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Beauty queens descended on London to be put through their paces at the Miss World final – returning to the city where it all started 63 years ago. The coveted crown was taken home by Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss. She was presented the glittering accolade by last year’s winner, Megan Young of the Philippines. The 22-year-old, who is studying medicine at the University of the Free State, proved that she is both beauty and brains. Her first runner up was Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, and second runner up was Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit. The show, which is being broadcast to millions of viewers across the globe, featured 120 international contestants each deemed to be not only the most beautiful in their home countries, but the best example of what it means to be a modern woman. This year’s crop, far from being the stereotypical dumb beauty queens, are both pretty and polished, with the majority holding a university degree, as well as juggling a vast array of interests, hobbies and charity work.

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