Rosanna Davison thinks it is an achievement for “women and feminism” that Miss World has axed the bikini segment of the competition.
The Irish model revealed she thinks the popular bikini round is irrelevant to the qualities a Miss World winner should have.
This is despite winning the beach beauty round herself, which she told RSVP magazine was a “huge boost” for her in taking home the Miss World title.
Skin deep: Model Rosanna insists Miss World is not all about looks
She said: “I think it’s a good thing for women and for feminism. I am sure it will make a lot of people happy.
“They need a serious, mature person to represent them so I don’t see, having done it, why looking good in a bikini comes into it at all.
“My year was the first year they introduced beach beauty, which I actually won and that was a boost for me.
The Dubliner nabbed the Miss World title back in 2003, giving Ireland their first and only win in the world famous beauty pageant.
Feminist: Rosanna is relieved the competition has ditched the bikini round
And Rosanna says that the pageant is now “not just about looks”, which she believes is a good thing.
“The competition is not just about looks at all, now we all know beauty sells, but they are looking for someone who is a representative of the Miss World brand, who can travel the world.
“A big part of the job is meeting dignitaries, heads of states, presidents, heads of charities, so you need someone who is all about fundraising, about charities, you need to do a lot of public speaking.
Earlier this year, Miss World decided to get rid of the bikini round.
Chairwoman Julia Morley said: “I don’t need to see women just walking up and down in bikinis. It doesn’t do anything for the woman. And it doesn’t do anything for any of us.”