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, Cardiff.
The Current Miss Wales is Gabrielle Shaw from Ruabon, Wrexham.
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.
Miss World from Wales
1974's winner Helen Morgan went on to win the Miss United Kingdom and Miss World titles, but was dethroned as the latter only four days after her victory, when it was discovered that she was an unmarried mother (and thus ineligible).
Wales at Miss World since 1999
Wales has been taking part in the Miss World pageant directly ever since 1999, when the four constituent countries of United Kingdom were asked to send their own representatives to the contest. 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 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.
Titleholders (Since 1999)
|Year||Miss Wales||Placement at Miss World||Special Awards at Miss World||Notes|
|2012||Sophie Elizabeth Moulds||1st Runner-Up||Queen of Europe||Winner of Beach Fashion, Top 47 of Top Model and Top 10 of Beauty With A Purpose at Miss World 2012, later Miss United Kingdom 2012|
|2011||Sara Manchipp||Non-Finalist||Top 36 of Beach Beauty and Top 77 of Beauty With A Purpose at Miss World 2011|
|2010||Courtenay Hamilton||Non-Finalist||Top 20 of Sports and 1st Runner-Up of Talent at Miss World 2010|
|2008||Chloe-Beth Morgan||Non-Finalist||Later Miss United Kingdom 2008, Miss International 2009 2nd runner-up and Miss Universe Great Britain 2011|
|2007||Kelly-Louise Pesticcio||Non-Finalist||3rd Runner-Up of Miss Sports at Miss World 2007|
|2005||Claire Evans||Non-Finalist||Top 19 of Beach Beauty at Miss World 2005|
|2004||Amy Guy||Top 15||Winner of Miss Sports at Miss World 2004, later Miss United Kingdom 2004|
|2000||Sophie Kate Cahill||Non-Finalist|
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 a mother to a 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|