Miss World 2009

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Miss World 2009
Miss World 2009 logo.jpg
Miss World 2009 titlecard
Date 12 December 2009
Presenters Angela Chow, Michelle McLean, Steve Douglas
Entertainment Umoja, Gang of Instrumentals
Venue Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa
Broadcaster E!, SABC 3
Entrants 112
Placements 16
Withdraws Antigua & Barbuda, Cayman Islands, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Congo Democratic Republic, St. Lucia, Seychelles
Returns Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia FYRO, Nepal, Panama, Romania, Slovenia, Suriname, Tahiti
Winner Kaiane Aldorino

Miss World 2009, the 59th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 12 December 2009 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.[1] 112 contestants from all over the world competed for the crown, marking the biggest turnout in the pageant's history.[2] Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia crowned Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar at the end of event.

Telecast for this event includes a debut broadcast on E! Entertainment in the United States which boasts 600 million home viewers internationally.[3] Other broadcasters include SABC3 in the host country South Africa,[4] CCTV-1 in China,[3] Zee Cafe in India,[3] Paris Première in France,[3] RCTI in Indonesia,[3] and Venevision in Venezuela.[3] The popular Umoja ensemble took center stage to the dollop of local culture showcasing awe-inspiring dance that included the sense-consuming gumboot dance. The scorching-hot urban-pop group Gang of Instrumentals definitely got the crowd thumbs up for their toe-tapping act.

Firstly, contestants traveled to London, United Kingdom and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates between November 5 and 14. On November 15, contestants arrived at Johannesburg and traveled to Port Elizabeth between November 16 and 18. On November 20, contestants met South Africa President Jacob Zuma at Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. During the following days upon the finals, contestants visited Soweto, Durban, Limpopo, Cape Town as well as Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results
Miss World 2009, Kaiane Aldorino at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai on August 10, 2010


Final results Contestant
Miss World 2009
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 7
Top 16

NOTE - The Miss World final telecast only announced the winner, and two runners-up. The official list of results was announced at the Coronation Ball and included four additional runners-up.[5]

Continental Queens of Beauty[6][7][edit]

Continental Group Contestant
Asia & Oceania

NOTE - According to the Miss World Organization, Barbados won Queen of Caribbean even though Martinique, a Caribbean island, was among the semi-finalists. It is assumed that, as part of France, Martinique is a part of the European Union and is therefore not considered a Caribbean member state. However, there is no official explanation on the Miss World website.

Special awards[edit]

Best World Dress Designer

The Miss World Dress Designer took place on November 28 at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event held together with the Top Model Final.[8]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 12

Order of announcements[edit]

* Officially it is Top 16. 6 of them got automatic semi-finals slot as they won a fast track event. They are: Japan, Sierra Leone, Canada, Gibraltar, Mexico, and India.

Fast Track Events[edit]


The Miss World Sports took place on November 18 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.[9]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 6
Top 12

NOTE - Singapore replaced by Uruguay after she collapsed during the sports final.


The Miss World Talent took place on November 22 at the Victoria Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.[10]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
Top 22

Beach Beauty[edit]

The Miss World Beach Beauty took place on November 25 at the Valley of the Pools, Zimbali Resort in Durban, South Africa.[11]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 12
Top 20
Order of announcements

Top Model[edit]

The Miss World Top Model took place on November 28 at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event held along with the Miss World Dress Designer Final.[8]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 12

Beauty with a Purpose[edit]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Dances of the World[edit]



  • Julia Morley - Miss World Limited Chairperson and Chairperson of the Judges
  • Priyanka Chopra - Miss World 2000 from India
  • Zhang Zilin - Miss World 2007 from China PR
  • Mike Dixon - Musical Director
  • JJ Schoeman - Designer
  • Lindiwe Mahlangu-Kwele - CEO Johannesburg Tourism Company
  • Graham Cooke - MD World Travel Group
  • Warren Batchelor - Executive Producer of Miss World 2009





  •  England - Due to the media attention following the allegations against her, Rachel Christie has now decided to withdraw from the Miss World competition and relinquish her Miss England crown. Katrina Hodge replaced her to participate in Miss World 2009.[12]
  •  Germany - Alessandra Alores was disqualified due to several explicit pictures of her on the Internet. Stefanie Peeck replaced her to participate in Miss World 2009.[13][14][15]
  •  Russia - Sofia Rudieva was allowed to compete in Miss Universe 2009 by the Miss Universe Organization, but the Miss World Organization did not accept her as a contestant due several explicit pictures of her on the Internet. Ksenia Shipilova replaced her to participate in Miss World 2009.[16]
  •  Singapore - The original winner, Ris Low, backed out of the finals at Miss World 2009. Her decision came after a slew of negative media reports in which she incurred the ire of the public for her poor English.[17] Later, news of her conviction for credit card fraud in May also surfaced, after she stole credit cards worth $6000.[18] She was sentenced to two years' probation for credit card fraud. There was a national petition for her to step down. Then, Ris Low was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[19] The first runner-up Claire Lee, declined to represent Singapore due to a back injury which prevents her from standing for long periods of time, and also as Ris Low accused her of backstabbing her,[20] and she withdrew from the pageant immediately. Claire Lee also rebutted Ris Low's allegations on her blog.[21] On October 9, ERM World Marketing announced Pilar Carmelita Arlando as the new Miss Singapore World 2009, who represented Singapore at the Miss World contest. Before that, she was officially the second runner-up at Miss Singapore World 2009.[22][23] However, Pilar was criticized by many netizens for not knowing who's the first president of Singapore, not knowing how many years Singapore has been independent, and claiming that the Merlion, a symbol of Singapore, went extinct in 1965, unaware that the Merlion is a fictitious animal.[24][25]
  •  Uruguay - Cinthia D'Ottone was the original Uruguayan representative to Miss World 2009, but she was replaced at last minute by Claudia Vanrell due to Cinthia's health related issues.[26]
  •  Vietnam - Trần Thị Hương Giang was appointed to represent Vietnam at Miss World 2009. She is the 2nd runner-up of Miss Vietnam Global 2009.


  •  Antigua & Barbuda - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
  •  Cayman Islands - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship for the national pageant[27]
  •  Chile - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship for the national pageant
  •  Chinese Taipei - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
  •  Congo DR - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
  •  St. Kitts & Nevis - Venetta Zakers, the winner of the Miss World Saint Kitts and Nevis 2009 pageant, will not compete in Miss World 2009 due to communication problems between her and the national pageant organization. However, the pageant will be held again in 2010 to select the representative for Miss World 2010.[28]
  •  St. Lucia - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
  •  Seychelles - Due to lack of funding and sponsorship
  •  Iraq



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