The seemingly obligatory tears accompanied the crowning of this year’s Miss World at the ceremony held in London.
And it was Miss Venezuela who won the competition, beating contestants from 122 countries.
Twenty-one year old Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares has an interesting background – orphaned at a young age, she later trained as a nun.
But a more conventional education beckoned and she now has a degree in human resources and currently works for a broadcasting company.
The Miss World competition has, over the years, attracted protests from women’s rights organisations who say the event is sexist. This year’s event was no exception.
But the organisers claim that to win the coveted title, contestants must these days impress the judges by demonstrating involvement in a charity project. She has already created her own foundation to help youngsters.
Miss World 2011 seems to have covered all options by saying she wants to help as many people in need as possible, ranging from troubled teenagers to the elderly.