10 Miss World contestants appeared in Bond movies, and four other interesting Miss World facts!

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Rolene Strauss (Photo: Getty Images)
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  • Miss World, the oldest existing major international beauty pageant, celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2021 when Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica will crown her successor.
  • Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida hopes to follow in the footsteps of three Miss South Africas - Rolene Strauss (Miss World 2014), Anneline Kriel (Miss World 1974) and Penelope Coelen (Miss World 1958) - when she competes for the title on 16 December. 
  • "It is an amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to represent this country and have the words 'Miss South Africa' blazoned across my chest. I want to do South Africa proud!" Shudufhadzo said previously. 

The countdown to Miss World has begun, and South Africa's Shudufhadzo Musida has been named a "hot pick" to bring home the crown for the fourth time. 

The 25-year-old, who was crowned Miss South Africa 2020, will represent the country at the 70th Miss World pageant held on 16 December in Puerto Rico. 

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of South Africa's Rolene Strauss, who won the title in 2014, Shudufhadzo previously said: "I am so excited to be going to Miss World, particularly as it celebrates a milestone anniversary, and following in the footsteps of those who have gone before me.  

"It is an amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to represent this country and have the words 'Miss South Africa' blazoned across my chest. I want to do South Africa proud!"

Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica, who has become the longest-running titleholder in Miss World history due to the Covid-19 pandemic delaying the annual pageant, will crown her successor at the end of the event. 

As Shudufhadzo prepares to flight the South African flag high at the "world's longest-running major beauty pageant" next month, we count down five facts you might not have known about Miss World.

1. Europe has performed the best out of all continents in Miss World, claiming 26 titles

  • North America: 14
  • South America: 11
  • Asia: 10
  • Africa: 5 
  • Oceania: 3

2. India and Venezuela are the countries with the most Miss World wins - 6 each

3. Sweden (1951, 1952), the United Kingdom (1964, 1965), and India (1999 and 2000) are the only countries to have secured back-to-back wins. 

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra (Jonas) was crowned Miss World 2000 on November 30, 2000. The title was previously held by India's India Yukta Mookhey.

4. Oscar-winning actor Halle Berry represented the USA at Miss World in 1986 and was crowned fifth runner-up

Along with Halle Berry (Die Another Day), 9 more Miss World contestants have appeared in Bond films:

  1. Diamonds Are Forever: Denise Perrier (France, Miss World 1953)
  2. Thunderball: Claudine Auger (France, first runner-up 1958)
  3. Dr No: Michele Mok (Hong Kong, 1959)
  4. The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy: Eva Ruebe Staier (Austria, Miss World 1969)
  5. Octopussy, A View To Kill: Mary Stavin (Sweden, Miss World 1977) 
  6. Octopussy: Carolyn Seaward (United Kingdom, second runner-up 1979)
  7. Tomorrow Neve Dies: Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia, 1983)
  8. A View to a Kill: Lou-Anne Ronchi (Australia, second runner-up 1984)
  9. The Living Daylights: Ruddy Rodriguez (Venezuela, 1985)

5. South Africa has hosted Miss World seven times (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2008, 2009).

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