The finale of Miss World Kosovo 2013 will be held on July 12th, 2013 in the capital city of Pristina. 15 beauties will be vying for the title. The winner will represent Kosovo at the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant in Indonesia this September 28th.
This is the first year a Kosovo’s representative competes at Miss World pageant.
Traditionally, the winner of Miss Kosovo represents the country at the Miss Universe pageant. However, earlier this year, Agron Selimi, the owner of Miss Kosovo Universe pageant, announced that there will be no representative from this tiny country for Miss Universe 2013 to be held in Moscow, Russia.
Actually, Kosovo is one of the most successful country in the history of Miss Universe pageant since its debut in 2008 with Zana Krasniqi (who placed in the Top 10). They made the cut 4 out of 5 and that is an incredible result for a small country like Kosovo. They missed the cut just only once in 2010 with Keshtjella Pepshi.
The most successful representative from Kosovo of course is Marigona Dragusha, who was crowned the second runner-up in Miss Universe 2009.
One of the factor that leads to the success of Miss Kosovo Organization is the close relationship with Fadil Berisha, the official photographer of Miss Universe Organization. The Albanian American fashion photographer moved to New York City from Kosovo (then within Serbia, Yugoslavia) at the age of eight, where he worked for several shops and boutiques, getting his first clues on photography. He organized the inaugural pageant for Kosovo and was thought to be the man behind the success of Kosovo in Miss Universe pageant.
With the success and connection to the MUO, the decision to field their representative to the Miss World pageant for the first time later this September in Indonesia really came as a shock to quite a few pageant fans.
So, Kosovo is dumping Miss Universe in favor for Miss World? I hope not. They are probably avoiding Russia since tensions between these two countries are most likely still high. We have to remember that Kosovo was once a satellite of Russia and it got its independence in 2008.
Meet Miss World Kosovo 2013 Contestants:
Shqipe Mahmutaj, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Kaltrina Morina, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Herolinda Ademi, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Fiolla Braha, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Goneta Jakurti , Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Gjelbrona Gashi, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Fitore Ukaj, Miss World Kosovo finalist
Fitore Ukaj, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Donika Ramaj, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Dnjeta Deli, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Dafina Morina, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Blerta Berisha, Miss World Kosovo 2013 finalist
Sidorela Dauti was the first runner-up in Miss World Kosovo 2013 pageant.
Antigona Sejdiu will represent Kosovo in Miss World 2013 pageant.
Besarta Demiraj, Miss World Kosovo finalist