Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant’s final inLondon on Sunday, as the billions of viewers watched the ceremony on television around the world. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th Annual Miss World competition, contested by women from 121 countries around the globe.
The medical student clasped her hands together in surprise and was crowned by the previous Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines, before a spectacular fireworks finale.
“South Africa this is for you,” Strauss said later. “I think I will brace myself for what’s about to happen. It’s a huge responsibility.“ This year’s event has been swayed by the murder of Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, who was shot dead along with her sister previous month. And their bodies were found on the day the beauty queen was due totravel to London.
Police in Honduras charge her sister’s boyfriend of shooting them after seeing his lover dancing with another man at a party.
Miss Scotland led the contestants in a Highland Fling, a traditional Scottish dance, before Miss United States performed a cowgirl routine. While beauty remains central to the event, the women taking part are also judged on their skills, involvement in good causes and ofcourse brains.
In the Beauty with a Purpose round, contestants present a charitable project they have been working on in their homeland. The event also featured a special award for 1994’s Miss World, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. The 41-year-old Indian actress appeared on stage with her film star husband Abhishek Bachchan, their daughter Aaradhya and her mother.
The prize was for the ‘Dhoom 2’ star’s charitable work since being rocketed to fame by Miss World.
The 10 contestants who topped the final scoreboard were, in descending order, from India, South Africa, England, Guyana, Brazil, Hungary, Kenya, United States, Mexico and Australia.
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