Miss Venezuela wins Miss World crown; Miss Philippines 1st runner-up


Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos , center, sings on stage with her fellow contestants after she is announced winner at the Miss World competition held at Earls Court in London, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

PHILIPPINES’ PRIDE Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, was named first runner-up in the Miss World 2011 beauty pageant held in London on Sunday (early Monday in Manila). Miss Venezuela bagged the crown while Miss Puerto Rico finished third. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

LONDON—Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, was crowned the 2011 winner of the Miss World beauty pageant on Sunday at a glittering final ceremony in London.

Wearing a pink dress with diamante studs that had giant frills slashed below the waist, the 22-year-old threw her hands to her face as she was announced the winner.

Last year’s Miss World, Alexandria Mills of the United States, placed the sparkling crown on her successor’s head.

“I believe that the next Miss World should be a woman of responsibility and reason,” Sarcos said before winning the title.

“I believe the woman should be committed to the organization and help people in need. Beauty with a heart”, added the Venezuelan, who works for a broadcasting company and has a degree in human resources.

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, with the show being broadcast live to an estimated audience of more than one billion viewers in 150 countries.

Around 50 feminists staged a demonstration outside, waving placards reading “Objectification won’t achieve world peace”, “Being a woman is not a competition” and “Sexism is pretty ugly”.

Around a half dozen were veterans of the 1970 pageant protest, which caused a major disturbance.

Inside the Earls Court Two auditorium in west London, the few thousand fans cheered, waved national flags and shouted for their favorites.

To whittle them down to the 15 semi-finalists, several point-scoring rounds were held during the contestants’ tour of Britain over the previous two weeks, with the results revealed on stage.

Miss Venezuela topped the interview round; Miss Dominican Republic, Marianly Tejada Burgos, was named the general sports champion; home favorite Miss England, Alize Lily Mounter, won the beach beauty title, while Miss Kazakhstan, Zhanna Zhumaliyeva, was named top model.

The crowd were played clips from the talent round — where performers sang, danced and gave piano recitals — won by Miss Chile, Gabriela Paz Pulgar Luco.

Miss Ghana, Stephanie Adwoa Agyeiwaa Karikari, and Miss Indonesia, Astrid Ellena Indriana Yunadi, were the joint winners of the beauty with a purpose category, where contestants can highlight a charity project.

With the scores in and only the top 15 going through to the semi-final, Miss Puerto Rico topped the leaderboard, ahead of Miss Venezuela, Miss Philippines, Miss Ukraine and Miss Scotland.

The final seven, chosen by the judges, were Miss England, Miss Korea, Miss Philippines, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Scotland, Miss South Africa and Miss Venezuela.

It was announced that Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China, will host the 2012 competition.

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  • Lito G

    MarianoRenatoPacifo –  for sure you are very sick. You have a rare disease. Rare because you actually have no brain yet you have a brain disease or a damaged brain. That how sick you are. I respect if you have a brown skin and a punk’d nose as what you keep saying about Filipinos but sad to say not everybody looks like you. As they say, “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, So there’s really no need na maawa ka sarili mo at magalit sa mga tunay na FIlipino rin na mas maayos ang itsura dahil mas marami man ang napapangitan sayo eh meron pa rin naman for sure kahit isa na natutuwa sa itsura mo. Sabi nga ng mga foreigner eh “exotic beauty”.

    Nilalait mo masyado mga pinoy. Wag naman ganyan. Kasi kung bobo ka at walang pinagaralan, siguro magnanakaw ka rin, eh tulad din ng pagkapanget mo eh hinde naman lahat ng pinoy eh katulad mo. But I am very proud of you kasi tinatakwil mo mga pinoy at sinasabi mong hinde nde ka pinoy. I’m really glad kasi sinasabi mo hindi kami katulad mo. Keep it up!

    Lastly, sa dami ng post mo eh 24hrs ka na ata nagpopost eh malamang wala kang trabaho kaya ganyan ugali mo galit ka sa lahat ng tao. O kung may trabaho ka man eh malamang hinde mo ginagawa trabaho mo kaya sayang lang ang bayad sayo. If you want to end all your sufferings now just let us know. We will send you flowers…… RIP… 

  • Anonymous

    Parang di babae si Ms. Philippines..hehe mukha syang…hahaha

    • Anonymous

      Kamukha sya ng nanay nya. I saw their interview in ANC.

      She was so good! Go Gwendoline!!

  • Anonymous

    No wonder Filipinos cannot advance. It is evident in this blog. More than half of the commenters talk nonsense.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right mark_john21.  One has really be cool-tempered to avoid stroke.  I am already sick and tired reading nonsense.  May those people come to realize that this is a vehicle for intellectual discussions and not just for the heck of giving comments.  The saddest part of it, those people have the temerity to claim they are part of the intellects.  I really feel very very sorry for them.



    Mabuhay ka Gwendoline! We are proud of you!

  • YANYAN Abellana

    ang oa nyo naman…..kayo maganda ba kayu….iba kayo manghusga s aibang tao a para kayung cnu

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