Miss World 2013: Facts and Trivia

1. With her victory, Megan Young became the first woman from the Philippines to win the Miss World title. It took Cory Quirino, the national director of the Miss World Philippines, only three years to win the highest place in the pageant. Cory Quirino is one of the most successful franchise holders in pageantry. In just three years, she bagged a winner, a runner-up, and a top 15 finalist.

Megan Young Miss World 2013 Winner

Megan Young Miss World 2013 Winner. Megan Young became the first woman from the Philippines to win the Miss World title.

In fact, when Miss World 1973 Marjorie Wallace from the United States was fired just 104 days after her crowning, the first runner-up Evangeline Luis Pascual of the Philippines should have inherited the title but Wallace was never officially replaced by one of her runners-up.

2. There are 4 countries which placed in Miss World pageants for three consecutive years (2011-2013), namely England, Indonesia, Philippines, and Spain.
In 2011, Miss World Philippines Gwendoline Ruais was the first runner-up, Miss World England Alize Lily Mounter was top 7, Miss World Spain Carla García and Miss World Indonesia Astrid Ellena were semifinalists.
In 2012, Miss World England Charlotte Holmes, Miss World Indonesia Ines Putri Tjiptadi Chandra, Miss World Philippines Queenierich Rehman and Miss World Spain Aránzazu Estévez were in top 15.
In 2013, Miss World Philippines Megan Young won the crown, Miss World Spain Elena Ibarbia was in top 6, Miss World Indonesia Vania Larissa and Miss World England Kirsty Heslewood were in top 10.

3. There is one country which placed for the first time in the Top 20 of Miss World, namely Slovakia. Slovakia has never placed at a Miss World pageant.

4. There are 2 countries which placed for the first time in the Top 10 of Miss World pageant, namely Nepal and Indonesia. Nepal was in the Top 30 of Miss World 2012 and Indonesia was in the Top 15 of Miss World 2011 and was in the Top 15 of Miss World 2012.

5. There is one country which placed the second runner-up and in the Top 6 of a Miss Wold pageant, namely Ghana. The country’s best performance ever was in the Top 15 of Miss World 1967, Top 17 Miss World 2006 and Top 16
of Miss World 2007.

6. Miss World France Marine Lorphelin ranked second in this year’s pageant which gave France their best placement since 1998 when Véronique Caloc was named the first runner-up in the pageant held in Mahé Island, Seychelles. The only French woman to have won the Miss World title is Denise Perrier, Miss World 1953. This year marks the 60th anniversary of her triumph.

7. Miss World Gibraltar Maroua Kharbouch, the People’s choice winner, went straight into the top 6 with the help of her fans around the world although she was excluded from the Top 20. This is the second best performance of Gibraltar at Miss World history. Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar was crowned Miss World 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

8. Falling short: gorgeous Miss World Brazil Sancler Frantz, one of the favorites for the crown, did not make it to the top 3 of the pageant. In an ironic twist of fate, Sancler met Hollywood superstar Halle Berry in Rio de Janeiro on April 11th, and just like Berry, both girls finished as finalists (Berry was former Miss World 1986 finalist).

9. The Balinese Sandalwood Fan in Miss World 2013: A lot have been asking about the significance of the fans handed to the Miss World 2013 Top 3 Winners instead of flowers. Here is the answer: 1) the Sandalwood Fan or kipas cendana (a traditional round-shaped fan) is believed to be distinctively Balinese, giving a whip of the sandalwood scent when one uses it; 2) It symbolizes the different cultures of Indonesia united in one purpose, thus reflecting Miss World’s Unity in Diversity; 3) The Balinese Fan also symbolizes the attributes of how a perfect Balinese/Gowan Woman should be. It is fairly the same as our country’s own “Wika ng Pamaypay” before the turn of the 20th Century, where our Dalagang Pilipinas or Maria Claras express themselves in how they open, fold and use their Pamaypays, specially during courtship. Each act has corresponding meanings, specially to a lady’s modesty.

Miss World 2013 Winner was presented The Balinese Sandalwood Fan instead of Flowers.

Miss World 2013 Winner was presented The Balinese Sandalwood Fan instead of Flowers.

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

Courtesy of Miss World Organization, The Philippine Pageantry, Eye for Beauty Blog.

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