Miss World, the oldest international beauty pageant formally known as the Festival Bikini Contest, will axe its swimsuit portion in 2015.
“The organisation has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,”said Chris Wilmer, the national director of the Miss World America organisation.”It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s beauty with a purpose. There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.”
Suffice it to say, this is a big move for the 63-year-old competition.
Not to mention, we’re dissapointed to learn that the competition will still feature a beachwear round.
In related news, South Africans have been celebrating the win of Rolene Strauss, who has been crowned Miss World 2014.
The 22-year-old medical student is the third South African and the fifth African woman to ever win the title.
She told Focus on Africa’s Peter Okwoche how her heritage helped her clinch the crown.
See photos from her win below.
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