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Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin is interviewed by Stanley J Reynolds at the 2008 Variety Iowa Telethon

Miss World Organisation has worked hand-in-hand with charities across the United States, particularly in support of Variety, The Children's Charity. Every year, the reigning Miss World makes appearances on behalf of Variety to help raise funds in support of America’s children.

Past President of Variety International and Variety of Iowa Telethon Producer Stanley J. Reynolds wrote the following on Miss World's long established support:

May 2nd 2008

1991 was a memorable year for Variety - The Children's Charity. It was the first year that Miss World became involved with Variety of Iowa and our annual Telethon. Gina Tolleson was the first of 18 Miss Worlds that have come to the United States to help our children. During that period $60,407,746 was raised.

Each and every Miss World that has come to Des Moines for the Telethon has been exceptionally beautiful, but more importantly they are all beautiful on the inside. They have interacted with the kids, accepted contribution checks from our corporate sponsors, interviewed thousands of V.I.P.s (Very Interested Persons), posed for countless photos, signed autographs until their hands were sore, and danced with physically and mentally challenged children. Miss World has been a huge hit with the children at the Children's hospital and the Variety day care center. I'll never forget when Gina was asked by a little girl, "If I had a crown, would I be a princess too?" All of the Miss Worlds have been extremely valuable in our efforts to help kids.

I personally have produced 34 Telethons in my career. I also have been Master of Ceremonies on several other Telethons. I have seen who sponsors and donors want to give their checks to; they want to give them to Miss World because then they get to have a picture taken with her. The first question I get when we're putting together the new cast, "Is the new Miss World coming?"

Your motto, Miss World "Beauty With a Purpose" could not say it better. I am very grateful to Julia Morley and the entire Miss World Organization. You truly have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in need. Thank you for caring.

Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

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