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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Miss World 2013: Trivia

*Last night 23 year old Megan Young became the first woman from the Philippines to win the Miss World title in the 63 year history of the Miss World Pageant.
* The national director of the Philippines, Cory Quirino, only took over the franchise in 2011. In just three years, she had a winner, a runner-up, and a top 15 finalist.
* The Philippines came very close to winning in 2011 and 1973. In fact, when Miss World 1973, Marjorie Wallace was fired in March of 1974, Miss Philippines, Evangeline Luis Pascual, was next in line to inherit the title but Wallace was never officially replaced by one of her runners-up.
* France's Marine Lorphelin was named the runner-up and gave France their best placement in 15 years. Miss France was runner-up in to Miss World 1998 too.
*Lorphelin was cheered on by France's very own Denise Perrier who was Miss World 1953. Perrier remains the only French woman to have worn the Miss World crown. This is also the 6oth anniversary of her triumph.
*Miss Ghana, Naa Okailey Shooter, finished in third place giving Ghana their best placement yet at Miss World.
* Gorgeous Miss Brazil, Sancler Frantz, met Hollywood superstar Halle Berry earlier this year. In an ironic twist of fate, Frantz did not finish in the top 3 despite being a huge favorite for the crown just like Berry. Both girls finished as finalists. Can Frantz go on to emulate Berry and become a global superstar?
*Miss Spain, Elena Ibarbia, finished as a finalist too. She is the first Miss World Spain and gave Spain their best results since 1988!
* People's choice winner, Miss Gibraltar Maroua Kharbouch, went from being exluded from the top 20 to being voted straight into the top 6 by fans from around the world. It was only Gibraltar's second ever placement at Miss World. The first time was in 2009 when they won the title. It seems like they either "go big or go home".
*Nepal and Indonesia also had their best placements ever at Miss World.
*Slovakia placed for the first time ever.

* A record number of 127 delegates competed for the crown.

Photos: Miss World Organisation

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