I was definitely not the best beach body, Aishwarya


After Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lauds the organizers of International beauty pageants for dropping the swimwear round from the competition. Aishwarya who won the Miss World competition in 1994 said that she was happy that the beach wear round was dropped from the competition and added that she definitely not the best beach body when she won the contest.

In December 2014, Julia Morley, chairwoman of the Miss World contest, announced their decision about the exclusion of the bikini round, saying that "it doesn't do anything for the woman. And it doesn't do anything for any of us".

Aishwarya has said she was "very happy" to know of the development.

"When I became Miss Word, I was definitely not the best beach body of all the 87 contestants. I can vouch for it...I can put a stamp on it. And yet I won the title," said Aishwarya, who was recently felicitated for being the most successful Miss World ever. "People believe that this (swimwear round) is an imperative round and this becomes the deciding factor. That's not true," she added.

The actress also remembers having been told that "getting the 'Miss Perfect 10' title was not only about literally your physicality, it was all about how you presented yourself, your confidence and so much else that went with it," she said.

Piyanka Chopar who was crowned Miss World in 2000 was also happy with the development, she said that she was lucky for not having the swimsuit round at the competition as she finds it strange to walk on the ramp wearing nothing but a bikini.

Speaking about the development, Priyanka said, "Obviously it's strange to walk in heels and swim suit on stage. Take us to a pool or a beach and do that shoot, that's fine because that's a natural environment. It's weird and not natural."

"I have found it awkward myself but I am happy that it didn't happen with me in my years during Miss World. We didn't have this swimsuit round," she added.

This year Rolene Strauss of South Africa was crowned the Miss World winner in London Dec 14 and the event marked the end of walking in bikini on stage at the Miss World competition.