be a historic occasion, working together to promote tourism to China around the world.” “Miss World has a history of working closely with charities around the world, and it is my pleasure to bring the 2007 Miss World final back to China.” Miss World 2006 Tat’ana Kucharova added her hopes for the opportunity to work together with the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I have been to Beijing several times and it is such a wonderful city that I really enjoy coming back here.” “It will be a great honor for us to bring the contestants to China for Miss World 2007. I especially look forward to sharing my knowledge of Beijing with them.” “I know the girls will be very excited when they find out what we have planned for them,” said Tat’ana. On October 5, it was confirmed that the candidates would visit not only Beijing, but also the city of Chengdu.

                The charity event ‘Beauty with Love from the Red Cross and Miss World 2007 Benefit Evening’ was to be held on Thanksgiving Day on November 21st at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. This event would be held to exhibit the great achievement of the Chinese Red Cross with the assistance of the central government and all social communities. It would improve the international image of the Chinese Red Cross, draw more attention from society to charity work, and attract more people to get involved in the work of that institution. The Red Cross of China would collaborate for the first time with the Miss World Organization and the 120 contestants to present the “Beauty with a Purpose”, a very important event of the Miss World final. The contestants would also actively participate in raising funds to help AIDS orphans in China and in the construction of more than 120 health centers in that country.

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.-

                This year, the Miss World organization confirmed 124 franchise nations and ruled out some national organizations that in recent years had shown interest in participating but had failed to pay the fees. This year would mark the return of nations such as Grenada, Sierra Leone and Suriname to the contest, after many years of absence, while Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niue lost participation rights. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tahiti and Zambia there were no national contests for Miss World, while in Antigua-Barbuda, Portugal and Cambodia there was no appointment of a representative. There were three countries (Belize, Latvia and Malawi) that chose their queens in 2006, but did not participate that year due to budget issues and would be sent to Miss World 2007. (See article of MISS WORLD 2006). Next, the information of the national contests towards Miss World 2007:

* MISS GHANA (Jul.29, 2006).- Irene Dwomoh, 19, won the crown, among 20 competitors, at the event held at the Accra International Conference Center. The finalists were Jennifer Victoria Koranteng and Debrah Appiah.

* MISS MAURITIUS (Aug.17, 2006).- Melody Selvon, 16, from Bambous, won the pageant held at the Swami Vivekananda International Center in Pailles, heading for Miss Universe and Miss World 2007. The finalists were Sandra Faro and Eliana Jeebun. 12 candidates participated.

* NUESTRA BELLEZA MEXICO (Sept.2, 2006).- Governor Eugenio Hernández Flores and his wife Adriana González de Hernández led the grand finale of the Nuestra Belleza México 2006 contest, which was held at the facilities of the Metropolitan Cultural Center (Metro) at the port of Tamaulipas. Rosa María Ojeda Cum (19), representative of the State of Sinaloa, was proclaimed as the new sovereign of Mexican beauty heading to Miss Universe 2007. Carolina Morán Gordillo (18), from the State of Colima, was chosen to represent Mexico in the Miss World 2007 contest. The finalists were Gladys Gutierrez from Jalisco, Adriana Celis Renero from Tamaulipas and Alejandra Espinosa from Baja California. The Top 10 were the representatives of Chihuahua, Montserrat Montagut; Michoacan, Tania Rincon; Nayarit, Carolina Gonzalez; Nuevo Leon, Mariana Lombard; and Puebla, Rosalba Rojas. In the Top 15 were the girls from Coahuila, Areli Astorga; Federal District, Marisol González; Jalisco, Pearl Market; Nuevo León, Alejandra Ballesteros; and Sonora, Melissa Star. Thirty candidates from all over the Mexican Republic competed for the national title.

* MISS VENEZUELA (Sept.14, 2006).- It was held at the Poliedro de Caracas with the participation of 28 candidates. Miss Venezuela 2006 was Miss Guárico, Ly Jonaitis (to Miss Universe 2007), Miss Venezuela World was Miss Mérida, Claudia Suárez (to Miss World 2007), and Miss Venezuela International, Vanessa Peretti, Miss Sucre (to Miss International 2007). The finalists were Miss Miranda, Silvana Continanza and Miss Amazonas, Bárbara Sánchez. The representatives of Aragua, Joshil Morales,; Carabobo, Monica Pallotta; Capital District, Andreina Bruni; Nueva Esparta, Andreina Vilachá; and Vargas, Patricia Jurado-Blanco, completed the Top 10. This was the last year the legendary Gilberto Correa hosted the event.

* MISS KAZAKHSTAN (Oct.21, 2006).- The event was held at the Palace of the Republic in Almaty. It was won by Gaukhar Rakhmetalyeva from Atyrau among 35 candidates. The finalists were Mayra Surbaeva from Aktobe, Tatyana Nazarova from Aktau and Alfiya Zhaparova from Almaty.

* MISS BOTSWANA (Nov.25, 2006).- Malebogo Marumoagae was crowned “Miss Botswana 2006” in a dazzling event held at the Gaborone International Convention Center with 12 candidates. The finalists were Ellonah Seleke and Pearl Gaone Moiloa.

* MISS SOUTH AFRICA (Dec.9, 2006).- Megan Coleman, 21, from Durban, won the Sun City SuperBowl contest out of 25 entrants. Coleman thus won the right to represent her country in Miss Universe and Miss World 2007. In second place was Brigid Osborne and in third, Tracey-Lee Flanders. Completing the Top 5 were Mai-Li Hibbers and Michelle Duval. At the same event, Zizo Beda was crowned Miss South Africa Teen.

* MISS FRANCE (Dec.9, 2006).- Thirty-seven girls competed for the French beauty title at the Futuroscope Conference Center, Poitou-Charentes. The winner was Miss Picardie, Rachel Legrain-Trapani, heading to Miss Universe and Miss World 2007. The finalists were Sophie Vouzelaud (Miss Limousin), Raissa Boyer (Miss Reunion), Krystel Norden (Miss Paris) and Lyse Ruchat (Miss Aquitaine). The semifinalists were the representatives of Côte d’Azur, Élodie Robert; Martinique, Vanessa Aime; Berry Val de Loire, Nadege Dabrowski; Alsace, Stephanie Wawrzyniak; Ile-de-France, Rebecca Andry; Pays de Loire, Christine Rambaud; and Rhône-Alpes, Émilie Arrault.

* MISS ANGOLA (Dic.15, 2006).- The representative of Angola in Portugal, Micaela Reis, 18 years old and 1.75 meters tall, was chosen “Miss Angola 2007” at the Luanda Atlantic Cinema, heading for Miss Universe and Miss World. The contest chose Jurema Ventura, from Benguela province, as First Princess, while Juddy da Conceição, from Luanda, qualified as Second Princess.

* MISS RUSSIA (Dec.15, 2006).- Tat’yana Kotova, representative of Rostov Oblast, won the crown of “Miss Russia 2006” among 60 participants, at the Gostiny Dvor Arcade in Moscow. Kotova won the right to represent her country at Miss Universe and Miss World 2007. The runners-up were Yulia Samoylova (Irkutsh Oblast) and Sardana Syromyatnikova (Sakha Republic). The event was attended by Miss World 2006, Taťána Kuchařová and Miss Universe 2006, Zuleyka Rivera.

* MISS TOURISM ZIMBABWE (Dec.16,2006).- It was held at the Rainbow Towers Conference Center (formerly HICC) in Harare with 32 participants. It was won by Caroline Marufu, a 23-year-old teacher from Bulawayo, who won the right to represent her country at Miss World 2007. The princesses were Mitchelle Makanza and Vongai Mushowe. Chosen as Miss Universe Zimbabwe turned out to be Shuvai Murumbi, while Muslin Nousenga was awarded the title of Miss Bikini Zimbabwe.

* MISS BELGIUM (Dec.19, 2006).- Annelien Coorevits, a 20-year-old Communication and Public Relations student from Wijtschade, was crowned “Miss Belgium 2007” in Vilvoorde, at the studios of the private channel VTM. Annelien is 1.76m tall and was chosen to represent her country at the Miss Universe and Miss World 2007 pageants. First runner-up was 18-year-old Halima Chehaima from Molenbeek and second runner-up Elise van den Branden, 20 , from Saint-Nicolas. Completing the Top 5 were Farah Pincé (20) from Ghent, and Audrey Henrot (20) from Incourt. 20 women competed in the annual pageant.

* MISS WORLD OF PUERTO RICO (Jan.24).- Miss Orocovis, Jennifer Guevara, surpassed 24 other contestants during a simple gala, held in the festival room of the Santurce Fine Arts Center. Jennifer Guevara waited for the verdict from Patillas’s representative, Shalimar Rivera, who was the first runner-up. The representatives of Quebradillas (Mariannie Segarra), Utuado (Yalimar Feliciano), Caguas (Mayla González Ramos) and Yauco (Gwendalyn Crowder) were second, third, fourth and fifth runner-ups, respectively. The semifinalists were the representatives of Guayama (Ingrid Rodríguez Angelí), Naranjito (Bárbara Flores Rodríguez), Toa Alta (Ketsia A. Córdova), Santa Isabel (Zuleyka Ramos), Humacao (Beatriz Isabel Rivera), Cabo Rojo (Cindy Ramos), Barranquitas (Miliany Berríos), Morovis (Itza Rivas Rosario), San Juan (Lineska García) and Villalba (Wilmarie Negrón).

* MISS CONGO (Febr.24).- Miss Congo was crowned at the elegant Palais du Parlement, in the capital city of Brazzaville, among 25 contestants. The winner was Katissia Christhy Kouta, 19 years old. The finalists were Ruclane Akouéli and Belief Suzie Ganga.

* MISS BANGLADESH (Feb.27).- The “Cinevision Miss Bangladesh 2007” pageant was organized by Apurbo and the Motherland group in a hotel in Dhaka with 13 girls. The winner was Jannatul Ferdouse Peya, 16 years old and 1.75 m, from the city of Khulna. The finalists were Lina Khan and Karina Kaysar.

* BINIBINING PILIPINAS (March 3).- It was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City with 30 participants. The winners were Maggie Wilson (for Miss World); Anna Theresa Licaros (to Miss Universe); and Nadie Lee Cien Shami (for Miss International). The finalists were Liezel Verses and Abigail Cruz. The semifinalists were Nicole Cassandra Schmitz, Theofeliz Marie Francisco, Melanie Adjarani, Luisa Beltran, Edfer Lyn Quintero, Jamie Burgos, Keann Mallari and Angeline Tucio.

* MISS ISRAEL (March 13).- Liran Kohener was crowned Beauty Queen of Israel, on her way to Miss World, in the contest held at the Haifa Congress Center. Sharon Kenet (Miss Universe) was chosen as Maiden of Beauty, Tal Gonen as Queen of Grace and Meital Sadon as Teen Queen. The finalists were Oriya Zrihen and Magali Moldavsky.

* MISS BULGARIA (March 16).- Julia Jurevic, 17, was crowned “Miss Bulgaria 2007” in a contest held in Hall 2 of the Plovdiv International Fair, among 40 candidates. Miss Bulgaria Universe was Gergana Kochanova, 20 years old and Miss Bulgaria Europe was Karina Karcheva, 22 years old. The finalists were Paulina Racheva (World), Denitsa Koleva (Universe), and Vesela Filipova (Europe). For her part, Rositsa Vlasheva received the titles “Face of the Plovdiv International Fair” and “Miss Tourism” and her finalist was Violina Slaveikova.

* MISS UNIVERSE PARAGUAY (March 17).- The Ignacio A. Pane Municipal Theater in Asunción was the venue for the event that brought together 17 candidates. María José Maldonado was crowned “Miss Universe Paraguay 2007”, María de la Paz Vargas was elected “Miss World Paraguay 2007”, Daiana Ferreira was “Miss Internacional Paraguay 2007” and Alexandra Freites was “Miss Earth Paraguay 2007”. The other finalists were Liliana Santa Cruz (for Miss American Continent), Nadia Servian (for Miss Bikini International) and Daysi Lezcano (for Top Model of the World).

* MISS WORLD CANADA (March 18).- It took place at the Dominium Club in Toronto with 30 candidates. The winner turned out to be 17-year-old Sara Ghulam from Pickering, Ontario, and the runners-up were Alyson Lozoff, Maria Vdov, Leah Ryerse and Geneviève Poirier. In the top 10 came Kate Kucz, Lisa Harrigan, Natalie Lefrançois, Natasha Bodorik and Yasmine Rassem.

* MISS ECUADOR (March 22).- María Lugina Cabezas, from Pichincha, was crowned “Miss Ecuador 2007” on her way to Miss Universe in a contest that brought together 19 candidates and was held at the Voltaire Paladines Polo Coliseum in Guayaquil. For her part, Valeska Saab was chosen “Miss World Ecuador 2007” and Jéssica Ortíz was selected as “Miss International Ecuador 2007”. The finalists were Mishell Granda and Andrea Fiallos.

* MISS SPAIN (March 25).- Miss Guipuzkoa, Natalia Zabala (23) won the Miss Spain contest held at the Marina D’Or complex in Oropesa del Mar (Castellón) with 52 girls. Natalia, a professional model and law student, was chosen to represent the country in Miss Universe and Miss World. The 1st Maid of Honor was Adriana Reverón, Miss Tenerife (to Miss International) and Miss Vizcaya, Nerea Arce Alea was the 2nd Maid of Honor (to Miss Europe). Contestants from Alicante (Lourdes Tárraga), Barcelona (Cintia Martínez) and Las Palmas (María Isabel Marichal) completed the group of finalists. Representatives from Ceuta (Alicia Sanz), Gerona (Odilia García), La Coruña (Lucía Castro), Madrid (María Elena Valencia), Seville (Ángela Cañas) and Zaragoza (Marta Abad) made it to the Top 12.

* THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA (March 28).- The traditional beauty pageant concluded with the victory of Miss Imo, Munachi Abii Nwankwo, on her way to Miss World 2007. The first runner-up was Ibinabo Johnson, Miss Bayelsa, (a Miss Universe 2007) and the second runner-up was Miss Plateau, Sakana Dikku (to Miss Tourism Queen International). Completing the Top 5 were Miss Edo, Erika Okundayo and Miss Ogun, Anire Afejuku. Eyakunse Inyang (Cross River) was Miss Photogenic; Titi Adelakun (Lagos) won Best National Costume and Jennifer Onose (Abuja) was Miss Friendship. The contest took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos and had 25 participants.

* MISS LIECHTENSTEIN (March 31).- It was held at the Vaduz Hall with nine contestants. The winner was 17-year-old Fabienne Walser from Triesenberg. This was the first beauty pageant to be held in that country since 1994.

* MISS AUSTRIA (March 31).- Christine Reiler (25) from Niederösterreich was crowned Miss Austria at the Casino Baden. The finalists were Tamara Novak (19) from Steiermark, Brenda Kuttnig (24) from Steiermark, Sarah-Derya Kunz (20) from Vorarlberg and Elena Rotter (19) from Salzburg.

* MISS GRENADA (March 31).- The contest was organized by Miss World 1970, Jennifer Hosten and was held at the GBSS Auditorium in St. George’s with 17 girls. The winner was Vivian Burkhardt and the finalists turned out to be Renee Moses, Crystal McLawrence, Michelle Minors and Alyssa Bierzynski. The last contest had been held in 1996.

* MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA (Apr.3).- Caroline Pemberton, 20, from New South Wales, was crowned Miss World Australia 2007 at a red carpet function hosted by television personality John Mangos in Sydney. The first runner-up was Jessica Godulski. Other winners were: Talent, Alexandra Bastien (Victoria); Beauty with a Purpose, Rian Uygun (Victoria), Fitness, Michelle Bourke (Victoria), Face of the Designer Swimwear Brand, MaraJoara Exclusives 2007, Laura Andon (NGS) and Face of the Designer Swimwear Brand MaraJoara Meninas 2007, Nicola Wall (NGS). 20 candidates participated.

* MISS NEPAL (Apr.7).- It took place at the Birendra International Convention Center in Kathmandu, with 20 contestants. The winner was Sitashma Chand (also Best Catwalk and Miss Personality) and her runners-up were Bandana Sharma and Shweta Shah.

* MISS INDIA (Apr.8).- The winners of Pantaloon’s Femina Miss India were Sarah Jane Dias (to Miss World), Puja Gupta (to Miss Universe) and Pooja Chitgopekar (to Miss Earth). Shilpa Keswani and Zoha Tapia completed the Top 5. The semifinalists were Esha Gupta, Kiran Thappar, Nicole D’Silva, Nova Krishnan and Priyanka Shah. 25 young girls participated in the event held at the MMRDA Grounds in the suburbs of Bandra (Mumbai).

* MISS NORWAY (Apr.9).- After months of intense competition, the winners of “Fröken Norge 2007” were Kirby Ann Basken (for Miss Universe) and Lisa-Marie Moen Jünge (for Miss World). The first runner-up was Anna-Marie Augustin. Interestingly, Kirby Ann Basken, of Filipino origin, had been first runner-up the previous year. The contest had 12 participants and was held at the Lillestrøm Cultural Center.

* MISS UKRAINE (Apr.14).- It was held at the National Palace “Ukraine” with 26 contestants. The winner was 21-year-old Lika Roman from Uzhgorod, bound for Miss World. The finalists were Anna Gab (16) from Cherkasy and Galina Andreyeva (21) from Odessa (also Miss Congeniality). Julia Morley was at the event.

* MISS CZECH REPUBLIC (Apr.14).- It was held at the Bobycentre in Brno with 12 candidates. The winner was Kateřina Sokolová from Průhonice (also Best Silhouette), heading to Miss World and who was crowned by the reigning Miss World, her compatriot Tat’ana Kucharova. The finalists were Veronika Pompeová (also Miss Congeniality) heading to Miss Europe and Miss International; and Veronika Chmelířová (also Miss Elegance) heading to Miss Intercontinental. Preliminary events were held in Hurghada, Egypt.

* QUEEN OF THE CARNIVAL OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS (Apr.14).- Esonica Mictecia Veira was crowned Queen of the Carnival 2007 at the Lionel Roberts Stadium in St. Thomas, with 5 candidates. Veira also won the awards for Best Talent and Best Gown. The finalists were Alanna John (Miss Congeniality) and Beige Auradou (Miss Photogenic).

* MISS CURACAO (Apr.14).- Naemi Monte was crowned “Miss Universe Curaçao 2007” in a ceremony held in Willemstad. For the first time in the history of the national contest, two winners were chosen in the same pageant, as Lisaika Everitz was crowned “Miss World Curaçao 2007”. The First Runner-up was Amada Hernández and the Second Runner-up was Maggy Alexander.

* MISS WORLD ARGENTINA (Apr.19).- Miss Jujuy, Noelia Alejandra Bernal, 18, won the title among 21 participants in the exclusive facilities of Pilar Golf, in the province of Buenos Aires. The new Miss World Argentina received a sash and crown from Silvana Suárez, Miss World 1978. In the same event, Paula Quiroga Sotelo, from Mendoza, was elected Miss International Argentina. Among the finalists were Antonella Tognola Sanvitale from Corrientes; Melisa Timón, representative of Santa Cruz (Miss Talent); Adriana Lepre from Córdoba (Miss Top Model) and Constanza Torasso from Tucumán (Miss Internet).

* MISS EGYPT (Apr.23).- The “Pantene Miss Egypt 2007” pageant was held on Monday, April 23 at Media Production City in Cairo. The winner was Ehsan Hatem, 21, an English teacher at the Institute of English Language Sciences (to Miss Universe). The finalists were Radwa Ahmed, Yara Naoum, Sherihan Fouad and Madonna Khaled.

* MISS LEBANON (Apr.27).- The competition was held at the Casino Du Liban, north of Beirut, with 19 candidates. The winner was Nadine Wilson Njeim, 19, on her way to Miss Universe and Miss World. The finalists were Maha Khoury (for Miss International), Sahar Sbeity, Sasha Dahdouh and Greta Habib. Coincidentally, the winner of Miss Lebanon in 2004 has the same name, Nadine Njeim!

* MISS SLOVAKIA (Apr.27).- Miss Slovakia was crowned at the SIBAMAC stadium in Bratislava in an event that had 12 participants. The winner was Veronika Husarova (also Miss Press) heading to Miss World. The first runner-up was Romana Skamlova (also Miss Congeniality) heading to Miss Europe and the second runner-up was Kristina Valuskova, heading to Miss International. Silvia Petrovicova (also Miss Internet), Eva Blahovcova and Jessica Simonfyova made it to the Top 6.

* MISS GUATEMALA (Apr.30).- Alida Boer Reyes, 21, won the title at the Gran Tikal Futura hotel, on her way to Miss Universe. The finalists were Hamy Nataly Tejeda Funes (to Miss World), Hania Laynée Hernández Manchamé, María José Zavala and Marianela Tobar Arriaza. Nine candidates participated.

* STAR HELLAS (May 3).- The final of the Greek beauty contest was held at the Fever Hall in Athens with 30 competitors. “Star Hellas 2007” was Doukissa Nomikou (to Miss Universe) while “Miss Greece 2007” was Katerina Evangelinou (to Miss World). The finalists were Antonia Kallimokou (Star) and Despoina Vlepaki (Miss). Miss Young was Diana Igropoulou and her finalist was Veronica Spanou. Elected as Miss Tourism was Alkistis Papageorgeou and her finalist was Christina Stefanidi. For her part, Artemis Patinioti won Miss Photogeneration.

* MIS LIETUVA (May 12).- The election of “Miss Lithuania 2007” was held at the Forum Palace in Vilnius. The winner, heading to Miss World 2007, was Miss Jurgita Jurkute, 22 years old, who in 2000 was Ford’s Supermodel of Lithuania. The finalists were Kornelija Pintveryte and Dovile Juskeviciute. Miss Photogenic was Justei Juozapaitytei and Greta Kazlaite was chosen as Miss Laikinoji Sostine.

* MISS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (May 20).- It took place at the Zen Club of Port of Spain. Valene Maharaj, 21, beat out six other finalists to represent Trinidad and Tobago at Miss World. The other finalists were Priya Chanderbally, Kiesha Marie Charles, Katrina Geetooah, Arveyann Thomas, Ann Wight and Candice Worrell.

* MISS MALAYSIA WORLD (May 25).- Deborah Priya Henry, 21, was the winner of the contest held at the Palace of the Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur with 16 participants. The finalists were Dawn Marie Jeremiah, Jacqueline Ong Ai Lin, and Mae Lee Myn Wee.

* MISS MOLDOVA (May 25).- It took place at the Leo Grand Hotel & Convention Center with 20 candidates. It was won by 21-year-old Inna Codreanu from Chisinau. The finalists were Elena Bostan from Chisinau and Daria Andronik from Balti.

* UNGFRU ISLAND (May 25).- Jóhanna Vala Jónsdóttir (20) from Reykjavík, was chosen “Miss Iceland 2007” on Broadway, heading to Miss World 2007 and Miss Universe 2008. In second place was Katrín Dögg Sigurðardóttir, 21 years old from Seltjarnarnes. Miss Reykjavík, Fanney Lára Guðmundsdóttir, 20, from Kópavogur came third. In fourth and fifth place were Karlen Lind Tómasdóttir and Sigríður Hulda Árnadóttir. A total of 24 girls participated in the competition this year.

* MISS SEYCHELLES ISLANDS (Jun.2).- Solanna Domingue, 19, from Reef Estate, was crowned “Miss Seychelles Islands 2007” at the Seychelles International Conference Center in Mont Buxton, Mahé, en route to Miss Intercontinental and Miss World 2007. The princesses were Claudia Godley and Cheryl Dias.

* MISS SCOTLAND (Jun.2).- It was held at the Princes Square shopping center in Glasgow with 10 candidates. The winner was Nieve Jennings, 19, from Glasgow. The finalists were Shannon Travers (18) from Glasgow and Lisa Ingram (23) from Larkhall. Completing the Top 5 were Caroline Windsor (24) from Aberdeen and Katrina Foran (22) from Paisley.

* MISS WORLD ITALY (Jun.9).- Giada Wiltshire, 17, a student from Casal Fiumanese (Bologna), was crowned Miss World Italy in the famous port city of Santa Maria di Leuca. The finalists were Carmela Campanale (22) from Molfetta (Bari) and Elisa Figaro (17) from Verona. 52 girls participated.

* MISS NAMIBIA (Jun.9).- Marichen Luiperth, 21, from the city of Swakopmund, was crowned “Miss Namibia 2007” at the Windhoek Country Club, among 10 finalists. The princesses were Christa Engelbrecht and Sade Gawanas.

* MISS GIBRALTAR (Jun.9).- The sports pavilion of the Tercentenary was this year the venue for the contest that brought together 11 competitors. The winner was Danielle Perez, 23 years old, heading to Miss World. The princesses were Chantal Santos and Jordana Ryan.

* MISS & MISTER CROATIA (Jun.10).- It was held at the Anton Marti Studio of HTV. The winner was Tajana Jeremić (17) from Vukovar while the winner of the Mister was Alen Kostelac (21) from Visoki Sišća. The first runner-up was Marina Cvetković-Marossini from Zagreb and the first runner-up was Goran Naranđa from Prelog. There were 36 contestants.

* MISS TURKEY (Jun.12).- Held at the Lütfi Kırdar Hall in Istanbul with 20 candidates. The winners were: Heading to Miss World, Selen Soyder, 20 years old; to Miss Universe 2008, Sinem Sülün, 18 years old; to Miss Europe, Feyza Çýpa, 22 years old; and to Miss International, Aslý Temel, 24 years old.

* MISS PERU WORLD (Jun.15).- In the midst of the tremendous scandal caused by the resignation of five of its candidates and the complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and favoritism towards Miss Arequipa, the final of the “Miss Peru World 2007” pageant was held at the Mansiche stadium in Trujillo. The representative of Tacna, Cynthia Calderón, was crowned as the new sovereign by the previous queen Silvia Cornejo –who days before threatened not to hand over the scepter if such complaints were verified–, the election was, however, outside the usual patterns in beauty contests. That is, without announcing which positions Grecia de Martiz (Lima), Nathalie Doering (Miss Peru Europe), Melissa Huddleston (Miss Peru United States) and Jackeline Spoljaric (Arequipa) occupied as finalists. In the final, only 22 candidates competed, given that the representatives of Tumbes, Piura, Amazonas and Apurímac resigned days before, adding the one from Cajamarca, Nona Abanto, the day before. Miss World 2004, María Julia Mantilla, was on the jury.

* MISS BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA (Jun.16).- The 12th pageant of Miss Bosnia and Herzegovina for Miss World was held at the Sarajevo Youth Center. The 2007 Miss Bosnia and Herzegovina title was won by Gordana Tomić from Lopar. The first runner-up title went to Tamara Simić from Bijeljina, and BiH Miss Federation Đulijana Alić won the second runner-up title. Marijana Hrvić from Tuzla was chosen as Miss Televote, Dajana Ljubanić was Miss Photogenic and Miss Oriflame Cosmetics, Irena Šućur.

* MISS SLOVENIA (Jun.23).- Twelve candidates took part in the event that took place at the Ljubljana Economic Exhibition Center. The winner turned out to be Tadeja Ternar (19) from Beltinci and the runners-up were Duška Stojić (24) from Dolenjske Toplice and Anja Lukman (24) from Celje. Miss Photogenic was Pia Sara Odlag (19) from Kamnica; Miss Internet and Miss LEA Magazine, Maja Hribar (20) from Ljubljana and Miss Cuteness, Hana Hervatski (24) from Ljubljana.

* MISS WORLD COLOMBIA (Jun.24).- The eighteenth version of Miss World Colombia corresponding to the year 2007 was held at the RTI Producciones facilities in the city of Bogotá with 31 participants. The winner was María Jose Torrenegra, representative of Atlántico. The vice-queen was Angie Alvarado from Boyacá and the princess, Kathyna Frayle Ramos from La Guajira. The candidates from Amazonas reached the Top 7, Mónica Agudelo; Cauca, Diana Tascon; Meta, Paola Andrea Aguilar; and Nariño, Sandra Ximena González. The semifinalists were the contestants from Bolívar, Silvana González; Caldas, Alejandra Rojas, Caquetá, Ludvia Díaz Trujillo; Chocó, Rita Escobar Ramírez; Cordoba, Angelica Jaramillo; Huila, Juanita Tovar Sandino; Sucre, Carolina Zapata; and Valle, Angela Guerrero. Venezuelan Jacqueline Aguilera, Miss World 1995, was present at the event.

* MISS NORTHERN IRELAND (Jun.25).- The title went to Melissa Patton, 19, from Joanmount Gardens, Belfast. The runners-up were Jenny Curran from Portadown (who was also 1st runner-up the year before) and Emma Catling from Belfast. The event was held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

* MISS WORLD MALTA (Jun.30).- Stephanie Zammit, 21, from Zejtun, was crowned Miss World Malta by Babyliss Paris 2007 at the event held at Selmun Castle. The finalists were Katrina Pavia (17) from Gozo and Daphne Gatt (18) from Qawra. Other titles went to Jasmine Azzopardi for Best Photogenic Look; Tanya Joy Demarco, Best Personality; Annemarie Galea, Miss Beautiful Hair; Charlene Debattista, Best Appearance; Diane Debrincat, Campari title; Noella Borg, Face of Gwida and Alessia Falletta Waste, Most Voted by Viewers.

* MISS ENGLAND (Jun.30).- The contest was held with 91 participants at the Leicester Arena in Leicester. The winner was Georgia Horsley, 20, Miss North Yorkshire. She had competed in Miss England 2005, where she represented York and was in the top 12. The finalists were Miss York, Naomi Smith and Miss Winchester, Jade Eden. The organizers told her to gain some weight for Miss World. This situation made headlines, as Horsley commented that she was not that thin.

* MISS IRELAND (Jun.30).- The venue for the event was the Silver Springs hotel in Cork and had 24 participants. The winner was Blathnaid McKenna, 21, from Tullyeast, Co. Kildare. The finalists turned out to be Karen Sutton and Daniella Moyles.

* MISS SERBIA (July 2).- Mirjana Bozovic, a 20-year-old student from Lajkovac, won the pageant held at the Sava Center in Belgrade. The 1st. runner-up was Zorana Tasovic (for Miss Universe 2008) and the 2nd. runner-up was Bojana Boric. 30 candidates participated.

* MISS INDONESIA (July 5).- The “Miss Indonesia 2007” contest, celebrating its third edition, was held in the Paradise Hall of the Jakarta Convention Center with 33 entrants. The winner was Miss West Java, Kamidia Radisti, heading to Miss World. The finalists were Miss Central Sulawesi, Verna Gladies Merry Inkiriwang and Miss Bali, I Gusti Ayu Agung Ary Kusumawardhani. Completing the Top 5, Miss Bangka-Belitung Islands, Jessica Aurelia Tji; and Miss North Sumatra, Selvi Octavia Tobing.

* MISS COTE D’IVOIRE (July 6).- In its eleventh edition, the Miss Côte d’Ivoire contest had its finale at the Hôtel Ivoire convention center. The most beautiful of the thirty candidates from ten regions of the country was Miss Bernadette N’Zi, 19 years old. The finalists were Georgina Meh (20) and La Paix Sery (21).

* MISS GUADELOUPE INTERNATIONAL (July 6).- Nancy Karen Fleurival was chosen to represent Guadeloupe in Miss World 2007 in the event held at the Center for Culture and the Arts of Pointe a Pitre, with 10 girls. The finalists were Edith Grenié, Ann Love Veranin, Maricka Pavie and Virginie Molia

* MISS WALES (July 7).- Held at the Cardiff Coal Exchange with 40 candidates. It was won by 23-year-old medical student Kelly Pesticcio from Cardiff en route to Miss World 2007. The finalists were Sarah Walters from Swansea, and Yasmine Baig from Wenvoe.

* MISS & MR. ALBANIA (July 10).- It took place at the Tirana Congress Center with 30 girls and 15 handsome men. Miss Albania turned out to be Egla Harxhi, 16, and Mr. Albania was Florenc Gjini, 20. The finalists were Arlinda Kercuku and Ilidona Myftari. Shortly after, and because Egla was underage, the organizers decided to send one of the semifinalists, Elda Dushi (18), to Miss World.

* STAR CYPRUS (July 12).- Demetra Sergiou won the crown of “Star Cyprus 2007”, which gave her the pass to Miss Universe 2008. For her part, Dora Anastasiou was chosen “Miss Cyprus 2007” for Miss World 2007 Stephani Paraskeva was Miss Carlsberg, Vesi Philippou Miss Mediterranean and the finalist was Styliana Omirou. 9 ladies participated and the pageant was held at the Lakatamia Pavilion, Nicosia.

* MISS ARUBA (July 13).- Star Promotions crowned the new “Miss Aruba 2007”, Tracey Nicolaas, 19, in the Great Hall of the Westin Aruba Resort, heading to Miss Universe 2008. Her finalist, heading to Miss World 2007, was 21-year-old Boyoura Martijn who also received the most popularity votes in a contest organized by Setar through its telephone message system. The other finalists were Jonella Oduber (19), Carolina Ramos (20) and Nabilah de Palm (20). Miss Friendship was Maureen Valdez, 21 years old. The event featured 10 beautiful candidates.

* MISS GEORGIA (July 14).- Held at the Batumi Convention Center. The winner was Nino Likuchova, 19, for Miss World 2007. The finalists were Ani Khutsishvili, 18, for Miss Universe 2008, Tamar Nemsitsveridze for Miss Tourism International, and Teona Chakraviani. The popular vote was won by Keti Lortkipanidze and Miss Grace, Lina Butnari. Shortly after the contest there was a scandal because it was discovered that Nino Likuchova had been married since the age of 16. Then, Ani Khutsishvili was also disqualified because it was discovered that she had also been married, so the young woman who took third place, Tamar Nemsitsveridze, ended up going to Miss World.

* MISS HONG KONG (July 21).- Ka-yi Cheung won the contest held at the Hong Kong Coliseum with 16 participants. The finalists were Grace Wong and Lorretta Chow.

* DOMINICAN MISS WORLD (July 21).- The great hall of Casa de España was the stage that welcomed the 15 candidates, who competed for three months in the Dominican Miss World reality show. The winner was Ada Aimée de la Cruz, 21, from Villa Mella, who also won the Miss Beach award. The finalists were Esther Tejada (23) also Miss Sport and Carolyn Aquino (22), also Miss Photogenic and “Queen among them”. Yisney Lagrange (Best Talent) and Smaylin Almonte made it to the Top 5.

* MISS BAHAMAS WORLD (July 22).- It was held at the Rainforest Theatre, Cable Beach, with the theme “Out of Africa – a celebration of freedom!”. The winner was Anya Watkins while Camille Kenny was Miss Bahamas Tourism Queen and Ciji Adderley was Miss Bahamas Intercontinental. The finalists were Osriea Gordon and Lakindes Brown. 15 candidates participated.

* MISS BOLIVIA (July 26).- The “Miss Bolivia 2007” contest distributed five crowns among representatives of four departments: Miss Santa Cruz, Katherine David, who won the title of “Miss Bolivia Universe 2007”; Miss Cochabamba, Sandra Lea Hernández, who won the crown of “Miss Bolivia World 2007”; Miss Santa Cruz, Angélica Olavarría, won Miss Bolivia International; Miss Tarija, Carla Fuentes, was Miss Bolivia Earth and Miss La Paz, Adriana Saavedra, obtained the title of Miss Bolivia Young. The final ruling designated Miss Litoral, Beatriz Balvidiezo, as the third runner-up; Miss Chuquisaca, Melina Avendaño, second runner-up and Miss Litoral, Karen Ferrante, first runner-up. The event brought together 21 girls and was held at the Fexpocruz in Santa Cruz.

* MISS KOREA (July 27).- Ji-seon Lee was crowned “Miss Korea 2007” at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, heading to Miss Universe 2008. The finalists were Eun-ju Cho (to Miss World 2007), Ga-won Park, Jin Lee, Ji-eun Yu, Ju-yeon Kim, and Jae-a Lee.

* MISS UGANDA (July 28).- It was held at the Serena hotel in Kampala with 29 participants. The winner was Monica Kansume Kasyate, 21, and the runners-up were Hellen Karungi and Sarah Kagole.

* MISS GUYANA WORLD (July 28).- Candace Charles, 16, was crowned “Miss Guyana World 2007” at Buddy’s International hotel in Providence, East Bank Demerara. The finalists were Radha Charran (for Miss Intercontinental), Pamela McLean, Shammain Richmond (Best Smile) and Sareeka Singh. 7 girls participated.

* NUESTRA BELLEZA WORLD EL SALVADOR (Jul.28).- Michelle Melhado became the winner of the contest that took place in the Amphitheater of the San Salvador International Fair with 14 participants. The finalists were Cindy Arévalo, Claudia Linares, Raquel Sandoval and Sara Schawnk.

* MISS THAILAND WORLD (Aug.4).- Thirty girls participated in the contest that this year was held at the Bangkok Convention Center in CentralWorld. It was won by Kanokkorn Jaichuen (also Miss Photogenic) and the finalists were Ummarapas Jullakasian, Jamie Lynn Juruthiap, Waranya Kitwattana and Jutharat Maneethada.

* MISS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (Aug.5).- Leilani Stevens was crowned at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe hall in Road Town, Tortola, among four candidates. She also took home the sashes for Miss Photogenic, Miss Popularity, Miss Talent, Best in Gown, Miss Pose and Miss Intellect. The finalist was Reema Fahie and Miss Friendship was Milessa Hodge. The other participant was Suleika Walters.

* MISS CRNE GORE (Aug.24).- Marija Cirovic, from the town of Niksic, won the crown of “Miss Montenegro 2007” at the theater of the UDG Faculty of Podgorica, heading to Miss World 2007. The finalists were Dasa Zikkovic ( to Miss Universe) and Tamara Vukasinovic (to Miss Europe).

* MISS SINGAPORE WORLD (Aug.25).- Roshni Kaur Soin, 21, was crowned among 20 contestants at the event held in the great hall of the Meritus Mandarin hotel. The finalists were Nurfarhana Bte Fayrhat Abbas, Desiree Yong Shi Ying, Noor Erlynna Roslan, and Roslin Misdar.

* MISS SURINAME (Aug.25).- It was held at the Anthony Nesty Sportal in Paramaribo with 15 candidates. Safyra Duurham was crowned “Miss Suriname 2007” on her way to Miss Earth. The finalists were Chantyn Ramdas (for Miss International) and Charisse Moll (for Miss World).

* MISS JAMAICA WORLD (Aug.25).- Yendi Phillips, 21, was crowned “Miss Jamaica World 2007” at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, among 16 competitors. The finalists were Rosina Casserly and Jody Shaw. Rounding out the Top 5 were Renae Ellis and Racquel Powell. For her part, Simone Poot was Miss Friendship.

* MISS TANZANIA (Sept.1).- The “Vodacom Miss Tanzania 2007” contest was held at the Leaders Club in Kinondoni. The winner was 19-year-old Richia Adhia, from Kariakoo, of Indian descent. The finalists were Lilian Abel from Kinondoni and Queen David from Temeke. Rounding out the Top 5 were Victoria Martin (also a Redds Ambassador) and Hadija Sulla. The semifinalists were Gladness Katega, Cecilia Charles, Marietha Richard, Latifa Warioba and Neema Khatibu. 26 candidates participated.

* MISS GUERNSEY (Sept.1).- It was held at the Carlton Hotel in St. Martins. The winner was Hannah McLaughlin. The contest, at first, was scheduled for July 25 but was postponed due to the low number of candidates.

* MISS WORLD ESTONIA (Sept.8).- Kadi Sizask, 21, from Tallinn, won the event held at the Russian Drama Theater in the Estonian capital, among 10 candidates. The finalists were Gerta Poldver, 18, and Anna Uljanova, 20.

* MISS WORLD ETHIOPIA (Sept.11).- Mihret Abebe won it in the event held in Addis Ababa.

* MISS & MR. BARBADOS WORLD (Sept.15).- Natalie Olivia Griffith and Fabian St.Clair Cleophus Bartlett were the winners of the “Miss & Mr. Barbados World 2007” contest at the Savannah hotel. The finalists, among eight contestants, were Karla Yearwood (for Miss Tourism International), Shakeria White (for Miss Carival) and Sabrina Estwick. In the boys, the finalist was Emerald Forde.

* MISS MAAILMA SUOMI (Sept.16).- This year a new contest was created to choose the Finnish representative to Miss World. This is the “Miss Maailma Suomi” (Miss World Finland) which was held at the Vanajanlinna Hotel in Hameenlinna. The winner was Linnea Aaltonen and her princesses Laura Vienonen and Minna Nikola.

* MISS POLSKI (Sept.21).- The Miss World franchise in Poland passed this year to the Miss Polski contest, which was held at the Roma Theater in Warsaw with 26 candidates. The event was hosted by the Polish Miss World Aneta Kreglicka. The winner was Karolina Zakrzewska, 21, from Zielona Góra and the runners-up were Joanna Spychalska, Beata Szumińska, Karolina Ancerowicz and Anna Padee. Miss Photo was Ewelina Chojniak, Miss Internet was Monika Kościuszkiewicz and Miss TV was Milena Lutrzykowska.

* MISS BRAZIL WORLD (Sept.22).- The Municipal Theater of Barueri, in São Paulo, dressed up for the final where Regiane Andrade, Miss Santa Catarina, was the winner. The finalists were Miss Rio Grande Do Sul, Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak; Miss Parana, Kelly Pedrina Giacomoni; Miss Espiritu Santo, Tamara Almeida Silva; Miss Sergipe, Mariana Bridi; and Miss Pernambuco, Rayanne Vieira de Oliveira. The semifinalists were the candidates from Rondônia, Angelita Botelho; Minas Gerais, Rafaela Cordeiro Vartuli; Sao Paulo, Vanessa Cardoso Lopes; Mato Grosso Do Sul, Isabelle Gabriel Sanchez; Fernando de Noronha, Fabiana dos Santos Medeiros; Rio Grande Do Norte, Geise Werzenska dos Santos; Bahia, Renata Bruna Lostosa Mororó; and Rio de Janeiro, Nayara Lima da Silva. 28 candidates participated.

* MISS WORLD HUNGARY (Sept.26).- Krisztina Bodri, a 21-year-old law student, was elected Miss World Hungary in the final held at Hungexpo at the Budapest Fairgrounds and in which 21 girls participated. The finalists were Lilla G. Nagy, 22, also a law student, and Szilvia Freire, 23, a communication major.

* MISS SRI LANKA (Sept.27).- The “Derana Miss Sri Lanka 2007” contest (for Miss World) was held at Water’s Edge with 12 participants. The winner was Romanthi Maria Colombage. The finalists were Narmada Ravihansi and Fallon Shilanthi. Rounding out the Top 5 were Tarushi Dilshanee and Eresha Charuni.

* MISS & MÍSTER GERMANY (Sept.29).- Miss Brandenburg, Janice Behrendt, a 24-year-old secretary, won the crown at the Hohensyburg casino in Dortmund, en route to Miss World 2007. The finalists were Janina Cüpper and Elisa Wahl. Mister Germany was Philipp Holl, 21, from Berlin. 14 girls and 13 gentlemen participated in the event. Despite the fact that semi-nude photos of the winner were discovered when she participated in the German version of “Big Brother”, she was allowed to continue with the title.

* MISS SWAZILAND (Sept.29).- It was held at the Royal Swazi Sun hotel with 10 participants. The winner was Nkosing’phile Dlamini and her runners-up were Nonzwakazi Dlamini and Chazile Dlamini.

* MISS CAYMAN ISLANDS (Sept. 29).- Rebecca Parchment, 25, from West Bay was chosen among eight contenders for the crown at the Lions Center, heading to Miss World 2007 and Miss Universe 2008. She also won the sashes of the Best Legs, Best Smile and Best in Gown. The finalists were Stephanie Espeut from Georgetown and Josephine Shibli from Cayman Brac (also Miss Photogenic).

* MISS WORLD PANAMA (Oct.2).- The franchise changed hands this year and was taken over by Panama Talents, the organizers of Mister Panama. The final of Miss World Panama was held in the Hall of the Miramar Intercontinental Hotel with 13 candidates. The winner was Shey Ling Him, 20 years old, and the finalists were Kathia Saldaña and Victoria Ortega.

* MISS WORLD SWEDEN (Oct.4).- Annie Oliv from the city of Gothenburg won the contest held at the Café Opera in Stockholm with 19 contestants. The finalists were Mikaela Sale from Falkenberg and Sofia Malmgren from Borlange.

* MISS MACEDONIA (Oct.5).- It was held at the HardRock Club in Skopje with 13 girls. The winner was 22-year-old Ivana “Jana” Stojanovska from Skopje. Sladjana Cvetkovska from Skopje won the Miss Earth Macedonia crown, and the Miss Star title was won by Marina Janevska from Kočani and Sunčica Todorovska from Kriva Palanka. For her part, Cece Oreshkova was chosen to represent the country in Miss Europe.

* MISS NEDERLAND (Oct.7).- Melissa Sneekes, representative of the province of South Holland, was chosen at Studio 21 in Hilversum as the representative of the Netherlands to Miss World. Miss Noord-Holland, Aya Spijkerman and Miss Groningen, Liesbeth Faber finished in second and third place respectively. 12 candidates participated.

* MISS MARTINIQUE INTERNATIONAL (Oct.13).- It was won by Vanessa Beauchaints, on her way to Miss World. Miss Earth was Elodie Delor.

* MISS SWITZERLAND (Oct.14).- Amanda Ammann, 20, won the “Miss Switzerland 2007” pageant among 15 other delegates. Amanda comes from St. Gallen (German-speaking part of Switzerland) and is 168 cm tall, heading for Miss World 2007 and Miss Universe 2008. Amanda is a student of International Affairs in Geneva but lives in Lausanne. The finalists were Sabrina Knechtli and Claudia Wambululu. Rounding out the Top 6 were Valerie Ott, Pascale Gachter and Miriam Rickli.

* MISS WORLD CHILE (Oct.15).- It was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Santiago with nine contestants. The winner was the Elite model, Bernardita Zúñiga, 24 years old. The finalists were Carolina Collao and Valentina Cárdenas. This year, the Catwalk Latam organization obtained the franchise to send a representative to the Miss World contest.

* MISS ARMENIA (Oct.16).- It took place at the National Theater of Opera and Ballet Al. Spendaryan. The winner was Margarita Sarukhanyan. This year, for the first time in Armenia, a transferable crown was awarded, which had 425 diamonds worth $7,000. Second place was awarded to Arpine Atoyan, and third place to Sveta Mirzoyan. Aprine Atoyan was awarded the title of “Miss Media”, Hripsime Karapetyan was “Miss Gracefulness”, Margarita Sarukhanyan won “Miss Charm”, selected by viewers via text messages. Ashkhen Karavardyan received the title of “Miss Fascination” and Nazlu Baroyan that of “Miss Peace”. 18 candidates participated.

* MISS CHINA WORLD (Oct.28).- Zi-lin Zhang won the right to represent China in Miss World 2007 in the event held at the Dahongmen International Convention and Exhibition Center in Beijing with 44 participants. In second place were Hangyang Yang and Tingyu Li and in third place were Meiqi Jiang, Xiyao Zhang and Yiwen Huang.

* MISS SIERRA LEONE (date not available).- Fatmata B. Turay was crowned at the Miatta Conference Room in Freetown. There is no more information about this contest.

APPOINTED:

* BELARUS: As the Belarusian beauty pageant was held every two years, the first runner-up of Miss Belarus 2006, Yulia Sindzeyeva, was going to participate in both Miss International and Miss World; however, in Miss International she surprisingly placed as the second runner-up. A contract with that Japanese organization prevented her from participating in Miss World, so the organization appointed Miss Alena Aladka, who had been Miss Photogenic in Miss Belarus 2004.

* BELGIUM: Miss Belgium 2007, Annelien Coorevits, returned so disappointed at not having achieved any placement in Miss Universe, that she decided not to accept the invitation to participate in Miss World, a right enjoyed by all the titleholders of that country. The Belgian organization then decided that the 1st runner-up of Miss Belgium 2007, Halima Chehaima, would be the Belgian delegate at Miss World 2007.

* BULGARIA: For unclear reasons , the winner of “Miss Bulgaria 2007”, Julia Jurevic, was not sent to Miss World, so Paulina Racheva, the finalist, was appointed to participate in Sanya.

* CHINESE TAIPEI: This year, Taiwan appointed Yen-Chin Li, a 22-year-old model, 1.72 m tall, who had been a finalist for Miss Chinese World 2005, as the representative for Miss World 2007.

* COSTA RICA: This year, the organizers of Miss Costa Rica gave up the Miss World franchise, so the country would not have representation in that contest. But thanks to the participation of the model Alonso Fernández in Mr. World, Morley contacted Allan Alemán from Reinas de Costa Rica to send a delegate to China. Alemán appointed Wendy Cordero as Costa Rica’s representative to Miss World 2007 in July.

* DENMARK: The Pretty Danish organization appointed Line Kruuse Nielsen as the Danish representative to Miss World 2007.

* JAPAN: The Miss World franchise passed into the hands of the Miss Universe Japan organization, chaired by Inés Ligrón, who appointed Rui Watanabe as “Miss World Japan 2007” in October.

* KAZAKHSTAN: For undisclosed reasons, the Miss Kazakhstan organization designated, at the last minute, the young Dana Kaparova for Miss World, instead of the titleholder Gaukhar Rakhmetalyeva.

* KENYA: Local organizers decided that the winner of “Miss World Kenya 2007” to be chosen on September 29, had a year of preparation so that she could achieve a successful Beauty with Purpose project. Then they appointed to Miss World 2007 one of the finalists from the previous year, Catherine Wangari Wainaina, who had achieved the title of “Miss Global Kenya 2006”.

* LIBERIA: The national pageant was postponed to November 23, so the organizers thought to designate the first runner-up of Miss Liberia 2006, Bendu Ciapha, who had been registered in Miss International 2006 but was unable to participate in that event due to visa issue.

* MONGOLIA: Oyungerel Gankhuyag, 1st runner-up in Miss Beauty Mongolia 2006 and participant in Miss Tourism Queen International 2007, was appointed to represent Mongolia in Miss World 2007.

* NICARAGUA: The Nicaraguan national organization thought of resuming participation in Miss World and designated the winner of Miss Nicaragua 2006, Cristiana Frixione, for that commitment.

* NEW ZEALAND: On October 15, Stephanie Dods, Miss Teen NZ Asia Pacific and Miss NZ Tourism Queen of the Year 2006, was proclaimed the official New Zealand candidate for Miss World 2007.

* ROMANIA: The Miss World franchise in Romania changed hands as the Face2Face Models Agency stopped sending participants to the world contest despite having achieved second place in 2006 with Ioana Boitor. The rights in 2007 were obtained by Dorian Ciubuc, who had organized the contest between 1994 and 1996. He appointed the young Elena Azotei, who had participated unsuccessfully in Miss World Romania 2005 and 2006, as the Romanian delegate to Miss World 2007.

* SAINT LUCÍA: In mid-March, a casting was held to choose the representative of Saint Lucia for Miss Universe and Miss World. The winner was Yoanna Henry, a 23-year-old cosmetologist from Soufriere, who had been 2nd runner-up at Miss Saint Lucia World 2004.

* UNITED STATES: The franchise was taken over by the Elite Models agency that appointed model Abigail McCary in October to represent the United States at Miss World 2007.

* URUGUAY: Agostina Padula, 19 years old and 1.76 m, who had been a finalist in Miss Universe Uruguay 2007, was contacted by Gloria Cleans from Promociones Gloria to attend Miss World at the request of Morley, since this year the Miss World Uruguay contest had been canceled at last minute. The girl had already participated in China in July in Miss Tourism Queen Intl., an event to which she was sent by Limpias.

* VIETNAM: The last week of September, Thu Dang Minh was appointed to represent her country in Miss World 2007. She had been second runner-up in Miss Vietnam Global 2007 and had previously been Miss Beach Vietnam 2006. Previously it had been said that the representative It would be the winner of Miss Vietnam of the World 2007, Lan Ngo Phuong, but she could not accept due to commitments.

THEY WERE NOT ACCEPTED.-

                Lisaika Everitz, Miss World Curaçao, was not accepted as the delegate of that territory in Miss World 2007 for not meeting the age requirements. She was then replaced by Miss Universe Curaçao, Naemi Monte. But, since Monte did not submit the official request to the national organization before the deadline established by Miss World, the Curaçaoan organization appointed a new delegate: Mc Keyla Richards. After this action, Naemi Monte decided to file a lawsuit against the franchisee, Reprod, to recover the right to represent the island in the international contest. On October 17, a jury found in Reprod’s favor, ending the dispute between the two. On the other hand, shortly after arriving from Miss Universe, Miss France Rachel Legrain-Trapani wanted to make the gesture of giving her first runner-up, the deaf-mute Sophie Vouzelaud, the opportunity to represent the country in Miss World, a gesture that Miss Vouzelaud accepted with great joy and enthusiasm. However, the Miss World organization did not accept her registration. The supposed reasons they gave were that they did not accept her because she was a finalist and not the titleholder, but some think that they actually did not want to accept her because of her hearing disability. If they had let her participate, history would have been made in that contest. So, the Miss France winner, Rachel Legrain-Trapani, traveled in her place to Miss World in China. Interestingly, Sophie was accepted to Miss International, whose final took place in Japan on October 15, and participated unsuccessfully along with another deaf-mute, the Venezuelan Vanessa Peretti, who did manage to enter the semifinalists.

THEY WERE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD.-

                Several countries chose their queens and their directors tried to get the Miss World franchise without success. It is not clear if they did not receive an official response from the Miss World organization or if they did not meet the franchise payment deadline. For this reason, the queens of BANGLADESH (Jannatul Ferdouse Peya), CONGO (Jolette Sven Wamba Miylou), COTE D’IVOIRE (Bernadette N’Zi), LIBERIA (Bendu Ciapha), LIECHTENSTEIN (Fabienne Walser), SEYCHELLES (Solanna Domingue) and SWITZERLAND (Amanda Ammann) were left out in the cold. Although the Liberian organizers had thought of designating the first runner-up of 2006 due to the postponement of the 2007 event for the month of November, at the last minute they gave up sending her and announced that this year they would not be present at Miss World. In the case of Switzerland, the organizers refused to pay the franchise at the last minute and decided that they would no longer send representatives after 2008. On the other hand, the rumor spread that Miss ST. MAARTEN (Shanyra Richardson) would go to Miss World, but its national director, Fabiana Arnell, denied that possibility, clarifying that she wanted to obtain the Miss World license in the near future.

ALMOST WAS LEFT OUT FROM MISS WORLD.-

                Miss Costa Rica, Wendy Cordero, came close to not traveling to Miss World because her sponsor had left her without the airfare to China. “As I am the godmother of Club Sport Cartaginés, four months ago I told the president of the team, Thelvin Cabezas, that if he knew someone who could sponsor me to go to China and he told me ‘Don’t worry, I’ll help you with the ticket’ , so I dedicated myself to looking for clothes and other things”, explained the queen. But shortly before leaving, she went to get her ticket and was told no. Asked about the subject, Cabezas first said that he was unaware of the matter: “Who knows who from Cartaginés had made her an offer, I don’t know what happened, but I don’t,” said the manager. But in a second call he said the following: “I think she told us that she was going to China, there we told her, let’s see how we can help her, but not from there to having a commitment, it must be a lot of money and in this we can’t help at the moment,” Thelvin explained. According to the queen, she repeatedly sent him quotes from different airlines. “Thelvin told me, ‘We’re doing numbers.’” For his part, the leader explained. “We didn’t sign any paper, besides Cartago can’t take responsibility for that, it wasn’t an obligation nor was anything promised.” “I talked to him, I called him and presented him with the price proposals and he told me ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, I’ll solve it’, then I called him and called him and he didn’t answer me”, Wendy said. On October 31, the young woman confessed to the press in her country that she did not have the financial means to reach China. Fortunately, when the possibilities seemed lost, the problem could be solved when the Miss World organization gave her the London-Sanya air ticket for November 3, so the girl only had to pay for the ticket from San José to London and she made it!

CANDIDATES 2007

REPLACED

DID NOT ARRIVE

THEY DID NOT PARTICIPATE BECAUSE THEY DID NOT CONCLUDE THE FRANCHISE OR FOR OTHER REASONS

ARRIVAL IN SANYA.-

                The Venezuelan Claudia Suárez left on October 30 with four suitcases, in order to be in Sanya on November 2 after three days of travel. Although the official arrival was scheduled for Friday, November 2, some participants began to arrive in Sanya on October 31. The first three to arrive were the candidates from Moldova, Nepal and Thailand. On Thursday, November 1, Miss Norway arrived, the fourth candidate to join the contest. “Wow!” This was the reaction of Lisa-Mari Moen Jünge, when she arrived that afternoon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a hotel that would house the beauty queens during their stay in Sanya, wearing a striking flower crown, one of the gifts that the contestants received when They entered the hotel. “It’s such a beautiful place and it’s so hot!” said the 19-year-old from Molde, on Norway’s northwest coast, while enjoying the juice of a fresh coconut. “I’m so happy to be here. I didn’t realize it would be like this in China, it’s more like Hawaii!” “I’ve been to Thailand before, but not to China. I’m really looking forward to seeing Sanya and seeing Beijing. I’ll also spend a day in Hong Kong on the way back.” “It is a great honor to be here to represent Norway,” said Lisa-Mari. “I love my country and I’m really looking forward to meeting all the other contestants. Experiencing everything here over the next month is a unique opportunity for me.” As they arrived, the girls met their chaperones and had a brief interview with the pageant press officer. That day, Miss Nepal and Miss Norway were taken to a conference with the local press because of the four girls who had arrived, they were the ones who spoke English well. Later, the four girls who had arrived in Sanya were involved in filming for an Australian TV crew who were in Sanya to make a documentary. Therefore, they had to go to the pool and splash around in it.

                The entire hotel had undergone a “facelift” to ensure a first-class appearance for this pageant. A stage being built in the garden at the rear of the hotel would incorporate a state-of-the-art professional sound and lighting system. Aside from that busy preparation, the receptionists were undergoing intensive job and language skills training. A major challenge was to ensure that each member of the hotel could correctly pronounce the name of each contestant’s country and also, when necessary, be able to verbally communicate with them. The girls were allowed to go to the grocery store to buy some snacks that they could have in their rooms. However, it turned out to be a tricky business as everything was written in Chinese so it was hard to guess what things were. “I thought I found chocolate, but it turned out to be coconut drops…. I kindly asked if they didn’t have regular chocolate, but the ladies didn’t understand English very well. In the end I came to the conclusion that they didn’t actually have chocolate! So I ended up with grape juice and a handful of weird fries,” said Miss Norway, Lisa-Mari Moen Jünge.

               The vast majority of the contestants arrived on Friday, November 2 as planned. That day the Miss World pageant officially began, with the arrival of approximately 80 of the participants. On the midday flight, competitors from as far as Australia and Swaziland, Aruba and South Africa, Slovakia and Puerto Rico, enjoyed their first taste of China. A month of exciting sightseeing, competitions and charity fundraising events awaited them, all leading up to the Grand Final on Saturday, December 1st, the day the eyes of the world would be on Sanya when one lucky contestant was going to be crowned Miss World 2007. From the airport, the contestants were transferred to the impressive Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel in Yalong Bay, where they were received with the traditional gift of a floral crown and fresh coconut juice. The contestants were not allowed to move outside the corridor where the hotel rooms were. There were pretty strict security rules.

MISS WORLD BROADCAST AGREEMENT SIGNED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.-

                Virgin Media Television’s light entertainment channel Challenge has signed a deal with Zeal Entertainment, on behalf of the Miss World Organisation, for the exclusive UK broadcast rights to the final of the Miss World 2007 competition live in December. This marked the second year in a row that Challenge would broadcast the two-hour Miss World final live on December 1st from Sanya, China . With global viewing figures of nearly two billion, Miss World was the largest annual live television event, broadcast to nearly 200 countries. The Miss World 2006 final on Challenge attracted a third more 16-34 year olds than the channel average and was up more than 141 percent on the space average. Celia Taylor, Director of Programs for Challenge, said: “Miss World is an absolute joy. It’s a fantastic enduring brand that adds real glitz and glamor to Challenge’s winter program and is an indulgent gift for all.”

LAUNCH NEW MISS WORLD WEBSITE.-

                The Tianya Club community website (www.tianya.cn) signed on with Miss World 2007 on Nov. 1st to create an official Chinese website for this year’s competition, hainan.net reported. Tianya Club CEO Xing Ming together with Sanya Vice Mayor Li Baiqing and a Miss World representative launched the official website at missworld.tianya.cn, according to the report.

THE GROUP IS REDUCED.-

                The group of 117 expected candidates was reduced to 110 in early November, as some had visa problems and others could not afford their tickets to China. Those who canceled their participation were Miss AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS (Esonica Mictecia Veira), Miss BARBADOS (Natalie Olivia Griffith), Miss BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (Leilani Stevens), Miss EGYPT (Ehsan Hatem El Kirdany), Miss GUERNSEY (Hannah McLaughlin), Miss MALAWI (Peth Msinska) and Miss NICARAGUA (María Cristiana Frixione Mendoza). In the case of Malawi, in 2007 there was no national event to give the queen of 2006 the opportunity to travel to Sanya, but, for the second year in a row, this country failed to get the necessary sponsorship to send its representative to Miss World.

CHANGES IN THE CONTEST’S SELECTION.-

                This year, and due to the complaints of many national organizations that did not agree with the popular votes and the continental selection of finalists, the Miss World organization decided to eliminate the making of the “Vote For Me” program (which was originally called ‘U Decide’) where the public could meet the contestants in advance and vote for their favorites. This procedure had been done in recent years, but, on this occasion, all the participants would be evaluated by the judges on equal terms. On the other hand, it was reported that this year there would be five “Fast-Track” competitions that would get their winners to the Miss World semifinal. These fast-tracks were those of Beach Beauty, Talent, Sports and Beauty with a Purpose, like the previous year, but in 2007 the Top Model competition returned, which had not been done since 2004.

FIRST ACTIVITIES.-

                As beauties from around the world continued to pour into Sanya, some of the contestants relaxed on Friday afternoon and enjoyed one of the many idyllic pools at the incredible Crowne Plaza Sanya Hotel. The representatives of Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Moldova, Nepal, Norway and Thailand decided to play a game of netball. On Saturday the 3rd, the 30-second presentation videos of the candidates began to be recorded. They would be available on the contest website and would be used in the broadcast of the final as an introduction of the semifinalists. Also on that day, 26 of the contestants attended the opening ceremony of the 2007 international cycling race. They were dazzled by fireworks and a series of spectacular displays by local dancers and gymnasts. Each cycling team was introduced to the girls, and to a huge crowd that had gathered in the city of Sanya. Nineteen countries were represented at the Hainan Tour, including teams from China, Australia, South Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan. Riders from these teams were happy to take photos with the representative of their country. Miss Kazakhstan, Dana Kaparova, was delighted to see the Kazakh team: “My country is very important to me and I am very happy to see our team. I saw them at the airport when I traveled to China earlier this week and now the I’ve seen them again. They support me and I support them. It would be great if we both do well in our competitions!” When the contestants got back on the bus to take them back to the hotel, large crowds of children applauded and waved. It was a wonderful welcome to Sanya for the contestants.

                Sunday, November 4, was a holiday for eight contestants who would celebrate their birthdays while in China. That afternoon they received a special cake at the Holiday Inn hotel in Yalong Bay, where the Beach Beauty final was to take place on Saturday, November 10. The cake was introduced by Jonathan Phunt, Executive Assistant Manager of the Holiday Inn Sanya. The birthday contestants were the representatives of Nigeria (Munachi Abii Mwanko), Swaziland (Nkosing’phile Dlamini), Guatemala (Hamy Tejeda ​​Funes), Hong Kong (Ka-Yi Cheung), Israel (Liran Kohener), Bahamas (Anya Watkins), Hungary (Krisztina Bodri) and Gibraltar (Danielle Perez). Afterward, the birthday girls and 25 other contestants went rowing on the beautiful beach in front of the Holiday Inn. There was a great atmosphere and Miss Gibraltar, who would celebrate her birthday on the day of the Miss World Final, summed it up later: “It was such a nice surprise that eight of us who will celebrate our birthday during Miss World, they gave us that incredible cake. With the party atmosphere, everyone really relaxed and we all got to know each other a lot better. It’s been a wonderful evening.” The big question at the end was ‘who ate the most cake?’ Nobody was going to admit that, but they all said it tasted delicious!

                On Monday, November 5, the contestants were divided into four groups of 26 and 27 girls. One group relaxed in the hotel spa and pool; a second group got to film their introduction videos and a third group visited the impressive Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Park. The giant Buddha, the many temples that adorn the slopes of the park, and the beautiful trees and lakes that surround them make Nanshan one of the best-known parks in China. Some of the contestants practiced the Buddhist prayer ritual in the square in front of the giant Buddha; others did it inside a temple. They were amazed by the size of the park, the height of the giant Buddha, and the beautiful interiors of the temples they visited. It gave many of them their first real glimpse of China’s spectacular cultural heritage. The visit even broke new ground for Zi-Lin Zhang, representative of the People’s Republic of China. She said, “This is my third time in Sanya, but my first visit to Nanshan. I have always wanted to see it, so I am very happy to be here today. It is very famous in our country.” Another group of more than 20 contestants paid a short visit to the idyllic Nantian Hot Springs, enjoying a few moments of relaxation in the picturesque gardens of this popular hot spring. The girls filmed a bit by the springs for the Miss World television cameras. While this was going on, those who had finished filming sat in one of the beautifully manicured gardens and excitedly talked about all the sights and sounds they were experiencing on the magical island of Hainan. That same day Miss Nigeria’s birthday was celebrated. After a wonderful dinner at the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel, she was presented with a beautiful cake and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in English and Spanish, a Miss World tradition. The hotel chefs then gave a great rendition of the birthday song in Chinese, proving that they can sing almost as well as they can cook. That day, the President of the contest, Julia Morley, arrived in Sanya.

               On Tuesday, November 6, several of the Miss World contestants tried their hand at golf at the Yalong Bay Golf Club. Some had played many times before – the contestant from Sweden, for example, seemed very professional in her posture – but for others it was the first time. On the same day, all the contestants attended an important press conference at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel. During the press conference, six contestants, from China, South Africa, United States, Lithuania, Angola and India, gave a short speech, describing their first impressions of Sanya and China, the wonderful welcome they had received and their enthusiasm about of what lay ahead in the coming weeks. A large number of Chinese media were present and some important announcements were made: The final of the contest would be attended by the first-born daughter and grandson of Nelson Mandela, who would bring a special televised message from the former South African president to Sanya and China. Nelson Mandela was always a big supporter of Miss World’s “Beauty with a Purpose” guiding principle, which has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities and other good causes. It was also reported that the contestants would make the only official international visit to the stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics before the official opening. The Olympic visit would take place during a tour of Beijing’s attractions that the contestants would take on November 19 and 20, which would also include the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. During their visit to Beijing, the Miss World contestants would attend the Red Cross charity ball. Each contestant would bring a symbolic gift from their country that would be used by the Red Cross to raise funds for the construction of health centers in China. Every penny raised through the giveaways and the evening as a whole would be donated to the Red Cross. Lastly, the contestants would wear authentic and stunningly beautiful costumes from all the great Chinese dynasties specially made for a sensational fashion show that promised to be full of colour, dynamism and splendor. This event would take place at the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel on Saturday, November 24.

                On Wednesday the 7th, the first sample dresses for the magnificent Chinese dynasties fashion show arrived. All the contestants would wear a different handmade outfit on the big night and had already started rehearsing with a top Chinese choreographer to make sure this would be one of the best fashion shows in the world. That afternoon, some of the contestants were given the opportunity to model the outfits, giving a taste of the dynamic color that would literally explode on stage in the garden at Crowne Plaza Sanya on November 24. That same day, Miss Swaziland’s 23rd birthday was celebrated. After the special birthday cake was presented at the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel, it was time for everyone to sing “Happy Birthday” to her in English and Spanish. The dance then began as the contestants expressed their joy for Phile on her big day. Both Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 November were dedicated to choreography rehearsals for what would be the parade of the Chinese dynasties and the Welcome Dinner.

WELCOME DINNER.-

                After a week of contestants arriving, meeting, settling in and learning everything about Miss World 2007, on Thursday, November 8, the Official Welcome Dinner was held for the 105 contestants who had made it to the competition up to that point. Spotlights lit up the sky, fireworks exploded, music played and, one by one, the contestants were introduced by Steve Douglas in alphabetical order, in groups of eight, resplendent in their evening gowns and sashes. All the girls, from Albania to Zimbabwe, were applauded by the hundreds of guests in the beautiful tropical garden of the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel. Julia Morley and VIPs from the Chinese government, the Sanya municipal government and the Crowne Plaza Hotel made speeches and joined the big group photo at the end. The contestants took their places at the dinner tables along with all the other guests to enjoy a sumptuous meal, and everyone had a wonderful evening! Late in the evening, as the last guests were leaving the welcome dinner for the Miss World 2007 contestants, there was a very special arrival at Crowne Plaza Sanya. Tat’ana Kucharova, the reigning Miss World! “I’m so happy to be here!” Tat’ana said. “I’ve been to Sanya many times and it’s a beautiful place. It was minus a degree in the Czech Republic when I left, so it’s wonderful to feel the warmth! I had a fantastic year as Miss World and now it’s almost time for me to relinquish my crown.”

DATA OF THE PARTICIPANTS.-

                Below is a table with relevant information on the candidates for Miss World 2007

 CountryNameAgeHeight cmHometownDetails
01ALBANIAElda Mischel Dushi18176TiranaShe is a college student and hopes one day to be a successful diplomat.  Her hobbies and sporting interests include: fashion design, modern dancing, basketball, tennis, swimming, listening to dance and house music, and looking after her lovely 5 year old dog called Poki.  She enjoys traditional cooking , Italian pasta and Mexican food.  Her personal motto is from a saying of Mother Theresas’   “Do small things with great love”.
02ANGOLAMicaela Patricia de Brito Reis18176LuandaMicaela was born in Portugal and grew up in Lisbon and Angola. She loves both countries and now lives in the rapidly-growing city of Luanda. She has just finished high school and hopes after her year as Miss Angola to study law at Harvard, qualify as a lawyer, and aspires to be a Judge.  As Miss Angola she is an “ambassador of hope” for people whose lives have been affected by HIV.  She is a keen sportswoman and enjoys tennis and volleyball.  Micaela’s favourite dishes feature salad, pasta and sauces. Her hobbies include dancing, writing and surfing the Internet.  Her motto is “Enjoy life, life is fast!”
03ARGENTINANoelia Alejandra Bernal19177Ciudad PericoCurrently she is a Biochemistry Student, her future ambition is to specialise in Genetics.  Hobbies include running, swimming, horse riding, listening to Latin music, her special talents lie in drawing and crafts. Noelia’s favourite food is Pizza.
04ARUBABoyoura Martijn21170Rooi MasterBoyoura was born and raised on a farm in Aruba. She is studying for her H.A.V.O., with and ambition to be a schoolteacher.  Hobbies include: reading, dancing, singing, volleyball, football, softball, and enjoying carnival music. In her spare time she is a professional model, her most unusual job was to swim in paint for a local TV commercial, she spent days getting the paint out of her hair!  Favourite food is: fish and funchie (a corn based bread). Personal motto is a quote from the late Audrey Hepburn  “For beautiful lips speak words of kindness, for beautiful eyes see the good in others, for posture know that you never walk alone”.
05AUSTRALIACaroline Louise Clowes Pemberton21182St. Ives, N.S.W.Caroline is the youngest of three children. Born in Sydney, she lived as a child on beautiful Lake Macquarie to the north.  Like her brother, the youngest Australian to climb Everest, she’s a high achiever, she’s hoping for a First in her Psychology degree, complete a Masters in Neuro Psychology, followed by a doctorate in this area. She was voted a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF Australia. Caroline is well travelled and has visited all continents except Antarctica.  She is a devotee of extreme sports including: water skiing, scuba-diving, sailing, canoeing, snow skiing & trekking, rock ice climbing, but still finds time for reading extensively in science and literature as well as charcoal drawing and Ceroc dance lessons. Her personal motto is: “Start with big dreams, set goals to realise them and stay open to opportunity”.
06AUSTRIAChristine Reiler25171ModlingChristine is following in her father’s footsteps and studying medicine. When she qualifies as a doctor she would like to join Médecins sans Frontières and work in the Third World. She has been a Red Cross volunteer for a month in a Brazilian hospital and has done some modelling, as well as waitressing, and working in an office. Christine has twin brothers. Favourite food is fondue and Chinese cooking. Sporting interests include: badminton, running, mountaineering.  Hobbies are: dancing: ballet, jazz, step and modern, and listening to pop and rock. Christine’s motto is “Don’t waste time, just go for it!”
07BAHAMASAnya Watkins22170NassauAnya was born and grew up in the Bahamas, an archipelagic nation made up of 700 islands and cays, with a rich history of British and African influences. She has three career goals: she has already completed two years of study towards attaining her Doctorate in Pharmacy.  This being the first step towards her goal of establishing her very own pharmacy chain;  Has completed courses in gourmet cooking techniques, she would like to open a Bistro style restaurant chain;  Pursuing a B.A. in Business Management, she would like her own Planning Event Business: She is passionate about – medicine, food, and planning events! Anya also enjoys: swimming, playing the Steel pan drums and the clarinet; listening to anything from calypso to jazz, reggae to R’n’B; pop to house techno.  Favourite dish is Bahamian treat of Crab and Dough.  Personal motto is:  “I may not have the authority to make changes in the world, but I can influence those that do”.
08BELARUSAlena Aladka22178MinskCurrently she is a student at the State University of Belarus in the history faculty, her ambition is to become an anthropologist.  Her hobbies and sporting interests are: listening and dancing  to folk and chill out music, reading, yoga, fishing, swimming, gymnastics, skiing, shopping, and eating Japanese, Italian and all healthy food. Personal motto is: “If you want to be happy – Be Happy!”
09BELGIUMHalima Chehaima19177BrusselsHalima, whose father is Moroccan and whose mother is half Belgian and half Dutch, lives in multicultural Brussels, has a diploma in polyglot secretarial studies. Brussels is the home of the E.U. and NATO; it is also famous for its chocolate. Halima worked for a year as a legal secretary in Malta.  She’s also worked during her holidays in a bakery and a care home for the elderly.  Being a foodie she likes discovering new dishes, and as Miss Belgium gets to know the best gourmet addresses in Brussels.   Her hobbies include travelling, swimming and listening to R’n’B, techno & reggae music and fashion modelling. Personal motto is “CARPE DIEM” (“seize the day”) it tells her to be grateful for every minute of life.
10BELIZEFelicita “Leesha” Arzu22175Orange Walk TownShe recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree (Honors) in English Education, and plans to pursue a masters & doctoral degree in education. Her ambition is to become a top executive in the Ministry of Education and NPO Foundation for Youth.  Hobbies & Sporting activities include: Singing (crowned karaoke champion 2004,  hired to perform at various events); listening to soul and reggae music; dancing; reading; travelling;  track; baseball; volleyball; and was a presenter at the annual Belizean Poet Recognition Award.  Felicita’s personal motto is: “Everything happens for a reason, nothing happens by Chance”.  She works for what she has and is thankful for what is given to her.
11BOLIVIASandra Lea Hernández Saavedra22174CochabambaGrowing up on a dairy and chicken farm she learned how to drive a tractor before driving a car.  Sandra has completed one year of her studies in International Commerce, her future ambition is to graduate from University and work in this field.  Since the age of 17 she has also worked for LAB (Bolivian Airlines) as a flight attendant, this has enabled her to see many different countries.  She adores Chinese food, Peanut soup and Charque.  She enjoys singing and aerobics.  Personal mottoes are: “Be the best at whatever you do” and “Go ahead, always ahead until you reach the stars”.
12BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINAGordana Tomic17178LopareGordana was born in the ancient city of Tuzla and grew up in the shadow of  Mount Majevica in Lopare.  She is at secondary school and has plans to become an architect.  During her term breaks she is a photographic model.  Sporting interests are: skating, swimming, basketball and has a Brown Belt Second Dan in Karate.  Gordana has studied Latin and modern dance styles, acted in local teenage TV shows and organised her school’s Christmas show for charity. Favourite food is the traditional Bosnian dishes as well as French and Italian cuisine.  The motto that drives her is “With strong will and effort we can make our dreams come true”.
13BOTSWANAMalebogo Marumoagae24166TonotaMalebogo was crowned just after graduating from university with a bachelor’s degree in economics and population studies, she has worked as a temporary teacher, and taken an assignment as a research assistant with a local economic policy institute.  After she has completed her duties as Miss Botswana, she plans to continue her studies for a Masters degree in (health) economics.  Hobbies and sporting interests include: collecting art, reading, writing, playing guitar, ballroom & Latin dancing, listening to rhythm and blues and playing badminton.  Malebogo’s personal motto is: “To whom much is given, much is expected”.
14BRAZILRegiane Aparecida Andrade Silva23173Sao Bento do Sul, Santa CatarinaRegiane has already completed an internship at a social security office and intends to pursue a career in Psychology after completing her duties as Miss Brazil.  Hobbies & sporting activities include: reading singing, song writing, listening to Brazilian pop songs, Latin dancing, running and swimming, and is particularly fond of German food.  Personal motto is: “Not knowing that it was impossible, I went ahead and achieved it, so can you”.
15BULGARIAPaolina Racheva19178RousseShe is currently studying economics and management, her ambition is to be an excellent manager.  Paolina enjoys: reading; cinema; volleyball; modern ballet, traditional Bulgarian dancing (she won the regional dance competition); and listening to all music from traditional to disco and R’n’B.  Her motto is: “The secret of the success is in the perseverance to the aim”.
16CANADASara Ghulam18177Pickering, OntarioSara’s father was born in Pakistan of Indian origin and her mother is half Maltese and half Scottish.  Having completed High School with Honours; working in an elementary school as a co-operative teacher; she is now working as a model and is an upcoming Artist Singer.  Her ambition is to be a recognised singer/songwriter and is already working on her demo CD.  Hobbies & sporting interests include: reading, acting, volleyball, hip-hop, R’n’B, and Jazz.  Favourite food is chicken fried rice with barbecue wings with a glass of coconut water.  Personal motto is: “Do not be intimidated by the magnitude of your dreams.  Take small steps and you will get to where you want to be”.
17CAYMAN ISLANDSRebecca Parchment25178West BayShe graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and major in Marketing, she is currently working as a Brand Manager.  Her plans are to return to get her Masters degree, then start out with a small business.    Hobbies and sporting interests are: Tap, modern & jazz dance; working out; netball; volleyball; tennis; listening to the music of her best friend, Wayne Hall, who sings and writes his own music; she loves to fish, and dive for lobster and conch, she is a real island girl! Rebecca has two mottoes: “There is only one you in this world, take pride in it”.  “You have one life, live every moment to its fullest”.
18CHILEBernardita Birgit Zúñiga Huesbe24176Viña del MarShe is currently studying industrial design, her ambition is to be a Community Leader.  She enjoys every kind of dance; volleyball, basketball, yoga, travel, listening to every kind of music from classical to alternative; and looking after her two dogs named Lucy and Emilio.  Her favourite food is sushi and fresh vegetables.  Personal motto is: “If you want … you can”.
19CHINA, PEOPLE´S REPUBLICZi-lin Zhang23182BeijingZi Lin was born in Shi Jia Zhuang City in Hei Bei Province, then moved to Beijing. She attended the University of Science & Technology and attained a Degree in Business Administration, and is now working as a company secretary. Hobbies and interests include:  travel; reading; watching movies, writing, sports; 100 meters jump & hurdle, triple jump, swimming, both classical and folk dancing, and listing to folk music.  Her favourite food is; fruit, chocolate, and ice cream. Zi Lin’s personal motto is  “Where there’s a will there’s a way”.
20COLOMBIAMaria José Torrenegra Ariza23176BarranquillaShe has completed her MBA and is currently fulfilling her role as Miss Colombia;  her ambition is to set up a business in merchandising. She also studied ballet and folk dances; one of her accomplishments was to be chosen to dance in the Barranquilla Carnival. Maria likes Latin and Spanish cinema, travel and Latin music, especially Shakira. Her sports are athletics, softball and roller-skating, as well as traditional and modern dance.  Favourite food is: seafood, vegetables and fruit.  The family pet is a canary that sings beautifully to them in the morning. Her motto is “The easy things in life last a short while, but things done with effort last for ever”.
21COSTA RICAWendy Del Carmen Cordero Sánchez19175CartagoShe has won a scholarship and will study psychology in human relations, her ambition is to be a social worker with children suffering from paralysis and mental problems.  She has already gained valuable experience in working in the Hospital Max Peralta.  Wendy loves jazz, classical and modern music, tap and Latin dance, singing, exercising, running, swimming, reading and going to the cinema.  She has two mottoes:  “My way to see the life is to live today, to close the eyes all the nights knowing that everyday that I did it to the best of my ability” and “To be happy is the reason of being all but to give happiness is a personal commitment”.
22CROATIATajana Jeremic17172VukovarTajana is a high school student in the process of completing a course for cosmetic technicians, her dream is to open a Health & Fitness Centre. She enjoys: travel, nail art, make-up, body painting, modern dance, listening to R’n’B and playing volleyball.  Some of the most interesting assignments she has had have been fashion shows and working on a catalogue for Croatian designers. Her favourite food is fruit & vegetables. Her motto is:  “Be Positive”.
23CURACAOMckeyla Antoinette Magdalena Richards19180WillemstadShe is currently a student at University, with an ambition to become a Police Officer.  During her vacation McKeyla worked for a project development company on an assignment about ‘Mother’s Day’.  Hobbies & Sporting interests include:  acting, singing, dancing, listening to the local island music and RnB, and swimming.  Her favourite food is Pasta.
24CYPRUSDora Anastasiou19173XylophagouDora has completed her secondary studies and hopes to study interior design in a British art school.  She is a lover of Latin, Flamenco and traditional Greek dance,  when she was younger she belonged to a professional dance troupe.  Her hobbies include painting and reading.  She has a pet dog and likes all kinds of music.  Dora’s favourite food is the Cypriot meat ball dish “kloftedes”. Her motto tells her that  “Life is a journey, not a destination”.
25CZECH REPUBLICKaterina Sokolova18177PragueKateřina was born in the small Czech town of Přerov, she now lives in Prague. She’s just finished high school where she obtained ‘the European Certificate of English’ and completed a 3 year course in gymnastics; she is looking forward to her university studies which will be in Field Management and Tourism. Her tastes in music run from playing piano to listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disco and Hip Hop. Her proudest moment was when her team won the national cheerleading competition. She also enjoys dancing, skiing, swimming and the gym. She’s been to a dozen countries and likes healthy food: vegetables and fruit. Kateřina’s motto is “Everything is easier when you’re smiling”.
26DENMARKLine Kruuse Nielsen25176KorsorHer proudest moment was when she qualified as an Industrial laboratory technician, something she had to fight for, as she is dyslexic.  Currently she working at a bio-scientific faculty for food, veterinary medicine and natural resources, she  has often been sent to help out at the veterinary hospital.   Hobbies & Sporting interests are: travelling; pilates; yoga; swimming; cycling; dancing, listening to music; exhibiting and looking after her 3 dogs; a Prazsky Krysarik, a Chihuahua and a mini pincher.  Line is a fighter, she was run over by a truck when she was 12, spent 3 months in hospital, and a year in a wheelchair, she was told she would not be able to run, but succeeded by hard training.  Her motto is “Don’t give up until you reach your goal, but without hurting others”.
27DOMINICAN REPUBLICAda Aimée De La Cruz González21180Villa MellaHaving graduated High School with Honours she worked as a store clerk, and with a lot of hard work and night school, she earned their trust and was promoted to keeping the accounts.  Ada’s ambition is to work in the beauty business.  Coming from an island it is of no surprise that her favourite food is Seafood! She enjoys: dancing, listening to music, especially salsa, playing volleyball and looking after her pet dog named Bambauna.  Personal motto is “Achievement is about hard work and blind faith”.
28ECUADORValeska Alexandra Saab Gómez23172GuayaquilShe has graduated with honours both from High School and University Blue Hill from where she achieved her degree in International Business Studies.  After completing her year as Miss Ecuador it is her ambition to start her own wholesale and retail business opening a store to sell sports clothes and swimsuits.  Hobbies include:  Listening to music; Latin American dance, merengue, reggae, electronic and Arabic dance;  and social community work. Valeska’s proudest moment was when she received an awarded for her “Outstanding Services to the Community”. Her sporting interests are: tennis and gymnastics.  Favourite foods include: Chinese, Sushi, French, Italian and of course the national Ecuadorian food. “Personal motto: Perseverance, constancy, discipline, desire and hard work to achieve your goals”.
29EL SALVADORSilvia Michelle Melhado Rodríguez18172San SalvadorShe has studied patisserie and French, and looks forward to completing her degree in communications.  Her extended family often get together and there are fifty of them whenever they do. She breeds dogs and has a miniature schnauzer. Her love of dancing took her to the United States where she won a silver medal for Jazz dance. Her tastes also cover Ballet and hip-hop. She likes El Salvador’s national delicacy, pupusas (thick tortillas). When she finishes her studies she hopes to run her own business. Mahatma Gandhi gave her the motto, “Live as though you will die tomorrow. Learn as though you will live forever”.
30ENGLANDGeorgia Faye Horsley20173NortonGeorgia is a qualified beauty therapist and model.  She is planning to take a degree in design media and make-up as a prelude to a career in film and fashion. Her artistic talents manifest themselves through both natural and fantasy make-up, painting and flower arranging.  She is adept in many sports including: trampoline, kick boxing, rock climbing, horse riding and kayaking. She enjoys Mum’s fish cakes and Italian food. Georgia enjoys dancing and listens to pop and chart music for fun. Her overriding ambition is to succeed as a model and her motto “Live every day as if it’s your last, as you never know when your last will be” should help her achieve it.
31ESTONIAKadi Sizask21178KaruKadi was born in Rapla and grew up in Karu Township.  Kadi is currently studying design as it is her ambition to become an interior designer.  To help supplement her studies, she has had many short term jobs from restaurant attendant to babysitting.  She enjoys drawing, painting, dancing, aerobics, yoga, cycling, and listening to all kinds of music from Irish to Indian to rock and classical.  Her favourite food is from the Chinese kitchen and she also loves chocolate.  Her personal motto is “What is essential is invisible to the eye”.
32ETHIOPIAMihret Abebe19180TeferikelaShe has just completed high school and will enter university after fulfilling her role as Miss Ethiopia.  She enjoys: horse riding, cycling, running, reading, dancing the different traditional dances of Ethiopia and listening to modern local music.  Her favourite food is Kitfd (minced spicy beef).  Her dream is to travel and become a supermodel. Mihret’s most interesting project was feeding a hyena from mouth to mouth.  Favourite motto is “Tomorrow is another day”, “today’s achievement is not an end, we need to continue to work tomorrow too”.
33FINLANDLinnea Eerica Annikki Aaltonen19168PorvooShe is a student of Architecture, which is her chosen career.  Linnea is a keen traveller having visited most of the European countries, the USA, India, Thailand and the Philippines.  Her sporting activities include: most sports, jogging, aerobics, she also enjoys snow dance,  belly dancing and listening to Hip-hop.  Her special talents lie in playing the flute and the piano.  Favourite food is: Chicken pasta.
34FRANCERachel Legrain-Trapani20172St. QuentinRachel was born and grew up in the Picardy region in the North of France. She has graduated from High School and after she finishes her year as Miss France she will attend Drama School, as her ambition is to become an Actor & TV Presenter.  Rachel enjoys travel, reading, going to the movies, dance, listening to French pop, R’n’B, and salsa music.  For 10 years she has taken part in track events.  Favourite food is lasagne.   Her motto is: “The sky is the limit!”
35GEORGIATamar Nemsitsveridze20173TbilisiTamar was born in Kutarsi, and grew up in Tbilisi. She is studying at the American University for Humanities and plans to take her M.A. in Human Rights, she is also working for a tourism company promoting her very beautiful country.  Her Hobbies and sporting activities include: skiing, archaeology, swimming, sailing, reading, playing guitar & piano, dancing and listening to rock music.  Her favourite food is Sushi.  Tamar’s motto is “Keep trying and never give up”.
36GERMANYJanice Behrendt24180CottbusHaving completed her schooling with commercial training, she is currently working as a secretary, her dream is to work in the media as a TV presenter.  Sporting interests  are: most sports, swimming and keeping fit.  Hobbies include: looking after her dog, reading, dancing and listening to R’n’B. Her favourite food is a hamburger. Janice’s personal motto is “Do not give up! Fight for your dreams”.
37GHANAIrene Akosua Boatemaa Dwomoh21178AccraIrene was born in Essikadu and has recently moved to Accra.  She is passionate about mathematics, now as a student of the University of Cape Coast she is pursuing undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Statistics.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics she intends to undertake postgraduate studies in actuarial science.  She loves traditional and western dance, is a keen swimmer and enjoys watching wrestling on TV.  When at school she and two others from Africa took part in an international basketball competition at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and she won the award “Most Improved Player”.  Irene has toured Ghana with a programme to promote the value of education, and has also visited several European countries as well as the USA. The dishes she most enjoys all contain rice.  She found her motto in a novel by Chinua Achebe:  “The lizard that jumps from the high Iroko tree says If no-one praises me I will praise myself!”
38GIBRALTARDanielle Samantha Perez24162GibraltarThe eldest of three children born in London, Danielle has lived in Gibraltar since she was 13. Danielle achieved an Honours degree in Dance in 2002, and hopes eventually to open her own dance school. As well as teaching dance, she has experience as a key worker for mentally and physically impaired children, following on from a Diploma in psychology. Hobbies and sporting interests lie in: fashion, dance, gymnastics and swimming.   Her  preferred foods are Chinese, Indian and Pizza. She loves 80s Soul, R’n’B and Rock – plus “whatever is on the radio”!  Her motto is “Live each day as if it were your last!”
39GREECEKaterina Evaggelinou19180Heraklion, CreteAikaterini was born in Athens and grew up on the island of Crete. In addition to working as a model, she is taking a degree to enable her to become a dietitian.  She has travelled to Turkey and Ecuador.  Aikaterini enjoys volleyball, exercising, tennis, dancing and listening to both Greek and pop music.  Favourite food is Chinese Soups and Greek Souvlaki.  Her favourite motto comes from Paulo Clelho “When you want something very much, the whole universe conspires so that you can achieve it.”
40GRENADAVivian Charlott Burkhardt21170St.George’sVivian was born in Munich, Germany and at the age of 15 moved with her family to Grenada. Vivian’s father is German and her mother is from Grenada. Having graduated from College with an Associate Degree in Natural Science and CXC Advanced level, she has commenced her studies as a pre-med student, her ambition is to qualify as a Doctor and to specialise in Alternative therapies.  She is a lover of sports, and finds time for soccer, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, swimming, mountaineering, judo, cycling and tennis. She likes dancing, Salsa & Latin, listening to: Soca, Reggae and classical music, and enjoys singing.  Her favourite food is Creole, from her native “Isle of Spice”. She has three dogs, Poggy, DJ and Nelly. Her motto is “Live life with love and gratitude”.
41GUADELOUPENancy Karen Fleurival23175Les AbymesNancy is the eldest of four siblings. Spicy fish and rice is her favourite dish.  She took a degree in economic science last year and now manages a mobile phone shop. Nancy keeps a cat and goldfish. She enjoys: Reading, swimming, athletics, dancing, and her favourite music is Bachata, Indian song and local folk song.  She hopes to put her talent for communication to full use with a career in tourist information, spreading knowledge of Guadeloupe across the world.  Her motto, from the Latin poet Horace, is “Carpe diem” – seize the day.
42GUATEMALAHamy Nataly Tejeda Funes23177Guatemala CityHamy is a Medical Student, her greatest ambition is to be a Doctor.  Her hobbies and sporting Interests are: dancing salsa, hip-hop, electro, listening to all music, reading, acting, football, basketball, tennis, baseball, modelling and looking after her pet dog named Lobo.  Favourite food is Sushi, salads and Italian food.  Some of the interesting projects Hamy has done are: worked as a laboratory manager and dancing on a TV programme.  Her motto is: “Be Good, be Nice, Live every day of your life”.
43GUYANACandace Charles17170StanleytownCandace grew up in the West Bank of the Demerara.  She is pursuing her studies in International Relations before beginning her Law degree, it is her ambition to work in journalism or as a criminal lawyer.  Hobbies & sporting interests are: Arts & Craft, drawing (she can draw with her toes), painting, leathercraft, reading, listening to reggae, soca, chuctney, R’n’B, electro and alternative music, and playing cricket.  Favourite food is a “Cook-up”.  Personal motto is: “Live life to the fullest, the sky’s the limit”.
44HONG KONG, CHINAKa-yi Cheung24164VictoriaKa Yi was born in Hong Kong and has spent many years in Vancouver, Canada.  She has a bachelor degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of British Colombia, with a knowledge in food remedies, nutritional assessment, disease, weight management, human anatomy, health ethics and trained in Hazard analysis Critical Control Point.  It is her ambition to become a successful promoter of healthy living and food security, and raise global awareness.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: snowboarding, travelling, hiking, swimming, volleyball, playing the piano, and trying out different restaurants.  When she wants to relax she listens to classical music or Christmas songs, she also enjoys R’n’B, Hip-hop and something she can dance to.  Her personal motto is “Challenges make life interesting, overcoming them makes life meaningful.  Enjoy life and believe in yourself”.
45HUNGARYKrisztina Bodri22170BudapestKrisztina is studying law at University.  It is her ambition to be a very successful Lawyer. Hobbies and sporting interests include: travel, swimming, keeping fit, listening to all kinds of music and dance.  During her spare time she teaches children dancing and gymnastics.  Her favourite food is stuffed cabbage.  Personal motto is “The winner never gives up, who gives up never wins”.
46ICELANDJohanna Vala Jonsdottir21177ReykjavikJohanna’s ambition in life involves completing her degree in nutrition, in Iceland or perhaps in the USA, and taking off in a new career as a dietician teaching children about healthy lifestyle choices.  Currently she is a flight stewardess with a keen interest in food science. At home in Reykjavik she has helped out at a Summer camp and Sunday schools for city children, as well as in a children’s theme park, and is kept busy in her spare time with her pets: a dog and six horses.  Johanna enjoys travelling, horseback riding, skiing, hiking, the gym, jazz ballet, dancing and singing.    Her motto is “You can do everything you want if you work hard enough”
47INDIASarah-Jane Dias24175MumbaiSarah-Jane was born in Mumbai, India, was brought up in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, (her father was in the oil business).  Moving back to Mumbai in 2001  Sarah-Jane studied sociology at the University of Mumbai and is now a media professional.  She looks forward to a career where her acting and singing talents will be advantageous.  She is a former V.J.  with an Indian TV Channel,  where her job combines her passion of music and travel.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: Reading, writing poetry, athletics, singing and freestyle, hip-hop, tap and jazz dance.  Music is her life! She loves R’n’B, jazz, and the great Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.   She enjoys authentic Chinese cuisine and has a particular penchant for Peking Duck.  Her motto is “There is nothing that the human mind is incapable of achieving”.
48INDONESIAKamidia Radisti23169BandungKamidia was born in Surabaya, East Java and grew up in Bandung, West Java.  Indonesia is a tropical country located on the equator and has only two seasons, wet and dry, it is very beautiful with coconut trees standing all along its seashores. Kamidia is a student, and a marketing manager of a free magazine about local clothing; her ambition is to become a journalist.  Her hobby is shopping and she enjoys: sports, dancing the Salsa, singing and playing the “Sasando” (a traditional Indonesian string musical instrument).  Her proudest moment  was when she overcame her greatest fear, the darkness of the sea, and swam 3,800m between Java and Madur Island.  Favourite music is: Pop and the Bossanova.  Kamidia enjoys Chinese, Italian and Indonesian food.  Personal motto is “Learn everything in order to deliver the best out of me and widen the horizon of my knowledge.”
49IRELANDBláthnaid Mckenna21175KildareBlathnaid is a keen linguist who has an honours degree in French and Italian and also speaks German and Irish. Currently working as a model, she intends to return to university and complete a Masters.   She also worked as a security guard backstage at a concert venue. Blathnaid enjoys many kinds of music from traditional Irish, pop, hip-hop to classical, she plays the piano and has been involved in musicals.  Hobbies and sporting interests include: reading, working out at the gym, hockey and basketball. Her favourite dish is cabbage and bacon. Blathnaid’s motto is “Live life today as though there is no tomorrow”.
50ISRAELLiran Kohener19171Rishon-le-zionThe eldest of three, her father’s family came from Turkey and Israel, while her mother’s parents are from Egypt and Morocco.  Liran has just left High School and is engaged on her national service in the army.  When this is finished, she wants to qualify as a vet with a degree from Tel-Aviv University: it’s the ambition she’s cherished since she was at school, alongside modelling.   Her favourite dish is the Moroccan Couscous her grandmother makes.  She enjoys many kinds of music, from Classical to Israeli folk, from Jazz to Hip Hop. Hobbies and sporting interests are: reading, cooking, travelling, horse riding, swimming, bicycle riding, acting, singing and dance: ballet (since the age of 4) jazz and hip-hop.   Her motto is “Always try new things and don’t be afraid of failure. You always learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.”
51ITALYGiada Wiltshire17182FaenzaGiada was born in Lugo di Romagua and grew up in different towns between Italy and England.  A brilliant and social student, she is attending her third year at the Art Institute of Faenza in  Ravenna, Italy.  A keen  student who loves expressing her own creativity through drawing, painting and clay modelling (ceramics) Giada enjoys travel, listening to Hip Hop, Rap and R’&’B, and playing volleyball .  Her grandfather climbed a mountain without a name in Papua New Guinea, so they named it after him ‘Mount Wiltshire’. Her favourite food is Pizza and Pasta.  Her motto in life is “Always be yourself, don’t ever change!”
52JAMAICAYendi Amira Phillipps22178KingstonYendi is pursuing a Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Management, having completed a Bachelor’s degree in Dance. She taught dance for three years in Jamaica and worked for a year as a student event programmer in New York. Dancing is her special talent, whether it be modern, jazz, African or traditional Caribbean. Her ambition is to run her own business as a dance educator and promoter of holistic wellness programmes.   As well as dance, her hobbies include watching cricket, going to the beach, swimming and reading.  She has a penchant for pastries.  Her motto is “Life is short so do everything with wholehearted commitment; love life and live in love!”
53JAPANRui Watanabe23170TokyoRui teaches yoga and is a fitness instructor, her ambition is to take lessons in Hong Kong to  become an Asian Action Actress.  Hobbies and sporting interests include: walking in the park; running; basketball; all sports; has a particular talent for the Fire  Dance; and enjoys listening to all kinds of music, especially the spiritual music. Her motto is: “Nothing can make me disappointed, everything is up to me”.
54KAZAKHSTANDana Dalabayevna Kaparova19176AstanaDana has a degree in economics and is currently studying international law.  Sporting interests and hobbies include: swimming, aqua-aerobics, reading, acting, listening to: classical, R’n’B and local national music; hip-hop and oriental dancing.  Her favourite food is the national dish ‘beshparmak’.  Dana’s favourite motto is “Never give up, whatever happens!”. She knows that she is born under a lucky star, and that all her dreams will come true.
55KENYACatherine Wangari Wainaina22173NyandaruaCatherine is currently at university studying for her B.A. degree in Community Development, her future ambition is to be a compassionate philanthropist.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: travelling; reading; socialising; Latin, reggae and African traditional dances; baseball; volleyball; basketball; athletics; football; netball; swimming, and rugby.  Favourite food is: chicken biriani.  Catherine’s personal motto is: “Don’t stop till the job is done!”
56KOREAEun-ju Cho24168PusanEun-Ju graduated from Hong Ik University in Advertising and Journalism and is now studying sociology, anthropology, political science and economics for her Masters at Yonsei University.  Her ambition is to become an Anchorwoman. She has travelled to China, Japan and the Philippines. Sporting abilities include: swimming, skiing, snowboarding, running, track and field. Hobbies are: reading, photography, listening to R’n’B, flamenco & jazz dance, her special talent lies with the Korean traditional dance. Whilst at university she spent time in the U.N. Peace Corps helping out on many projects.  Personal mottoes include: “A small kindness towards people turns into deep gratitude”, another is “Believe in the power of positive thinking”.
57LATVIAKristina Djadenko23173RigaHaving achieved her Bachelor’s degree in International Law, she is working in a media agency whilst studying for her Master’s degree in Civil Law.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: Figure skating, dancing, playing the piano and travel.  Favourite food is seafood.  Kristina’s personal motto is: “Beat life – don’t let it beat you!
58LEBANONNadine Wilson Njeim20180BeirutNadine took a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and believes the habits of focus and perseverance she acquired will help her achieve her ambition to build her own business. She has served as a paramedic in the Lebanese Red Cross and was a member of the scouts for 5 years. Nadine likes extreme sports and  swimming.  In her spare time she also enjoys reading, singing jazz and listening to Oriental, Blues and Lounge music. She enjoys all kinds of food, and has travelled to: Mexico, Cyprus, Australia and the Ivory Coast.  Her motto: “Live every day as if it were your last”.
59LITHUANIAJurgita Jurkute22177VilniusJurgita grew up in Plunge, but she now lives in Vilnius where she’s qualifying in social work at the university. The sports she practises are volleyball, cycling and swimming, and she loves to dance. Jurgita’s enthusiasm for Latino sounds and Salsa has led her to study Spanish for the last two years, Her hobbies are reading, knitting and travelling.  She has a special talent as an Orator, and in Communications.  Jurgita’s family were very proud when she came in the final eleven finalists (from more than 2,000) in the Lithuanian MTV VJ Search. Favourite food is sushi, she could eat it at every meal!  Her personal motto runs: “There is nothing impossible, there is only the fear that we can fail”.
60MACEDONIA F.Y.R.O.Ivana “Jana” Stojanovska22171SkopjeJana is a 3rd year student at the faculty of Drama & Arts, it is her ambition to follow in her family’s footsteps and dreams of becoming a world famous Actress and Singer.  She enjoys: travel, singing, (she was a lead vocalist in a girls’ punk-rock band), playing piano, listening to most types of music, composing, writing poetry, acting, astrology, kinology, cooking and dog training.  Her sporting interests are: horse jumping, swimming, fencing, and all forms of dance from modern to folk.  Her personal motto is “Bad things in life happen in order to distinguish the good ones and to feel them even more intensively. But, you must stay focused on your goals and learn from the mistakes”.
61MALAYSIADeborah Priya Emmanuel Henry22178Kuala LumpurDeborah is a fashion model with a B.A. degree in Economy and Political Science from the University of Brisbane.  She was born in Dublin and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, her mother is Irish and father Indian with roots in Australia.  She is a keen sportswoman, playing volleyball and basketball, gained a gold medal  in the Kuala Lumpur International schools athletic meet and received a “Sportswoman of the Year” trophy at school.  She has founded a charity called “Open Doors” and at her twenty-first birthday party she asked her friends to make donations to “Open Doors” instead of bringing presents and was gratified by how much they raised. Deborah enjoys travelling, listening to music, reading, volleyball and cooking, creating dishes using Thai, Indian and Moroccan spices.  She has a Labrador called Bailey and a mongrel called Twinkle.  Her motto is “Do what you can do, given your capabilities and resources.  Everyone can play a part in impacting the bigger picture, now and in the future.”
62MALTAStephanie Zammit22175ZejtunStephanie has a Bachelor’s in Education (Hons) and is a qualified teacher of English and Home Economics,  who sings soul, jazz and R’n’B;  writes stories, cooks and paints in her spare time. She intends to return to university in a couple of years to get her Master’s and then possibly a PHD.  She practises athletics, works out in the gym as well as attending aerobics classes.  Her favourite food is the Maltese delicacy “Hobz biz-zeit” made from crispy bread and tuna salad with herbs, tomatoes and olive oil. Stephanie believes that her motto, “Believe in yourself and others will follow suit”, has helped her win her title, and will, she hopes, take her further in Sanya.
63MARTINIQUEVanessa Beauchaints22174DucosVanessa has a Bachelor of History degree, and is currently furthering her studies  as she is intent becoming a good interior designer.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: Reading, painting, walking, dancing, listening to lounge music, and has a special talent for restoring old things to new.  Despite the fact that she is afraid of snakes, Vanessa looks after one to a friend. Vanessa loves all types of cuisines but is particularly fond of the local specialty, stewed octopus.  Her favourite motto is: “Be an actor of my life”.
64MAURITIUSMelody Selvon18174Flic en FlacMelody was born in Bambous Village. She obtained her High School Diploma in Canada.  After completing her reign as Miss Mauritius she intends to follow in her brother’s footsteps and study medicine at the Zheijang Medical College in China, her ambition is to become a Doctor.  She has had work experience in tourism, and as a computer pay role operator in a hotel.  Melody enjoys: reading, travelling, dancing, singing, listening to a variety of music from romantic to jazz, swimming, volleyball, track and field.  Favourite food is steamed fish in the Chinese style.  Personal motto is “Always perserve, in order  to succeed”.
65MEXICOCarolina Morán Gordillo19178Manzanillo, ColimaAt 15 she spent two years with her aunt in France, practising French and modelled to help with her expenses.  Her ambition after completing her year as Miss Mexico is to study International Relations at university.  Carolina enjoys travel, going to the movies and theatre, reading, swimming, dancing and athletics and is a fan of both Mexican folklore and Mexican food – tacos and chocolate. She also spends time looking after her pets;  Cuca a schnauzer dog, and a turtle named Lechuguita.  The proudest moment in her life came when she and her mother lent a hand to help rescue crews in the aftermath of an earthquake in Mexico City.   Her mottoes are “Family life is a foretaste of heaven” and “We can have a better life if we improve our attitude”.
66MOLDOVAIna Codreanu22171ChisinauIna has studied computer science and applied foreign languages, her ambition is to  improve the quality of foreign language teaching and hopes one day to open a foreign language school. Ina has worked as an interpreter and enjoys the role of a guide. Her outgoing personality has led her into acting, and at university she won the  “Zaoly University” contest.  She enjoys all sports,  R’n’B and pop music and has mastered many styles of dance. She collects coins as a hobby. Her motto runs “What makes you different is being yourself”.
67MONGOLIAOyungerel Gankhuyag22177UlaanbaatarHer family ancestry dates back to the great Genghis Khan. Oyungerel is an under graduate at the Humanitarian University of Mongolia, her ambition is to be a Financier.  She has also had work experience and as an accountant, and worked  on a farm in winter – this was very challenging because of the harsh climate but it taught her a lot about herself,.  Sporting interests are: swimming, tennis and playing pool, she also enjoys travelling, Mongolian traditional dance and playing a traditional instrument, and listening to different types of music dependent on the mood.  Her favourite food will contain lots of vegetables.  Personal motto is: “The more you give for love the more you will get”.
68MONTENEGROMarija Cirovic18182NiksicStill being in her final year at high school, she hopes to improve her English and further her studies at University (She has won a scholarship).  She loves extreme sports, swimming, skiing, volleyball, travelling, acting, Latin & folk dance, and listening to ballads and rock and roll music.  Favourite food is the traditional and seafood. Her motto comes from Mahatma Gandhi  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.
69NAMIBIAMarichen Jolandi Luiperth21173SwakopmundMarichen, a volunteer charity worker, wants to follow up her Diploma in Information Studies from the University of Namibia with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  She takes part in the University’s HIV/AIDS charity work.   She is a good sportswoman and enjoys going to the gym, athletics and netball.  Marichen has a talent for dancing and likes traditional dance, and  relaxing to jazz, but likes most kinds of music at different times. Her favourite dish is Donkie Vleis en Pap (meat with maize meal porridge). Her motto reads: “Live every day and every moment as if it’s the last, and tell the ones you love how much you love and appreciate them, for tomorrow is not guaranteed.”
70NEPALSitashma Chand24171LalitpurSitashma has a Bachelor’s in Business Studies, worked as an Air Hostess and as a Sales Executive in a music showroom, after completing her year as Miss Nepal she would like to join a Corporate House.  She enjoys listening to all types of music, playing games; her sporting interests lie in basketball and track & field.  Her favourite food is Nepalese but is also fond of eating Chinese, Italian and continental.  Her personal motto is:  “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”.
71NETHERLANDSMelissa Sneekes24168The HagueMelissa grew up in England, and is now working back in the Hague as a professional model.  She is interested in acting, singing, freestyle & street dance, listening to R’n’B & hip-hop, and horse riding.  She enjoys travel and Indonesian food.   Her personal mottoes are “The sky’s the limit” and “Life is to short to be investing time in having negativity, as a positive person there are no problems, only solutions”.
72NEW ZEALANDStephanie Maria Dods16168AucklandStephanie is a student in the process of completing her level 2 NCEA, it is her ambition to go into property design and development.  Her hobbies are: drawing, painting, singing, acting and listening to hip-hop and pop music.  Sporting interests include: Soccer, netball, triathlon and rock climbing.   Stephanie enjoys travel, eating seafood and looking after her beautiful Chihuahua named Pixie.   Her personal motto is   “Carpe Diem –  Seize the Day!”
73NIGERIAMunachi Gail Teresa Abii Nwankwo20171OwerriThe divergent paths of diplomacy and entertainment attract Munachi; she’s already a goodwill ambassador for Nigeria, but she would like to become a political ambassador when she completes her studies. She has worked as a volunteer with the Sickle Cell Foundation and helped publicise the crisis in the Niger delta.  She loves Hip Hop, Rap, Soul,  R’n’B and writes lyrics, she also enjoys dancing the Igbo, her native dance.  Her hobbies include: reading, watching movies and playing basketball. Favourite food is sausages and mash with gravy.  Her motto: “Keep your head up, eyes open!”
74NORTHERN IRELANDMelissa Jane Patton20176BelfastMelissa is an Air Hostess. She has a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as winning dance and aerobics competitions. She’s played netball for her country and her proudest moment was gaining her wings as an Air Hostess.  Her ambition is to work in the modelling industry, and to present her own show on TV focusing on young people who achieve their dreams.  She enjoys: singing, writing poetry, mountain climbing, outdoor activity,and boxing!  She also looks after her dog called Ranger and cat that goes by the name of Bozo.  Her motto:  “Live like there is no tomorrow. Take every opportunity that comes along in life, as it may only come along once.  Be happy!”
75NORWAYLisa-Mari Moen Jünge19177MoldeLisa-Mari is a student, a model and a fashion coach in a clothing store who has been studying Media and Communication for the last three years. She likes: training, skiing, scuba diving and has played handball for eight years. She enjoys cooking in a wok and looks forward to tasting real Chinese food. There’s no music she dislikes, but she does pay attention to lyrics. The achievement she’s most proud of was learning to ride a bicycle when she was little.  Not all achievements are world-shattering! Lisa-Mari dreams of becoming a TV journalist or hosting TV programmes, but also wants to continue her studies. To this end she plans to continue her studies in journalism in a good Norwegian journalism school. As well as journalism, she is keen on psychology, genetics, chemistry and philosophy. Her mottoes are  “Be the best you can be” and “Where there’s a will there’s a way”.
76PANAMAShey Ling Him Gordon21178PenonomeShey Ling has won many national Mathematics contests – her proudest moment was when she attained a gold medal.  She is now taking an engineering degree and has a scholarship to study for her Masters.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: basketball, all types of dance, listening to pop, rock & alternative music, playing the piano, reading, watching TV, going to the movies, and she enjoys eating Italian food.  Her motto is: “It’s just the possibility to make a dream come true, that makes life interesting”.
77PARAGUAYMaría De La Paz Vargas Morinigo20170AsuncionMaria is a nutritional career student at the UNIDA’s University.  As work experience she has accompanied student excursions to Miami, Disney World and Cancun in Mexico for a travel agency.  Hobbies and sporting activities are: reading good books, tennis, basketball, dancing the traditional Paraguayan & Folkloric dances and listening to ‘Guarania’ a sweet and romantic folklore music. Personal motto is:  “Go ahead, always ahead until I reach the stars”.
78PERUCynthia Jessenia Calderón Ulloa19170TacnaShe enjoys local dishes like “picante a la tacneña”, “papas a la huancaína” and “ají de gallijna”. Cynthia is a language student and after completing her duties as Miss Peru she will be studying communication science when she goes back to university, it is her ambition to advance her country’s development. She sings and plays the guitar, and she dances in various styles from traditional marinera and huayno to popular modern dance. Cynthia practises athletics. In her free time she looks after her two pet dogs.
79PHILIPPINESMargaret Nales Wilson18175Bacolod CityMargaret was born in the Philippines but raised in Saudi Arabia.  She has a rich heritage having a Filipino-Spanish mother and Scottish-Irish father. Having just graduated from High School after specialising in Computer Programming (Web Design) she is intending to study law after completing her duties as Miss Philippines.  Interests include: Travel, fashion sketching, interior design, acting, singing, both modern and belly dancing.  She is also very active in the promotion of Filipino music; she has worked as an actress and video jockey for TV.  Sporting interests are: Horse riding, swimming, tennis, volleyball and badminton.  Margaret is very fond of her native food but also loves Chinese & Japanese.  Her motto is: “Never take life for granted” You have to take care and share the blessings that you receive and make something meaningful out of your life as you go through each day.
80POLANDKarolina Zakrzewska21180Zielona GoraKarolina was born in Warsaw and grew up in Zielona Gora which means green hill. Karolina is studying public administration at university in Sulechow.  She enjoys modern dance, listening to pop music, volleyball, jogging, and her favourite food is Polish and Italian.  Her personal motto is “Try to make your dreams come true by not hurting other people”.
81PUERTO RICOJennifer Guevara Campos20178San JuanShe lived in Orocovis when she was younger and enjoys the typical Orocovis dish of rice and pork sausage her grandmother makes. Her mother died when she was twelve and Jennifer helped bring up her younger brother who will graduate from high school next year.  She likes Caribbean music and writes poetry.  She has represented Puerto Rico in three volleyball tournaments in the US.    Other sporting interests are: softball, basketball, track and field events.  Jennifer has learned to use sign language and helps coach deaf children in the Hato region, and she will use her scholarship from the Miss Puerto Rico Organisation to study educational psychology at the University of El Turabo; it is her ambition to create a therapy and learning centre for deaf children.  Her motto declares that “More is done by the one who wants to than by the one who can”.
82ROMANIAElena Roxana Azoitei19178ConstantaElena is studying Journalism at University, her ambition is to do editorials and make commercials, she is also supporting herself by working as a hostess at auto shows and at brand shows.  Sporting interests and hobbies include most sports; handball, football, tennis photography; listening and dancing to slow music, house & R’n’B; she has visited Japan and Bulgaria.  Elena’s motto is: “Live every day like it is the last one!”
83RUSSIATat’yana Nikolaevna Kotova22176MoscowBorn in Rostovshaya province and now living in Moscow, Tatiana studied “crisis-proof management” at South Federal University. She has been Miss Russia since December 2006 and this is currently her full-time occupation.  Before that she was already a professional model, having been discovered when she went to a fashion show to lend support to her friend. She would like to be a TV presenter or to run her own business. She enjoys keeping fit, cooking, making clothes and teaching Arabic dance. Tatiana’s musical preferences are rock and jazz.  Favourite food is the traditional Russian pancakes.   Her motto is “Nothing is impossible”.
84SCOTLANDNieve Jennings20175BishopbriggsNieve was born in Glasgow and grew up in Bishopbriggs, just outside the city; she comes from a family of Scottish song writers, poets and musicians.  Scotland is a country of dramatic and inspiring landscapes.  Nieve has an HND Diploma in Musical Theatre and a BATD ( approved teacher of dance, ballet, modern, jazz & Tap).  She is currently working as an Actress/model, and teaches children dance at the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts.  Her ambition is to enjoy a successful career in musical theatre and modelling. Nieve enjoys: travel, dance and singing (she has recently released a single for charity). Favourite food is steak & salad and of course the traditional Scottish haggis. Sporting interests are: working out in the gym, tennis and running.  Her motto is: “To strive to be all that I can be, both as a person and in my professional life, to always treat others with manners and respect”.
85SERBIAMirjana Bozovic20181LajkovacShe is a third year Civil Engineering student, her dream is to one day have her own engineering company.  Her hobbies and sporting interests are: travel, running, fitness, drawing, singing, dance (she has trained for the past 12 years and was proclaimed the best folk dancer in Serbia), and listing to rock music.  Favourite foods are: mushrooms, chocolate and fruits.  Her personal motto is: “Try to do something good every day and enjoy in life as much as you can”.
86SIERRA LEONEFatmata B. Turay20173FreetownFatmata is the eldest of five siblings, has completed her High School Diploma and is about to commence her studies as a medical student, her ambition is to become a Doctor.  Her hobbies and sporting interests include: reading; singing; dance – hip- hop & freestyle; athletics and swimming.  Her favourite food is: rice, salkas and seafood.  Fatmata’s personal motto is:  “Courage & Determination”.
87SINGAPORERoshni Kaur Soin21173SingaporeRoshni was born and lives in Singapore, however growing up she travelled a lot to Australia,  thereby her upbringing has been influenced by the western culture. Her proudest moment was receiving her College Diploma, she is currently pursuing a Management degree and works as a model, she also plans to take some advance acting classes.   One of her passions is painting, some of which have been sold and others showcased at galleries. Other interests are: dance, theatre, writing, water sports, soccer, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz dance and fire twirling!  Her personal motto is  “In ourselves lies triumph and defeat”.
88SLOVAKIAVeronika Husarova20176KomarnoVeronika is in Law School and hopes to qualify as a Lawyer and to use her knowledge of commercial law in business. She has danced professionally since the age of 10, and enjoys both standard and Latino dance.   She practises several sports including: tennis, swimming, skiing and bowling. Her favourite music includes Latino and R’n’B.  Her proudest moments were when she came second in a national dance competition, and when she learned she’d passed her exam to enter University.  As well as Slovak cuisine, she enjoys Chinese, Italian and Japanese.   Her motto is “What matters is not how long you live, but how you live your life”.
89SLOVENIATadeja Ternar20178BeltinciTadeja was born in Murska Sobota but now lives in Beltinci. She is an economics student at The College of Business, and would like to learn Italian and Chinese. Her hobbies are: playing chess, socialising, cooking, singing, all forms of dance & music from traditional to modern.  Her sporting interests are:  Tennis, volleyball, running, handball and swimming.   Favourite food is vegetable soup and fruits.  Personal motto is “With hard work you can achieve everything”.
90SOUTH AFRICAMegan Kate Coleman22175HillcrestMegan has a Bachelor of Social Science degree, majoring in Media, Communications & Marketing.  South Africa is well known for its political history and being a multicultural and diverse country with amazing land marks and tourist destinations.  Family values are very important to Megan as they are the foundation of what one becomes.  She is an aspiring TV Presenter and wants to become an Image Consultant.  Whilst studying, she has experienced various aspects in jobs, from Modelling to Accounting, which created a broadened knowledge on how they all fall into place. Her hobbies vary from cooking, travelling, playing the piano, horse riding and water skiing.  Her personal motto is “Never compromise, no matter what the consequences might be.  Always stand firm on your personal beliefs and know yourself, for this will create your path for your future”.
91SPAINNatalia Zabala Arroyo24177San SebastianNatalia worked her way through college in a shop where she became manager. She was two units off her Master’s degree in International Law when she won Miss Spain in April. The role is an absorbing one with a social and cultural dimension she enjoys. She now aims to become an actress and TV presenter. Her favourite food includes many sweet and savoury rice dishes but preferably paella. The sports she excels at are risky, like snowboarding and skating, she also enjoys going to the gym, cycling and is keen on all kinds of Latino dance and listening to Ennio Morricone when she wants to relax.  She likes watching films, reading and spending time with family and friends.  Her motto tells us that “The main thing is to get up every time you fall and never give up”.
92SRI LANKARomanthi Maria Colombage23170ColomboShe has a diploma in Fashion Design and was the youngest in the country to achieve a degree in marketing and business administration, she is currently working as a marketing executive.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: travelling, drawing, track & field, dance and listening to jazz.  Her favourite food is the typical Sri Lankan rice and curry.  Maria’s personal motto is: “Love life, love, learn and leave a legacy”.  (The 4 L’s in her life).
93SURINAMECharissa Melany Moll22166ParamariboCharisse is still at High School after which she hopes to attend University to study Biology, it is her ambition to become a Biologist. Hobbies and sporting interests are: Swimming, biking, aerobics, Javanese traditional dance, Hip-Hop and listening to R’n’B, house and alternative music.  Favourite food is: Italian and local Creole food.  Her motto reads “Only through hard work, dedication and confidence will you be able to achieve your goals and dreams”.
94SWAZILANDNkosing’phile Dlamini23172ManziniPhile won a sponsorship to go the University of Swaziland, and has a Diploma in Law, it is her ambition to continue her studies to become an Advocate.  Her interests are: Reading, socialising, high jump, golf, the traditional dances of Africa and listening to: R’n’B, regga and house music.  She enjoys any food that is delicious.  Her motto is “Strive for Excellence and God is the sure Foundation”.
95SWEDENAnnie Charlotta Karin Oliv20177GothenburgAnnie was born in Jonkoping and now lives in Gothenburg.  She has completed her upper secondary high school education and one year at the Royal Ballet School. She is currently working as a personal assistant for the disabled.  Her ambition is to train as a children’s teacher.  Her hobbies and sporting interests are: travel, singing, all kinds of dance, tennis, swimming, golf, plays the cello and enjoys home cooking.  Her personal motto is “ Be yourself, that’s enough!”.
96TANZANIARicha Maria Adhia19170MwanzaRicha was born in Dar es Salaam, and moved to Mwanza. Having successfully completed her high school education and gaining a Certificate in computer programming, Richa gained work experience as a Kindergarten Teacher in the mornings and a medical receptionist in the afternoons, she is currently working part time as a Personal Assistant.  After finishing her year of office she plans to further her education at University.  Hobbies and sporting interests are: reading, dancing, hockey, football, swimming and cooking.   Her favourite saying is “Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow”.
97THAILANDKanokkorn “Som” Jaichuen21175BangkokKanokkorn’s nickname “Som” (Orange) reflects her ‘fresh and tangy outlook’. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and is still studying. She hopes her Miss Thailand career will lead to television engagements and a career as a news presenter. Since winning the title she has had considerable modelling experience.  Though keen on Pop music, she is a proficient player of traditional Thai instrumental music,  as well as also practising Thai traditional dance.   Her sporting interests are: Basketball and volleyball.  Favourite dish is Som Tum (green papaya salad) with grilled chicken and sticky rice.  Her motto exhorts her to “live life as though this is your last day on earth”.
98TRINIDAD & TOBAGOValene Maharaj    21173St Margaret’sValene has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration; her ambition is to work within the fashion industry, she has already been accepted to do a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion and Marketing at the American Intercontinental University and is in the running for a scholarship.  She enjoys; listening to local music; Latin, Indian and Belly dancing; travel; reading; swimming, her favourite food is the ‘traditional Sunday lunch’ which usually consists of a chow mien, baked chicken, a macaroni pie, with granny’s pepper sauce!  Her motto comes from her country’s national anthem… “Live with boundless faith in your destiny”.
99TURKEYMukerrem Selen Soyder20176IzmirSelen Already a graduate of Selma Yigital High School, Selen is already a professional model and she combines this with her studies.  She is proficient in Latin Dance and practices photography and writing in her spare time. She has already visited China and is looking forward to her next visit.
100UGANDAMonica Kansume Kasyate21173KampalaShe is an undergraduate student at Makereae University studying industrial and fine arts, her ambition is to be a fashion designer.  Monica enjoys listening to local music, singing, acting, story telling, basketball,  and dancing the traditional dances of Uganda.
101UKRAINELiliya “Lika” Viktorovna Roman22174UzhgorodLika is musical and enjoys playing the piano, singing and Jewish dance.  Lika studied International Relations for her higher education  and took a  hairdressing qualification. She finds hairdressing an absorbing hobby.  Her other hobbies include photography, going to the gym and skiing.  She also enjoys looking after her pet cat. She is currently employed in her role as Miss Ukraine, her ambition is to engage in social work and work on projects helping the orphans. Favourite food is fruit and vegetables.
102UNITED STATESAbigail “Abby” McCary25173Denver, ColoradoAbigail was born in Minnesota and feels she has been privileged to grow up surrounded by nature and be able to develop her love of water sports. At the age of 18 she relocated to Denver, Colorado where she achieved a B.A. degree in Psychology, her future ambition is to earn a Masters Degree in counselling and become a school counsellor.  Abigail has worked in varying roles at restaurants, retail establishments, an animal hospital and in modelling , this has assisted with the financial means to continue with her education and the opportunity to meet new people and travel.  Interests include: hiking, boating, swimming, water-skiing, scuba diving, downhill skiing, golf, tennis, reading, listening to Justin Timberlake & James Blunt; and designing jewellery.  Her motto is “A life without cause is a life without effect”.
103VENEZUELAClaudia Paola Suárez Fernández20173CaracasClaudia was born in Venezuela, moved to Argentina with her mother, then moved back to Caracas. Claudia graduated High School and is currently working as a model and fulfilling her role as Miss Venezuela, her ambition is to graduate in Mass Media and to work in Image Consultancy.  One of her most interesting jobs was working with special children in a hospital, it taught her how even the smallest children are capable of great hope and perseverance.  Hence her motto: “To will is to do.  Success requires more perseverance than talent”.  Her hobbies and sporting interests are:  Yoga, tennis, swimming and Latin music and dance.  Her favourite food is chocolate, Venezuela produces one of the best kinds (Chuao), it would be a pity if she could not appreciate it!
104VIETNAMThu Minh Dang Thi 19168HanoiThu is a student and model, her future ambition is to become a very successful business woman, at the moment she is enjoying her role as Miss Vietnam.  Her hobbies and interests are: to travel; singing; reading, and cooking, she adores Vietnamese food.
105WALESKelly-Louise Pesticcio23170St MellonsKelly-Louise grew up in St Mellons, just on the outskirts of Cardiff. Since being diagnosed with Scoliosis it has always been of dream of hers to work in remedial orthopaedics to help other young people with similar conditions; in order to realise this, Kelly-Louise is now in her final year of medical school and she aims to become an orthopaedic paediatric surgeon. She has excelled at gymnastics from an early age and frequently worked as a coach: she trains the university cheerleaders’ squad at Leicester and competed for Loughborough in the National Cheer leading Championships. Kelly-Louise has also coached gym in the USA. Her hobbies include supporting The Cardiff Blues Rugby team, classical singing, shopping and surfing.  She likes any music she can dance or cry to.  Her favourite dish is pasta with roast vegetables. Her mottoes are “If it doesn’t kill you it just makes you stronger!” and the family maxim “Work Conquers All”.
106ZIMBABWECaroline Marufu24183BulawayoCaroline has achieved her diploma in education, worked as; a sales assistant, marketing executive, meteorological presenter and teacher.  She aspires to be a prominent entrepreneur in the fashion world, she is already a step ahead by being a prominent role model in society.   Caroline enjoys: travel, reading novels, playing volleyball, golf, public speaking, she dances the Ndelel traditional dance, and likes listening to gospel acapella, hip-hop and R’n’B.  Her favourite food is pan fried fish served with baked potatoes.  Her motto is: “All the problems you go through only serve to make you stronger”.

PREVIOUS PARTICIPATION IN BEAUTY CONTESTS.-

                The candidates from Angola, France, Lebanon, Russia, South Africa and Spain participated in Miss Universe 2007; of them, Miss Angola reached the Top 10. Miss Macedonia was in Miss Earth 2005, while Miss Finland and Miss Tanzania competed in Miss Earth 2006. The girl from Mauritius participated in Miss Intercontinental 2006, the New Zealander in Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2006, the Turkish in Miss Bikini of the Universe 2006 and the Argentine in Miss American Continent 2007. The Trinidadian won the Caribbean Model Search 2003 and was 1st runner-up in Miss Trinidad-Tobago 2006; the Dominican participated in Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2007 where she was only a semifinalist, the one from Hong Kong competed in Miss Chinese Vancouver 2005, the Lithuanian participated in Super Model of the World 2000, the Mexican was in Elite Model Look 2004, the Belarusian in the Elite Model Russia 2001, the girl from Mongolia in Miss Tourism Queen International 2007 and the Russian was Top 5 in the “Best Model of South Russia 2005” contest. For her part, Miss India was Miss India Oman 1997 and the Ecuadorian was Vice-queen in the “Queen of Guayaquil 2004” contest, participated in Hispanoamerican Queen 2004 and won Miss Maja World 2005, while the Romanian competed in Miss World Romania in 2005 and 2006.

BEACH BEAUTY.-

                On Friday, November 9, the 23rd birthday of Miss Guatemala was celebrated and the day was devoted entirely to the Beach Beauty rehearsals that were scheduled for Saturday the 10th. That day the last participant arrived, Miss SIERRA LEONE (Fatmata B. Turay) who arrived just in time for the first Fast-Track of Miss World 2007. Finally, the delegates from ARMENIA (Margarita Sarukhanyan), SAINT LUCIA (Yohanna Henry), CHINESE TAIPEI (Yuni Yen-Chin Li) and URUGUAY (Agostina Gabriela Padula Sella) could not arrive, leaving the group at 106 girls.

                After a rehearsal in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel, it was time for a final rehearsal at the Holiday Inn Resort, just a few hundred meters from the beautiful Yalong Bay beach. It was hard work for the contestants under clear skies, but they were rewarded with a delicious lunch and refreshing drinks at the Holiday Inn’s Coco Bar, right next to the beach. A two-hour break at the Crowne Plaza followed as the clock ticked down to 5:30 p.m. kickoff time. Almost the entire section of beach outside the Holiday Inn had been transformed into a fashion show and party venue, with tables and chairs set out on the sand and a huge stage built by the sea, complete with rows of lights and speakers. The chefs busily prepared a huge barbecue and the site was protected at one end by the Great Wall of China, beautifully constructed of sand. After a speech by Mayor Li of the Sanya Municipal Council, it was time for the 106 contestants to be introduced to the public in swimsuits by Steve Douglas as the breeze blew off the South China Sea on another beautiful Sanya afternoon. Each contestant wore a bikini, designed by the 1975 Miss World, Wilnelia Merced Forsyth of Puerto Rico. The girls advanced in groups of six in alphabetical order down the catwalk, stopping in front of the judging panel chaired by Julia Morley, President of the Miss World Organization. Some Chinese judges were distracted during the parade and took a long time to deliver their verdict.

                The judges’ first task was to choose 20 semi-finalists in a majority voting system. During the deliberations, the contestants had to wait an agonizing 30 minutes to see if they had made it through. A tie for 20th place saw 21 contestants proceed to the second round. Representatives from AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ETHIOPIA, GRENADA, ITALY, JAMAICA, JAPAN, KOREA, LEBANON, LITHUANIA, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, MONGOLIA, PHILIPPINES, SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, UKRAINE AND VENEZUELA were in the Top 21. Some of the favorites, such as the representatives of Puerto Rico, Angola and the United States, did not make the cut. The semifinalists advanced in groups of 5 (and one of 6!) to the judges, who once again had to make very difficult decisions, as only five contestants could go through to the final. It was a great achievement for all 21 to have made it to the second round, and they all had every reason to be very proud to hear their names read. Another wait followed, this time shorter, and then the 21 contestants once again returned to the stage. This time, to prolong the suspense, the contestants’ countries were not named alphabetically when the final five were announced.

                Miss Jamaica was called first and Yendi Phillipps walked proudly down the catwalk. Miss Dominican Republic was then announced, the signal for Ada De La Cruz to walk excitedly forward. Then, a huge roar from the local crowd greeted the name of Miss PR China, as Zi-Lin Zhang walked down the catwalk with a big smile on her face. The fourth to be named was Jurgita Jurkute, the first Lithuanian to reach this stage in a Miss World event. And the suspense was almost unbearable for the 17 contestants who remained at the back of the stage as there was a pause before announcing the final name, it was Miss Mexico, a wonderful moment for Carolina Morán Gordillo. Another wait followed, as the judges reached their final verdict. The five contestants returned to the stage to enthusiastic applause, and the top three places were announced in reverse order. In third place was Miss PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, a very special moment for the favorite of the local fans; in second place was a delighted Miss JAMAICA. In the stunning setting of Yalong Bay Beach, just outside the Holiday Inn Resort hotel, Ada De La Cruz’s smile spoke a thousand words. Miss DOMINICAN REPUBLIC had triumphed at that night’s Beach Fashion Show, the first of this year’s Miss World “Fast-Track” events. As her name was read, Ada walked across the stage to thunderous applause.

               Tat’ana Kucharova, Miss World 2006 and one of the Beach Beauty judges, presented Ada with a very special crystal trophy. Miss Dominican Republic was guaranteed her place in the semifinal of the Miss World contest on Saturday, December 1st. The cheering continued for several minutes as Miss Dominican Republic, flanked by China and Jamaica, basked in the spotlight moment. “I was so nervous up there and so surprised when they called me the winner,” said a beaming Ada De La Cruz a few minutes later. “I’m so happy and I can’t wait to call my mom and tell her I won!” When asked by Tianya, China’s largest online community and one of Miss World’s media partners, if she had a secret to succeeding in the Beach Beauty competition, Ada said, “I have eaten very healthy, trained hard and I played a lot of sports. After the Beach Beauty was over, the party started! Spectacular demonstrations of gymnastics, dance and singers from the Philippines created a wonderful atmosphere on the beach at the Holiday Inn Resort in Yalong Bay. The food was sensational, and some 300 guests, including the 106 contestants, enjoyed a sumptuous feast. After eating, it was time to dance. With a few contestants on stage, they danced the night away until a final fireworks display lit up the Sanya sky. It was an unforgettable night for everyone involved.

ROOMMATES.-

                Here is the table of the roommates of the Miss World 2007 candidates:

Venezuela – Uruguay *Ecuador – El SalvadorSweden – Singapore
England – GreeceTrinidad & Tobago – TanzaniaAustralia – Canada
Austria – BelgiumBelarus – GeorgiaBrazil – Bolivia
Chile – Costa RicaBosnia & Herzegovina – BulgariaCyprus – Denmark
Estonia – RomaniaCroatia – Czech RepublicBotswana – Angola
Puerto Rico – SpainGuatemala – Dominican RepublicPanama – Paraguay
Malta – LebanonHungary – KazakhstanMongolia – Korea
Peru – MexicoNorway – New ZealandJapan – Hong Kong
Nepal-NamibiaNetherlands – Northern IrelandSlovenia – Serbia
Nigeria – KenyaMontenegro – MacedoniaMauritius – Martinique
Lithuania – MoldovaSuriname – Sri LankaUkraine – Russia
Thailand – VietnamMalaysia – PhilippinesScotland – Wales
Gibraltar – FranceColombia – ArgentinaAlbania – PR China **
Poland – LatviaBahamas – Cayman IslandsZimbabwe – Uganda
Finland – IcelandTurkey – SlovakiaSouth Africa – USA
Grenada – Saint Lucia *Sierra Leone – SwazilandGhana – Ethiopia
Italy – IsraelJamaica – GuadeloupeIndia – Indonesia
Guyana – BelizeAruba – CuracaoGermany – Ireland

* They did not arrive ** At the beginning, China would be with Chinese Taipei and Albania with Armenia but they did not arrive

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENT.-

                On Sunday , November 11, the talent auditions were held. All the contestants who wanted to try their hand at showing off their talent skills were given the opportunity to do so. More than 70 beauties participated, and a preliminary panel of judges secretly chose those who would participate in the final of the “Fast-Track” of Talent. Some of the girls missed the auditions because their stuff (musical equipment, costumes, etc.) had gotten “stuck” in customs, so they couldn’t get it in time for the auditions. That same day, a group of contestants recorded a video describing their gifts for the auction. The videos were to be shown during the Red Cross charity ball in Beijing. Also on that day, the girls rehearsed the opening choreography. It was so hot that one of the Misses violently hyperventilated and couldn’t breathe. She was helped by the rest of her fellow contestants and managed to recover. Monday November 12th was dedicated to rehearsals and another group of girls made their video with the auction gift. On Tuesday the 13th, the sports qualifiers were held and the girls enjoyed a day of shopping, so they went to a large shopping center in Sanya. Some participants took the opportunity to buy cheap electronics.

                That night they attended a gala dinner at a different hotel, where they were introduced in elegant attire and then seated two at a table (each with her roommate). For some of the girls it was quite awkward as they sat prominent Chinese businessmen at their tables and some drank so much that they got drunk (and even went naughty with some of the girls), causing annoyance among the contestants. It was also not possible for the girls to eat in peace because people came and sat next to them to take photos all the time. In the end, all the participants got together and had to eat standing up, away from the tables where the drunks were. That dinner had been sold exclusively to those gentlemen by a Miss World sponsor company, who had paid huge sums of money to be accompanied by the participants that night. In the end, all the candidates left the party before it was over. After several of them told their stories, the Miss World organization broke the partnership with the sponsor in question. The organization had not been aware that only men were supposed to sit around the tables and apologized to the candidates for the situation. “I’m glad they at least showed that this was unacceptable by breaking the cooperation with the sponsor”, said Miss Norway, Lisa-Mari Moen Jünge.

SPORTS COMPETITION.-

                On Wednesday the 14th, the second “Fast-Track” of the contest, the sports competition, was held on the Yalong Bay beach. As mentioned above, the participants had been divided into four groups in all the activities of the contest. Each group represented a team during the sports day and they were divided by colors: Pink, Red, Yellow and Green, according to alphabetical order. Four girls from each group were chosen to compete for their team. The four girls had been previously selected from a sports test that took place the day before. Each of the four representatives from each team had to compete in a running competition, a swimming competition, and a competition where they had to build a raft to row to the sea and back. But the yellow team’s raft called “Golden Tigers” was completely unusable and broke in two in the middle of the sea. Only the four selected from each team participated in the physical test, the rest of the team were cheerleaders.

                The “Green Cranes” team won, therefore, the 4 girls representing the green team had to compete against each other to win the sports title. Abigail McCary, representing the UNITED STATES, was the winner of Miss World Sport and received her trophy and gold medal from Miss World 2006, Tat’ana Kucharova, at the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel in Yalong Bay. The finalists were the representatives of SWEDEN, SCOTLAND AND WALES, all from the green team. The other classified of the remaining teams were: Group 1 (Pink Panthers): Albania, Argentina, Cayman Islands, Czech Republic . Group 2 (Red Dragons): Hungary, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan. Group 3 (Golden Tigers): Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay. That same night, the stage was set for another big dinner, and the hopefuls who had been selected to participate in the talent show semi-finals were also revealed. There was everything from magic to singing, dancing, acting, and even flower arranging! The 18 selected were the girls from AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CYPRUS, ENGLAND, GHANA, GIBRALTAR, GRENADA, HUNGARY, INDIA, INDONESIA, JAMAICA, MACEDONIA, MALTA, MOLDOVA, SCOTLAND, SLOVAKIA, SWEDEN and THAILAND. The entire program was broadcast live on Chinese television.

Sweden, USA, Scotland

MORE ACTIVITIES IN SANYA.-

                Thursday, November 15, was a very emotional day for Miss Bahamas, Anya Watkins, as it marked the first anniversary of the sudden passing of her father, Captain Warren Watkins. Anya was covered in the love and support of her fellow contestants. At breakfast, many of them wore something red in tribute to Captain Watkins, whose favorite color was red. Anya’s roommate, Miss Cayman Islands, Rebecca Parchment, said a few words of encouragement, followed by a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace by Miss Canada, Sarah Ghulam. The contestants then gave Anya a hug and handed her an inspirational card that they had all signed. After breakfast, Anya was chosen from the group of girls who would go on a tour of Deer Park. A group of 26 contestants enjoyed spectacular views of the Sanya coastline from Deer Park. A 40-minute drive from the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel, this hilltop national park overlooking the city of Sanya is a popular tourist destination. The walk uphill to a massive stone monument and gnarled old tree, where you can write your wish on a red ribbon and tie it to a branch, reveals a whole series of scenic views as you climb.

                Wearing a T-shirt bearing her father’s image, Miss Bahamas took the opportunity to pay tribute to him by writing a personal message on a red ribbon and then pinning it to the top of the Tree of Remembrance. She was surrounded by members of the media, who wanted to know why she climbed so high up the tree. Anya could barely reply, but she did so through tears, explaining the meaning of the day. All the contestants were captivated by the views of the city and the sea, but they were also interested in the many stalls selling necklaces, hats and a whole range of souvenirs and gifts. There were one or two heavy shopping bags on the way back to the bus!

                On Friday, November 16, the 106 Miss World contestants visited the Pearl Museum in the city of Sanya. As well as learning exactly how pearls were produced, the contestants had the opportunity to shop for a wide range of jewelery at great prices. One of the highlights of the visit was a monorail ride to see the oyster beds where pearls were created. Many of the exhibits inside the factory museum were incredible: long strings of pearls and an entire wall made of them! That same day they visited another hotel where they filmed and where the girls were able to enjoy a “natural peeling” when they placed their feet in a pool and the fish came to feed on the dead tissue of the participants’ feet. Some girls couldn’t stand the tickling!!.

                On Saturday the 17th, the HAINAN CARNIVAL PARADE was held. It was a day of fun and interaction with the people of Sanya as all 106 delegates and Tat’ana Kucharova, Miss World 2006, took part in the colorful parade. The contestants of Miss World 2007 were warmly received by the people of Sanya during the parade through the streets of the city aboard special floats. The contestants were greeted by an explosion of color along with large groups of beautifully dressed dancers, acrobats and entertainers. Thousands of people lined the streets or crowded onto their apartment balconies for a bird’s-eye view. They greeted, cheered and took photos with the participants. The girls waved back, amazed and excited to be the focus of so much attention. The atmosphere was one of great joy and celebration! When the floats stopped, some of the contestants would come out to meet the audience, while at other times the parade was accompanied by bamboo pole dancers and a huge troupe of Tai Chi dancers, ranging in age from 16 to 70 years!

                Everyone then had a chance to mingle with the locals, play games and be a part of local traditions, and experience some of the island’s rich culture. The contestants were photographed and they also took many pictures. Later that day, the candidates took a four-hour bus ride to Hainan Island’s capital, Haikou. There, the girls attended a special dinner hosted by one of the key media partners of the Miss World Organization in China this year, Tianya, China’s largest online community, and stayed overnight at Haikou’s Golden Coast Lawton hotel. On Sunday 18, the participants visited the Pulanna factory to see how Pulanna’s natural herbal cosmetics and pharmaceuticals were produced. The girls were greeted by Chinese women in traditional costume waving white scarves, accompanied by a large and equally colorful band. All the contestants, Julia Morley, the president of Pulanna and Miss World 2006 posed for a big group photo before the tree planting ceremony took place, as in previous years. The delegates planted a “Tree of Beauty” to remember the event. Then, they put on pink or white robes to take a tour inside the factory and thus conclude a wonderful day of activities. That night they attended a very nice charity dinner with entertainment at the Golden Coast Lawton Hotel in Haikou. That night was also the 24th birthday of Miss Hong Kong.

TRIP TO BEIJING.-

                In the early hours of Monday, November 19, the participants traveled by plane to Beijing, the Chinese capital, where they would stay for four days. All the contestants received a warm welcome at the Chang’an Hotel, a famous five-star hotel. Delegates were presented with Olympic Games mascots or bears in five different colors that look alike and have different meanings. That same day, the contestants gathered to participate in the production of a music recording and a video of an Olympic song. The English version of the song, “Light the Passion, Share the Dream”, composed by renowned musician Chris Babida, followed the same style as the Chinese version, which debuted on April 26 at the opening of the scheduled route of the Relay of the Olympic Torch. The beauties divided into various groups to take turns filming and producing the music video. During the break, they also had the opportunity to taste the Chinese dumplings. “I was so excited to be in Beijing… We’ve been in the recording studio all morning, trying to finish this song. There’s been work, but it’s kind of fun,” said Miss USA, Abigail McCary, adding that being associated with the Olympic Games was an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Miss Nigeria, Munachi Nwankwo, said: “It is an honor for me as a Miss World contestant and a citizen of Nigeria to be a part of this memorable and prestigious event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. And I am very happy to be here and I wish everyone Good luck to those who participate in these Olympic Games and best wishes from Nigeria.”

LIGHT THE PASSION, SHARE THE DREAM

Flame is the light like a star in the sky
It will burn forever strong and light the way for you and I
We wish upon the stars, that dreams will take us far
Hope and peace in the world we all belong
Love, love, love, we will share together
Love, love, forever we are one  

One world, one dream
Let us share our hearts together all as one
In a place where we join in the harmony
One world, one dream
Let us celebrate the powers of our heroes
Who’ll rise with strength and pride  

Flame is the light like a star in the sky
It will burn forever strong and light the way for you and I
We wish upon the stars, that dreams will take us far
Hope and peace in the world we all belong
Love, love, love, we will share together
Love, love, forever we are one  

One world, one dream
Let us share our hearts together all as one
In a place where we join in the harmony

One world, one dream
Let us celebrate the powers of our heroes
Who’ll rise with strength and pride  

Time and time again they flexed their power spirit and glory
Win or lose they stood together high
Hearts and souls unite together
Bring the world to love each other
Reach, reach for the sky  

One world, one dream
Let us share our hearts together all as one
In a place where we join in harmony

One world, one dream
Let us celebrate the powers of our heroes
Who’ll rise with strength and pride
Light the passion, share the dream all as one

                The beauties were invited by the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Song Campaign Office, the Chinese Olympic Committee Press Commission and Zhengzhou Synear Food Joint-Stock Co., the Exclusive Supplier of Frozen Dumplings to the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. On Tuesday, November 20, the lovely 106 contestants rehearsed the entire day for the charity event, visited the stadium where the 2008 Beijing Olympics were to be held, and appeared on one of the most popular television shows in China that evening. The young women were divided by region (Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe) and were introduced to a television audience of millions and sang the Olympic theme again. On that day, the girls celebrated Miss Israel ‘s 19th birthday. On Wednesday the 21st, the girls continued their tour of the Chinese capital visiting the most famous monument in the country and one of the seven wonders of the world: the Great Wall. The beauties were shocked to see the Great Wall, which took hundreds of years to build. It was built by the Chinese to protect themselves from the invading Huns, Mongols and other tribes. Construction began in the 7th century BC. The candidates visited the Wall at Badaling, one of the most famous places to visit the 4,160-mile-long structure. They joined a large number of tourists in climbing to the closest section of the only man-made structure visible from space. In Badaling, the girls looked at the beautiful scenery as they climbed the wall, but due to the cold and altitude, Miss Uganda felt unwell. The young women took pictures and on the way to the top, two groups of participants sang the Olympic Anthem to celebrate the 2008 Summer Games.

RED CROSS CHARITY EVENT.-

                That same day, on Wednesday the 21st, the 106 Miss World contestants participated in the benefit evening for Miss World and the Red Cross Society of China, which took place in the Great People’s Hall in Beijing and where more than $5.5 million through donations and text messages in the process. That number was expected to increase after the event was broadcast on CCTV, China’s largest broadcaster, to more than a billion people, giving them the opportunity to increase this number by sending a text message. For every text message received, the charity would receive a donation. The money raised would be used to build 106 health centers across the country, one for each of this year’s contestants.

                The Miss World and Red Cross Society of China Ball was a stellar evening of entertainment and fundraising, with Julia Morley officially announcing the five girls advancing to the “BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE” final, which was one of the five Miss World “Fast Track” events. The five finalists were the representatives of HONG KONG, ECUADOR, JAMAICA, INDONESIA and SWEDEN. All the young women received a warm welcome when they went on stage, 24 of them wore national costumes as they would perform a special number with traditional dances from their countries of origin. Each contestant brought valuable or personal gifts to the event that were used in the charity auction to raise money for children’s charities. This year all profits would be donated to the Red Cross Society of China. At the close of the auction, all participants sang the Olympic theme “Light the Passion, Share the Dream”. Below is the project description of each of the five finalists for “Beauty with a Purpose”:

• Miss Hong Kong – China, Kayi Cheung: Helps the elderly and regularly works in nursing homes. It also has strong ties with UNICEF

• Miss Ecuador, Valeska Saab: Helps people with a rare genetic skin condition in her country.

• Miss Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps: Helped people recover from a hurricane that hit the island by hosting a fashion show and music event.

• Miss Indonesia, Kamidia Radisti: Helps less fortunate children with homeschooling, free medical services for babies and toddlers.

• Miss Sweden, Annie Oliv: For the last two years she had worked with a disabled person who had always been in a wheelchair and could not do anything for herself.

RETURN TO SANYA.-

                On Thursday, November 22, the participants said goodbye to Beijing and flew back to Sanya. They had a rest day where some took the opportunity to go to the beach and play volleyball. “To be honest, I prefer Sanya. Beijing is very cold,” said Miss England, Georgia Horsley. Friday the 23rd was a hard day of rehearsals for the Top Model competition. That day was the 23rd birthday of Miss Bahamas. The Bahamian hopeful for the Miss World title enjoyed her special day with her new friends from all over the world!

TOP MODEL COMPETITION.-

                As the oldest collection of poetry in China, The Book of Songs included three parts: Feng, Ya, and Song. On Saturday, November 24, it served as the theme of the Miss World 2007 fashion show, in homage to the Chinese Dynasties. In the afternoon breeze, under the natural screen of the majestic building of the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel lobby, adorned like the Forbidden City, the Miss World fashion show was held. First, the girls paraded in gowns by renowned designers from their home countries in four groups. The first group was made up of the delegates from Curaçao, Germany, China, Poland, Ethiopia, Serbia, Zimbabwe, Montenegro, Chile, Austria, Italy, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Greece, Bolivia, Belarus, Mongolia, Guatemala, Estonia, Venezuela, Slovenia, Cayman Islands, Bulgaria, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Czech Republic.

                The second group was made up of representatives from Iceland, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain, Panama, Belgium, Botswana, Slovakia, Turkey, Malta, Northern Ireland, Guadeloupe, Thailand, Singapore, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Martinique, Romania, Mauritius, Philippines, Belize, Scotland, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Georgia and Croatia. The third for the Misses of Swaziland, South Africa, Bahamas, Guyana, Kenya, Denmark, Cyprus, Argentina, Colombia, France, Sweden, United States, Japan, Ecuador, England, El Salvador, Norway, Ukraine, Namibia, Moldova, Latvia, Netherlands, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Korea and Nepal. The last group was made up of girls from Albania, Angola, Aruba, Australia, Canada, Finland, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Macedonia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda and Wales. The event was held in Chinese and was broadcast live on TV in China.

Mexico, China Puerto Rico

                Afterwards, the candidates paraded the extraordinarily beautiful and elaborate costumes of Chinese dynasties. 106 beauties, dressed in custom-made classical Chinese costumes, put on a show for the entire audience. A “beautiful party” that mixed Chinese and Western. The parade was composed of three parts: Weifeng, Ya and Song, which were divided into Beijing National Style Rhyme, Hua Hai Wandering, Zen Dao Fan Yi, Pen Walking Clouds, and Ancient Bronze Style Chinese Dresses, Palace Ritual Style, and Ceremony of the Landing of King VIII. In this chapter, Chinese elements such as Peking Opera, folk customs, Zen Taoism, calligraphy and painting, bronze, court etiquette, and costumes were subtly integrated into beautiful costumes, and then combined with the beauty and charm of beauties from all over the world. A vivid display of renaissance and innovation, music, light and shadow, brushes, ink splashes, bronze, etc., the mysterious “oriental” elements that had become the inspiring elixir of the world’s greatest dressmaking masters and in the most vivid works of art. Miss China Zi-lin Zhang appeared in an imperial dress and was the most applauded of the night. The costumes and show were the brainchild of Hua-Sha Zhao, Chairman of the Huayu Group, major investors in the Crowne Plaza Sanya and patrons of the evening. The costumes were handmade according to the designs of many of the ancient Chinese dynasties. At the end of the show, the contestants changed back into their own dresses and returned to the stage to await the verdict of the judges. The jury, headed by Julia Morley and Tat’ana Kucharova (Miss World 2006) selected seven finalists from which Miss CHINA, Zi-lin Zhang, emerged as the winner of the Top Model “Fast-Track”, earning her pass to the Miss World semifinal. In second place was Miss PUERTO RICO, Jennifer Guevara Campos, and in third place, Miss MEXICO, Carolina Morán Gordillo. The rest of the Top 7 were the candidates from JAMAICA, KAZAKHSTAN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, and VENEZUELA.

TALENT COMPETITION.-

                Sunday the 25th was dedicated to rehearsals for the final night, as was Monday the 26th. In fact, that Monday, the contestants went to the Beauty Crown Theater for the first time to rehearse the opening choreography. Later that night, the traditional “Family Party” of Miss World was held, which was enlivened by the Mandela Choir, and where the 18 selected in the talent competition showed their skills before their closest family and friends during the sumptuous dinner. That was how the attendees were delighted with the voices of the representatives of India, Canada, Grenada and Malta, the art of flower arrangements by Miss England, the dances of Miss Slovakia and Miss Gibraltar, the contortionism of Miss Hungary and the magic act of Miss Thailand to turn water into wine. From a comic monologue to an operatic aria; From flamenco dances to kung fu demonstrations, this talent show had it all. But it was Miss GHANA’s wonderfully original afro comic dance, Irene Dwomoh, that deservedly won the prize. In second place was the beautiful performance of Nieve Jennings, Miss Scotland, with the song ‘Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond’ and the very appropriate final performance of Miss Sweden, Annie Oliv, with the song ‘Thank You For The Music’ by Abba, ranked third. The decision was extremely close, as the first three were favored by two judges each; only when the positions were taken into account did Miss Ghana win the verdict. With eighteen highly commended performances in a talent show that was as varied as one could have imagined, it was no surprise that the judges struggled to separate the contenders. In the end, it was Miss Ghana’s beaming smile beneath her gorgeous Afro wig that shone in the Holiday Inn ballroom as Miss World Tat’ana Kucharova presented her with her trophy and her spot in the Miss World 2007 semifinal. So the party could really get started!

Sweden, Ghana, Scotland

LAST DAYS BEFORE THE FINAL.-

                The following days were devoted to rehearsals. Between practices, the girls had a chance to relax and pose for photos with some international media covering the event. On Wednesday, November 28, private interviews were held with the judges, who selected the 10 semifinalists who would go on to the final along with the winners of the Beach Beauty, Sports, Top Model, Talent and Beauty with a Purpose “Fast-Tracks”. The girls went before the judges in groups of five, in alphabetical order, and each one had up to 2 minutes to answer the judges’ questions. On Friday the 30th, the Dress Rehearsal was held with gowns, lights and cameras, with the animation of Angela Chow and the Mexican Fernando Allende, and where the representative of New Zealand was the winner, who was escorted by the contestants from Wales and Uganda as finalists. The rest of those selected in the rehearsal were the winners of the “Fast-Tracks” (USA, China, Ghana and Dominican Republic) and Miss Sweden who was named “Beauty with a Purpose” in the rehearsal. The other girls they named were the representatives from Aruba, Brazil, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Trinidad-Tobago and Lebanon. That same day, the 22nd birthday of Krisztina Bodri, Miss Hungary, was celebrated.

                A few hours before the final, the Dominican Ada Aimée De La Cruz, was shy about her chances. “I want to win, but I think all the finalists are attractive and good people, they are very friendly and intelligent, so I don’t know,” she said. “I feel very proud to be here. It is a dream for me.” “It is very difficult to win the contest because there are many candidates. It is practically impossible,” said Natalia Zabala, Miss Spain, aware that there were 106 candidates for the final victory. Zabala, however, did not lean towards any of her rivals either: “Impossible to say one,” she said, for whom it made no sense to make bets since those marked as favorites were rarely the winners in the end. Of course, Miss Spain already knew what she would do in the event that she finally won the victory: “If I win, I’m going to London,” she assured, a city that until that moment she had only known Heathrow airport. At twenty-four years old, Miss Spain already had vast experience behind her, she knew these beauty pageants well, she knew what they were like and she did not hesitate to praise the one for Miss World 2007, which was going to have an intervention through video from former South African President Nelson Mandela, and was devoted to the fight against AIDS. “I think it’s perfect. This is a contest with international repercussions and everything that raises awareness about sensitive issues is good,” Natalia assured. Enchanted with the organization, “which gives you what you ask for”, Natalia was not so delighted with some of the aspiring misses. “There has been everything. Things that I liked and others that not so much. Nothing had ever happened to me before, but since we are 106, logically there are people who are charming and others who are not so much,” she said without wanting to reveal the reasons for this subtle complaint.

                 Kamidia Radisti from Indonesia was one of the few beauties to represent a majority Muslim country, a fact that had affected her choice of clothing, especially for the “Beach Beauty” segment. “Wearing a bikini is a no for me, so I wear a one-piece swimsuit instead. That’s the solution,” she said, adding that she had not faced any opposition at home to enter the pageant. Radisti gave her vote to Carolina Moran Gordillo from Mexico to win. “She has the perfect body and I think she’s a good person,” she said. “Whoever she is, she’s going to represent the world, all the people in the world.” The crown had become increasingly important in developing countries, and Richa Maria Adhia’s mother, from Tanzania, said her daughter was under great pressure. “She told me she didn’t want to go home empty-handed because she thinks they will crucify or kill her”, said her mother Maria.

CURIOSITIES AND THINGS THAT HAPPEN….-

                * Initially, the candidates’ visit to the city of Chengdu had been planned, but the trip was cancelled. No reason for the suspension was given.

                * Miss Ecuador, Valeska Saab, is the niece of Miss World Ecuador 1971, María Cecilia Gómez

                * The first week of November it had been announced that the Italian lawyer Nancy Dell’Olio, ex-girlfriend of the coach of the England soccer team, Sven-Göran Eriksson, and the British actor and singer Martin Kemp would be part of the judges, but they decided to cancel their trip to China, for which they were substituted at the last minute. Former Puerto Rican Miss World Wilnelia Merced had also been invited as a judge, but was replaced at the last minute by a Chinese sponsor, who demanded his place on the judging panel.

                * Miss Sierra Leone was accused of having stolen belongings from some participants, however, apparently, there was no evidence against her and the event went by unnoticed.

                * The great favorites of the press and connoisseurs were the delegates from China, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico and the USA. It was said that Miss China could win due to the constant support of that country for Miss World (Sanya hosted of the pageant four times in the last five years) and also because of the fact that the 2008 Olympic Games are being held in that country, so a Chinese Miss World would be an excellent host for the occasion.

                * Miss Jamaica was the only contestant to qualify in all five “Fast-Tracks”.

                * The tallest contestant was Miss Zimbabwe at 1.83m. The shortest, Miss Gibraltar with 1.62m.

                * This year, for the first time since 1995, there was no debutant country at Miss World, although the pageant saw the return of three nations that had been absent since 1981 (Suriname), 1988 (Sierra Leone) and 1996 (Grenada).

                * Days before the final it was announced with great fanfare that the 2008 edition of Miss World would take place in Ukraine. This did not happen and you can read more about it in the Miss World 2008 article.

THE BETS.-

                Here is a table of how the bets concluded before the final of Miss World 2007

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1. China PR (3.5)
2. Dominican Republic (5.50)
3. Lithuania, Puerto Rico (15)
5. Jamaica, Mexico (17)
7. Malaysia, Norway, USA (21)
10. Austria, Brazil (26)
12. Grenada, Italy, Venezuela (34)
15. Angola, Bahamas, Greece, Indonesia, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Thailand (41)






1. Russia (1.01)
2. China PR (4.5)
3. Dominican Republic (6.8)
4. Jamaican (16.5)
5.Puerto Rico (17.5)
6. Lithuania (19)
7. Mexico (21)
8. Malaysia (30)
9. United States (36)
10. Italy (38)
11.Austria (46)
12. India (65)
13. Iceland, Venezuela (70)
15. Philippines, Sweden (75)
17. Latvia (80)
18. Spain (90)
19. Angola (95)
20. Brazil (100)
1. China PR (2.5)
2. Dominican Republic (4)
3.Puerto Rico (14)
4. Jamaica, Lithuania (16)
6. Mexico, USA (18)
8. Malaysia, Venezuela (20)
10. Austria, Brazil, Ireland (25)
13. India, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Thailand (33)








1. China PR (2.5)
2. Dominican Republic (3)
3. United States (9)
4. Jamaican (10)
5.Puerto Rico (12)
6. Lithuania (14)
7. Austria, Brazil, Mexico (16)
10. India, Norway, Venezuela (20)
13. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Serbia (25)
17. Angola, Ireland, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Peru, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago (33)




UNIBETSPORTSBETCANBETBOYLE
1. China PR (4)
2. Dominican Republic (6)
3. Lithuania (8)
4. Mexico, Puerto Rico (10)
6. Jamaica, United States (12)
8. Northern Ireland, Venezuela (15)
10. Malaysia, Philippines (20)
12. Trinidad and Tobago (22)
13. Russia (24)
14. Brazil, Hungary, Lebanon, South Africa, Thailand (25)
19. Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Spain (30)
1. China PR (4.5)
2. Dominican Republic (5.5)
3. Jamaica, Lithuania (14)
5.Puerto Rico (15)
6. United States (16)
7. Austria, Malaysia, Mexico (18)
10. Italy, Norway, Venezuela (21)
13. Angola, Brazil, South Africa (26)
16. Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago (35)
1. China PR (5)
2. Dominican Republic (5.5)
3. Lithuania (12)
4.Puerto Rico (13)
5. Jamaica, Latvia, Mexico (15)
8. Malaysia (17)
9. United States (19)
10. Venezuela (21)
11. Ireland (26)
12. Brazil (31)
13. Austria, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia (34)
18. Iceland, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Thailand (41)
1. China PR (3)
2. Dominican Republic (4)
3. Jamaican (12)
4. Lithuania, Puerto Rico (14)
6. Mexico, USA (16)
8. Malaysia (20)
9. Austria, Venezuela (25)
11. Brazil, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Russia (33)
16. Grenada, Italy, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Spain, Thailand (40)

LADBROKESBET365STANJAMESBWIN
1. China PR (2)
2. Dominican Republic (4)
3. Lithuania (10)
4.Puerto Rico (14)
5. Jamaica, Mexico, USA (16)
8. Malaysia (20)
9. Austria, Brazil, Italy (33)
12. Philippines, Venezuela (40)
14. Angola, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Russia, Spain (50)
20. Ghana, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine (66)
1. China PR (2.75)
2. Dominican Republic (5)
3.Puerto Rico (13)
4. Jamaica, Lithuania (15)
6. Mexico (19)
7. Malaysia, USA (23)
9. South Africa (29)
10. Namibia, Philippines, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela (34)
15. Peru, Russia, Thailand (36)
18. Angola, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Paraguay (41)
1. China PR (3)
2. Dominican Republic (5)
3. Jamaica, Lithuania, Puerto Rico (16)
6. Ireland, Mexico, USA (20)
9. Austria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Venezuela (25)
13. Philippines (28)
14. Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Norway, Spain (33)
19. Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Ukraine (40)

1. Dominican Republic (4.5)
2. China PR (5)
3. Lithuania (10)
4. Jamaica, Puerto Rico (12)
6. United States (13)
7.Venezuela (17)
8. Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Slovenia, Thailand (20)
13. Brazil, Italy, Philippines (25)
16. Bahamas, Colombia, Cyprus, France, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Slovakia (30)

SPORTINGBETBETUKTOTEBETDIRECT
1. China PR (3.5)
2. Dominican Republic (4.5)
3. Jamaica, Lithuania (10)
5. Malaysia, USA (16)
7. Angola, Austria, Ecuador, Puerto Rico (20)
11. Ghana, Mexico (22)
13. Australia, Grenada (25)
15. Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Venezuela (33)



1. China PR (3.5)
2. Dominican Republic (4.5)
3. Jamaica, Lithuania (10)
5. Malaysia, USA (16)
7. Angola, Austria, Ecuador, Puerto Rico (20)
11. Ghana, Mexico (22)
13. Australia, Grenada (25)
15. Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Venezuela (33)



1. China PR (3)
2. Dominican Republic (4)
3. Lithuania, Jamaica, Mexico (14)
6. Puerto Rico, United States (16)
8. Malaysia (18)
9. Italy (20)
10. Austria, Brazil, Russia, Venezuela (25)
14. Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines (33)
18. Bahamas, Grenada, Lebanon, Paraguay, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine (40)



1. China PR (3.5)
2. Dominican Republic (4)
3.Puerto Rico (12)
4. Lithuania, USA (14)
6. Jamaican (16)
7. Malaysia (18)
8. Mexico (20)
9. Brazil, Italy, Philippines, Venezuela (25)
13.Austria (28)
14. Northern Ireland, Russia (33)
16. Indonesia, Thailand, Ukraine (40)
19. India, Ireland, Lebanon, Norway, Peru, Slovakia, Spain (50)
BETFREDBETFREDBETFREDBETFRED
China PR 7/4
Dominican Republic 4/1
Puerto Rico 12/1
Jamaica 14/1
Lithuania 14/1
Mexico 14/1
United States 14/1
India 16/1
Malaysia 18/1
Venezuela 20/1
Austria 22/1
Brazil 25/1
Italy 25/1
Norway 25/1
Greece 33/1
Iceland 33/1
Indonesia 33/1
Northern Ireland 33/1
Philippines 33/1
Trinidad & Tobago 33/1
Argentina 40/1
Grenada 40/1
Lebanon 40/1
Montenegro 40/1
Namibia 40/1
Paraguay 40/1
Russia 40/1
Slovakia 40/1
Spain 40/1
Sweden 40/1
Thailand 40/1
Bolivia 50/1
Croatia 50/1
Ecuador 50/1
England 50/1
Hungary 50/1
Latvia 50/1
Peru 50/1
Serbia 50/1
Ukraine 50/1
Albania 66/1
Angola 66/1
Belgium 66/1
Colombia 66/1
Estonia 66/1
Finland 66/1
France 66/1
Ghana 66/1
Gibraltar 66/1
Guatemala 66/1
Macedonia FYRO 66/1
Netherlands 66/1
South Africa 66/1
Australia 80/1
Chile 80/1
Costa Rica 80/1
Cyprus 80/1
Hong Kong China 80/1
Sri Lanka 80/1
Wales 80/1
Bahamas 100/1
Bulgaria 100/1
El Salvador 100/1
Georgia 100/1
Germany 100/1
Ireland 100/1
Poland 100/1
Slovenia 100/1
Bosnia & Herzegovina 125/1
Czech Republic 125/1
Israel 125/1
Japan 125/1
Malta 125/1
Mauritius 125/1
Moldova 125/1
New Zealand 125/1
Canada 150/1
Cayman Islands 150/1
Kazakhstan 150/1
Korea 150/1
Mongolia 150/1
Nigeria 150/1
Panama 150/1
Romania 150/1
Scotland 150/1
Singapore 150/1
Turkey 150/1
Aruba 200/1
Belarus 200/1
Denmark 200/1
Ethiopia 200/1
Martinique 200/1
Vietnam 200/1
Guadeloupe 250/1
Guyana  250/1
Kenya 250/1
Tanzania 250/1
Belize 300/1
Curacao 300/1
Sierra Leone 300/1
Suriname 300/1
Uganda 300/1
Botswana 500/1
Nepal 500/1
Swaziland 500/1
Zimbabwe 500/1

PROGRAM BOOK

THIS WAS THE FINAL OF MISS WORLD 2007.-

                The girls enjoyed a morning of rest and at 4 p.m. they began to get ready for the show. Miss Gibraltar celebrated her 24th birthday that day, which coincidentally coincided with the day of the Miss World 2007 final. The “Beauty Crown” theater in Sanya dressed up to celebrate the 57th edition of Miss World on Saturday night, December the 1st. At 8 p.m. local time, the event began to be broadcast live to several countries, via satellite, and in others it was broadcast on a delayed basis. A total of 2 billion people around the world were expected to watch the show via TV and the internet. The opening of the event was in charge of a group of Chinese dancers from the Haikou Artistic Troop, with native costumes and drums, as well as a video from the city of Sanya. Soon the 106 candidates arrived, dressed in red bikinis and sarongs from the swimsuit firm of the former Puerto Rican Miss World, Wilnelia Merced, for the opening of the contest with the official theme of Miss World in Sanya. At the end of the opening with all the girls on stage, the presenters of the exciting evening appeared, Angela Chow, who had been hosting Miss World since 2003, and the Mexican actor and singer Fernando Allende. After the usual words of welcome, they gave way to the first commercial break. Upon returning, the pair of comperes presented the qualifying judges, made up this time of 10 personalities. They were:

01- Hua-Sha Zhao – Chairman of the Huayu Group and owner of the Crowne Plaza Sanya hotel.

02- Krish Naidoo – International Ambassador of Miss World.

03- Makiziwe Mandela – Businesswoman and daughter of Nelson Mandela, fighter against AIDS.

04- Neal Hamil – Director of Elite Model Management in New York.

05- Duncan James – British musician and actor.

06- Elena Franchuk – Director of a Foundation for the fight against AIDS in Ukraine.

07- Ben Di Lisi – American Fashion Designer based in London.

08- Annabel Croft – Former British tennis champion and sports presenter.

09- Xiao Bai Li – Director of the New Silk Road Agency.

10- Julia Morley – President of the Miss World Organization.

JUDGES

                Once the judges were known, it was time to introduce the 106 participants wearing elegant gowns. The girls appeared on stage, in alphabetical order, in 11 groups of eight and last two groups of nine candidates. Once everyone was on stage, the designer Ben Di Lisi arrived to present the trophy to the winner of the Best Designer Dress, which corresponded to Miss KOREA (Eun-ju Cho), who wore a spectacular sequin-embroidered red and fuchsia dress and with an opening that exposed her left leg. After the second commercial break, British singer Duncan James performed the theme “All I Care About” from the film “Chicago” along with four dancers with large white feather fans, very Broadway-style. Next, Angela Chow invited to see the videos of the “Fast-Tracks” and then show the presentation videos of each of the winners. Chow began with the sports competition, which was won by Miss United States, who appeared on the scene as the first semifinalist. Then Allende presented the video of Beach Beauty with the presentation on stage of Miss Dominican Republic; then the Talent video that was won by Miss Ghana, the Top Model that was won by Miss People’s Republic of China and, to finish the “Fast-Tracks”, the video of the auction event in Beijing and the videos of “Beauty with a Purpose” of the five finalists in this line (Ecuador, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Indonesia and Sweden). Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Makiziwe, announced that there would be two “Beauty with a Purpose” winners this year. They were Miss HONG KONG (Ka-yi Cheung) and Miss ECUADOR (Valeska Saab) after which their introduction videos were also presented. With them there were six girls in the semifinal.

               After the third advertising block, Chow announced that the time had come to meet the remaining 10 semifinalists, chosen by the judges. As a prelude, a video of the interview with the judges was presented. Allende took the opportunity to talk with the judges Ben Di Lisi and Annabel Croft before Chow called the 10 semifinalists. They were Miss VENEZUELA, Miss SWEDEN, Miss PUERTO RICO, Miss MEXICO, Miss GRENADA, Miss AUSTRIA, Miss ANGOLA, Miss MALAYSIA, Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO and Miss JAMAICA. As they were called, their introduction videos were presented. Following this, a pre-recording of a group of Chinese dancers from the Haikou Art Troupe was shown, performing a beautiful juggling act and classical ballet. After a new commercial cut, a video was broadcast with the activities that the girls had during the visit to Beijing with the musical theme “Light the Passion, Share the Dream” in the background. After this, the comperes interviewed five of the finalists backstage (the Misses of Austria, Angola, Malaysia, Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago).

TOP 16

 SEMIFINALISTNAMEAGECITY
01Miss UNITED STATESAbigail “Abby” McCary25Denver, Colorado
02Miss DOMINICAN REPUBLICAda Aimee De La Cruz Ramirez21Villa Mella
03Miss GHANAIrene Akosua Boatemaa Dwomoh21Accra
04Miss PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINAZilin Zhang23Beijing
05Miss HONG KONGKa-yi Cheung24Victory
06Miss ECUADORValeska Alexandra Saab Gómez23Guayaquil
07Miss VENEZUELAClaudia Paola Suarez Fernandez20Caracas
08Miss SWEDENAnnie Charlotte Karin Oliv20Gothenburg
09Miss PUERTO RICOJennifer Guevara Campos20San Juan
10Miss MEXICOCarolina Moran Gordillo19Manzanillo, Colima
11Miss GRENADAVivian Charlotte Burkhardt21St George’s
12Miss AUSTRIAChristine Reiler25Modling
13Miss ANGOLAMicaela Patricia de Brito Reis18Luanda
14Miss MALAYSIADeborah Priya Emmanuel Henry22Kuala Lumpur
15Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGOValene Maharaj21St Margaret’s
16Miss JAMAICAYendi Amira Phillipps22Kingston

                Upon returning from commercials, Fernando Allende proceeded to announce the 5 finalists. Chow asked them all the same question: Why do you think you should be Miss World 2007? and the finalists had 40 seconds to answer. They were Miss ANGOLA, Miss PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, Miss MEXICO, Miss TRINIDAD & TOBAGO and Miss SWEDEN. The most prominent response came from the Chinese delegate: “There are 1.3 billion people behind me,” she said, referring to the population of China. “If I win, I want to become a link between the Olympic Games (in Beijing in 2008) and the Miss World Organization.” “I want to use the power and beauty of Miss World to support those in need,” she said, speaking in halting English and adding a few words of Chinese. Then, Tat’ana Kucharova gave her farewell walk as she recounted her experience of her year of reign. Following the penultimate commercial block, Zwelivelile Mandela, tribal chief and grandson of Nelson Mandela, arrived on stage dressed in traditional South African costume to deliver a short speech with a message of “hope and inspiration” before a video of Nelson Mandela speaking of the world problem of AIDS, with the purpose of celebrating December 1st as the world day of the fight against AIDS. The Nobel laureate’s son, Makgatho, died of an AIDS-related illness in 2005, and the family has been active in the global fight against HIV/AIDS ever since. It was announced that “for the next five years, the Miss World organization is committed to addressing HIV/AIDS worldwide through an awareness program focused on three elements: AIDS education, job creation and the benefits of nutrition in a world where ignorance, stigma and prejudice are the biggest barriers in the fight against AIDS. The Miss World organization intends to assault those barriers and come up with a solution.” All the candidates, accompanied by a group of children from a primary school in Sanya and the South African Mvezo Choir, performed the song “Right to Dream” to close this segment.

“RIGHT TO DREAM”

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DREAM  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DREAM  

Now is the time to lift up your voice
Real chance is from our clear choice
We have one common goal, to let the world know
The cry from every soul in the words that we sing…  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DREAM  

We’ve gotta change how we see this disease
The stigma’s worse  than HIV, it would seem
We know that love is stronger than anything
Each day’s a brand new start, so let´s our voices ring…  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DREAM  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DREAM  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause Whoh-Mun Yoh Mong  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause Podemos soñar  

Holding hands across the oceans
Let´s help defeat the notion
Let´s realize that AIDS is part of our lives
So, don’t turn away, we have a part to play
’cause WE HAVE A RIGHT
WE HAVE A RIGHT
WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DREAM!

                Angela Chow briefly chatted with the five finalists backstage before they returned to the stage to learn the final results. Chow and Allende called the Mayor of Sanya and Julia Morley to the stage. Morley then proceeded to give the results in reverse order. THIRD PLACE went to Miss MEXICO, Carolina Morán and SECOND PLACE to Miss ANGOLA, Micaela Reis. Both received a tiara from the outgoing Miss World, the Czech Tat’tana Kucharova. Only three girls out of 106 contestants were left holding hands: Miss People’s Republic of China, Miss Trinidad & Tobago and Miss Sweden, who anxiously awaited the final verdict of the judges. And MISS WORLD 2007 was… Miss PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA! The great favorite of the bookmakers, Zi-Lin Zhang, a slender secretary and model of 23 years and 1.82 m tall, who wore a beautiful turquoise dress tight to the body, thus became the first Chinese representative to win a crown “grand slam” of beauty. An emotional Zi-Lin received the official Miss World sash from Tat’ana, the outgoing queen, before taking her seat on the throne and receiving the coveted blue crown. Then, she proceeded to give her victory walk with the official march of the contest and did not realize that her sash had fallen off. Halfway down the stage, she stopped to place it back on her shoulders. Chow and Allende closed the event by announcing that Miss World 2008 would be held in Ukraine, while the contestants came to congratulate the winner amidst a shower of confetti. Thus concluded the broadcast of the two-hour gala, produced this year by Caps Events.

CORONATION BALL.-

                At the coronation ball, held at the Crowne Plaza hotel and lasting until dawn, the prizes were awarded and the Continental Queens were announced, which this year were not announced in the contest broadcast. They were:

QUEEN OF AFRICAMiss ANGOLAMichaela Reis
QUEEN OF THE AMERICASMiss MEXICOCarolina Moran
QUEEN OF ASIA PACIFICMiss PEOPLE ‘S REPUBLIC OF CHINAZi-Lin Zhang
QUEEN OF THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDSMiss TRINIDAD & TOBAGOValene Maharaj
QUEEN OF EUROPEMiss SWEDENAnnie Oliv

                As was customary in recent years, the amount of the prize that the winner and her finalists would receive was not reported. “It has been an excellent contest. I am very happy and I do not regret anything, I am very happy and I dedicate it to my parents, my grandparents and the people of Mexico who supported me,” said Miss Mexico, Carolina Morán, after the contest. Jurgita Jurkuté from Lithuania, a big favorite, did not make it to the final. It was learned that Julia Morley had seen Jurkuté dancing with a man, which ruined her chances of winning. The Lithuanian had also informed the Miss World organization that she had accepted an offer to present her own TV show in her country. The participants began to return to their countries of origin on Sunday, December 2, so they had to pack their belongings and get everything ready the night before.

DECLARATIONS OF MISS VENEZUELA.-

                Claudia Suárez returned surprised from the Miss World pageant. The blonde from Caracas, who was selected among the 16 finalists, never believed that the Chinese representative could win the contest. More beautiful than Zi-Lin Zhang, she said, were the girls from Spain, Puerto Rico and Romania, coincidentally her best friends during the contest. And although she did not win the crown, she had her reward: she was able to walk through Beijing and the Chinese Wall.

-Did you feel pressure to represent Venezuela?

-Yes of course. For being the representative of Venezuela, the whole world is already looking at you. They see what you do, how you are dressed. That’s why I wanted to do everything right: I felt the responsibility to leave Venezuela well represented.

-What could have been missing to achieve a better place?

-I am very calm because I know that I did everything that was in my hands. I gave my best. I did everything as I was told and there is nothing for which I can say: “I missed this and if I had … maybe I would have been in a better place.” Wearing any dress, the result was going to be the same.

-Did you expect China to win the contest?

-I did not expect. It really surprised me a lot. I did see that there was always a favoritism for her, but I never imagined that she could be the winner. Beauty is very subjective and we all have different tastes. Suddenly for me the most beautiful, for you it is not. For me, she was not the most beautiful.

-Which was the most beautiful?

-Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Ecuador were spectacular candidates.

-Who was the rival to beat?

-They were all pretty, but I thought: “I’m not going to waste my energy thinking that someone else is prettier or simply better prepared than me.” I didn’t want to think about that.

REIGN OF MISS WORLD 2007.-

                As usual, the new Miss World received the press the next morning at the Crowne Plaza hotel. “I feel very proud and I am also surprised,” she commented after being crowned and while awaiting the new responsibilities that her title entailed. By the way, her professional partner this year would be the Spanish Juan García, Mister World 2007. Regarding her sentimental life, she stressed that she did not have a boyfriend nor did she plan to have one at that time. “I am the first Chinese to win the title, and more importantly, I won it in my own country,” Zhang told reporters. “I want to be the link between the Miss World Organization and the world and use power and beauty to support those in need,” she said. “Becoming Miss World was not even a dream,” Zhang added. Remember the first time she watched the Miss World pageant. It was in 2003, when it was held for the first time in China, and Zhang was 18 years old. “I thought it was fantastic,” she said. “Then I knew I wanted to be a part of it.” “Miss World is very famous in China. I think deep down many girls would like to participate,” said Zhang, who at 1.82m had been one of the tallest contestants in the pageant, second only to Miss Zimbabwe. “The height, on the one hand, has given me a lot of confidence, and on the other hand, it has constantly reminded me to have good manners, as I would always be easily seen in the crowd,” Zhang told China Daily. “Also, modeling is widely known as a youth profession. I have to prepare for the future,” said Zi-Lin. Zhang said that was why she persevered and finished her university studies despite her great success as a model in the early years. Speaking of the year of reign, Zhang said she would do her best to fulfill her duty as Miss World, which included visiting and raising funds for children in poverty-stricken areas.

                Being a sports fan since she was a child, Zi-Lin said, “No competition is as simple as sports to tell you who is the winner. Over the years, I have experienced both successes and failures.” She added that it was sports that taught her: ‘if there is no pain, there is no gain’. Zhang had long harbored a desire to be a part of the Olympics. “I longed to be a member of the torch relay team,” said the newly crowned Miss World. “I would be very happy if I could be part of the Olympics in some way. Now, as Miss World, I see better prospects for that.” “If you ask me what makes me most happy about being Miss World, I would say: it gives me more opportunities to support more meaningful causes,” Zhang said. Zhang’s victory was seen as not only a victory for her, but also an achievement for China. After Zhang’s title was announced, her blog at sina.com was flooded with more than 1 million views, mostly comments filled with national pride and delight. Zhang’s mother, Shu-ping Liu, a professor at a local university in Beijing, was bombarded with calls and messages from envious friends and parents, asking “how did you raise such an excellent daughter?”

                On the evening of Monday December 3rd, Zi-Lin traveled to London (via Hong Kong) along with Julia Morley to officially begin their pilgrimage around the world, arriving at Heathrow Airport at 6:30am on Tuesday the 4th. In the British capital, Zhang attended a huge fundraising event for Variety Children’s Charity and a fashion shoot for one of the biggest local magazines. Her first international trip was on December 14 when she was a special guest in Moscow at the Miss Russia election. Subsequently, Zi-Lin returned to China where she was received with honors and shared the Christmas holidays with her family. On January 23, at a press conference for her “One World, One Dream” concert in Beijing, Jay Chou offered the first ticket to Zi-lin Zhang, Miss World and Image Ambassador of the Olympic Volunteers of the University of Science and Technology of Beijing. In January 2008, Zi-Lin returned to London to continue fulfilling commitments as Miss World and in February she visited Ireland and South Korea.

                The first week of March, Zi-Lin attended the annual Variety Club event in Des Moines, Iowa, where $20 million was raised for charity. After three weeks of vacation, Zi-Lin returned to London on April 12 and on the 14th of that month she traveled to Mexico where, by the way, the altitude affected her a bit. On May 4, Zi-Lin participated in the Olympic torch relay in Sanya. The torch traveled through more than 100 cities and scenic spots in China, en route to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing on August 8 of that year. Miss Zhang would also have a role to play in the ceremony. On May 9, Miss World 2007 traveled to Auckland, New Zealand for a six-day visit, accompanied by Julia Morley. They attended Variety’s award show at the Sky City Theater. From New Zealand, Zi-Lin traveled to Trinidad-Tobago, where she arrived on May 16. “I am very happy to be here, but it has been very difficult because my country, as you know, had a terrible earthquake. I hope I can come here so I can do more for my country… I will do my best to do my job. I do my best effort every day”, she said in broken English referring to the earthquake that devastated China days earlier. Zhang traveled to Trinidad to speak at the 19th National AIDS Candlelight Memorial held in Chaguanas on May 18. Subsequently, Zi-Lin traveled to France where she was the guest of honor at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24. There she attended the “Palermo Shooting” held at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st edition of the International Festival Cannes Film Festival. In May 2008, Zi-lin was chosen as an image ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, joining a list of stars such as Beyoncé, Eva Longoria and Penélope Cruz.

                On June 2, Zi-Lin visited a school in Beijing that was serving as a temporary home for a group of child survivors of the Sichuan earthquake. On June 28, Miss World traveled to Vietnam to participate in social and charity activities organized by the US-based RAAS Group. Zi-Lin attended a ceremony to present 28 houses, worth a total of VND 280 million, for poor people in Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa province. On June 30, she participated in a float parade in Nha Trang along with Miss Universe 2007, the Japanese Riyo Mori. She also attended ceremonies offering money and scholarships for poor people, HIV patients and students during her stay, which lasted until July 10. She visited the cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Tien Giang and Lao Cai. Julia Morley took advantage of the visit to concretize the celebration of Miss World in Vietnam in 2010, as was officially announced at the beginning of July.

               As of August 2008, Zi-lin appeared on five magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan. She also appeared in the music video for the Olympic song ‘Beijing Welcomes You’. On August 8, she was present at the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Gold medalist Usain Bolt posed with Miss World Zi-lin Zhang during a press conference at the Westin Beijing Hotel on August 23, 2008 in Beijing where he donated US$50,000 to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to help children injured in the Sichuan earthquake. On September 5, Zi-Lin arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Dubai, for a six-day official visit and to be present at the signing of the contract for the celebration of Miss World 2008 in that country. Zi-Lin was crowned ‘Elle Star of the Year’ at the Elle Style Awards in October during London Fashion Week, received Marie Claire magazine’s ‘Icon of the Year’ award and joined a list of previous winners. which includes Linda Evangelista and Cheryl Cole. Zi-Lin raked in a staggering $32 million during her reign, which was a Miss World record. She handed over the crown to her successor on December 12, 2008 in Sandton, South Africa.

Zi-Lin and Riyo Mori

BIOGRAPHY OF ZI-LIN ZHANG.-

                Zi-Lin Zhang was born on March 22, 1984 in the city of Weihai, Shandong province, and grew up in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, where her mother Shu-pang Liu is also from. Her father was engaged in research in the army. Her mother moved to Beijing to teach at colleges and universities, so Zi-Lin went to live with her in the big metropolis, in the Haidian district. Zi-Lin has a brother and a sister. When she was 8 years old, her teacher recommended her to join the school track team. The main events were the triple jump and the 100m hurdles, having won at the Beijing City Youth X Games in 1999. After graduating from high school in 2002, Zi-Lin completed her studies at the University of Science and Beijing Technology and obtained a degree in business administration in 2006. In 2005, she won the “Advanced Sports Distinction Award” at her university. In 2003, she entered the modeling world by participating in the “New Silk Road Model” contest, where she only managed to be a semifinalist. By 2006, Zhang had become one of the top 10 models in China, walking the big catwalks in Berlin. After that, Zi-Lin walked in the Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2007 Collection show in Paris and later earned the title of “Top Model of the Year” from the New Silk Road modeling agency. On September 18, 2007, Zhang ranked second in the Miss Beijing selection, which allowed her to enter the national final of Miss World China, an event she won on October 28, which gave her the pass to Miss World, a title she won in Sanya on December 1st, 2007.

                After handing over her crown, Zi-Lin continued to model and work for welfare, often walking in London Fashion Week. Zhang made her debut in the 2011 film “The Underdog Knight 2” and the 2014 Hong Kong fantasy film “The Monkey King,” among others. Her last film was “Spicy Hot in Love” in 2016. In August 2013, she married Lei Nie, a vice president of a financial industry and with whom she began dating in 2010. The marriage took place in Phuket, Thailand, which Julia Morley also attended. In April 2016, she gave birth to her first daughter, Evelyn, and in mid-2021, her second daughter, Jocelyn, was born. Despite being a mother and a housewife, she continues to be active in the world of modeling. Zi-Lin has been a judge in the Miss World editions of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

FROM THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS.-

                The Dominican and the Jamaican achieved the position of 1st runner-up in Miss Universe 2009 and 2010 respectively. Miss Cayman Islands competed in Miss Universe 2008 and Miss Malaysia in Miss Universe 2011. The girls from Guadeloupe, Latvia, Norway and Scotland, the latter representing the United Kingdom, participated in Miss International 2008. The Scottish was distinguished with the title of Miss United Kingdom 2007 for having been the British girl with the best position in Miss World. The Korean won the World Miss University 2009, Miss Hong Kong was 1st runner-up in Miss Chinese International 2008 and the Venezuelan was 2nd. runner-up in Miss Atlantic International 2008. Miss Costa Rica was in Miss Earth 2008 and Miss Guatemala in Miss Earth 2009. The Costa Rican also competed in Miss American Continent 2008 and the Puerto Rican in that same event but in 2012. The Puerto Rican also tried her luck in Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012, placing as 3rd runner-up and the Japanese was Top 10 in Miss Universe Japan 2008. For her part, the Finnish was a semifinalist in Miss Tourism International 2010, the girl from Tanzania was in Miss India Worldwide 2010 where she was a semifinalist, the Welsh woman was a finalist in Miss Universe Great Britain 2010, the Belarusian was 1st runner-up in Top Model of the World 2007 (held in January 2008), Miss Zimbabwe was 3rd runner-up in Miss Tourism World 2007 and the Guyanese participated in Miss Europe & World Junior 2008. For her part, the Romanian competed unsuccessfully at Miss Universe Romania 2009.

                After competing in Miss World, Micaela Reis from Angola posed for FHM Portugal for its June edition and was also a judge at Miss Universe Tanzania 2008. Later, in 2010, she began her career as an actress, starring in telenovelas and series on her country TV. In 2011 she was a TV presenter for the Elite Model contests in Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts mention in Cinema and Television, in 2019 she won the award for Best Actress at the Golden Globes in Angola and in 2021 she signed a contract with Record TV. She is currently president of the Impacto Creativo Cultural Association that promotes cultural, creative and educational activities in Angola. The Mexican Carolina Morán developed as an actress and TV presenter. She was the protagonist of the movie “Viajes de Esperanza”, host of “Super Estadio” and “Futbol seriously” on Televisa Deportes and Announcer and producer of “Three in the cabin” broadcast by Radio Formula and her own program called “Cuéntaselo a Carolina”. In 2016 she created a meditation app called “OM Meditación” and in 2018 she participated in the reality show “Reto 4 Elementos”. She is married to photographer Bener Menguc and they have a son named Leo (2020). She is currently a writer, sports coach, digital creator, TEDx speaker, Mercedes Benz Ambassador, creator of Remind Planner and lives in Miami. Swedish Annie Oliv continued to model for a time in Europe for Mademoiselle Models, and also appeared at the 2008 Melodifestivalen in the 3rd. eliminatory, accompanying the performance of the singer Mickey Huskic who did not go to the final. She is married to Svante Randlert and is the mother of three children: Stella (2012), Olli (2014) and Ludde (2016). The family lives in Vaxholm. Trinidadian Valene Maharaj married Vishal Maharaj in 2012 and is the mother of the girl Aria (2015). She owns a false eyelash and cosmetology company called “Valene And Company” in San Juan, Trinidad.

                Austrian Christine Reiler graduated as a general doctor in 2011. She has also worked as a theater actress and on TV giving health advice on the ORF channel. Since May 2021, she has been working as an occupational doctor for the ORF. She had a relationship with the swimmer Markus Rogan that did not prosper. In 2015 she married a BMW manager in Austria, Markus Flasch, and is the mother of a boy and a girl born in 2017 and 2019. Dominican Ada Aimée De La Cruz participated in several films after her reign. In 2010, she ran for vice mayor of the Northern Santo Domingo municipality and won, giving up her beauty title. On June 30, 2021, she married Luis Vargas, this being her second marriage since she was previously married to Major League Baseball player Iván Nova and before that she had been the girlfriend of baseball player Ramón Troncoso. She is the mother of the child Adriel Farid (2012). In 2009, the Ecuadorian Valeska Saab was elected to the Andean Parliament by the Political Party of former president León Febres Cordero. In May 2012, as President of the Fifth Committee “On Social Affairs and Human Development”, she coordinated the III Andean Social Summit. She finished her term in 2013. She married on January 14, 2011, with Guayaquil businessman Nicolás Florido. She is the mother of two girls, Alana (2012) and Alissa (2014). After Miss World, Vivian Burkhardt from Grenada was romantically involved with Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton. She graduated as a doctor and worked as such for a time in New York. She was married on July 13, 2019 to fellow doctor Roland Schubert, she is the mother of a girl born in early 2020 and lives in Rostock, Germany. Ka-yi Cheung from Hong Kong has a postgraduate degree in public health. As an actress, she participated in two films and several TV series between 2010 and 2019. She married Nathan Lau in September 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. She is the mother of two girls, Leora (2016) and Hannah (2019).

               Jamaican Yendi Phillipps has a Masters in Leisure and Recreation Management. Additionally, she has hosted Digicel Rising Stars. In 2012, she gave birth to her daughter Israel, the product of her relationship with singer-songwriter Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor. She has been the host of the TV show “Odyssey With Yendi.” Deborah Priya Henry from Malaysia was the face of the Malaysian International Fashion Alliance (MIFA) in 2011, she was one of the three hosts of “Bella”, a magazine style talk show with Daphne Iking and Elaine Daly and participated in the film “The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines” which was released in 2011. She later left her modeling career to defend the lives of refugee children in Malaysia. Henry co-founded Fugee School, a nonprofit charity that provides basic education to Somali refugee children. Henry is also a World Vision Child Rights Advocate and became an ambassador for the “Yes, I Can” campaign, an educational, awareness and advocacy campaign for the prevention of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies in Malaysia. In 2016, Henry launched a personal fundraiser under “World Vision Malaysia” to raise money for displaced Syrian nationals seeking refuge in Lebanon. In March 2017, Henry launched a clothing line called Deborah Henry x FashionValet: Laidback Luxe. In collaboration with Fashion Valet, the line features clothing aimed at fashion travelers. In 2018 she also joined the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. She got married on February 27, 2017 with Dr. Rajiv Bhanot, in a ceremony held in Udaipur, India. Puerto Rican Jennifer Guevara continued her modeling career and also ventured into acting. In 2011, some half-naked photos of her circulated through the networks after her cell phone was stolen. She is the mother of the boy Roberto José born in 2019, product of her relationship with Robert Figueroa. She currently helps young school dropouts to achieve their goals through a social project.

                The American Abby McCary married Michael Law and is the mother of three boys born in 2013, 2015 and 2017. She continues to do odd jobs as a model and lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado. In 2011, the Venezuelan Claudia Suárez hosted “Somos Talento”, a program that supported national talent. Then, in 2012, Televen opened the doors for her to host the program “Lo Actual”. In 2013 Claudia moved to Miami, working for a Venezuelan community newspaper. She was the girlfriend of the pilot Omar Camero Oropeza, son of Ana Teresa Oropeza, Miss Venezuela 1982, and the vice-president of Televen, Omar Camero. But in 2014 Camero Oropeza died in a plane crash so Suárez decided to return to Venezuela. In 2015, she worked at Globovisión, where she had the opportunity to lead the shows section within the Globovisión Newscast. On February 17, 2017, Claudia launched her nail paint brand, CS, inspired by the cosmetic line of fellow Venezuelan presenter Gaby Espino. In 2018, the Spanish press accused her of being linked to tycoon Diego Salazar and, ultimately, to the notorious ‘Andorra plot’ that served as a channel for the embezzlement of 2,000 million dollars from the state oil company PDVSA. These accusations affected her and made her decide to get away from the cameras and from public life for a while. She has recently done several runway shows for designer Giovanni Scutaro. She currently lives in Caracas.

                Elda Dushi from Albania got married in 2009 and went to live in Belgium, moving away from public life. Argentinean Noelia Alejandra Bernal worked for a while as a model for Gloria Promotions in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She returned to Argentina, married the doctor Juan Ortega in 2015 and lives in San Miguel de Tucumán. Boyoura Martijn from Aruba is a financial administrator, runs the “Boyoura Bar Aruba”, shares her love life with Alex van den Berg and is the mother of a son. After Miss World, Australian Caroline Pemberton was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, ambassador for the Sir David Martin Foundation, the Novus Foundation and joined the board of directors of the Kokoda Trust. Pemberton has also worked as a television presenter, producing and hosting the ‘Outside Television’ show ‘Dispatches’ in the US and hosting stories from Antarctica, New Zealand, East Timor and China for the travel show maximum audience ‘Getaway’. She was the presenter for a long time of ‘Places We Go’ and ‘The Offroad Adventure Show’ on Channel 10 and, more recently, of ‘House of Wellness’ on Channel 7. She did the same with the TV series ‘Adventures’ and has featured on Australia’s FoxSports News. She is currently developing her own TV series called ‘Unplugged’, which aims to inspire people to ‘unplug and live’ by putting down their devices and finding perspective in the world around them. She currently lives in Sydney. Anya Watkins from the Bahamas works at the Athena Café in Nassau and is a real estate entrepreneur. She is married to George Mousis and is the mother of three boys Panogiotis (2009), Stavros (2011) and Andreas (2016). Alena Aladka from Belarus lives in Minsk and is the mother of two boys, Ian (2013) and Dane (2018). Felicita Arzu from Belize, now Mrs. Carmichael, is a graduate of New Mexico University (NMSU) and currently works as an assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at Oakland University, where she teaches the rhetorics of race and ethnicity and contemporary issues in writing studies. Her career deals with research and teaching center, technology, inclusion and place-embodiment in writing studies, communication techniques and cultural rhetoric. Her work has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly and the WPA Journal. She lives in Michigan, USA.

                Bolivian Sandra Hernández runs the family business Avícola Saavedra in Cochabamba. She married Christian Vrsalovic Coughlin on July 25, 2009, and is the mother of two sons, born in 2012 and 2014. Malebogo Marumoagae from Botswana is a social entrepreneur and runs Belle Larissa, a consulting firm she founded in 2009 that provides brand training personal, professional image and etiquette. She won a “Woman in Business” award, in the category of Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. In 2017 she organized the first International Women in Mining (IWiN) Conference in Botswana. The Brazilian Regiane Andrade developed as a professional photographer and is the mother of Heitor (2015). She lives in Santa Catarina. Canadian Sara Ghulam adopted the stage name of Sara G and dedicated herself to singing in the “Urban Pop” style. In 2015 she released her first single “A Milli”. She married Don David on September 17, 2020 and is the mother of three boys: Elijah (2013), Micah (2016), Amarii Don (2020) and a girl, AmaRaya (2021). Rebecca Parchment from the Cayman Islands is a businesswoman, she married Gustavo Lecanda on May 22, 2010 and in 2018 she adopted a 20-month-old Chinese girl named Zoe. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Chilean Bernardita Zúñiga currently works as an executive administrative assistant for plastic surgeon Dr. Claudio Silva in Santiago and is the mother of two children, Luisa (2014) and Constantino (2015). In 2009, the Colombian Maria José Torrenegra was chosen as Chica Aguila, image of the popular beer. She currently works as general manager at the Bonnadona Prevent clinic. She lives in Barranquilla. Costa Rican Wendy Cordero has a degree in Human Resources, a medical visitor and worked for many years as a news presenter on Guatemalan TV, the country where she has lived since 2009. She currently works for the CISA Corporation.

               After Miss World, the Croatian Tajana Jeremic married Andrija Prkačin and moved to Slavonski Brod where she ran the “Fitness Center Coloseum” together with her husband, but years later the couple separated. She returned to live in Vukovar and currently owns the beauty salon “Beauty Studios Mirror”. She is the mother of two children born in 2010 and 2012. Curaçaoan Mc Keyla Richards is a security officer in Willemstad and the mother of a girl. Cypriot Dora Anastasiou is an interior designer and works for Alexander College in Larnaca. Czech Katerina Sokolova continues to model, co-founded The AutTalk Foundation with her father, which helps children with autism, and is an art dealer at Adolf Loos Gallery. In 2021, Katerina received the IAYSP Czech Heroes of Youth Award for her work in the field of philanthropy. The Danish Line Kruuse works as a laboratory technician at Bonkolab with research in childhood cancer. She lives in Korsor. English Georgia Horsley, presenter and model, married singer Danny Jones in August 2014 and is the mother of Cooper (2018). Salvadoran Silvia Michelle Melhado decided to enter the world of fashion through her store Alana. She married Sergio Gadala in 2015 and is the mother of a boy (2016) and a girl (2018). Kadi Sizask from Estonia is a makeup artist and painter and has her own art gallery named after her. She is married to Endel Kaesel and has two children: Mia (2017) and Mati (2019). Finnish model and designer Linnea Aaltonen has worked as an actress, TV presenter and reporter. She lives in Helsinki. The French Rachel Legrain-Trapani has been a theater and comedy actress, columnist, TV presenter and image of numerous advertising products. In March 2019, she officially launched her blog where she shares tips, beauty advice, and her experience as an entrepreneurial mother. Between October 2007 and July 2009, she was in a relationship with French athlete Ladji Doucouré. She married soccer player Aurélien Capoue at the Abbey of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil on June 8, 2013. On December 23, 2013, her first son, Gianni, was born. In 2016, the couple ended their relationship and shared custody of their son. In May 2018, Rachel was in a relationship with soccer player Benjamin Pavard but they separated in February 2019. In August 2019, she formalized her relationship with model Valentin Léonard and on July 7, 2020, she had her second child, Andrea.

                Tamar Nemsitsveridze from Georgia married Irakli Arshba, a wealthy businessman, in 2009 and they have two children, Oto (2010) and Gabriela (2012). Tamar runs a contemporary art gallery in Tbilisi called “Window Project”. They live between Tbilisi and Aprelevka, Russia. Irakli Arshba is the son of Russian Duma deputy Otar Arshba. A few years ago, Otar Arshba was ranked ninth among the top ten Georgian billionaires. According to the Russian “Forbes”, his property exceeds 360 million rubles. Danielle Perez from Gibraltar is a primary school teacher based in Brighton, UK. She has been married to Nick Bowring since 2015 and is the mother of two children: Harry (2016) and Remy Roo (2020). Greek Katerina Evangelinou is a presenter on BlueSkyTV and a blogger, as well as a dietitian and model. The Guatemalan Hamy Tejeda has worked as an actress and TV presenter in her country, she is also a businesswoman, founder of her own stores “Hamy’s Store”, “Hamy’s Lashes” and “Hamy’s Closeth”, where she offers clothes of her own brand. She has participated in bodybuilding competitions. She has two children, Fabiano (2012) and Luciano (2014) from her marriage to Franco Teza, who was Mr. Earth Guatemala and first runner-up in Mr. Earth 2007 and from whom she is separated. Guyanese Candace Charles lived in Chicago, Illinois (USA) between 2014 and 2015 while completing her studies in food and beverage management. She currently runs the “Night Cap” cafe and restaurant in Georgetown. Hungarian Krisztina Bodri became a doctor and is the director of the health and aesthetic center ‘Infubar Aesthetica’ in Budapest. She is married to plastic surgeon István Seffer and is the mother of two children, Oliver (2011) and a female born in 2017. Sarah-Jane Dias from India became an actress, host and ‘video jockey’. Her acting career began in 2010 with “Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai”; in 2022 she participated in the second season of “Never Kiss Your Best Friend”. She currently hosts podcasts on “The Sarah-Jane Show” which can be heard on various online platforms. Kamidia Radisti from Indonesia made films between 2008 and 2012. She married businessman Lutfi Ubaidillah on April 5, 2009 and is the mother of three children: Kaira Fidilla Kanakita (2010), Raika Fidilla Kanakita (2013) and Javas Biru Anaking (2015). ). She is a master of ceremonies and a TV presenter. Irish Bláthnaid Mckenna grew up as a public relations specialist and lives in London. Israeli Liran Kohener married TV personality Guy Geyor in 2015 and is the mother of two girls: Shaya (2018) and Ari (2021). She is co-owner of the clothing brand ‘Toppatsu’. The Italian Giada Wiltshire is in a relationship with Gian Marco Sangiorgi and is the mother of Leonardo, who was born at the end of 2021. She lives in Milan.

                Japanese Rui Watanabe, who now goes by the name Lui, launched the company “Sunroom Yoga” in 2011 and continued to work as a model, actress and fitness instructor. On February 23, 2013, she was appointed an ambassador for the Japanese National Trust. She is the mother of a boy named Riku (2016). Catherine Wangari Wainaina from Kenya is married to Kwame Parker and is the mother of two boys, Neville (2012) and Selwyn (2014). She lives in Nairobi. Korean Eun-ju Cho is a news reporter and director of the Chosum Media Center in Seoul, as well as an ambassador for different NGOs, including the UN Chronicle Ambassador, the Happy Foundation, the Korean Childhood Diabetes Association, the Korean Society of Disabled Persons and the Korean Leukemia Society. Latvian Kristina Djadenko lived in Los Angeles, USA from 2011 until recently, where she worked as an acting and modeling teacher and as an image consultant. In 2013, she received recognition from the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles for her personal achievements and as an ambassador for the Latvian Red Cross. She is currently the director of Miss Latvia. Lebanese Nadine Wilson Njeim became an actress and TV presenter; she played several leading roles for TV series such as “Ghazlel Baneit”. Njeim also managed to land the role of the Arabic voice of Lara Croft in the 2013 video game Tomb Raider. In 2018, she took on the Arabic voice acting role of “Shadow of the Tomb Raider”. She currently works for the advertising agency Microbits. She married Ramzy Dib in 2016.

                Lithuanian Jurgita Jurkute worked for several years as an actress and TV host of the game show “Chorus War”. In 2014, she won the Best Actress award at the Vilnius International Film Festival. She married on September 8, 2012, with Rytis Sirvaitis. She is the mother of the girl Kornelija (2017). Jana Stojanovska from Macedonia, today Mrs. Cherenko, owns her own clothing brand “Jana Stojanovska for Fokabo” and is also a well-known actress in her country. Stephanie Zammit from Malta is a teacher and mother of two girls: Nicole (2014) and Jade (2018). Melody Selvon from Mauritius worked as a model, was an ambassador in Hampi, a world heritage site, and graduated as a doctor, a profession she practices today. She is the mother of Victoria (2014). Ina Codreanu from Moldova is a fitness trainer and owner of the sportswear brand Innko. She married Alexei Kishlaru on March 1, 2013 and is the mother of three children: Suzy (2013), Semion (2015) and Savelii (2017). Oyungerel Gankhuyag from Mongolia is married to Badrakh Badamsuren and is the mother of two children, a boy, Suldochir (2013) and a girl, Sodgereltekh (2016). The Nepalese Sitashma Chand runs her own real estate company, works as a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines, married Benjamin Zachary Price in February 2013 and is the mother of the boy Jay Zachary (2015). She lives in Dubai. The Dutch Melissa Sneekes is an International DJ. In 2013 she participated in the auditions for season 4 of “The Voice of Holland”. She has recently participated in the RTL4 program “Life is Beautiful”. She is the mother of a boy (2022). Stephanie Dods from New Zealand is an interior decorator and has been married since September 9, 2019 to the American actor and radio host Casey Wyatt Garabato Miller (KC Montero) and is the mother of little Wyatt (2020). She lives in Manila, Philippines. Nigerian Munachi Abii Nwankwo is a painting artist, actress, film director, musician and businesswoman; resides in Lagos. Melissa Patton from Northern Ireland is married to Gary Scobie and is the mother of Mila (2019). She lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Norwegian Lisa-Mari Moen Jünge has worked as a sports presenter and reporter for TV 2 Sporten. She completed her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Oslo University College in the summer of 2012. She then started studying law and completed her master’s degree in jurisprudence in the summer of 2017. Since April 8, 2021, she works as a lawyer at the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Government in Oslo.

                Panamanian Shey Ling Him Gordon was a model for Wilhelmina and worked in New York and Miami. She is an electrical engineer and data scientist, creates artificial intelligence and works for the US Navy. She has been married since the end of 2013 to the Frenchman Arnaud Patrice Morichelli and has two children, Aiden Henri (2016) and Claire (2019). She lives in Oviedo, Florida. Paraguayan María De La Paz Vargas is a nutritionist, she is married to the doctor Luis Montiel Oviedo and has two children: Martina (2018) and Leandro (2021). The Peruvian Cynthia Calderón directs “Dolce by Cynthia Calderon” which is in charge of making handmade desserts. She is romantically linked with Tony Chiarella and is the mother of Lucca (2018). She lives in Tacna. Filipina Margaret Wilson is an actress, businesswoman and TV personality. She married Victor Consunji on December 18, 2010 but they separated in 2021. She gave birth to their son Connor in 2012. In 2016, Wilson won the fifth season of “The Amazing Race Asia” and in March 2017, she was cast as host of cycle 3 of “Philippines’ Next Top Model” on TV5. Wilson made history in November 2017 when she became the first Filipino woman to complete a marathon in Antarctica. In October 2018, she opened Casa Consunji, a furniture and decoration store. She is currently a co-host of “Beached,” a travel show on the Metro Channel. Polish Karolina Zakrzewska married Marcel Luzar on July 22, 2017 and is the mother of two boys born in 2018 and 2020. She lives in Zielona Góra. Romanian Elena Azoitei has been married to Andreas Popescu since September 10, 2016 and is the mother of two boys: Aaron (2018) and Levin (2022). She lives in Stuttgart, Germany. Russian Tat’yana Kotova is an actress, TV personality and singer. From March 2008 to April 2010 she was a soloist in the Ukrainian pop band “Nu Virgos”, replacing Vera Brezhneva. She is currently working on a solo career. She owns the “Miss to Kiss” clothing brand, “Comfy Home” home wear, and “Ice Device” cosmetics.

                Nieve Jennings from Scotland has been married to Stuart King since November 4, 2015 and is the mother of a son, Innes (2017). Serbian Mirjana Bozovic participated in the reality show “Farm” in 2010. In November 2013, she married businessman Željko Rutović. She is the mother of Ognjen (2012) and twins Radmila and Vasilije (2019). Roshni Kaur Soin from Singapore participated in the reality show “SuperModel Me” in 2010, placing 10th. Slovakian Veronika Husarova participated in “Dancing with the Stars” in her country in 2008. In 2014 she married Juraj Vágner, so now she is Mrs. Vagnerova. She is the founder and designer of the footwear brand “Ve Shoes”. She is a recognized public figure in Slovakia. Slovenian Tadeja Ternar has been running the Glammodels modeling agency in her country since 2011 and is co-owner of Sampi, a company that produces non-alcoholic beverages. South African Megan Coleman runs the image consultancy “Image Insured” together with her mother. She married Craig Bobbert in 2020 and became the mother of a girl in 2022. She lives in Hillcrest, Kwazulu-Natal. Spaniard Natalia Zabala lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her boyfriend James and their daughter Mia born in April 2022. Romanthi Maria Colombage from Sri Lanka worked as a model in India after Miss World. It has been the image of Colombo Jewelery stores. She married the banker Gayan Wijesinha on July 10, 2010, she is the mother of the girl Anisha (2014) and the boy Taj (2020). The family lives in New York.

                Richa Maria Adhia from Tanzania has been married to Haninder Sachdeva since 2018, works for Eight Continents Hotels & Resorts and lives in Rugby, UK. Thai Kanokkorn Jaicchuen has worked as an actress but currently works as a publicist at the Carabao Advertising Agency in Bangkok. The Turkish Selen Soyder is a renowned actress in her country, she has also continued her work as a model and is also a social activist. She married businessman Oren Fransez in 2015, whom she divorced in August 2022. Ugandan Monica Kansume Kasyate is a fashion designer, co-owner of Ipigogo Fashion House and director of NewLiner Events. Ukrainian Lika Roman is a lecturer, co-founder of the international organization “Silver Ring” and an active participant in the organization “The View” for orphans and disadvantaged families. Welsh Kelly-Louise Pesticcio is a beautician, founder of “The Beauty Medics”, has been married to former English rugby player Richard James Blaze since 2013 and is the mother of two girls. And Caroline Marufu from Zimbabwe, today Mrs. Buwu, is the director of “Dazzle Smile pvt” and the Miss Tourism Manicaland pageant and has been married since June 23, 2012.

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