Out In The City
Alternative Miss World returns
Artist and promoter Andrew Logan [pictured] has announced that his next Alternative Miss World will take place on 18 October 2014 at the famed Shakespeare's Globe in London. The first Alternative Miss World actually took place in 1972. This is the 13th contest, and the first for five years. The last one was at the Roundhouse in 2009 and sold out quickly.
The event has built a legendary following – encouraging those attending to dress up. Unsurprisingly, the highlight of the evening is the actual Alternative Miss World contest, in which contestants battle to outdo one another with startling and imaginative costumes – some of which have been months in preparation!
Commenting on the event's venue, Logan said, "The Globe is the 'original theatre' – the People's Palace. It is an honour to brush with history! Many thanks."
The theme of 2014's competition is 'Numbers'. "I woke up at 3am in the morning one day and wrote down the word numbers,' says Logan. 'That was that. We are now in the digital age and everything is based on numbers, including the universe."
The Alternative Miss World began in 1972 and has taken place whenever Andrew Logan feels 'the time is right.' Competitions have become something of legend, remaining influential, inventive and held in a variety of venues from a massive circus tent on Clapham Common to London's historic Roundhouse which sold out in 2009 to over 2,500 people. Shakespeare's Globe will provide a more intimate setting, bringing with it creative constraints such as costumes no taller than 9ft (2.74m) nor wider than 7ft (2.13m).
Logan has in the past described the Alternative Miss World as being "Like a very large piece of sculpture... a surreal art event for all-round family entertainment". The 12 previous Alternative Miss World contests were the subject of acclaimed feature-length documentary 'The British Guide to Showing Off', directed by Jes Benstock, which premiered in 2011 and is available on DVD.
Andrew Logan photo by Robyn Beeche
Posted: 28 July 2014