Miss World, the oldest international beauty pageant in the world, is set to make its grand return to India—nearly three decades since it was last held in the country in 1996. It was previously announced that the pageant will be held in United Arab Emirates in May.
The announcement was made on Thursday, June 8 in New Delhi by chairperson and CEO of the Miss World Organization Julia Morley and reigning Miss World Karolina Bielawska.
"I have had a great affection for India from the first moment I visited this incredible country more than 30 years ago! We cannot wait to share your unique and diverse culture, world-class attractions, and breathtaking locations with the rest of the world," Morley said.
The Miss World Organization also revealed that it chose India as the host country as it "recognizes the nation's rich cultural heritage, its commitment to promoting diversity, and its passion for empowering women."
"The 71st Miss World 2023 will showcase the Achievements of 130 National champions in their one-month journey across 'Incredible India' as we present the 71st and most spectacular Miss World final ever," said Morley.
The pageant will gather about 130 delegates from all over the world and have them participate in various philanthropic activities, as well as competitions that will showcase their "talents, intelligence, and compassion."
More details regarding the date and venue for Miss World 2023 will be announced in the upcoming months.
Gwendolyn Furniol is set to represent the Philippines in the international pageant in the hopes of winning the country's second crown.
Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013, making her the first Filipina to win the title.