Sunday, November 6, 2011

Miss World 2011

Miss World 2011 coronation night
from left: Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruias, first runner-up, Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, Miss World 2011 winner and Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, second runner-up.

Miss World beauty pageant is usually held in two or three locations around South Africa and England. But this year, where the pageant celebrated its 61st year anniversary, Miss World was entirely held in Great Britain. Part of their exposure was a travel to the magnificent city of Edinburgh in Scotland, a week before the pageant. The actual pageant, November 6, was held at Earls Court Exhibition Center in London. The contest gathered 113 beautiful women around the world.

Miss World remains the only international beauty contest that the Philippines is yet to capture. While rival Asian country (when it comes to beauty titles tally), India, had already produced five Miss World title holders, Philippines still scrambled to have at least one. China won the title in 2007 through Zhang Zilin, a business administration graduate and a top fashion model, giving her country its first international beauty title ever.
Ivian Sarcos during the evening gown competition
Miss World 2010, Alexandra Mills of the United States, crowned the new Miss World

The Miss Philippines who made it closer to the crown was Evangeline Pascual in 1973 whose fate in the Miss World tilt had some brush of controversies, it was revealed that Pascual and the eventual winner, Marjorie Wallace of USA, had a close fight and almost tied in the final judging, the deciding point became something of a myth in later years when whispers came out that the crucial one point decision was awarded by an American judge to Wallace. Evangeline Pascual finished first runner-up.

One hundred and four days later, the Miss World organization announced that Marjorie Wallace would be stripped of her title due to her failure to fulfill the job required for a Miss World winner and that she would be replaced by the first runner-up, fresh from frustration and disappointment with the feeling of having been cheated in the final round, Pascual turned down the offer and did not take the Miss World crown.She could have been the first Miss World title holder from the Philippines and the East Asian region had she accepted the crown. Since then, the quest for the title became a difficult task for every Filipina who would represent the country to the Miss World contest. In 1993, Ruffa Gutierrez, went to England and Sun city, South Africa to represent the Philippines and ended up second runner-up, she was also named Queen of the Asia Pacific. After Ruffa, no Miss Philippines had landed in the top five.

Until last night, when Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruias, made it to the final round and declared this year's Miss World first runner-up. Ruias, the very first winner of the new beauty pageant called Miss Word Philippines, made the country very proud with her performance, it was a tough act to follow already  considering the stiff and rigid competition of the Miss World contest. The Miss World 2011 crown went to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela, a human resource management graduate and who once aspired to become a nun. 

Ruias became the first Philippine candidate to make it closer to the crown after Evangeline Pascual in 1973. The Miss World franchise was taken by an organization headed by former Presidential granddaughter, Cory Quirino, which later formed a name Miss World Philippines, after it was stripped from the Binibining Pilipinas organization for unknown reasons.

List of this year winners:

Miss World - Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos
First Runner-up - Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruias
Second Runner-up - Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez

Winners update sources and photo credits: 
Daily Mail UK

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