Miss World pageant will kick off in few hours from now and the fate of next beauty of the world is in the hands of some distinguished judges who have descended in London from several parts of the world.
On Saturday, all 121 delegates were given one final opportunity to convince the judges before today’s final of why they should become the next Miss World. Let’s meet the group of acclaimed people who will decide this year’s winner!
Julia Morley is the current Chairman and owner of the Miss World Organisation. As Chairman of Miss World, Julia introduced the theme of ‘Beauty With A Purpose’, which raises money in support of sick and disadvantaged children.
Rudy Salles is a member of the National Assembly of France. After having been successively a member of France’s Republican Party , the Independent Republican and Liberal Pole and the Union for French Democracy , he is now also a member of the New Center since 2007.
Jody Reynolds has a long and successful career in helping children around the world. A past president of Variety International and former Red Cross worker during the Vietnam War, she has been involved with Miss World for over 20 years, serving as a Beauty with a Purpose judge for the past 5. Married to Stan Reynolds (also past Variety International President) she is the mother of 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
Marsha-Rae Ratcliff is a Variety International Board Member who first created the charity’s International Gold Pin Heart Campaign. For the past seven years, Variety has launched a partnership with the motion picture industry to design and market the Gold Heart pins around Hollywood movie properties. This partnership between Variety and the motion picture industry has raised US$95 million dollars worldwide.
Tony Hatch is a legendary English composer for musical theatre and television. He is also a noted songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer and has written and produced songs and scores for some of the UK’s most celebrated musical acts and films.
Zhang Zilin was Miss World 2007 and the first representative of China and of East Asian descent to be crowned Miss World. Since being crowned Miss World, she has embarked on a lucrative acting and modeling career, which has included becoming the face of L’Oréal, Lux & Swarovsky. Zhang is now one of the most recognizable celebrity faces in Asia and the global fashion industry.
Agbani Darego is a Nigerian model and is perhaps best known as the first ever Black African Miss World. Shortly after her reign as Miss World 2001, Agbani became one of the most in demand faces in the fashion industry, having modeled for the likes of Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Ralph Lauren, as well as being the face for L’Oreal. She also recently started her own fashion line, A.D by AGBANI DAREGO.
Kaiane Aldorino GMH, was Miss World 2009 and the first ever Miss World from Gibraltar. After her reign, Kaiane continued to be deeply involved in her philanthropic and humanitarian work leading to her being awarded with the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour by a unanimous vote in the Gibraltar Parliament. She is currently the deputy Mayor of Gibraltar, a role she ascended to earlier this year.
Azra Akin was Miss World 2002 and the first Turkish woman to be crowned Miss World. After her reign, Azra embarked on a successful acting career and is now one of the most sought-after actresses and television personalities in her native Turkey. Currently she is the voice of the UN Population Fund in Turkey.