On Tuesday, PME entertainment dismissed reports that Kashmir will host the finale of the 71st Miss World pageant in December.
“On behalf of the Miss World Organization, we strongly deny inaccurate news that the 2023 Miss World finale will take place in Kashmir. As announced by PME Entertainment and the Miss World organization, the venue for the finale has yet to be finalized and will be officially announced at a later date,” said Jamil Saidi, Chairman of PME Entertainment.
You might’ve heard that the 71st Miss World pageant was supposed to happen in Kashmir. Julia Morley, the CEO of the Miss World Organization, even said they were planning on it and that the decision was an emotional one for them.
But now it seems those reports were jumping the gun. On Tuesday, PME Entertainment, who handles the event, came out and said those claims are totally unfounded.
The chairman, Jamil Saidi, made it crystal clear on behalf of the Miss World Organization – the venue has not been finalized yet. Where the finale will happen is still up in the air and won’t be announced until later.
So while Kashmir hosting it would’ve been a cool story, looks like we’ve gotta wait to find out where the 71st Miss World contest will really go down.
The stunning natural beauty of Kashmir left quite an impression on the Miss World pageant winners who recently visited Srinagar. Reigning Miss World Karolina Bielawska and other titleholders like Miss World Caribbean Emmy Pena, Miss World America Shree Saini, Miss World India Sini Shetty, Miss World England Jessica Gagen, and Miss Asia Pricilia Carla Saputri Yules attended a pre-event in the city leading up to Miss World 2023.
The group was awe-struck by the magnificent scenery in Kashmir. Also present was the Chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley, who saw first-hand the majestic landscape. The beauty queens thoroughly enjoyed their time in Srinagar ahead of the Miss World finale this year.
Kashmir’s Beauty Captivates Reigning Miss World
The press conference was attended by the reigning Miss World, Karolina Bielawska from Poland, along with other title holders like Miss World Caribbean, Miss World America, Miss World India and Miss World England.
Karolina Bielawska expressed her awe at Kashmir’s scenic beauty. “I didn’t expect it at all, but it just stuns me with its beauty. We’ve been talking about Kashmir and I knew there would be beautiful scenery. But what we’ve seen today was really mind-blowing,” she said.
The beauty queens toured Srinagar city, including the iconic Dal Lake, and were impressed by the hospitality of the Kashmiri people.
Homecoming for Miss World in India
For Julia Morley, bringing Miss World back to India feels like a homecoming. She said India has a special connection with the pageant, having produced numerous winners in the past.
“India has a very special connection, particularly with me. We have had wonderful winners from here and we couldn’t have a better fit… For me, it’s like coming home. Every time I come here, we celebrate something beautiful,” Morley said.
Promoting Tourism Through Pageantry
Morley added that part of their goal is to promote tourism across the world. She said that despite interest from other countries, they chose India because of the popularity of Indian hospitality.
The last time India hosted Miss World was in 1996. Hosting it again this year, after almost three decades, is a matter of pride for the country.
With its mesmerizing landscapes, warm hospitality and beefed up infrastructure, Kashmir seems all set to impress the 130 participating nations. The pageant scheduled for December 8th will showcase the Valley’s vibrant culture to the world.