Miss World Bangladesh winner Jessia Islam currently ranks second in a public voting with 15.35% of the total votes.
She is competing with contestants from a total of 120 countries in the initial “Head to Head Challenge round at the 67th Miss World 2017, which is taking place in China. The other two of the top three contestants are Nepal’s Nikita Chandak (19.88%) and Mongolia’s Enkhjin Tseveendash (11.16%).
In the round, which has been added for the first time ever in the history of Miss World competition, each contestant has been drawn into one of 20 groups, each comprising six contestants. The other five contestants in Jessia’s group are from Botswana, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and Ethiopia.
The public voting has begun to engage the audience with this year’s edition of the international beauty pageant. Everyone can vote for the contestants from their respective countries on the Miss World official website.
The list of top 40 contestants will be finalised based on the results of the “Head to Head Challenge” round that started with its "live" draw at a closed door event at the Oasis O City Hotel in Shenzhen, China on October 31.
The 40 beauty queens will then attend different categories of the competition at the finale at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Sanya on November 18.
The two-and-a-half-hour long event will be hosted by Tim Vincent, Megan Young and Steve Douglas. As ever, the current Miss World (Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico) will crown her successor at the end of the event.