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In 1951, the first Miss World Pageant, originally referred to as a "festival bikini contest", is held in London by founder by Eric Morley to promote the Festival of Britain. The first winner is crowned, Kiki Haakonson, Miss Sweden, who wears the shocking new "bikini" swimsuit. The beauty contest quickly switches to more traditional swimwear, one-piece swimsuits featuring a "modesty panel".

The beauty contest adopts the slogan "Beauty with a Purpose" and aligns itself with Variety Clubs International to raise funds for world charities. 

At the 1970 Miss World Pageant, protesters hurl tomatoes, stink bombs and flour bombs inside Royal Albert Hall where the pageant is staged, charging that such events are a symbol of the oppression and exploitation of women.  Police arrest a number of protestors.

Marjorie WallaceIn 1973, Marjorie Wallace becomes the first American to win the Miss World Pageant when she is crowned Miss World 1973. Before her reign has ended she is stripped of her title after rumors of affairs with a string of famous bachelors.

The next year, another scandal rocks the Miss World Pageant when Helen Morgan, Miss Wales, the newly-crowned Miss World 1974, is forced to resign when reporters tattle that she is an unwed mother who has been named as the other woman in a divorce case.

In 2002, as contestants gather for the Miss World Pageant in Nigeria, which is a predominantly Muslim country, anti-pageant protests begin, soon escalate into rioting after a female journalist publishes an article theorizing that Mohammed, Islam's prophet, might well have married one of the Miss World contestants. The violence leads to several hundred people being killed in rioting. Miss World director Julia Morley quickly moves the pageant back to England to protect contestants safety.

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