Samantha Todivelou Rodriguez to Represent Madagascar at Miss World 2016
Samantha Todivelou Rodriguez was crowned as Miss Madagascar 2015 on December 20, 2015 at the Hotel Colbert. Samantha Todivelou Rodriguez succeeds Christiana Ranto Harisoa and will now compete at Miss World 2016 in United States in the coming December, hoping to succeed Mireia Lalaguna Royo of Spain as next Miss World.
It is after 15 years of absence that Madagascar is returning to Miss World pageant. Miss Madagascar was founded in 1960 as part of the festivities of the country’s independence from France. Rajaobelina Bedovoahangy became the first woman from Madagascar to participate in Miss World 1960.
Ever since its inception, the organization of the national beauty contest has experienced several years of hiatus at different intervals. The winners of Miss Madagascar traditionally competed in Miss World. In 1998, Helen Hodgson, a Madagascar based British businesswoman, took over the reigns of Comite Miss Madagascar and brought the country back to Miss World. Today, Miss Madagascar is organized by Comite Miss Madagascar and TVM under the auspices of the Office of the First Lady of Madagascar.