Miss World pageant 2011 winner: Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, takes the crown
113 women competed in this year's pageant, which was broadcast to 150 countries and over a billion estimated viewers. Meanwhile, outside, 50 feminists protested the pageant -- and, indeed, pageants in general. "Objectification won't achieve world peace", "Being a woman is not a competition" and "Sexism is pretty ugly," read their signs.
But the women on stage believed they were embodying a different kind of feminism. "I believe that the next Miss World should be a woman of responsibility and reason," Sarcos, who has a degree in human resources, said during the competition. "I believe the woman should be committed to the organization and help people in need. Beauty with a heart."
She won the interview round.
The runner-up was Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, and Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, claimed third place. Next year's pageant will take place at Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China.