1. 118 participants from different parts of the world will spend one month in China to decide “MISS WORLD 2012”.
2. Miss Indonesia 2012 “Ines Putri Tjiptadi Chandra” is a professional golfer. She is the youngest person and the first female to win the Governor’s Cup Bali Golf Tournament. She is part of the Indonesian national golf team.
3. Miss Israel 2012 “Shani Hazan” is a soldier in the Israeli Navy.
4. Miss Australia 2012, “Jessica Michelle Kahawaty”, has previously represented Lebanon in Miss International 2008. She was a semi-finalist at that pageant. Although an Australian of Lebanese descent, Jessica was allowed to represent Lebanon because she was crowned “Miss Lebanon Australia 2007”.
5. Miss Philippines-World Queenierich Ajero Rehman is of Philippine and Pakistani descent. Since Pakistan has not sent a representative, Queenie will probably get a lot of Pakistani support.
6. Miss Kazakhstan 2012 “Evgeniya Klishina” is a children’s doctor. “Aynur Toleunova” was to originally represent Kazakhstan, but she was over the Miss World age limit.
7. At 160 cm, Miss Singapore 2012, “Karisa Sukamto”, is the SHORTEST contestant at Miss World 2012. Karisa Sukamto was born in the USA. Her father is from Singapore and her mother is Indonesian.
8. Other relatively short contestants at 2012 Miss World include Miss Canada 2012 “Tara Tang” (163 cm), Miss US Virgin Islands “Taiesa Lashley” (163 cm), Miss Malta “Daniela Darmanin” (164 cm) and Miss Guyana “Arti Cameron” (165 cm).
9. At 185 cm, Miss Turkey World 2012, “Acalya Samyeli Danoglu”, is the TALLEST contestant at Miss World 2012.
10. Other tall contenders at 2012 Miss World include Miss Montenegro 2012 “Nikolina Loncar” (183 cm), Miss Gibraltar 2012 “Jessica Louise Baldachino” (183 cm), Miss Serbia 2012 “Bojana Lecic” (182 cm), Miss New Zealand 2012 “Collette Kelly Lochore” (182 cm), Miss Israel 2012 “Shani Hazan” (182 cm).
11. With the remarkable ability to speak 5 languages, the three most multi-lingual contestants at the 2012 Miss World Pageant are Miss Nepal 2012 “Shristi Shrestha” (Nepali, English, Urdu, Hindi, Spanish), Miss Paraguay 2012 “Fiorella Migliore Llanes” (Spanish, Guarani, English, Italian, Portuguese), Miss South Sudan 2012 “Atong Demach” (Dinka, Nuer, Shilluk, Arabic, English).
12. Incredibly 12 participants at Miss World 2012 can speak 4 languages and 40 contestants can speak 3 languages. This is an amazingly multi-lingual group of contenders at Miss World.
13. Miss South Africa has Asian-Indian lineage and so does Miss Denmark, whose mother is Indian.
14. Miss Zimbabwe 2012, Bongani Dhlakama, was crowned just a week before her departure to China. This barely gave her time to prepare.
15. There are no contestants from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, UAE, Kuwait, Egypt and Oman.
16. With 6 Miss World titles, Venezuela has won the maximum number of titles, followed by 5 each by India and UK.
17. It took 50 years for the first black African Miss World to be crowned. Nigeria’s Agbani Darego won the title in 2001.
18. The first East Asian to win the title was Zhang Zilin of China, in 2007.
India, Sweden and UK are the three countries that have won the Miss World title in consecutive years.
Since 2008, the Miss World song is “Light the Passion, Share the Dream”, which is written by Sylver.