Miss World 2016
Miss World 2016 contestants at the opening ceremonyMiss World Facebook

The Miss World 2016 beauty pageant has officially begun in Washington DC, US. The opening ceremony of the Miss World 2016 beauty pageant was held on Thursday in the US capital.

This year, in total, 119 beauties from across the world are participating in the beauty contest. All the contestants arrived in the capital in November and have already started preparing for it. In fact, around 91 contestants even participated in the Miss World Talent event.

The first round of the Miss World Talent event was held last week and on November 30, they announced the top 15 semi-finalists of the round. The winner of this Talent event will earn major points that will help them in the final round. The top 15 semi-finalists in particular order are: Miss Chile, Miss Cook Islands, Miss Croatia, Miss Czech Republic, Miss Fiji, Miss Hungary, Miss Latvia, Miss Malta, Miss Mongolia, Miss Philippines, Miss Poland, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Russia, Miss Scotland, Miss Serbia, Miss Slovenia, Miss South Africa, Miss Ukraine, Miss Canada, Miss India and Miss Ecuador.

Meanwhile, Missosology, a website that analysis the beauty pageants and contestants, has revealed the latest hot picks of the Miss World 2016 event. The top five hot picks currently are Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Diaz del Valle, Miss Mexico Ana Girault and Miss Russia Yana Dobrovolska. The hot picks trend result will change once the swimsuit, evening gown and other rounds begin.

The finale of the 66th edition of the Miss World beauty pageant will be held live on December 18. Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna from Spain will crown her successor on December 18.

Watch the opening ceremony here: