Miss World 2003

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Miss World 2003
Miss World 2003
Date6 December 2003
VenueCrown of Beauty Theatre, Sanya, China
WinnerRosanna Davison
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Miss World 2003, the 53rd edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 6 December 2003 at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China.[1] The pageant was presented by Phil Keoghan, Amanda Byram, and Angela Chow. The contestants also paid a visit to Hong Kong, Xi'an, Shanghai, and Beijing. Azra Akın of Turkey crowned her successor Rosanna Davison of Ireland,[2][3] the daughter of popular musician Chris de Burgh, claiming Ireland's first major beauty pageant title. 106 contestants from all over the world competed for the crown, marking at that time, the biggest edition in the pageant history. This was the first time China hosted the pageant.[2] Ticket pricing for the event ranged from $110 to $2,730.[2]

Miss World 2003 titleholder – Rosanna Davison


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss World 2003[3][4]


Final results Contestant
Miss World 2003
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 20

Continental Queens of Beauty[edit]

Continental Group Contestant
Asia & Oceania


106 contestants participated in Miss World 2003.[4]


Miss World 2003 had nine judges.[5]



  •  Andorra
  •  Ethiopia
  •  Georgia
  •  Guadeloupe
  •  Northern Marianas


  • Last competed in 1981:
    •  Lesotho
  • Last competed in 1998:
    •  Mauritius
  • Last competed in 1999:
    •  Zambia
  • Last competed in 2000:
    •  Belarus
    •  Denmark
    •  Guatemala
    •  Moldova
    •    Nepal
    •  Paraguay
    •  Sri Lanka
  • Last competed in 2001:
    •  Cayman Islands
    •  Costa Rica
    •  Dominican Republic
    •  Iceland
    •  Korea
    •  Portugal
    •   Switzerland


  •  ArmeniaLusine Tovmasyan - She withdrew due to financial problems. She later competed at Miss Europe 2005 and finished 1st runner up.
  •  FijiAishwarya Sukhdeo - She withdrew at the very last minute for unknown reasons. however, she competed in Miss World a year later.

No Shows[edit]

  •  Algeria – Mounia Achlaf
  •  Austria – Miss Austria 2003, Tanja Duhovich did not compete due to not meeting the age requirements, she was just 17. Then the Miss Austria corporation decided to appoint the Miss Austria 2003 second runner up, Bianca Zudrell at the very last minute with no time to prepare her visa.[13]
  •  American Virgin Islands – Alexandrya Evans. She competed at Miss Universe 2011 8 years later.
  •  British Virgin Islands – No contest
  •  Haiti - No Contest
  •  Malawi – Mable Pulu
  •  Tahiti - Heitiare Tribondeau
  •  Turks and Caicos- No contest
  •  Ghana – Did not compete because of a shift in the Miss Ghana calendar. Organizers held the national final, Miss Ghana 2003, on the same day Miss World 2003 was held. This is the reason Ghanaian delegates to Miss World have their titles dating back by a year.


  •  Latvia – Agnese Eiduka
  •  Sweden – Isabelle Jonsson - She was the first runner up of Fröken Sverige 2003, but the organization just lost the MW licence that year to the newly Miss World Sweden contest.
  •  Venezuela – Amara Barroeta Seijas.

Country Changes[edit]

  • Yugoslavia changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro.

Other notes[edit]

  • Northern Marianas was originally crowned for the Miss Universe pageant but was sent to Miss World instead.


  1. ^ "The Victoria Advocate - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ireland wins Miss World". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 December 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Herald-Journal". Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "New Straits Times". Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Top judges for Miss World". News24. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b Brown, Frederic J. "Candace Bushnell". Getty Images. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Miss Ireland crowned Miss World". China Daily. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  8. ^ Getty Images. "Miss World Contest In China". Getty Images. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Irish Miss World begins reign". ABC. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  10. ^ "China set for Miss World contest". BBC News. 6 December 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b c "Miss World contest rigged?". News24. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  12. ^ Brown, Frederic J. "Candace Bushnell". Getty Images. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.bellezavenezolana.net/news/2003/20031109.htm

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