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21:32 20 May 13
Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, was crowned the 2011 winner of the Miss World beauty pageant on Sunday at a glittering final ceremony in London.
Wearing a pink dress with diamante studs that had a giant cascade of frills slashed below the waist, the 22-year-old gasped and threw her hands to her face as she was declared the winner.
"I felt the most gorgeous woman in the world. I was so happy and I wanted to shout, to cry, to stand still and to smile. So many emotions," she told AFP.
Miss World contestants pose on stage during the finals. A record 122 beauty queens from Albania to Zimbabwe take part in the pageant, which will be broadcast live to more than 150 countries.
Miss South Africa, Bokang Ramaredi Montjane, smiles as she shows off her glamorous off-white gown during the contest. Bokgang was amongst the top seven finalists in the competition.
The crowd were played clips from the talent round - where performers sang, danced and gave piano recitals - won by Miss Chile, Gabriela Pulgar Luco.
Miss Ghana Stephanie Adwoa Agyeiwaa Karikari (L) and Miss Indonesia Astrid Ellena Indriana Yunadi pose after winning the Beauty with a Purpose round.
Around 50 feminists rallied outside, waving placards reading 'Objectification won't achieve world peace', 'Being a woman is not a competition' and 'Sexism is pretty ugly'. A handful were veterans of the infamous 1970 Miss World final protest, when stink bombs were hurled on stage during a noisy demonstration.
Miss World 2010, Alexandria Mills of the United States talks to Miss Venezuela. Sarcos, who was brought up in a nunnery after being orphaned aged eight, has a human resources degree and works for a broadcasting company.
Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares is crowned by the former Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills.
Now crowned Miss World, Ivian Sarcos wipes away a tear. 'I'm incredibly happy for this moment, for this opportunity and for winning and I'm grateful with my life,' she told AFP.
Miss World 2011 poses onstage with other finalists Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, was named the runner-up, while Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, came third.