Miss USA, Erin Cummins, was in the list of 36 qualifiers of the swimsuit competition but failed to make the final 20, which comes as a disappointment after Alexandria Mills of the United States was crowned Miss World 2010.
So, the most beautiful women live in Bolivia, Brazil, England, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, New Zealand, Paraguay, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Spain, St. Barthelemy, Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
The contestants have spent the past two weeks touring in Britain, whipping up excitement ahead of the final, which takes place Sunday evening at the sold-out Earls Court Two venue in west London.
Also beauty is the heart of the event, brains, skills and good causes also play a major role.
This year the intelligence of the participants is shocking: more than half studying for a degree, one in four is graduate and more than half speak at least three languages.
“Every beautiful woman must have a purpose. Make your time worthwhile,” Miss World, a chairwoman Julia Morley, said.
The finalists have already passed five competitions which will determine the overall winner: beach beauty, top model, talent, sports and beauty with a purpose, where they can highlight a charity project.
This year the contest celebrates its 60 years anniversary of successful existence in London, the same city where it all began in 1951, when Kiki Haakansson, Sweden, beat 25 other contestants to the title.
“Miss World is proud to be celebrating its 60th birthday by returning to London, the city where it all began,” said a representative.
Organisers are planning a great show, with past winners returning to take part.
However, feminist groups are against returning of the contest back to London. They have pledged to stage protests that may evoke memories of the 1970 pageant in the capital which was disrupted by feminist demonstrators.
The focus of the contest this year is based on world peace and the love of animals. This event is also set to showcase the United Kingdom as a leading tourist destination, as part of the the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Among the beauties in the final showdown, Miss Venezuela apparently is the odds-on favorite to win this year, according to betting pools.
“This year’s favourite is Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela — and she certainly has the full package,” said Ladbrokes news editor Craig Hares.
“Miss Venezuela, from a large family with 12 siblings, has a degree in human resources and currently works for a broadcasting company. She seems smart money at 7/1.”
The participant from the USA, Erin Cummins, 19, is a student of marine biology. Following her passion for animals she hopes to one day open her own animal shelter. The list of her hobbies inckudes surfing, snowboarding, horse riding and cooking.
As for online fan voting, the top five contestants are leading: Miss Latvia, Miss Ukraine, Miss Russia, Miss India, and Miss Philippines.