The Principality of Wales will be represented by Ffion Moyle in the upcoming Miss World 2016 pageant. Ffion hails from Carmarthen and is 23 years old. Forty women across Wales participated in the three-day grand final which began on April 14 at the Swansea Marriott Hotel and the Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot.
The contestants participated in various activities including empowerment day, designed to improve the girls’ self-confidence, as well as the Miss Wales Charity Ball in aid of Beauty with a Purpose, and a catwalk event in front of a sell-out audience and a panel of judges.
Paula Abbandonato, the organizer of the pageant, reiterated her organization’s commitment to empower women through pageantry and at the same time raising money for good causes.
Wales is currently ranked 65th in the Big4 Ranking [soon to be Big5]. It competes as a separate entity at Miss World and Miss Earth but not in Miss Universe (it used to) and Miss International. Helen Morgan is the sole Welsh beauty queen who has managed to win a major international crown – Miss World 1974 – but it did not count in the ranking as she represented the United Kingdom.
As a matter of fact the win was not really a win because she was dethroned for having a son at the time she joined the pageant.