Venezuelan beauty Ivian Sarcos, was crowned the 61st Miss World at the Earls Court Two in London, with Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais as the 1st runner up and Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, the 2nd runner up. Miss Venezuela looked gorgeous in a large pink feathery gown open in the front as she was being crowned by reigning Miss World, Alexandria Mills of USA.
The 15 semi finalists included Indonesia, Korea, Italy, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, US VI, Spain, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Scotland and England.
Dominican Republic was awarded Miss World 2011 Sports Champ. Miss England was Miss World 2011 Beach Beauty, Kazakhstan was Miss World 2011 Top Model, while Miss World 2011 Talent title went to Miss Chile, and Miss Ghana and Miss Indonesia jointly shared the title of Beauty with a Purpose.
The evening took off with a grand performance by Diversity, touted as Britain’s most talented street dancing group, in between which the girls from 150 countries were introduced which included India’s Kanishtha Dhankhar.
As anchors Jason Cook, and Angela Chow – the 9th time host of Miss World, took to the stage and introduced the jury which comprised ex title holders among others, the audience broke into a thunderous applause.
In keeping with the tradition, the Miss World flag was passed on to the next host country, which is the City of Ordos in Mongolia, China.
About Miss World: Ivian Lunasol Sarcos
Ms Ivian Sarcos Colmenares, 21, one of 13 siblings, was orphaned at eight and spent five years studying at a nunnery. She dreamed of becoming a nun but her life took a different direction, as she gained a degree in human resources and worked for a broadcasting company before becoming a beauty queen.
She was the favourite for the Miss World title going into the final at Earls Court, London, yesterday evening but reacted with delight and disbelief when she was announced as the winner of the famous beauty pageant. Now she said she wants to use her title to help other people.
Height: 179cm (5ft 9in)
Biography: Ivian has a degree in human resources and works for a broadcasting company. Her future ambition is to work with children.
Family: Ivian has 12 siblings and was sadly orphaned as a young girl
Hobbies: Volleyball, mountaineering and trekking.
Describe yourself: Graceful and perseverant.
Personal motto: Everything arrives when it should.
Favourite food: Chicken soup and the traditional pabellon of my country.
Favourite music/books: Music, Alejandro Sanz and Ricardo Arjona. My favourite book is ‘The Secret’ because it talks about the laws of attraction and how to be in tune with your life goals.
Proudest moment: When I did my Communion. All of my family was together that day so it is a moment I cherish deeply.