Top Ukraine, Tahiti, United Kingdom, China, U.S.A., Australia, Russia, South Africa, Bahamas, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Belgium, Hong Kong, American Virgin Islands, Germany & Philippines

2nd top Japan, Sweden, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Tanzania, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Hungary, Guatemala, Iceland, Canada, Bulgaria, Romania, Curacao, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Italy & Seychelles

Middle Austria, Swaziland, Sri Lanka, Spain, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Israel, Cayman Islands, India, British Virgin Islands, Guam, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Ghana, Norway, Poland, Portugal & Saint Lucia

2nd bottom Thailand, Switzerland, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Estonia, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Argentina & Peru

Bottom Costa Rica, Botswana, Colombia, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Nelson Mandela (President of South Africa), Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Paraguay, Singapore & Panama

Miss World 1994
– an amalgam of news reports –
Miss India, a 21-year-old architecture student from Bombay, was named Miss World 1994.

Folding her hands in a traditional gesture of thanks, a composed and smiling Aishwarya Rai accepted the crown. She succeeds Lisa Hanna of Jamaica, who won last year’s title.

For the second straight year, Miss South Africa was the runner-up. This year it was Basetsane Julia Makgalemele, 20. She was followed in third place by Miss Venezuela, Irene Ester Ferreira Izquierdo, 18, of Venezuela.

The Miss World title brings prizes and gifts worth more than $500,000 including more than $75,000 in cash.

Miss Rai, in a sparkling white evening gown, was a crowd-pleasing contestant, drawing enthusiastic cheers from partisans from her first appearance on stage.

The brown-haired, green-eyed contestant projected an aura of grace and dignity, despite confessing to enjoying the “occasional extravagance.” She also was named Miss Photogenic in a poll of photographers.

Asked her aim as Miss World, she said her first goal would be to show “compassion for the underprivileged.”

Judges included fashion model Iman; Eileen Ford of the Ford modeling agency; photographer Patrick Lichfield; Zinzi Mandela Hlongwane, daughter of South African President Nelson Mandela; actors Ron Moss and Katherine Kelly Lang from the CBS-TV soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful;” and actors Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Marsha Rae Ratcliff and Andres Garcia.

Actors Blair Underwood and Bronson Pinchot, supermodel Naomi Campbell and South African singers Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black Mambazo also participated.

The pageant was held for the third time in Sun City. The fantasy gambling resort is in the former black homeland of Bophuthatswana, now reincorporated into South Africa as part of reforms that ended white-minority rule this year.

The Somalia-born Iman told the crowd she could never have imagined being able to present the beauty award in a “free South Africa.”

United Kingdom

India & Poland

Brazil, Bolivia & Dominican Republic

20th birthday
Holland, Germany, Czech Republic & Iceland

1994 November 19
Sun City, South Africa
87 entries

Results
1 India Aishwarya Rai
Queen of Asia & Oceania
2 South Africa Basetsane Julia Makgalemele
Queen of Africa
3 Venezuela Irene Esther Ferreira Izquierdo
Queen of Americas

Finalists
4 Zimbabwe Angeline Musasiwa
5 Croatia Branka Bebic
Queen of Europe

Semi-finalists
Belgium Ilse De Meulemeester
Greece Evangelia “Evi” Adam
Malaysia Rahima Orchient Yayah
Philippines Caroline Subijano
United Kingdom Melanie Abdoun *

Remainder
American Virgin Islands Jessalyn Pearsall
Argentina Miriam Elizabeth Nahon *
Australia Skye-Jilly Edwards *
Austria Bianca Engel *
Bahamas Deanna Tamara North
Bangladesh Anika Taher
Bolivia Mariel Gabriela Arce Taborga *
Botswana Hazel Kutlo Mmopi
Brazil Valquíria Melnik Blicharski
British Virgin Islands Khara Michelle Forbes
Bulgaria Stella Ognianova
Canada Shawna Roberts
Cayman Islands Anita Lilly Bush *
Queen of Caribbean Isles
Chile Yulissa Macarena del Pino Pinochet
China Pan Tao
Colombia Maria Eugenia González Ponce de León
Costa Rica Silvia Ester Muñoz Mata *
Curacao Marisa Corine Bos
Cyprus Johanna Uwrin
Czech Republic Lenka Belickova
Denmark Sara Maria Wolf *
Dominican Republic Claudia Franjul González
Ecuador Diana Margarita Noboa Gordon
Estonia Auli Andersalu
Finland Mia Marianne Forsell
France Radiah Latidine
Germany Marte Helberg
Ghana Matilda Aku Alomatu
Gibraltar Mellissa Berllaque
Guam Chalorna Freitas
Guatemala Sonia Maria Rosales Vargas *
Holland Yoska Bon
Hong Kong Annamarie Wood Lai-Ming
Hungary Timea Farkas
Iceland Birna Bragadóttir *
Ireland Anna Maria McCarthy *
Israel Shirley Schwartzberg
Italy Arianna Novacco
Jamaica Johanna Simone Ulett
Japan Shinobu Sushida
Kenya Josephine Wanjiku Mbatia *
Korea Chae Yeon-hee
Latvia Daina Tobija
Lebanon Lara Badawi
Macau Chen Ji-Min *
Mauritius Marie Priscilla Mardaymootoo *
Mexico Claudia Hernández Rodríguez *
New Zealand Shelley Jeannine Edwards *
Nigeria Suzan Hart *
Norway Anne Lena Hansen *
Panama Carmen Lucía Ogando Ginono
Paraguay Jannyne Elena Peyrat Scolari *
Peru Marcia Pérez Marcés
Poland Jadwiga Flank *
Portugal Leonor Filipa Correia Leal Rodrigues
Puerto Rico Joyce Marie Giraud Mojica *
Romania Leona Dalia Voicu
Russia Anna Malova *
Seychelles Marquise David
Singapore Pickard Angela Lee Kim Mei
Slovak Republic Karin Majtanova *
Slovenia Janja Zupan
Spain Virginia Pareja Garófano
Sri Lanka Nushara Rusri Pramali Fernando *
St. Lucia Yasmine Lyndel Walcott
St. Vincent Cornise Yearwood
Swaziland Stephanie Wesselo
Sweden Sofia Andersson *
Switzerland Sarah Briguet *
Tahiti Vaea Christine Sandra Olanda
Taiwan Joanne Wu Chung-Chun *
Tanzania Aina William Maeda
Thailand Patinya “If” Thongsri
Trinidad & Tobago Anabel Thomas
Turkey Pinar Altug
Ukraine Nataliya Vasilievna Kozitskaya *
U.S.A. Kristie Harmon

Awards
Miss Personality Thailand
Miss Photogenic India
Best National Costume Venezuela

U.S.A., Bahamas, TV personality Charlie Smith & United Kingdom

Turkey, New Zealand & Greece

Best National Costume
Venezuela

South Africa (1st runner-up), India (winner) & Venezuela (2nd runner-up)

Cross-references to some of the other pageants
Argentina Banana 1993, Coffee 1994, Int’l Queen of Harvest 1994 & Sugar Cane World Queen 1994
Australia Queen of the Year 1993 (winner) & Globe 1994 (winner)
Austria Maja International 1995
Bolivia Coffee 1995
Cayman Islands Universe 1995
Costa Rica International 1994
Denmark Baltic Sea 1996 (2nd runner-up)
Guatemala Sugar Cane World Queen 1994
Iceland Scandinavia 1995 (winner)
Ireland Universe 1995 & Europe 1995
Kenya Universe 1995
Macau Chinese International 1995
Mauritius Universe 1995
Mexico Maja International 1995 (winner)
New Zealand Universe 1995
Nigeria Universe 1994
Norway International 1995 (winner)
Paraguay Globe 1994 & International 1994
Poland Queen of the Year 1995 (semi-finalist)
Puerto Rico Universe 1998 (2nd runner-up)
Russia Baltic Sea 1994 (winner) & Universe 1998 (semi-finalist)
Slovak Republic International 1993
Sri Lanka Asia Pacific 1992 (semi-finalist), Universe 1994 & Mrs World 2001 (semi-finalist)
Sweden Teen International 1993 (winner)
Switzerland Universe 1995
Taiwan Universe 1994
Ukraine International 1997 (semi-finalist)
United Kingdom International-Britain 1995