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Miss World 1951
Lyceum Ballroom
London, England
April 19

Winner: SWEDEN - Kerstin (Kiki) Håkansson
2nd Place: BRITAIN - Laura Ellison-Davies
3rd Place: BRITAIN - Doreen Dawne

The Miss World pageant is an international beauty pageant founded in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. It started as the Festival Bikini Contest, in honour of the recently introduced swimwear of the time, but was called Miss World by the press. It was originally planned as a one-off event. Opposition to the wearing of bikinis led to their replacement with more modest swimwear after the first contest. In 1959, the BBC started broadcasting the competition. The pageant's popularity grew as the popularity of television grew.[Wikipedia.com]

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