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Miss World

The Miss World pageant is an international beauty pageant founded by Eric Morley[?] in 1951 (not to be confused with the similar Miss Universe).

The Miss World competition is usually held in the country of the previous year's winner. Accordingly, in 2002 the competition was slated for Nigeria. This choice was controversial, as a woman, Amina Lawal[?], was awaiting death by stoning for adultery in Nigeria. A newspaper editorial suggesting that Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, would not have objected to the immodesty of the pageant resulted in riots in which over 200 people were killed. Because of these riots, the 2002 pageant was moved to London. A fatwa urging the beheading of the woman who wrote the offending words, Isioma Daniel, has been issued.

Title holders

YearMiss WorldCountry
1951Kiki Haakonson[?]Sweden
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1975Wilnelia MercedPuerto Rico
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1998Linor Abargil[?]Israel
1999Yukta Mookhey[?]India
2000Priyanka Chopra[?]India
2001Agbani Darego[?]Nigeria
2002Azra Akin[?]Turkey

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