Miss World 1997
|Miss World 1997|
Miss World 1997 Titlecard
|Date||22 November 1997|
|Presenters||Richard Steinmetz, Khanyi Dhlomo-Mkhize|
|Venue||Plantation Club, Seychelles|
|Debuts||Cape Verde, Nepal|
|Withdraws||Bonaire, Curaçao, Guam, Kenya, Macedonia FYRO, Nigeria, Romania, Tahiti|
|Returns||Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Egypt, Honduras, Malta, Namibia|
|Best National Costume||Lauralee Martinovich
Miss World 1997, the 47th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 22 November 1997 in Baie Lazare, Seychelles. 86 delegates competed for the coveted crown. At the end of the event, India's Diana Hayden came out victorious. Hayden went on to win the Miss World 1997 pageant at the age of 24 crowned by Miss World 1996, Irene Skliva. Richard Steinmetz and Khanyi Dhlomo-Mkhize hosted the pageant, while Latin sensation Ricky Martin provided entertainment.
|Miss World 1997|
Continental Queens of Beauty
|Asia & Oceania|
|Best National Costume||
- Cape Verde and Nepal competed in Miss World for the first time.
- Egypt last competed in 1990.
- Honduras, Malta, and Namibia last competed in 1993.
- Bahamas and Cayman Islands last competed in 1995 after a 1-year recovery from financial and sponsorship crisis.
Withdrawals and Nations not competing
- Nigeria did not compete because of sponsorship problems and scheduling conflict.
- Curaçao failed to send a delegate.
- Guam did not compete due to no pageant and funding.
- Botswana (Mpule Kwelagobe) won the title of Miss Universe 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Ireland (Andrea Roche) competed in Miss Universe 1998 and was a semi-finalist.
- Australia (Laura Csortan) won the Miss Congeniality award in Miss Universe 1997.
- This is the first time that no Latin American country had made into the semi-finals.
- This year marked the last time a Miss United Kingdom made the semi-finals.
- 8 out of 10 countries which made it into the semi-finals, were not in the semi-finals last year: Lebanon (1975), Thailand (1989), New Zealand and Turkey (1991), United States (1993), Malaysia and United Kingdom (1994), and Australia (1995).