Miss World

Leggy ambassadors stand tall at launch of Ecco's latest outlet

To celebrate the opening of its new store at Festival Walk mall in Kowloon Tong, Danish footwear brand Ecco invited model Lynn Xiong Dailin and Zhang Zilin, China's first Miss World, to officiate at Monday's opening ceremony.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am

Pageants become big business on mainland

Few people can recall the name or the face of the mainland's first beauty queen, who just seven years after the opening and reform of China took the Miss Canton title.

The contest, held in Guangzhou, was abandoned soon afterwards as the contest fell out of favour with conservative leaders.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

An ugly obsession with beauty

The mainland's hosting of the Miss World contest has underlined its credentials as a global leader in the beauty queen business. But a very different pageant held at the weekend in Beijing raises uncomfortable questions.

20 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Pageant's love affair with Hainan is more than skin-deep

The Miss World beauty pageant cemented its love affair with China yesterday.

The iconic and often controversial contest will be held in Sanya on Hainan for the third consecutive year next year, said Julia Morley, the long-serving head of the pageant, after signing a contract for this year's contest, to be held in December.

13 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Missed out

Despite all the fuss over the Miss World pageant on Hainan island, television audiences across the mainland were reportedly left out in the cold.

8 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Pageant puts divisions on parade

The Miss World roadshow rolled out of Beijing yesterday, leaving a simmering debate in its wake over whether hosting the contest represents a setback for women's rights on the mainland.

23 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Beauty and the Beach

Hainan Island's Sheraton Sanya resort will play host to more than 100 beauty queens for the Miss World 2003 pageant. The lovely women will be stuck in glorious Hainan for the entire month of November doing training and rehearsals at the resort until the pageant finale on December 6.

3 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Jolly joins chorus of disapproval

Victoria Jolly, runner-up in this year's Miss Hong Kong, is out to prove she's more than just a pretty face.

As a participant in the controversial Miss World 2002 pageant to be held in Nigeria in December, Jolly (right) is planning to write to Nigerian officials to condemn an Islamic court's decision to sentence a woman to death by stoning for adultery.

7 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

City eyes Miss World pageant

The city of Sanya on Hainan Island is seeking to host the annual Miss World pageant finals in the near future.

In a visit to Sanya last week, Miss World organiser Julia Morley said the city might be selected to host the finals. Xinhua said city officials were trying to persuade organisers to hold the finals there sometime in the next few years.

22 May 2002 - 12:00am

Beauty in eyes of beholder

Would you believe that a beauty pageant could lead to discontent across a nation and that people would go to such extremes as killing themselves to stop it happening? In India, a group of farmers, housewives, students and feminists are strongly opposed to the staging of the Miss World contest in Bangalore next month.

They insist the beauty pageant be cancelled.

24 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Beauty upstaged by the beast

BEAUTY pageants are always hip in the Philippines. Several of the archipelago's nymphets have been winning at international beauty contests, while there are always enough quaint sideshows revolving around the main events to titillate the public's voracious demand.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Beauties and the Beast

THINGS began to fall into focus at Sun City when 81 Miss World contestants, 50 press, three ascending stars, 14 falling stars and two stars so small their light could not be seen, were joined by a short, bald, lesbian.

5 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Russia's crowned head for figures keeps her feet firmly on the ground

WHEN you are wearing a glittering diamond crown up above and high pointed heels down below - and you are 6 feet 1 inch to begin with - getting into the elevator at the Sheraton calls for some delicate manoeuvring.

But Miss World, Julia Kourotchkina, managed it in style and we descended together with five photographers for an impromptu photo-call on Nathan Road.

4 May 1993 - 12:00am

Claws drawn for clash over Miss China title

POLITICS stalk the catwalk and claws are drawn as China and Taiwan prepare for a scrap over which glamour queen will carry the Miss China title.

While the mainland is gearing up for what is reported to be their first national beauty pageant in Shenzhen in May, organisers of the Miss World competition have thrown the Chinese authorities into a quandary.

25 Mar 1993 - 12:00am