Miss World 2012, the 62nd edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 18 August 2012 in Ordos City, China PR. 116 contestants from all over the world competed for the crown. Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela crowned her successor Yu Wenxia of China PR at the end of the event.
Miss World Talent 2012 qualifiers were announced on 21 July. On 4 August, there were 16 contestants who were selected as semi-finalists and then 5 finalists were announced during the Talent final held on 8 August at the Ordos Theatre. The winner was announced during the Miss World finals on 18 August.
Miss World Sports & Fitness 2012 qualifiers were announced on 9 August after a tryouts which was held on 7 August. There were 24 contestants who were selected as semi-finalists, with 6 for each group and will go through the Sports finals held at the Ordos Stadium on 9 and 10 August. The 6 sports events are shuttle run, long jump, penalty shoot out, 100-meter sprint, relay race and swimming.
Miss World Top Model 2012 qualifiers were announced on 23 July. There were 47 contestants who were selected as semi-finalists and went through the finals on 12 August. The Top Model finals featured Graham Black's collection for 'Erdos 1436' and was taking place at the Erdos 1436 Fashion House, in Market Square. The Top 10 finalists were selected and the winner was announced at the final on 18 August.
Also, this year Gibraltar 's Jessica Baldachino, Nepal 's Shristhi Shrestha, Costa Rica 's Silvana Sánchez, Barbados 's Marielle Wilkie, Lebanon 's Sonia Lynn Gabriel, South Africa 's Remona Moodley, Hungary 's Tamara Cserháti and France 's Delphine Wespiser have performed a belly dance at the beginning of the Dances of the World segment.
Iceland – Iris Thelma Jónsdóttir was appointed to represent Iceland. She was the 1st runner-up at the Miss Iceland 2010 pageant.
Kazakhstan – Yevgeniya Klishina was appointed to represent Kazakhstan. She was the 1st runner-up at the Miss Kazakhstan 2010 pageant.
Korea – Sung-min Kim was appointed as the Miss World Korea 2012 by national director Jeong-ah Park. She came in 2nd during the Miss World Korea 2011 finals. Miss World Korea Organization was sued by HanKook Daily News as known as Miss Korea Organization. The case was dismissed, due to legal issue cause Miss World Korea Organization couldn't held Miss World Korea 2012 pageant. Miss World Korea Organization will held Miss World Korea 2013 pageant in 2012.
Lebanon – Sonia-Lynn Gabriel was appointed to represent Lebanon. She was the 2nd runner-up at the Miss Lebanon 2011 pageant.
Mongolia – Bayarmaa Huselbaatar was appointed as Miss World Mongolia 2012, after a casting call took place.
Montenegro – Nikolina Lončar was appointed to represent Montenegro. She previously was appointed to represent Montenegro at Miss Universe 2011, where she was awarded the Miss Congeniality award.
Netherlands – Nathalie den Dekker was appointed to represent Netherlands by Kim Kotter, national director of Miss World in the country.
Nicaragua – Lauren Lawson was appointed as Miss Mundo Nicaragua 2012 by Denis Dávila, national director of Miss World in the country. She was the 1st runner-up at the Miss Nicaragua 2011 pageant.
Poland – Weronika Szmajdzińska was appointed to represent Poland. She was Miss Polski Nastolatek (Miss Poland Teen) 2011.
Portugal – Melanie Vicente was appointed as Miss Republica Portugesa Mundo 2012 after a casting call took place.
Puerto Rico – Janelee Chaparro was appointed to represent Puerto Rico. She was the 1st runner-up at the Miss Mundo Puerto Rico 2011 pageant.
Serbia – Bojana Lecic was appointed to represent Serbia. She was the 1st runner-up at the Miss Serbia 2011 pageant and was originally scheduled to compete at Miss Universe 2012.
Slovenia – Nives Orešnik was appointed as Miss World Slovenia 2012 after a casting call took place.
South Africa – Remona Moodley was appointed to represent South Africa after the initial winner, Melinda Bam couldn't make it due to personal reasons. She was the 1st runner-up at the Miss South Africa 2011 pageant.
United States – Claudine Book was appointed as Miss World United States 2012
Vietnam – Vũ Thị Hoàng My was appointed to represent Vietnam by Elite Model Vietnam, the franchise holder. She was the 1st runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2010 pageant and previously appointed to represent Vietnam at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant.
Bulgaria – Gabriela Vassileva replaced the original winner of Miss Bulgaria 2012, Ina Mancheva, after officials found out there was a mix up with the internet public votes and the judges votes. Ina originally won the most popular internet votes, not the judges votes. Gabriela was originally the 1st runner-up at the national pageant, but after the vote audit, she was declared Miss Bulgaria 2012.
Fiji – Koini Vakaloloma replaced the original winner of Miss World Fiji 2012, Torika Watters, because Watters, 16, failed to meet the minimum age requirement of 17. Miss World Fiji pageant directory Andhy Blake acknowledged that he had erred in telling Watters she was eligible and stated that she would be eligible to compete in the Miss World 2013 pageant.
Greece – Anastasia Sidiropoulou was replaced by Maria Tsagkaraki due to Anastasia being denied her entry into the pageant.
Ireland – Rebecca Maguire replaced the original winner of Miss Ireland 2012, Marie Hughes because Marie did not meet the age requirements of Miss Ireland, and was thus stripped of her title. Rebecca was the 1st runner-up at the national pageant, and was subsequently declared Miss Ireland 2012.
Latvia – Anastasija Skibunova replaced the original winner of Miss Latvia 2012, Eva Dombrovska, was not able to represent her country because of scheduling conflicts with her university studies. Dombrovska represented Latvia at Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia on September next year.
Nigeria – Damiete Charles-Granville replaced the original winner of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2012, Isabella Ayuk due to Isabella lying about her actual age. Damiete was the 1st runner-up at the pageant and was originally scheduled to compete at Miss Universe 2012.
On 31 January 2013, the official website of Miss World Organisation released a statement regarding the scoreboard errors in the final telecast last 18 August 2012. Miss World was under siege after beauty watchers, fans and even National Directors noticed some inconsistencies in the scoring system. According to the official statement of the Ionoco Ltd., it says that the errors occurred on the graphical scoreboard were solely caused by human error on part of the operator. Miss World Organization provided the Ionoco Ltd. with verified scores, however, the operator failed to update the score table correctly resulting in a discrepancy between the position of the contestants in the scoreboard and the point values displayed.