Miss World 2008, the 58th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 13 December 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Originally, the pageant was going to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, but because of the ongoing 2008 Russo-Georgian diplomatic crisis in neighbouring South Ossetia, the Miss World Organization decided to move the pageant away from Eastern Europe. 109 contestants from all over the world compete for the crown, the second highest turnout in the 59 years of the pageant. Zhang Zilin of China crowned Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia as the brand new Miss World.
The Miss World Beach Beauty took place on 29 November at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The 27 semi-finalists for the event were selected by a panel of judges and the names were revealed on 27 November.
For working with the Just Because Foundation dedicated to creating hospitable conditions for children with cancer. Gabrielle helped raise about $100,000 in charity for the creation of a new ward for these children.
For working with the NEM ADOM FEL Foundation, dedicated to the awareness that handicapped and disabled people are of value to our society, and to make these individuals feel accepted.
For working with a school in the slums of Nairobi mainly for students who have been orphaned by HIV AIDS, helping raise funds for the sustenance of the school, as well as being a role model for students.
For assisting the Casa Hogar of Jilotepec, "Ayuda y Solidaridad con las Niñas de la Calle", which means help and solidarity with the girls from the streets. Anagaby created a dynamic event called "Pass the Crown" where she would ask the girls about their best quality, and then put a tiara on their heads because of it.
Sweden – Jennifer Palm Lundberg placed 3rd runner-up in the Miss World Sweden pageant, but won the title when each of the original top three placers declined the crown after disagreements over the winner's contract.
Macedonia FYRO – Suzana Al-Salkini withdrew due to lack of funding and sponsorship, but did compete the following year at Miss World 2009.
Nepal – The organiser of Miss Nepal pageant said it was postponing the contest scheduled for 23 August 2008 to unknown date, after the Maoist women's wing, which has trained its sights on Miss Nepal, announced a Kathmandu Valley shutdown on the day to prevent the event.
Panama – Kathya Saldaña had problems with the regional organisation and didn't obtain a South African visa in time.
Romania – Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
Slovenia – Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
Suriname – Mireille Nederbiel was not allowed to compete in Miss World by the decision of pageant organizers.
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