The 2013 edition of Miss World got underway on Sunday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali with a glittering opening ceremony amid tight security.
Around 100 police, some with rifles, patrolled the building where the event was being held amid fears that Islamic hardline protests might turn violent.
Thousands of Islamic hardliners have taken to the streets across Indonesia during the past week, denouncing the show as “smut and pornography” and burning effigies of the organisers.
Hundreds of police have been deployed at hotels and venues linked to the Miss World 2013 pageant.
After the first round of formally introducing themselves to the world in the Parade of Nations, the contestants performed a traditional Indonesian dance, followed by a local cultural dance by Indonesian artistes.
The final event of the pageant will be held on September 28.
The winner will be crowned “Miss World 2013″ by reigning Miss World 2012, Wenxia Yu of China.
Dominica is being represented by Leslassa Armour-Shillingford.
Vote for Miss Dominica at http://www.pageantology.net/ .
See video below of the Parade of Nations