Staying beautiful is hard work - for the backup team. It took 40 bellhops nearly three-quarters of an hour to deliver 600 pieces of luggage to the rooms of the Miss World hopefuls, according to the Sheraton Sanya Resort, host hotel for the event. And to keep the 106 contestants looking wrinkle-free, ironing is turned around in just 20 minutes, while getting an outfit washed and ironed takes 21/2 hours. While the hotel staff were hard at work behind the scenes yesterday to ensure the contestants would look their best, the women - or 'girls', as they are invariably called - were closeted away in rehearsals for tonight's finals. On the eve of the crowning of the next Miss World, attention focused on the panel of judges, particularly Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, whose book spawned the popular television show of the same name. Dressed in a slinky, sleeveless silver top, Bushnell said she supported women's rights - and didn't see any contradiction in taking part in a beauty pageant. 'I was very honoured to be asked to be a judge. That's because I support women very much and support women's dreams, goals and ambitions.' One of just two women on the panel, Bushnell said she didn't think being a woman had made a difference in the judging process. 'So far I've found the male judges and I are looking for the same thing - a great woman.' The 10 judges who will pick the winner include movie star Jackie Chan, actor Clive Robertson, photographer Dick Zimmerman and reigning Mr World, Gustavo Gianetti.