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Miss South Africa crowned Miss World
December 15, 2014, 11:07 am
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Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe.

Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women from 121 countries.

Strauss clasped her hands together in surprise and was presented with the sash by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines.

The medical student sat in the winner's throne as the 2013 champion put the glittering crown on her head before a fireworks finale at the ExCeL exhibition centre in east London.  "South Africa this is for you," Strauss said afterwards. "I think I will brace myself for what's about to happen. It's a huge responsibility."

 

The 2014 Miss World contest has been held at London's ExCel centre. After parading in their national costumes, evening gowns and showing off their dance moves, the 120 women from around the globe were whittled down to one overall winner, Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss.

Rolene received the Miss World crown from 2013 winner Megan Young

Miss England and Miss Australia congratulate the new Miss World.

According to her Miss World biography, Rolene enjoys playing golf, netball and cycling, and reading inspirational and educational books. She is also musically minded, and can play the flute, piano and guitar.

Contestants dance in national costumes during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium.

Miss India Koyal Rana

Miss Japan Hikaru Kawai (left) and Miss South Korea Song Hwa-young get their moment in the limelight.

Miss Mongolia Battsetseg Turbat.

Miss Gabon, Miss Ethiopia, Miss Curacao and Miss Chad take centre stage.

Former Miss World Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan makes a guest appearance with husband Abhishek Bachchan, daughter Aaradhya, mother Brindya, and Miss World organiser Julia Morley during the Miss World competition at the ExCel centre in London.

Following the national costume section, the women then paraded in their evening gowns. Here's Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss in a pale pink number.

Miss Thailand Maeya Nonthawan shows off her flexibility.

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