It was a Christmas morning like no other. I turned on the TV after my husband and children opened their gifts, looking for something to watch while I cleaned up the Christmas morning chaos of wrapping paper. It just so happens my channel was turned to E Television. What was on television this Christmas morning on this station? It was the Miss World Pageant 2016, broadcast in Washington D.C. I was immediately captured by these women putting themselves out there and on stage for a purpose.
As these beautiful faces and big hearts canvased the screen, I began to see their awesome mission – to use their beauty for a purpose. Beauty with a Purpose is both part of the competition and an overall resounding theme throughout it. Miss World raises money for humanitarian organisations around the world. Miss World has been around for many years, and over a hundred countries participate in national Miss World pageants around the globe. Whether it’s teaching underprivileged children, disaster relief efforts, feeding the homeless or building schools and homes around the world, it’s clear the gorgeous contestants have a heart to make a positive change around the globe.
“I left home when I was 14 and traveled the world,” Miss Brazil Raissa Santana, a law student, said. She went on to discuss her passions and helping others around the world. “I want to be known as a worldwide model with charity programmes, to be a face that people will remember for doing good,” she states in her biography. Miss United States Audra Mari said that she had grown close to Miss Malta Anthea Zammit, and that she ad also met some other amazing women during the events.
Image above: Miss Malta Anthea Zammit
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle, (image below) a musician, who’s also a humanitarian worker, pre-law student and model, was crowned Miss World 2016. She speaks three languages; French, English and Spanish. The contestants also participate in a triathlon-strength physical competition and games involving marathon-style running, shot put and other physical activities. In addition, there are personal interviews, a talent competition and a culinary competition where the contestants cook.
The swimsuit category has in fact been crapped, as it does not fit the theme and overall goal with the pageant. “The organisation has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” Chris Wilmer of Miss World told ABC News. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s beauty with a purpose. There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.”
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