(L to R) Contestants from Singapore, Indonesia, Bulgaria and South Sudan pose at Nirwana Bali Resort upon arriving in Indonesia. A record 131 contestants from different nationalities will compete for Miss World 2013 title to be held on 28 September in Jakarta. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
(L to R) Contestants from Singapore, Indonesia, Bulgaria and South Sudan pose at Nirwana Bali Resort upon arriving in Indonesia. A record 131 contestants from different nationalities will compete for Miss World 2013 title to be held on 28 September in Jakarta. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)

Miss World 2013, the 63rd edition of the Miss World pageant, has officially begun as contestants from around the world have started arriving in Indonesia, the host country for the annual beauty contest.

The Miss World 2013 finale will be held on 28 September at Sentul International Convention Center, located on the outskirts of the Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta.

A record 131 contestants from different nationalities will compete for the coveted title at the pageant. The winner will be crowned Miss World 2013 by the last year's winner, Wenxia Yu of China.

Before getting on stage for winning the crown on the final day's event, the Miss World 2013 contestants will compete over the month for a number of distinct awards, including Beach Fashion, Top Model, Sports and Fitness, Beauty with a Purpose, Talent Competition and the World Fashion Designer Award.

Contestants in the meantime have reportedly left their home countries to take part in the pageant.

Miss Ireland 2013, Aoife Walsh, poses at airport as she heads to Indonesia to take part in Miss World 2013 pageant. The 63rd annual contest officially began in Bali with the arrival of contestants on 2 September. The finale will be held on 28 September. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss Ireland 2013, Aoife Walsh, poses at airport as she heads to Indonesia to take part in Miss World 2013 pageant. The 63rd annual contest officially began in Bali with the arrival of contestants on 2 September. The finale will be held on 28 September. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)

According to the official website of Miss World Organisation, Malta's Donna Borg Leyland was the first contestant to arrive at Bali, where the pageant's first week of events are scheduled to happen.

Miss Poland 2013, Katarzyna Krezeszowska, leaves her home country to compete for coveted Miss World 2013 title in Indonesia. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss Poland 2013, Katarzyna Krezeszowska, leaves her home country to compete for coveted Miss World 2013 title in Indonesia. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss British Virgin Islands 2013, Kirtis Malone, poses with flight captains upon arriving in Indonesia. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss British Virgin Islands 2013, Kirtis Malone, poses with flight captains upon arriving in Indonesia. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)

"The people here are so nice, it's great to be already meeting some of the contestants...I think I am falling in love with the place already," Miss World Malta 2013, Leyland, said.

Besides taking part in various competitions, the contestants will also get a chance to know about the heritage of Indonesia. They will visit tourist hot spots in Bali and Jakarta, including the beaches, ancient temples, and famous areas of natural beauty.

"I've never been to this side of Asia let alone this side of the World before. It's a beautiful country. It reminds me a lot of home, apart from the architecture which is very different," Jamaica's Gina Hargitay said. "I am looking forward to seeing more of the country especially the temple visit," she added.

Bali Island will host an official welcome ceremony for the Miss World 2013 contestants on 3 September, featuring traditional dance, music, and fiesta.

Miss Austria 2013, Ena Kadic, departs from her home country to take part in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia on 28 September. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss Austria 2013, Ena Kadic, departs from her home country to take part in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia on 28 September. (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss Malta 2013, Donnha Borg (L), and Miss Guam 2013, Camarin Mendiola, pose upon arriving in Indonesia (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss Malta 2013, Donnha Borg (L), and Miss Guam 2013, Camarin Mendiola, pose upon arriving in Indonesia (Photo: Miss World/Facebook)
Miss Malta 2013, Donnha Borg poses at airport before departing to Indonesia (Photo: Miss World - Malta/Facebook)
Miss Malta 2013, Donnha Borg poses at airport before departing to Indonesia (Photo: Miss World - Malta/Facebook)

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