Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:31:50 GMT | By AFP RelaxNews, additional images by AFP
Miss China crowned Miss World 2012

China's Yu Wenxia of China defeated more than 100 other hopefuls at the glittering ceremony held in the Chinese mining city of Ordos, on the edge of the Gobi desert.



China's Yu Wenxia of China defeated more than 100 other hopefuls at the glittering ceremony held in the Chinese mining city of Ordos, on the edge of the Gobi desert. (© ©AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones)
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  • China's Yu Wenxia of China defeated more than 100 other hopefuls at the glittering ceremony held in the Chinese mining city of Ordos, on the edge of the Gobi desert. (© ©AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones)
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  • Highlights from the Miss World 2012 pageant (© AFP ImageForum/ Ed Jones)
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(ORDOS, China-AFP) - Miss China won the coveted title of Miss World on Saturday, triumphing on home soil in a mining city on the edge of the Gobi desert.

The mostly Chinese audience erupted in cheers when it was announced that the home candidate, Yu Wenxia, had been awarded the title.

"When I was young I felt very lucky because so many people helped me and I hope in the future, I can help more children to feel lucky," said Yu, who was wearing a glittering blue dress, after the result was announced.

Last year's Miss World Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela handed over her crown in the futuristic Dongsheng stadium in the northeastern city of Ordos.

A total of 116 contestants -- the highest number ever -- took to the stage during the contest, watched annually by about a billion people around the globe.

Ordos, around 700 kilometres (440 miles) from the nearest beach, is an unusual venue for the world's biggest beauty pageant.

Besides the traditional swimsuits and evening gowns, participants also donned outlandish costumes, with some dressed as belly dancers.

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6Comments
Aug 20, 2012 1:42AM
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Congratulations to Ms.Yu.

 

I strongly feal that the result is fixed and its a setup by cosmetic & fashion industries to generate huge demand & market of their products in the most populus country of the world.

 

kartik

Aug 20, 2012 5:10AM
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It's about time Asia women is to be appreciate by the World. Their silky skin, their beautiful smile and with a light make-up makes  them the most beautiful women. Congratulation ! Ms.Yu. We Luv You ! 
Aug 20, 2012 5:32AM
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she is so beautiful, I am dying here!
Sep 11, 2012 9:17PM
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"Miss China won the coveted title of Miss World on Saturday, triumphing on home soil in a mining city on the edge of the Gobi desert. The mostly Chinese audience erupted in cheers when it was announced that the HOME CANDIDATE, Yu Wenxia, had been awarded the title." - This is funny!

Aug 29, 2012 11:21PM
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The answer to everthin****oney and the genueinely indifferences of among all the finalists worldwide make this set-up worthyly conducive to the China fashion market
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