Miss World 2014

MissWorld 2014 took place in London last night and Miss South Africa took the title. An ecstatic Rolene Strauss beat 124 contestants from around the globe at the pageant.

She thanked the country and her parents for their support.”Thank you very much for all the support and I absolutely love you and this crown is dedicated to all of you.”

Hungary’s Edina Kulcsár came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the United States, came third.

Strauss, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Free State, is the third South African to win the title.

Previous winners are Penelope Anne Coelen, in 1958 and Anneline Kriel, who took the crown in 1974.

Throughout her reign as Miss South Africa, Strauss has emphasized her passion for health and fitness. “It’s all about living, loving and giving.”

She has emphasized the importance of women’s health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives.

Kriel was first princess in the event, but took over as Miss World when the original winner, Helen Morgan, resigned after four days when it emerged that she had a child.

If you missed the crowning moment; here’s a short clip you can check out.