Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss takes her first walk as the new Miss World 2014. Below: The Top 5. (Internet Images)
SOUTH AFRICA’S Rolene Strauss was crowned the 64th Miss World at this year’s final in London, England today.
In second place was Hungary’s Edina Kulcsár, while Elizabeth Safrit of the United States was third.
Miss Barbados World Zoe Trotman did not make the cut from among the first 121 nations.
Among the Caribbean participants, Miss Guyana Rafieya Hussain and Miss Trinidad and Tobago Sarah Jane Waddell both reached the quarter-finals, with Guyana advancing to the Top 10.
Hussain also had the distinction of being crowned one of five winners of the Beauty With a Purpose Project. A video clip of her focus on domestic violence in Guyana featured a survivor who lost an arm and several fingers after a cutlass attack.
Hussain has acquired a piece of land from the Government of Guyana, renovated an existing structure there and has started a support/education programme to “break the silence”.
This year’s event was presented by Tim Vincent and Megan Young, the first reigning Miss World to ever host her own final show.
Julia Morley, Miss World Chairman, said: “It was great to bring the 64th Miss World Final back to London and where it all began 63 years ago.
“I’m looking forward to travelling with Rolene, the new Miss World, to visit countries around the globe to support this year’s finalists Beauty with a Purpose fundraising projects.”
In an action packed three weeks since arriving in London the contestants have taken part in the Miss World Challenge Events. These included sports, top model and beach fashion competitions, a talent contest, Beauty with a Purpose and a debate at the Oxford Union. (PR/SAT)