The Top Model of the World is an international search for the ultimate model. The sought-after characteristics are: independence, talent and fashion consciousness. The event started in 1993 in Miami, organised by the Globana Group, now it is owned by World Beauty Organization.
In 1996 the competition was held outside the USA for the first time. The host was Germany. In 2005 it was held for the very first time in Asia, in China. In a spectacular open air show the final of the 2005 event took place in the Humen Park with over 10,000 spectators and the winner was Dominika van Santen from Margarita Island, Venezuela. The event was broadcast live with over 360 million viewers worldwide. In 2006 it was held in Kunming, China. There, Dominika van Santen crowned her successor Natália Guimarães from Brazil.