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The contest, title owned by the Miss World organisation is organised each year by Angie Beasley, a winner of 25 beauty contests in the 1980s and has organised beauty pageants around the country on behalf of Miss World, including Miss United Kingdom, Miss England, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales.
The contest often attracts celebrity judges at local and national finals. Many celebrities have also judged the regional heats for the competition around the country including glamour model Jordan, who joined the judging panel for Miss Sussex.
The Miss England competition is promoted to thousands of women around England in local media by a series of area heats held around the country.
News of the World and Take a Break magazine have previously sponsored contestants over the years, writing features on contestants and used the winners on the front covers. Various newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, The Times, the Daily Mail and various magazines including Teen Vogue in New York and Hello! have carried stories on local and national winners.
The winner of the Miss England competition, along with the winners of Miss Northern Ireland, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales, can compete in Miss World. The highest ranking competitor of the four constituent country entrants is then presented with the title and crown of Miss United Kingdom.
In 2022 Melisa Raouf became the first contestant to compete in a semi final of the contest without makeup, following the introduction of a "bare-face top model" round in 2019.
The title of Miss England 2011 was won by Alize Lily Mounter who was classed as the favourite to win the competition. Mounter would later compete in the Miss World 2011 where she was among the top seven contestants on the final night, finishing in 4th place. She was also awarded the title of Miss World Europe, a first for England, after finishing as the highest ranked delegate from Europe in the competition.
Carina Tyrrell, who was a medical student when she won her national title in 2014, competed in Miss World 2014 when the competition was held in her home country at ExCeL London. She would make the final cut and enter the top 5, also finishing in 4th place overall.
In 2017, Stephanie Hill represented England at the Miss World 2017 held in Sanya, China and became the first English delegate to make the top 3 in the competition by placing as the 2nd runner-up. Hill was also awarded the title of Miss World Europe after being the European contestant with the highest scores. This result makes Hill the most successful Miss England in the history of Miss World.
1928 to 1936
1953 to 1990
After winning the title of Miss England, winners would participate in Miss Universe, followed by the occasional Miss Europe, and finally Miss United Kingdom. In the event whereby a Miss England won the title of Miss United Kingdom, she would represent the United Kingdom in Miss World.
|Year||Miss England||City||Placement at Miss Universe||Special Award(s) at Miss Universe||Placement at Miss United Kingdom|
|1989||Racquel Jory||London||Unplaced||1st runner-up|
|1988||Tracey Williams||London||Unplaced||Miss Photogenic|
|1987||Yvette Dawn Livesey||West Yorkshire||Unplaced|
|1986||Joanne Sedgley||Newquay||Unplaced||1st runner-up|
|1985||Helen Westlake||London||Unplaced||Top 15|
|1984||Louise Gray||Sheffield||Unplaced||Top 7|
|1983||Karen Lesley Moore||Southsea||4th runner-up||1st runner-up|
|1982||Della Frances Dolan||Grimsby||Top 12||Miss United Kingdom 1982|
|1981||Suzanne Hughes||Manchester||1st runner-up|
|1980||Julie Duckworth||Blackpool||Unplaced||2nd runner-up|
|1979||Carolyn Ann Seaward||Yelverton, Devon||2nd runner-up||Miss Photogenic||Miss United Kingdom 1979|
|1978||Beverley Isherwood||Manchester||Unplaced||2nd runner-up|
|1977||Sarah Louise Long||Bristol||Unplaced||2nd runner-up|
|1976||Pauline Davies||Manchester||Top 12||Miss Photogenic|
|1975||Vicki Harris||London||Top 12||Miss United Kingdom 1975|
|1974||Kathleen Ann Celeste Anders||Rochdale||Top 12||1st runner-up|
|1973||Veronica Ann Cross||London||Unplaced||Miss United Kingdom 1973|
|1972||Jennifer Mary McAdam||London||4th runner-up||Miss United Kingdom 1972|
|1971||Marilyn Ann Ward||New Milton||Top 12||Miss United Kingdom 1971|
|1970||Yvonne Anne Ormes||Nantwich||Unplaced||Miss United Kingdom 1970|
|1969||Myra Van Heck||London||Unplaced|
|1968||Jennifer Lowe Summers||Manchester||Top 15||Miss United Kingdom 1968|
|1967||Jennifer Lynn Lewis||Leicester||2nd runner-up||Miss United Kingdom 1967|
|1966||Janice Carol Whiteman||London||Top 15|
|1965||Jennifer Warren Gurley||Unplaced|
|1964||Brenda Blacker||London||1st runner-up|
|1962||Kim Carlton||London||Top 15||Miss Photogenic
Best National Costume
|1961||Arlette Dobson||London||3rd runner-up|
|1960||Joan Ellinor Boardman||London||Top 15|
|1959||Pamela Ann Searle||London||3rd runner-up||Miss Photogenic|
|1957||Joanne Sedgley||London||2nd runner-up|
|1956||Iris Alice Kathleen Waller||London||3rd runner-up||Miss United Kingdom 1956|
|1955||Margaret Rowe||London||Top 15||Most Popular Girl in Parade|
|1953||Marlene Ann Dee||London|
Since 2000, winners of Miss England have been competing in Miss World.
- Miss Northern Ireland
- Miss Scotland
- Miss United Kingdom
- Miss Wales
- Miss Universe Great Britain
- Miss Great Britain
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