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Among the other boycotting nations were Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Panama, Belgium and Kenya.

There was further controversy over the possibly suspended participation of France and South Africa, which may or may not have been due to the boycott.

A number of contestants followed the lead of Kathrine Sørland of Norway in boycotting the contest (despite the controversy Sørland would go on to become a semi-finalist in both the Miss World and Miss Universe contest), while others such as Costa Rica were instructed by their national governments and parliaments not to attend the contest.

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar from India is the first Beauty With a Purpose recipient to eventually win the Miss World crown.

Miss World Best in Swimsuit was an award given to the delegate at Miss World who has the highest score at the swimsuit competition during the finals.

It also sells its Talent, Beach Beauty and Sports events as television specials to broadcasters.

In 2002 the pageant was slated for Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria to host its final.