The world’s most beautiful women! 63 years of miss world in pictures show changing face of beauty from vintage glamour to noughties glitz as competition returns yo London in honour of first show
Incredible pictures from more than 60 years of the Miss World competition show how much fashions have changed since the first show of stunners in 1951.
The world’s ‘most beautiful women’ have gathered in London again this year to vie for the crown of Miss World.
But while contestants are often accused of being identikit models, these pictures show the difference between the first winners with their demure post-war glamour and the glitzy gowns of contestants in more recent years.
Miss World 1951 Kiki Hakansson showed off her vintage glamour in photos at the first competition held at the Lyceum theatre in London and even then the swimwear round bagged headlines.
Since then, the contest has since been staged all over the world and played host to big eyes and swooping eyeliner in the model of the 60s Twiggy as well as the giant hair and shoulder pads of 80s entrants.
It was not until the nineties that winners outfits become the glitter heavy gowns the competition is now famous for.
And contestants from the noughties are notable for their slim frames and lack of first winner Kiki’s hour-glass figures.
Notable winners include Miss World 1994 who became Bollywood sensation Aishwarya Rai and 1976 winner Cindy Breakspeare who married Bob Marley as well as being an accomplished jazz musician in her own right.
Stunning Miss World 1975 Wilnelia Merced is from Puerto Rico but has been entitled to use the title Lady Forsyth her husband Bruce was knighted in 2011.
And one famous entrant who despite never claiming the title has gone on to global success is Halle Berry who stunned judges as in 1986 finishing in 6th place.
Women from Britain have donned the crown three times, going to Rosemarie Frankland in 1961, Ann Sydney in 1964, Lesley Langley in 1965 and Sarah-Jane Hutt in 1983.
Brit Helen Morgan was named Miss World 1974 but ‘dethroned’ four days later after it was discovered she had a son.