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A Brief History Of Miss World In Pictures

26/11/2014 16:53 GMT | Updated 26/11/2014 17:59 GMT

Approve of it or not, these stunning images of beauty queens from across the globe show how much the Miss World pageant has changed in its 63-year history.

Kiki Hakansson of Sweden, who won the competition when it was first launched as The Festival Bikini Contest, is seemingly worlds apart from the 2014 contestants.

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The finalists gathered in London for a photocall on Tuesday ahead of the rigorous competition that will determine who takes home the tiara this year.

Here is a brief history of the Miss World beauty pageant.

Miss World over the years