During a recent press briefing in Srinagar, it was officially announced that the 71st Miss World 2023 contest is set to unfold in the breathtaking region of Kashmir later this year. This press conference was graced by the presence of Miss World Karolina Bielawski, Miss India Sini Shetty, Miss World Caribbean Emmy Pena, Miss World England Jessica Gagen, Miss World America Shree Saini, and Miss Asia Pricilia Carla Saputri Yules.
Miss World Karolina Bielawski praised Kashmir as an exquisite host venue. Grateful for the warm welcome extended by the local community and awestruck by the region's natural beauty, including its stunning lakes, she expressed her excitement for the event. "Kashmir has everything and it is the best place to host an event like Miss World," she remarked, touched by the remarkable hospitality offered to the Miss World representatives.
Miss India Sini Shetty emphasized the significance of this global occasion being held in the picturesque landscape of Kashmir. Drawing a parallel between the event and the festive atmosphere of Diwali, she highlighted the unifying aspect of 140 countries converging in India as one harmonious family.
Miss World America, Shree Saini, alongside Julia Morley, the esteemed Chairperson and CEO of the Miss World Organization, graced the Kashmir tour of the pageant winners, further highlighting the event's prominence and international acclaim.
Reflecting on India's illustrious journey with the Miss World pageant, it becomes evident that the nation's path has been truly extraordinary. Boasting a remarkable record, India has produced six Miss World winners till date. The journey commenced in 1966 when Reita Faria clinched the coveted title, setting a precedent for Indian beauty. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan added to this legacy in 1994. Diana Hayden continued India's winning streak in 1997, followed by Yukta Mookhey in 1999. The turn of the millennium brought forth yet another beacon of Indian beauty, Priyanka Chopra, who secured the crown in 2000. And in 2017, Manushi Chhillar adorned India's crown collection with another jewel.
This occasion marks a momentous milestone for India, as it prepares to host the Miss World pageant after a hiatus of 27 years. The last instance when the nation had the honor of hosting this prestigious event was in 1996.