Hello Mr World Contestants,

For those of you that I have not yet met my name is Kamal Ibrahim. I won Mr World in 2010 and I currently hold the title that you are all competing for.
I have been Mr World for over 2 years. In that time I have travelled to many countries and have met many amazing, influential and very famous people. I have experienced things that I never would have experienced if it wasn’t for winning this contest.

I won Mr World when I was 24 years old. I am 27 now and I am a very different person to who I was 3 years ago. This competition is not about finding the strongest, the fastest or the most good looking guy. It’s not about how fit you are or how well you dress.

Mr World is about finding a man who incorporates all the characteristics of a successful, professional gentleman. Someone who can communicate his values and principles to the world. Someone who is kind, gentle and understanding. Someone who is driven, ambitious and determined to make a change.

Personally, I don’t believe that there is such a thing as the most handsome man or that there is only one man worthy to be called ‘the worlds most desirable’. The fact is that there are many people that have what it takes to be Mr World but the difference between them and you is that you have taken the steps needed to be here. You have made the sacrifices, put in the work and have shown determination to get this far.

But there can only be one Mr World. 

I will be a judge at the final but no matter what happens over the next two weeks just remember that in this competition you do not need to come first to be a winner. You already are.

So the greatest piece of advice I can give you is to be yourself. We don’t want actors. There are 60 of you here and if you want to be heard you need to stand up and be counted. Don’t fade into the background.

You all have your reasons for being here. Whether its because you want to further your career in acting or modelling or you want to generate publicity for your business or maybe you really want to make a change.. make sure you stay focused and you stick to your goals. Make sure that everything you do has value to you.

It is a pleasure to meet you all. Being here brings back many memories of when I was a contestant and it was a great experience for me. Make sure that no matter what happens you enjoy your time here.

Good luck to all of you

Kamal Ibrahim - Mr World 2010