Miss World 2006
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|Miss World 2006|
|Date||30 September 2006|
|Venue||Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland|
Miss World 2006, the 56th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 30 September 2006 at the Sala Kongresowa, the main 2,897-seat auditorium of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland. It was the first time ever that the pageant was held in the Continental Europe and a European city other than London, United Kingdom, having previously been held there in 2002 after the Nigeria Controversy. The pageant officially concluded after Taťána Kuchařová from the Czech Republic was crowned Miss World 2006 by outgoing titleholder Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir of Iceland.
A total of 104 countries competed in the pageant, the 12th largest number behind 2013 (127) 2014 (121), 2012 (116), 2010 (115), 2015 (114), 2011 (113), 2009 (112), 2008 (109), 2004 (107), and 2007 and 2003 (both 106). All contestants were divided in six regional groups: Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Northern Europe and Southern Europe.
Gdynia was the host of the Beach Beauty contest, Giżycko hosted the Miss Sports contest and Wrocław hosted the Miss Talent competition. The fourth event was Beauty with a Purpose. This is the first time the Czech Republic won the title of Miss World.
|Miss World 2006|
Continental Queens of Beauty
Out of the 17 semi-finalists a group of judges selected the winner of each regional group and received the respective Miss World Regional Title. All of them made the Top 6 finalists.
Order of Announcements
- Czech Republic
- Puerto Rico
- Northern Ireland
- Czech Republic
- Best World Dress Designer
Fast Track Events
During the month of September four competitions were held from which the winner of each was fast tracked into the semi-finals. Beach Beauty was selected on 7 September in the city of Gdynia. Miss Sports was held on 12 September in the city of Gizycko and the Miss Talent contest was celebrated on 20 September at Wrocław. The Beauty with a Purpose winner was announced on 30 September during the final telecast.
|Group 1: Asia Pacific|
|Group 2: Northern Europe|
|Group 3: Southern Europe|
|Group 4: Caribbean|
|Group 5: Americas|
|Group 6: Africa|
Beauty with a Purpose
- Julia Morley – Chairwoman of the Miss World Organization
- Aneta Kreglicka – Miss World 1989 from Poland
- Denise van Outen – Actress and TV presenter
- Karan Johar – Leading Indian director known worldwide for his award-winning movies
- Kelly Holmes – British multiple Olympic gold medalist
- Krish Naidoo – Miss World International Ambassador
- Louis Walsh – Irish entertainment manager behind some of the world's leading pop acts
- Mike Dixon – West End and Broadway award-winner musical director
- Wilnelia Merced – Miss World 1975 from Puerto Rico
104 contestants participated in Miss World 2006.
- Australia – Sabrina Houssami
- Cambodia – Sun Sreymom
- China – Duo Liu
- Hong Kong – Janet Chow
- India – Natasha Suri
- Indonesia – Kristania Besouw
- Japan – Kazuha Kondo
- Korea – Sharon Park
- Malaysia – Adeline Wan
- Mongolia – Selenge Erdene-Ochir
- Philippines – Anna Maris Igpit
- Singapore – Colleen Pereira
- Sri Lanka – Dannielle Kerkoven
- Tahiti – Vainui Simon
- Thailand – Melisa Mahapol
- Vietnam – Mai Phương Thúy
- Austria – Tatjana Batinić
- Belarus – Katsiaryna Litvinava
- Belgium – Virginie Claes
- Czech Republic – Taťána Kuchařová
- Denmark – Sandra Spohr
- England – Eleanor Glynn
- Estonia – Leisi Poldsam
- Finland – Jenniina Tuokko
- Germany – Edita Orašćanin
- Iceland – Ásdís Hallgrímsdóttir
- Ireland – Sarah Morrissey
- Kazakhstan – Sabina Chukayeva
- Latvia – Liga Meinarte
- Netherlands – Sheryl Baas
- Northern Ireland – Catherine Jean Milligan
- Norway – Tonje Elise Skjærvik
- Poland – Marzena Cieślik
- Russia – Alexandra Mazur
- Scotland – Nicola McLean
- Sweden – Cathrin Skoog
- Ukraine – Olga Shilovanova
- Wales – Sarah Fleming
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Azra Gazdić
- Bulgaria – Slavena Vatova
- Croatia – Ivana Ergić
- Cyprus – Eli Manoli
- France – Laura Fasquel
- Georgia – Nino Kalandaze
- Gibraltar – Hayley O'Brien
- Greece – Irini Karra
- Hungary – Renáta Tóth
- Israel – Yael Nizri
- Italy – Elizaveta Migatcheva
- Lebanon – Annabella Hilal
- Macedonia – Marija Vegova
- Malta – Solange Mifsud
- Moldova – Alexandra Demciuk
- Montenegro – Ivana Knežević
- Portugal – Sara Almeida
- Romania – Ioana Boitor
- Serbia – Vedrana Grbović
- Slovakia – Magdalena Šebestová
- Slovenia – Iris Mulej
- Spain – Inmaculada Torres
- Turkey – Merve Büyüksaraç
- Aruba – Shanandoa Wijshijer
- Bahamas – Deandrea Conliffe
- Barbados – Latoya McDowald
- Cayman Islands – Ambuyah Ebanks
- Curaçao – Fyrena Martha
- Dominican Republic – Paola Torres
- Guadeloupe – Caroline Beavis
- Jamaica – Sara Lawrence
- Martinique – Stéphanie Colosse
- Puerto Rico – Thebyam Carrión
- St. Lucia – Tamalisa Baptiste
- Trinidad and Tobago – Tineke De Freitas
- Argentina – Beatriz Vallejos
- Bolivia – Ana María Ortiz
- Brazil – Jane Borges
- Canada – Malgosia Majewska
- Chile – Constanza Silva
- Colombia – Elizabeth Loaiza
- Costa Rica – Bélgica Arias
- Ecuador – Rebeca Flores
- El Salvador – Tatiana Romero
- Guatemala – Jackelinne Piccinini
- Guyana – Dessia Braithwaite
- Mexico – Karla Jiménez
- Panama – Giselle Bissot
- Peru – Silvia Cornejo
- United States – Brooke Angus
- Uruguay – Marlene Politi
- Venezuela – Federica Guzmán
- Angola – Stiviandra Oliveira
- Botswana – Lorato Tebogo
- Congo Democratic Republic – Diane Mwinga
- Ethiopia – Amleset Muchie
- Ghana – Lamisi Mbillah
- Kenya – Khadijah Kiptoo
- Liberia – Patrice Juah
- Mauritius – Vanesha Seetohul
- Namibia – Anna Nashandi
- Nigeria – Abiola Bashorun
- South Africa – Thuli Sithole
- Tanzania – Wema Sepetu
- Zambia – Katanekwa Matundwelo
- Zimbabwe – Lorraine Maphala
- Egypt – Miss Egypt 2006, Fawzia Mohamed had visa problems.
- Belize - Miss World Belize 2006, Felicita (Leesha) Arzu was crowned on 29 July, but the organizers decided that she would take part at Miss World 2007.
- Albania – No contest
- American Virgin Islands - No contest
- Antigua and Barbuda – Due to financial problems.
- British Virgin Islands – Martha Ramirez
- Burkina Faso - Ramata Barry
- Chad - No contest
- Congo Republic – Eboundt Fatouma Blanda
- Ivory Coast - Alima Diomandé
- Malawi - Peth Msiska
- Nepal – No contest due to the Nepalese Civil War. It was postponed until 2007.
- New Zealand - No contest
- Nicaragua - Due to Financial problems.
- Paraguay – Due to Financial problems.
- Swaziland – No contest
- Switzerland - Due to scheduling conflicts, the national pageant was held on 9 September making the 2006 winner ineligible to compete, plus no finalists of Miss Switzerland 2005 pageant were available to compete. After that Switzerland did not send a contestant to the Miss World contest until 2013.
- Uganda – No contest
- France – Miss France 2004, Laetitia Bleger was appointed to represent France at Miss World 2006, but however her Playboy pictures of May 2005 prevented her from taking part and she got suspended for 6 months by the Miss France Organization. Then the Miss France committee named the new Miss France 2006, Alexandra Rosenfeld as the French representative in Miss World 2006, but due to the fact that she had to go first to Miss Universe 2006 and later to Miss Europe 2006 contest, was finally replaced by her 2nd Runner up - Laura Fasquel.
- Latvia – Miss Latvia 2005, Kristīne Djadenko was supposed to participate in Miss World 2006. However a month before the start of the competition was replaced by Līga Meinarte. Nevertheless, Djadenko participated next year at Miss World 2007.
- Spain – Miss España 2006, Elizabeth Reyes was supposed to participate in Miss World 2006 after the Miss Universe 2006 contest. However she was replaced by her 1st Runner up - Inmaculada Torres.
- Uruguay – Miss Uruguay Mundo 2006, Soledad Gagliardo was replaced by her first runner up, Marlene Politi for unknown reasons.
- Israel and Lebanon, countries located in Asia, compete in the Southern Europe group.
- Russia and Kazakhstan, Eurasian countries, compete in the Northern Europe group.
- Turkey, another Eurasian country, competes in the Southern Europe group.
- Since 2000, the United Kingdom's home nations compete separately.
- Serbia and Montenegro, split into two countries Serbia and Montenegro, thus they compete as two separate entries for the two countries respectively
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