Saturday, August 18, 2012
Miss China bags the title of Miss World 2012
Miss China, Wenxia Yu won the title of Miss World 2012 while Miss Wales Sophie Elizabeth Moulds and Miss Australia Jessica Michelle Kahawaty came second and third respectively. Miss China had to compete with 116 candidates to win the crown.
Miss India Vanya Mishra made it to the list of top 7 finalists, but could not go beyond that.
Miss World contest is watched by over a billion people across the world.
Reigning Miss World Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela crowned the winner in the futuristic Ordos stadium, which sits alongside a vast town square devoted to the powerful Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan.
The beauties have been in the town from the past one month. Apart from the traditional swimsuits and evening gowns, participants also donned interesting national and local costumes to make the event even spicier.
While the charm of the pageant, first held in 1951, has waned in the West, it continues to be an object of interest in Asian countries. Sweden's Kiki Hakansson was the first Miss World, while Oscar-winning US actress Halle Berry was a finalist in 1986.
Venezuela has produced the most Miss Worlds, with six winners, while India and Britain claim five titles each.
Rita Faria was the first Indian to bag the title in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai(1994), Diana Hayden(1997), Yukta Mookhey(1999) and Priyanka Chopra(2000).
China has already hosted the competition five times.