The Miss World 2014 beauty pageant will be kicked off tonight in London, bringing home the memories of the first ever event held here 50 years ago and India’s Koyal Rana stands bright chance to make it going by her standing at 7/1 compared to Miss Venezuela Debora Menicucci, who is an all-time favourite in the event.
In all, 121 contestants from Albania to Zimbabwe are taking part in the pageant, minus Miss Honduras, who was allegedly shot dead by her jealous boyfriend before her departure.
British bookmakers Ladbrokes have given Miss England and Miss India 7/1, Miss Australia 8/1 and Miss Russia 10/1 in their rankings.
“It’s always one of the hardest events to come up with odds for,” Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue told AFP. “Fans think Miss South Africa ticks all the boxes and she has been the most popular bet to win, but Miss France at 14/1 shouldn’t be discounted at all and she looks like a good outside bet to be crowned.”
Miss Venezuela tops the all-time leader board with six titles, ahead of India and the United Kingdom on five titles each.
The Miss World Final will be held in the ICC Auditorium in Central London. This year’s contestants have to present their “Beauty With a Purpose” projects to the judges.
Miss World began in 1951, a year before the Miss Universe kicked off and India’s Aishwarya Rai won it in 1994. In all 12 Miss World winners have appeared in James Bond films.