|Formation||1961 (For Miss Universe)
1999 (For Miss World)
|National Directors||Paula Abbandonato and Clare Birt|
Miss Wales is an annual beauty pageant held in Wales, United Kingdom to select a representative to go through to the Miss World contest. It is currently run by Paula Abbandonato and Clare Birt of Vibe Models.
From 1961-1990, the winner of Miss Wales went on to represent Wales at the Miss Universe contest. Since 1999, the winner of Miss Wales has represented Wales at the Miss World contest.
The current Miss Wales is Alice Ford from Cardiff.
Miss Wales is open to unmarried women from age 16 to age 24, and organized by Vibe Models. Contestants must not have had children, must be British citizens and must reside in Wales. Winners are expected to support "Welsh issues, charities, or other good causes ". There is also a corresponding Mister Wales contest for men.
From 1961-1990, the winner of the Miss Wales title would represent her country at the Miss Universe contest, as would the respective winners of the Miss England and Miss Scotland titles. Following the Miss Universe pageant which was usually held in the summer, the three British titleholders would then compete at the Miss United Kingdom contest in the Autumn, along with other top contenders from the regional heats. The winner of the Miss United Kingdom title would then compete as Miss UK at the Miss World contest in November.
Miss World from Wales
In 1961, Rosemarie Frankland finished 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1961, she then became the first Welsh woman to win Miss United Kingdom. In the same year, she became the first British woman to capture the Miss World crown.
1974's Miss Wales, Helen Morgan, achieved exactly the same feat as Rosemarie Frankland, when she finished as 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1974, before going to win the Miss United Kingdom and Miss World titles. At Miss World however, she was dethroned only four days after her victory, when it was discovered that she was an unmarried mother (and thus ineligible). Morgan did not actually break any rules, as the rules only stated that the contestants must not be married and made no mention of motherhood.
Wales at Miss World since 1999
Wales has been taking part in the Miss World pageant directly ever since 1999, since devolution. The first woman to compete at Miss World as Miss Wales was Clare Daniels, who competed alongside Stephanie Norrie who was Miss Scotland. The Final Miss United Kingdom contest had already taken place earlier in the year, so at Miss World 1999, there was the unusual situation of a Miss UK competing along with the Miss Scotland and Miss Wales winners. Miss England and Miss Northern Ireland competed at the Miss World contest for the first time in 2000.
Since 1999, the highest placed contestant from the four constituent countries of the UK wins the Miss United Kingdom title. Three Welsh woman have won. In 2004, Welsh Amy Guy became the only British woman to be named as one of the 15 semifinalists, after winning the fast track event Sports Competition, becoming the first contestant under the Miss Wales banner to advance to the semifinals. In 2008, Chloe-Beth Morgan won the Miss UK title. Shen then went on to competes as Miss UK at Miss International 2009 and placed as 2nd runner-up. In 2012, Sophie Moulds achieved the highest placement ever among the four constituent countries when she finished as 1st Runner-up. She also claimed both the Beach Fashion award and the Continental Queen of Europe title.
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
The winner of Miss Wales represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
|Year||Miss Wales||Placement||Special Awards||Notes|
|2012||Sophie Elizabeth Moulds||1st Runner-Up||Queen of Europe||Winner of Beach Fashion|
|2008||Chloe-Beth Morgan||Unplaced||Later Miss United Kingdom 2008
Miss International 2009 (2nd Runner-up)
Miss Universe Great Britain 2011
|2004||Amy Guy||Top 15||Winner of Miss Sports at Miss World 2004
Later Miss United Kingdom 2004
|2000||Sophie Kate Cahill||Unplaced|
List of winners (From 1961 to 1998)
|1995||Rachael Liza Warner||Later Miss United Kingdom 1996|
|1991||Sharon Dale Isherwood|
|1989||Suzanne Younger||Later Miss United Kingdom 1989 and Top 10 of Miss World 1989|
|1985||Barbara Christian||Later Miss United Kingdom 1985 2nd runner-up|
|1981||Sally Douglas Williams|
|1980||Kim Ashfield||Later Miss United Kingdom 1980 and Miss World 1980 4th runner-up|
|1978||Elizabeth Ann Jones||Later Miss United Kingdom 1978 and Miss World 1978 5th runner-up|
|1977||Christine Anne Murphy|
|1976||Sian Helen Adey-Jones||Later Miss Universe 1976 2nd runner-up and Miss United Kingdom 1976 1st runner-up|
|1974||Helen Elizabeth Morgan||Later Miss Universe 1974 1st runner-up, Miss United Kingdom 1974 and Miss World 1974 (resigned after four days due to being the mother of an 18 month-old son)|
|1973||Deirdre Jennifer Greenland|
|1967||Denise Elizabeth Page||Later Top 15 of Miss Universe 1967|
|1964||Veda Kathleen McCarthy|
|1962||Hazel Williams||Later Miss Congeniality (tie with Dominican Republic) of Miss Universe 1962|
|1961||Rosemarie Frankland||Later Miss Universe 1961 1st runner-up, Miss United Kingdom 1961 and Miss World 1961|