Founded in 1951, the Miss World pageant is the oldest major international beauty contest. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley and, since his death in 2000, his wife, Julia Morley, chairs the pageant. One of the most publicised beauty contests in the world, Miss World’s annual show includes international stars and celebrities and is broadcast live to more than 200 countries.
The Miss World titleholder spends a year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization on a philanthropic journey through the respected Miss World program, Beauty with a Purpose.
The Miss Russia National Beauty Contest is the exclusive license holder of the Miss World pageant in Russia, which means that Miss Russia titleholders have the unique opportunity to compete in the Miss World final. The Miss World title has been awarded twice to representatives from Miss Russia.
In 1992 the prestigious title was won by Julia Kourotchkina, and in in 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova was crowned Miss World at the final in Johannesburg, South Africa.