Miss Venezuela wins Miss World crown
07 November 2011, 14:00
Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, was crowned the 2011 winner of
the Miss World beauty pageant on Sunday at a glittering final ceremony in
Wearing a pink dress with diamante studs that had a giant
cascade of frills slashed below the waist, the 22-year-old gasped and threw her
hands to her face as she was declared the winner.
“I felt the most gorgeous woman in the world. I was so happy
and I wanted to shout, to cry, to stand still and to smile. So many emotions,”
she told AFP.
Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, was named the runner-up, while
Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, came third in the contest, which was
back in its home city to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Some 113 beauty queens from Albania to Zimbabwe took their place on
the stage at the Earls Court Two auditorium in west London, with the
show being broadcast live to an estimated audience of more than one
billion viewers in 150 countries.
Around 50 feminists rallied outside, waving placards reading
“Objectification won’t achieve world peace”, “Being a woman is not a
competition” and “Sexism is pretty ugly”.
While beauty remains central to the event, brains, skills and good
causes also play a major role. The majority of this year’s have
degree-level education and can speak at least three languages.
Miss Venezuela topped the interview round; Miss Dominican Republic,
Marianly Tejada Burgos, was named the sports champion; home favourite
Miss England, Alize Lily Mounter, won beach beauty, the classic swimwear
contest, while Miss Kazakhstan, Zhanna Zhumaliyeva, was named top
Miss Ghana, Stephanie Karikari, and Miss Indonesia, Astrid Yunadi,
were the joint winners of the beauty with a purpose category, where
contestants can highlight a charity project.
The final seven — chosen by the judges, who included nine former Miss
Worlds — were Miss England, Miss Korea, Miss Philippines, Miss Puerto
Rico, Miss Scotland, Miss South Africa and Miss Venezuela.
Just before the winner was announced, a message of support from
former South African president Nelson Mandela was read out on stage by
one of his grandsons, backing their work “empowering young people to be
of service to their communities.”
“Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being
a winner in a productive manner,” the 61st Miss World said.
“I first and foremost want to help people in need. I would like to
help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the
elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can.”
It was announced that the Miss World final will go straight back to China for 2012, this time to Ordos in Inner Mongolia.