Rolene Strauss, a 22-year-old South African, has won the Miss World 2014 pageant in London, the organisers said in a statement released on Sunday Dec 14. Hungaryâ€™s Edina KulcsÃ¡r came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the US, came third.
Strauss clasped her hands together in surprise and was presented with the sash by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines. The medical student sat in the winnerâ€™s throne as the 2013 champion put the glittering crown on her head before a fireworks finale in east London.
â€œSouth Africa this is for you,â€ said Strauss, a medical student who is currently studying towards her degree at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. â€œI think I will brace myself for whatâ€™s about to happen. Itâ€™s a huge responsibility.â€
Strauss is the third South African to hold the Miss World title and puts the country just behind Venezuela (6), India (5) and the United Kingdom (4) for total number of wins. However, South Africa does have the longest gap between wins â€“ Straussâ€™ victory comes 40 years after Anneline Kriel inherited the crown in 1974. Penelope Ann Coelen was the first South African to win the pageant in 1958.-Reuters