Eric Morley founded the Miss World competition in 1951, making it the oldest running beauty pageant in the world. Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss International, and Miss Universe are the four major international beauty pageants. Since the Miss World competitions began, 36 countries have won the title, some more than once. India and Venezuela have won the coveted title six times each.
Miss World Winners From India
India first won the Miss World title in 1966 when Reita Faria Powell (born in 1943) won the crown. In the competition that took place at the Lyceum Theater, UK, she also had the best evening wear. Powell was the first Asian woman to hold the title and she also became the first winner to become a medical doctor.
India got their second title in 1994 through Aishwarya Rai (born in 1973) at the Sun City Entertainment Center in South Africa. Rai doubles as an actress and as one of the most influential Indian celebrities to date.
India won their third title in 1997 when Diana Hayden (born in 1973) won the pageant at Plantation Club in Seychelles. In the same competition, Hayden became the first ever contestant to win three other subtitles, namely Continental Queen of Asia and Oceania, Miss Photogenic, and Spectacular Swimwear.
In 1999 and 2000, India won two consecutive titles through Yukta Mookhey (born 1979) and Priyanka Chopra (born in 1982). Mookhey also won the Continental Queen of Asia and Oceania subtitle during the same event. She is currently a leading Bollywood actress. Chopra on the other end is a leading actress in both Bollywood and Hollywood and was a lead cast in the ABC series of Quantico.
India won their last title in 2017 when Manushi Chhillar (born 1997) received the crown in China. Times Magazine named Chhillar as one of the Most Desirable Women in India 2017.
Miss World Winners From Venezuela
In 1955, Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga (1936 – 2016) was the first Venezuelan and Latin American to win Miss World title. The competition occurred at the Lyceum Theatre. In the same year, she was top 15 in the Miss Universe competition.
Pilín León (born Carmen Josefina León Crespo, 1963) became the second Venezuelan to win the title in 1981 at the Royal Albert Hall, UK. She is currently a writer.
Venezuela got another title in 1984 through Astrid Carolina Herrera (born in 1963). After this title, Herrera went on to win many awards as an actress in Mexico and Venezuela.
Venezuela’s fourth title went to Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiménez (born in 1971) at the Georgia World Congress Center in the US in 1991.
Another Venezuelan, Jacqueline María Aguilera Marcano (born in 1976) won the title in 1995. The same year, Aguilera also won the Top Model of the World title.
Ivian Sarcos (born in 1989) won the last Miss World title for Venezuela in 2011 in London. Sarcos also won the Miss Amazonas and the Most Beautiful Face in 2010 and Miss World Americas in 2011.
Other Countries with Multiple Titles
The UK has a total of five titles won in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1974, and 1983. South Africa has three titles won in 1958, 1974, and in 2014. The US, Iceland, Jamaica, and Sweden have won the titles three times each whereas Puerto Rico and China won it two times each. There are several other countries with two wins and others with single wins.
Which Country Has Had the Most Miss World Winners?
India and Venezuela have both one Miss World championships six times, more than any other country. The United Kingdom has won the pageant five times.
Countries With The Most Miss World Winners
|1||India||6||1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2017|
|2||Venezuela||6||1955, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, 2011|
|3||United Kingdom||5||1961, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1983|
|4||South Africa||3||1958, 1974, 2014|
|5||United States||3||1973, 1990, 2010|
|6||Iceland||3||1985, 1988, 2005|
|7||Jamaica||3||1963, 1976, 1993|
|8||Sweden||3||1951, 1952, 1977|
|9||Puerto Rico||2||1975, 2016|
|28||Trinidad and Tobago||1||1986|
About the Author
Mark is a student at Maseno University and community commentator in Kenya. Mark also has interests in geography, African history, and international development.
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