With only five days to go before the final night, Miss World has revealed the 20 candidates who were shortlisted for this year’s “Beauty with a Purpose” Fast Track. The winner will be announced during the live pageant on November 18, and will automatically secure a spot in the Top 40. Here are this year’s BWAP finalists:
Australia – Esma Voloder
British Virgin Islands – Helina Hewlett
Brazil – Gabrielle Vilela
Cook Islands – Alanna Smith
England – Stephanie Hill
Fiji – Nanise Rainima
India – Manushi Chhillar
Indonesia – Achintya Holte Nilsen
Mongolia – Enkhjin Tseevendash
Nepal – Nikita Chandak
New Zealand – Annie Evans
Philippines – Laura Lehmann
Russia – Polina Popova
Slovakia – Hanka Závodná
South Africa – Ade van Heerden
Tanzania – Julitha Kabete
Thailand – Patlada Kulphakthanapat
Vietnam – My Linh Do
Zimbabwe – Chiedza Mhosva
FACTS AND CURIOSITIES:
- The Beauty with a Purpose program was launched by Julia Morley in 1972 as a registered charity and non-profit organization. It is Miss World’s official humanitarian arm.
- The award was known as “Miss Scholarship” from 2001-2004. Its first winner was Costa Rica’s Piarella Peralta.
- The 2014 result was a historic quintuple tie among Brazil, Guyana, India, Kenya, and Indonesia.
- Two-time winners Ghana and Kenya are surprisingly not nominated this year.
- Indonesia currently has the most number of BWAP wins, beginning with Astrid Elena in 2011, followed by a three-peat from 2014-2016. They are nominated yet again this year.
- Laura Lehmann is the fourth Filipina to be nominated for the award, after Gwendoline Ruais (2011), Valerie Weigmann (2014), and Catriona Gray (2016)
Considered as the most vital Fast Track event, the Beauty with the Purpose award aligns with the pageant’s slogan and highlights the candidates’ respective platforms and advocacies. This challenge category is usually considered as a “placement thermometer”, because its nominees, more of then than not, amass enough points to place.
Congratulations and good luck to the 20 finalists!