Linor Abargil is an exotic beauty that brought the first and ever Miss World title for Israel.
The most remarkable aspect of her 1998 victory in Paris was that she was successful despite being raped seven weeks earlier. The 18-year-old was abused at knifepoint by her travel agent, Uri Shlomo Nur, in Milan.
The beautiful model reported the case, and Israeli authorities were prompt to take action. The man spent 16 years in jail for his crime.
Although traumatic, the experience attracted a lot of attention and eventually influenced the jury’s vote. Forgetting was not Linor’s choice.
Yukta Mookhey won Miss World in 1999 and brought India’s fourth victory.
That year’s competition returned to the home country of the beauty pageant and took place in London. Yukta emerged victorious from a total of 94 contestants.
The picture might now show Yukta from head to toes, but we will tell you that she is 1.80m tall. This detail highlights that beauty goes hand in hand with height at Miss World.
You might say that a beautiful woman gets everything she wants from life. However, the Indian princess did not have a happy marriage and had to break away from a problematic marriage with a New Work millionaire, Prince Tuli.
Priyanka Chopra is by far the most successful woman to ever win Miss World.
Few people expected the crown to stay in India in the 2000 competition. However, the 18-year-old Chopra was just stunning.
While her breakthrough in modeling was evident, few saw more potential. Despite constant flip-flops in the years that followed, she emerged as Bollywood’s most wanted.
If you accept that money is an accurate measure of success, then Chopra is way ahead of all the other beauties on the list. Forbes reported that the Indian model turned actress earned $11 million just from last year’s TV contracts.
Agbani Darego’s victory in 2001 brought the first ever Miss World crown on the head of someone of African descent.
Nigeria victory was so acclaimed because India had won four of the last seven competitions. However, Agbani’s slim physique and gracious presence also helped.
Winning Miss World means that you get thousands of generous contracts to choose from. Darego was even more desirable because she was the first Black model to breach the old standards of beauty previously in effect.
Darego graced catwalks and photo shoots by wearing Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Gianfranco Ferre. Magazines like Elle, Allure, and Cosmopolitan featured her story, engraving Agbani Darego as a resilient brand in popular culture.
Born in Netherlands from Turkish parents, Azra won the 2002 edition of Miss World.
As you see in the photo, Azra was thrilled to receive the tiara and the attention of the entire world on her. There was nothing to announce her victory. Before winning the 2012 edition of Miss Turkey, Azra was just your average model.
Although being selected Elite Model of Turkey, this meant close to nothing. Turkey is far from being a liberal equal rights society, and few women dared to put their beauty on display with the same fervor like in the Western world.
Azra did not stay long in the international headlines. We last heard of her when she won the Turkish version of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2004.