My mum and I are attending the annual Miss World beauty pageant this year, held at the ExCel in London. This post is going to detail the whole experience.
We didn’t get off to the best of starts. We arrived at the station and sprinted over the bridge to get our train but unfortunately the lady controlling the train must have had a bad morning. Despite being just on time and the train still at the platform, she decided we weren’t aloud on, along with another couple! So here we are waiting a whole hour to see if were aloud on the next train with our pre booked tickets! My lovely mum had even surprised me with first class tickets! Were still in good spirits though and are getting some entertainment from watching a young lad that is clearly here from the night before after a heavy night out. He’s dressed up to the nines and lolling in and out of sleep and having the odd stumble around! At least he’s warm and has a nice glass of water, bless him!
Were in a mad rush! After a pleasant journey chatting away to a lovely southern chap, me and mum are finally in a black cab to our hotel hoping we have enough time to get ourselves glammed up! Not long to go now until the big event!
After a mad rush, getting ready in just 15 minutes, we’ve finally arrived at the venue. Doors were to close at 14.00 however were still queuing outside due to the volume of people waiting to go in! I’ve been asked 3 times if I’m a contestant and the weirdest thing is, I had a lovely chap ask for a photograph and autograph off me???! Crazy. Also, my friend Dionne and I were interviewed for a Spanish TV channel! Hopefully we get in soon!
We’ve still not made it in! We have however just seen Bruce Forsyth entering!
WERE IN! Now watching a beautiful video all about the show. I’m so very excited for this! And the amazing acts and stunning girls coming on!
What a day we have had. It’s been absolutely fantastic but very tiring! The show was unlike any other pageant I have ever attended. The focus was on the amazing work the ladies have done, centring around Beauty With A Purpose. Each girl created their own initiative in their native country, something close to their heart that they wanted to make a difference in. The judges were so impressed, they chose 5 girls to win the Beauty With A Purpose award! Of the videos we saw, I was touched by the stories of children with Cleft lips, a very dangerous bridge that had desperately needed to be rebuilt in a poverty hit area and a harrowing story of a lady who had her life transformed after her partner chopped off her arm and fingers, and tragically took the life of her children. They girls were so touched that they wanted to make a difference, and that they did.
The girls took part in various rounds including a range of sports and fashion cat walking. It’s far more than a beautiful face, the beauty from these girls shines through from the inside, truly. It was a touching, and exciting competition but Miss South Africa took the coveted crown! Our very own Carina Tyrell did FANTASTIC taking a top 5 spot!
It’s bizarre how other countries treat beauty queens compared to in England, particularly the Asian countries. I’m so happy I got the experience of going, and I urge you all to catch up on YouTube if you missed it, particularly to see the Beauty With a Purpose stories. (Also, I got a picture with Miss World 2014 and Mr World!)