Eight African beauties were refused visas to compete in the Miss World Finals in the UK.
The affected models were from Angola, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Lesotho, Guyana, South Sudan, Malawi and Zambia.
Other countries which missed out because of the visa problems include Luxembourg, Macau, St Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname and French Polynesia.
The UK as the host, has been blasted for the refusals as these were seen as morally wrong and insensitive.
The Miss World finals bring together beauty contestants from all over the world and like the United Nations, no one should be denied a visa to attend and participate.
The beauties denied visas have lost a life time opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in the world.
Their dreams of visiting the UK have also been shattered, because for others it could have been the first time to set foot in Europe.
Some say the Miss World finals should also be revolved in all continents. Since its inauguration some 60 years ago, the event has been held in Africa only twice.
Miss World 2001, Agbani Darego was the first black African winner and as a result the following year Miss World was staged in her homeland, in Abuja, Nigeria.
Since then there has been little cheer from the African continent as the title continues to elude us.
There have been other notable African achievements in the pageant’s history including the 1970 Miss World, where two black women — Jennifer Hosten of Grenada and Pearl Jansen of South Africa — claimed first and second place, something that had never happened before at a major international pageant.
The years 1992 to 1995 also marked a particularly successful period for the Miss World contest as the finals moved to Sun City, South Africa and viewer figures increased from 1,2 billion to 1,8 billion.
The contestants were welcomed by none other than President Nelson Mandela and over 1 million people turned out to see them in Johannesburg.