Who We Are
Following Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II warm acknowledgement with appreciation of our introduction of the concept of Miss Commonwealth to her in July 2002, the Miss Commonwealth Pageant Organising Committee (MCPOC) had developed the 4-part ‘Miss Commonwealth Pageant 2003 programme.
The Commonwealth International is a unique culture and charity beauty pageant where beauty is ageless and age is no barrier to participation because the organisation’s mission is delivered by real people of all ages as a life-long objective.
We have an effective programme to building bridges, promoting community cohesion and working across religious and cultural divides. We also work to encourage these elements of the programme through the Miss Commonwealth Beauty Pageant readily obvious in the Style, objectives and activities.
Working together by their respective national cultural charity queens and ambassadors, Commonwealth nations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Euro-Atlantic and the Caribbean employ the Commonwealth International Cultural and Charity Evening TV-Special Showcase (CICCETSS) as a platform for the celebration of cultural diversity and promotion of the engagement of people from all cultural backgrounds in the pursuit of the common values of promoting the Quality of Life Improvement.
The Queen of Friends of The Commonwealth Beauty Pageant was set up to enable nations in the rest of the world to participate in this honourable pursuit.
Commonwealth Cultural Services
Commonwealth Cultural Services is the Public Relation department within Miss Commonwealth Organisation. The department is responsible for coordinating and organising Miss Commonwealth Pageant along with Team Commonwealth. In addition, the department is responsible for leading sponsorship campaigns within Miss Commonwealth Organisation.
AFRICA: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
ASIA-PACIFIC: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Fiji Islands, India, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Tuvalu
CARIBBEAN: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenadine, Trinidad & Tobago
EURO-ATLANTIC: Canada, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Including Non Commonwealth countries, known as friends of commonwealth who trade with commonwealth countries can also participate in the pageant: North America; USA, Mexico, South America; Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Chile and other North, South and central American non commonwealth countries.
European countries: Armenia, Russian federation, France, Italy, Czech republic, Slovakia and other European non commonwealth countries
Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Nordic Countries from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden etc and other non commonwealth countries under Africa and Asia Pacific
Meet The Commonwealth Team
The Commonwealth Cultural Services (CCS) founder and public relations machine for Miss Commonwealth Pageant Ltd.
The Miss Commonwealth Pageant Organising Committee (MCPOC) is responsible for organising this event for the promotion of good causes and for the glory of the Commonwealth.
MCPOC is committed to engaging with delegates through an energising and informative program of speakers and facilitating networking and business opportunities for sponsors through an interactive exhibition and a dynamic program of social events.
The Commonwealth Team Members:
The Commonwealth Team Consists of the Following:
- Miss Commonwealth International pageant organising committee
- Miss Commonwealth Africa pageant committee
- Miss Commonwealth Caribbean pageant committee
- Miss Commonwealth Euro-Atlantic pageant committee
- Committee members for Friends of Commonwealth
- Commonwealth Cultural Services
- Social Inclusion Ambassadors project committee
Meet the CEO
Dr. Shola Fawehinmi- Chief Executive-Commonwealth London:
Dr. Shola Fawehinmi was born in Ondo city in the Ondo State of Nigeria. He is an Energy consultant and has worked extensively in Nigeria and overseas. He is a chartered Engineer. He obtained his first degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of LFE now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). He has worked in various capacities as Director of project design, construction and supervision of electrical and electronics engineering and building services in Nigeria, United Kingdom and the Middle East in the specialist fields of power generation, transmission and distribution of electrical Energy to various institutions both at home and overseas.
Dr Fawehinmi’s passion for charitable causes has given him the opportunities to register and get involved in a number of charitable organisations and also help to set up the Miss Commonwealth pageant organisation in 2000 to help promote quality of life improvement programme of Her Majesty’s commonwealth of nations, promoting cultural awareness and exchange, philanthropy, international volunteering, green issues, education, social inclusion etc. The world’s first ever Misscommonwealth international contest was officially and formally launched in London with contestants from commonwealth countries. It has since been repeatedly conducted yearly with participation from 54 Commonwealth member states and friends of commonwealth countries for the rest of the world.
The Commonwealth International cultural and charity brand is a quality of life improvement programme of Her Majesty’s Commonwealth of Nations. Promoting cultural awareness and exchange, philanthropy international volunteering, green issues, education, social inclusion and much more.
The Commonwealth charitable Queens and their Kings from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Caribbean and Euro Atlantic compete for the most prestigious and principal Ambassadorial title crowns.
The mission of the Commonwealth international pageant is to empower contestants, creating ambassadors with a crown to reign with glamorously rich display and celebration of Commonwealth cultural excellence unity, inner beauty, splendour and people. International star acts from Africa, Asia-Pacific. Europe and Caribbean.
“In aid of Global ‘Quality of Life’ Improvement, Promotion and Men and Women Empowerment.”
The Commonwealth Initiatives
The Commonwealth International provides an international platform for charitable partnerships.
The winners of the Commonwealth International pageant will execute projects in their represented countries acting as a role model, influencing positive change and investing in their various countries also appearing at events in a fund-raising capacity for charitable causes to make the world a better place.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Enter The Commonwealth International pageant?
Potential contestants must apply to enter the Miss Commonwealth International pageant by applying through the application link. Click here for information. Please note contestants must have no criminal convictions.
Are There Any Age Requirements?
The Commonwealth International worldwide contests age requirements are as followed:
Miss Teen Commonwealth International: Age 15-19
Miss Commonwealth International Age: 20 and above
Mrs Commonwealth International: Age 25 and above
Mr Commonwealth International: Age 18 and above
For Non commonwealth applications; the criteria for Queen and king of friends of commonwealth are ages 18 and above.
Can I be married?
Contestants for Mrs & MR can be married however for other categories such as Miss, Miss Teen, No!
All other contestants must not be married or pregnant throughout their reign in that particular year.
What attire will I be required to wear?
Traditional wear: This is required to be glamorous with a strong representation of the culture of country each contestant represents. It may be the national attire of the country they would wear to an important traditional ceremonial occasion in their country. However it is up to each contestant to be imaginative in coming up with something culturally exotic.
Leisure wear: This will be day attire you would wear in the country you represent to relax, go next door, stroll to the park or go shopping in.
Sportswear: For example: a one-piece or two-piece jersey suit or tracksuit with matching shorts or long slacks, top and matching trainers or sneakers. The main colour scheme should be pink, white or both. It can be pink with white trimming or white with pink trimming. For men, the colors are blue & white.
Evening dress: Dress to kill!
Country flags: Please bring 2 flags – one for display purposes and one to carry with your traditional costume. The display one should be 50cm wide and the portable one 1m wide
How the Miss Commonwealth organisation is formed?
The event was first conceptualised and designed as an international pageant exclusively for Commonwealth nations in 1999 by Dr Shola Fawehinmi. This was the first ever of its kind. A Corporate structure was put in place through a committee set up to explore how best Miss Commonwealth Pageant could best assist the Commonwealth Union and its people.
The committee held consultations with commonwealth member states between 2000 and 2003. The committee introduced the concept to Her Majesty (Head of Commonwealth), Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness Prince of Wales, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, HE the Right Honourable Donald C. McKinnon in 2002. Her Majesty acknowledged with appreciation, our introduction of The Concept of Miss Commonwealth in August 2002.
The committee concluded and resolved to develop and focus the concept of Miss Commonwealth’s role upon cultural and quality of life promotion among member countries.
Miss Commonwealth International is unique amongst international beauty pageants because those who win the various titles hold their titles in perpetuity and there is not just one winner but 9. These are; Miss, Miss Teen, Mrs, Mr, Miss Euro-Atlantic, Miss Asia-Pacific, Miss Africa, Miss Caribbean and Queen of Friends of the Commonwealth (for non-Commonwealth countries). They are all tasked with working for charity in their own country for life.
Miss Commonwealth’s Intellectual Property was registered in UK. The Trademark Number is UK00002318064.
What is the organisation’s role?
Miss Commonwealth Pageant International aim to:
- promote the ideals of the Commonwealth among member nations
- empower women through a variety of initiatives to help women from different backgrounds and cultures to advance their careers, personal goals and ability to improve the lives of others
- quality of life improvement in commonwealth nations, through involvement in humanitarian and environmental causes and works
- promote national cultures and tourism, through helping to promote their development, protection, and increased global appreciation, etc
The Commonwealth Cultural Services (CCS) the founder and public relations machine for Miss Commonwealth Pageant Ltd. The Miss Commonwealth Pageant Organising Committee (MCPOC) is responsible for organising this event for the promotion of good causes and for the glory of the Commonwealth. Miss Commonwealth Pageant is a promotional vehicle for the development and delivery of community benefits of a wide range of essential community projects, throughout the Commonwealth Community.
How do the organisation go about fulfilling their role?
Year-round programme of activities, with dual effect of raising funds for charity as well as promoting ideal of the Commonwealth. These will include: cultural shows, fashion shows, intellectual debates, trade fairs, etc.
The Queens are called upon throughout the year in the UK to appear at events in a fund-raising capacity. Since 2013 a Mr Commonwealth section has been included.
The net proceeds from shows are donated to supported charities around the globe they are including, The Princes Trust, Blindaid Africa, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and other disabilities charities
Miss Commonwealth Pageant is a promotional vehicle for the development and delivery of community benefits of a wide range of essential community projects, throughout the Commonwealth Community.
The Miss Teen Commonwealth International understands that most people who enter the competition, have no previous pageant experience. Importantly we know how much it means that there may be parents and family members who would like further information.
If you have any questions at all, we are more than happy to help, please do not hesitate to contact us. Click here for contact details
Do you need any pageant experience to be in Miss Teen Commonwealth?
No experience is necessary, majority of our contestants have never been in a pageant like this before
If you are completely new to the world of pageantry, Miss Teen Commonwealth is a great place to start.
Why is there a fee?
The fee basically covers your place in the competition. As you can imagine, organizing an event like this incurs many cost not limited to staging, venue, staff, prizes and much more. It would not be possible to hold such an event without a fee.
If you are selected to take part in the pageant, we advise if you are unable to pay the fee to seek sponsorship or family assistance.
What is this pageant about?
Every beauty pageant is different.
The Commonwealth International is a unique culture and charity beauty pageant where beauty is ageless and age is no barrier to participation because the organization’s mission is delivered by real people of all ages as a life-long objective.
The Pageant is designed to produce a wide range of long-term benefits for Commonwealth nations and their people. The benefits have increased over the years as the organisation grows and gains more experience in each nation. This year’s event will build on past success recorded in the following areas:
- Gains to the represented countries as unique centre for education, training, and cultural exhibition.
- Increased local culture through global exposure, and better regards and value by the commonwealth and non commonwealth countries represented
- National costumes and designers have enjoyed publicity and appreciation, in addition to opportunities for recognition for Miss Teen, Miss, Mr and Mrs Commonwealth International.
- More opportunities for participants to interact and make new friends socially and economically on an international stage.
- Privileged access to Miss Commonwealth Pageant’s recreational and educational facilities in all Commonwealth member-states.
Rules For Entry to Commonwealth International Beauty Pageants
Rules for entry to Commonwealth International Beauty Pageants MissCommonwealth Pageant Limited (MCPL) Rules for entry to Commonwealth International Beauty Pageant.
1. Entry form: Contestants must submit an entry form ensuring proper completion all sections including their achievements, talents, goals and ambitions and declaring that they have read, understand, and agree to be bound by these conditions of entry.
Forms must be submitted with 3 high-resolution photos:
A. Head and shoulders;
B. Half body;
C. Full body.