Thursday, December 17, 2009

Miss Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino is Miss World 2009

Miss Kaiane Aldorino, an amateur dancer and human resources clerk at St Bernard's Hospital, who was crowned Miss Gibraltar 2009, was crowned Miss World 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where this year’s Miss World pageant was held. She was declared winner from among 111 contestants from across the world to bring her country the Miss World title for the first time. The first runner-up was Miss Mexico Perla Beltran Acosta, and the third place was granted to the host South Africa’s Tatum Keshvar.

The leggy brunette Aldorino is a resident of Gibraltar, a self-governing British overseas territory and an important base for the British Armed Forces and a Royal Navy base, located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula and Europe at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.

Born on 8 July 1986, Kaiane Aldorino is 1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in) tall with brown hair and brown eyes. A dancer since the age of 14, she has participated at the 2009 International Dance Organisation World Showdance Championships, in Riesa, Germany, where she represented Gibraltar in the Formation category as part of the Gibraltar National Dance Team and made history by being the first time Gibraltar passed the first round, in the Formation category.

Aldorino is the first contestant from Gibraltar to reach the beauty pageant's semifinals, after receiving the title of Miss World Beach Beauty. After Aldorino was crowned by Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia, Gibraltar burst into celebration. Chief Minister of Gibraltar Peter Caruana hailed her win as a ‘wonderful achievement for her and for Gibraltar’ and promised a ‘homecoming fit for a queen’.

The Miss World pageant, the oldest major international beauty pageant still being held annually, was started in the UK by Eric Morley in 1951, and since his death in 2000, his wife Julia Morley co-chairs the pageant. Along with Miss Universe and Miss Earth contests, it is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The Miss World spends a year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes and, lives in London during her reign.

Miss World was started as the Festival Bikini Contest, originally planned as a one-off event, later became the annual Miss World pageant after the beginning of the Miss Universe pageant. In the 1980s, the pageant rearmed itself with the slogan ‘Beauty with a Purpose’, with added tests of intelligence and personality to the competition. However, the pageant did not receive much support in UK, and despite the global appeal the show was not broadcast on any major terrestrial British TV network for several years, until Channel 5 aired it in 1998.

The pageant had its first black African winner Agbani Darego (of Nigeria) in 2001. As part of its marketing strategy, Miss World came up with a ‘You Decide’ TV special during that edition, featuring the delegates behind the scenes and on the beach, and allowing viewers to either phone in or vote online for their favorites. It also sells its Talent, Beach Beauty and Sports events as television specials to broadcasters.

As it appears in Wikipedia, in 2002 the pageant was slated for choosing Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria to host its final. This choice was controversial, as a northern Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, was awaiting death by stoning for adultery under Sharia law there, but Miss World chose to use the publicity surrounding its presence to bring greater global awareness and action to Amina's plight.

In this century, Mexico has the best record as of 2009 with consecutive placements from 2004 to 2009: two Top Model winners (2004 and 2009), one Beach Beauty winner (2008), two first runner-ups (2005 and 2009), one second runner-up (2007), and three Continental Queens of Beauty (2005, 2007, and 2009).

The Miss World Organisation owns and manages the annual Miss World Finals and is franchised in over 100 countries, and is also credited with directly influencing a dramatic increase in tourism in the host countries, especially in Sanya, China, host of the Miss World finals from 2003 to 2005.

Miss World's national preliminaries are conducted by their franchise-holders. The annual world final is usually a month long event, with several preliminary galas, dinners, balls and activities, culminating in a globally telecast final show in which the contest is narrowed down to 15 to 20 contestants.

Since 2003 the pageant also has been featuring Fast Track events during the preliminary rounds. The winners of Fast Track events are automatically qualified to enter the final round. The main Fast Track events since 2003 include Beach Beauty (2003-present), Miss Talent (2003-present), Miss Sports (2003-present), Beauty With A Purpose (2005-present), and Top Model (2004, 2007-present).

The Miss World titleholders from 1999 to 2009 are: 2009 - Kaiane Aldorino (Gibraltar), 2008 - Ksenia Sukhinova (Russia), 2007 - Zhang Zilin (China), 2006 - Taťána Kuchařová (Czech Republic), 2005 - Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir (Iceland), 2004 - María Julia Mantilla (Peru), 2003 - Rosanna Davison (Ireland), 2002 - Azra Akın (Turkey), 2001 - Agbani Darego (Nigeria), 2000 - Priyanka Chopra (India), 1999 - Yukta Mookhey (India).

As of 2009 an analysis of the best performances by countries show that India and Venezuela have won 5 titles each; UK 4; Iceland, Jamaica and Sweden 3 titles each; Argentina, Australia, Austria, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa and United States 2 titles each; and Bermuda, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Israel, Nigeria, Poland, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey winning one title each.

Former Miss World (2000) and popular Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was one of the judges in the contest. The last time India won the title was in 2000 when Priyanka Chopra brought home the crown, and before her Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997) and Yukta Mookhey (1999) won the title for India. This year’s Indian entry Miss India Pooja Chopra, who got some of the loudest applause for bravely taking on the contest despite a broken ankle, could not win any title.

The Miss World pageant has been the target of many controversies since its inception. In 1970 feminist protesters threw flour bombs during the live event at London's Royal Albert Hall, momentarily scaring the host Bob Hope.

In 1973 Marjorie Wallace, the first American to win the title, was forced to relinquish the title in 104 days of her reign, as the pageant officials stated that Wallace ‘had failed to fulfill the basic requirements of the job.’ The responsibilities and duties, not the title, have been offered to the first runner-up and was turned down by Evangeline Pascual of the Philippines.

The 1974 winner Helen Morgan representing the UK was forced to resign four days later after it was discovered she was a single mother. In 1976, several countries went on a boycott, because the pageant included both a Caucasian and African representative for South Africa. In yet another shut-out for the nation for its apartheid policy, South Africa competed for the last time in 1977, before it was welcomed back in 1991 after the end of apartheid.

The 1980 winner Gabriella Brum of Germany resigned one day after winning, initially claiming that her boyfriend disapproved of it, but a few days later it emerged that she had been forced to resign after it was discovered that she posed naked for a magazine.

In 1996, wide spread protests took place in Bangalore, India, over the hosting of the beauty contest. The swimsuit shootings were moved to Seychelles, and heavy security was placed. Despite the chaos, the pageant's live telecast went on smoothly. But Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd (ABCL), the main sponsor of the 1996 Miss World beauty pageant lost millions as a result of the protests and shifting of venues to save the pageant from being stalled.

Just days after her 1998 crowning, Israel's Linor Abargil revealed that she had been raped only two months before the pageant. The man accused of raping her was later convicted.

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