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First Miss World : Kiki Håkansson from Sweden | MISS WORLD 1951

The first edition of Miss World pageant was held on  July 29,1951 at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, United Kingdom. A total of 26 candidates  competed for the first  Miss World crown.

The first Miss World ( Originally the Festival Bikini Contest)   was Kiki Håkansson from Sweden, Miss World 1951. 
Håkansson wore a bikini during the crowning ritual, after which she was condemned by the Pope, and some countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw representatives.  In 1952, bikinis were banned from the pageant and replaced with more modest swimwear. While bikinis were eventually reintroduced to Miss World, Håkansson remains the only winner to have received her crown while wearing a bikini.

Presently, the Miss World organization has decided to ban the swimsuit competition. 
The organization wants their participants to focus on charity work and raising awareness to worthy causes.

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