India plays host to Miss World after nearly three decades

The grand finale is likely to be held towards the end of the year

Miss world competition 2023 From Left: Salman Ahmed, Julia Morley, Karolina Bielawska, Jamil Saide and Sini Shetty

“Why not India?” Julia Morley, chairperson and CEO of Miss World Organisation said when asked why India had been chosen as the host country for the 71st edition of Miss World 2023. With this, the Miss World pageant is returning to India after nearly three decades. It was last held in Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium in 1996. The organisers credit the nation's rich cultural heritage, its commitment to promoting diversity, and its passion for empowering women as the reason to choose India as the host country.

Morley further said that she has had a great affection for India from the moment she visited the country over 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. Miss World Limited and PME Entertainment are joining forces to produce an extraordinary Miss World Festival. 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.”

The Miss World Organisation’s chairperson and CEO along with the reigning Miss World Karolina Bielawska and Miss India World Sini Shetty announced on Thursday that the pageant will be held in India this year.

Sini Shetty who will be representing India in Miss World in her home country feels fortunate and has started preparing for the pageant. Shetty who hails from Karnataka said, “It’s a great privilege to bring all my sister winners to my country and to showcase our culture to them. I hope I bring home the crown.”

If Shetty brings home the crown, India will become the nation with the most number of Miss World title holders including Reita Faria, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Manushi Chhillar, Diana Hayden and Yukta Mookhey.

Miss World 2022, Karolina Bielawska who hails from Poland too seemed excited to be in India and try Indian cuisines. “India prepares to welcome the world with open arms with the 71st Miss World 2023 and showcase the country's grace, beauty, and progressive spirit. I have heard so much about India. My mother always wanted to take a trip here with me. I hope I get to visit Bengaluru, Goa, Agra and many more cities in India and interact with the people and absorb local culture. I cannot wait to try panipuris,” she said.

Salman Ahmed, founder and CEO, PME, a Dubai based global entertainment firm which is associated with Miss World for the pageant said, “We’re delighted to partner with the Miss World Organisation to host the 71st Miss World in India, an incredible country, full of vibrancy, colors, and life - the elements that represent beauty in its purest form.”

The 71st Miss World 2023 in India will also promote charitable causes through philanthropic activities, inspiring contestants to make a positive impact in their communities and contribute to society. Contestants from over 130 countries will gather in India to compete and participate in a series of rigorous competitions, including talent showcases, sports challenges, and charitable initiatives, all aimed at highlighting the qualities that make them ambassadors of change. The grand finale is likely to be held towards the end of the year.