Miss World 2012, in China
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Ordos, China and Miss China won the coveted title of Miss World on Saturday, triumphing at home for a final dazzling place in a mining town on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
The mostly Chinese audience burst into applause and fireworks lit up the sky when it was announced that the candidate of your home, Yu Wenxia, has been awarded the title.
"When I was young I was very lucky because many people helped me, and hopefully in the future I can help more children feel lucky," Yu, a teacher of 23 years old, an aspiring music said when Asked why she should be crowned.
Newly crowned Miss World China Wenxia Yu acknowledges the audience after winning the Miss World 2012 beauty contest in the Arena Stadium Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. AP / Andy Wong
Yu, who became China's second winner of Miss World, appeared on stage in a dazzling array of evening gowns during the last two hours and serenade the audience with a rendition of a song penetrating China.
Last year's winner, Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela, gave the crown to Yu, wearing a bright blue dress, in Dongsheng futuristic stadium in the northeastern city of Ordos.
The end included a nod to the culture of Inner Mongolia, with a performance by a group of musicians playing the erhu Mongols, a traditional two-stringed instrument.
Ordos, located about 700 kilometers (440 miles) from the nearest beach, was an unlikely setting for the most important beauty pageant in the world.
The city has been enriched in the last decade on the back of a booming coal mining to be a haven sandstorm-afflicted in one of the richest places in China.
The boom triggered a frenzy of construction in the city, but the local government has struggled to fill the huge blocks of flats that emerged, earning the title of the largest city in China ghost.
However, enthusiastic competitors seemed unfazed by the locale, expressing optimism that with the help of the event, the city could leave behind their reputation and take their place alongside other world centers of glitz and glamor.
"Ordos could be the next Dubai", Marielle Wilkie, representing the Caribbean island of Barbados, confidently predicted.
Floriana Garo contestant Albanian intervened with their own bold statement.
"In ten years, this city is booming," he said.
Architecture in Ordos, where a museum of the city as an undulating blob, is "world class," added Markysa O'Loughlin, representing St. Kitts and Nevis, also in the Caribbean.
Contestants yogurt smoothie in a nomadic yurt local costume and began to climb the sand dunes during his month stay in China. The video clips shown in the end showed the beauty queens posing in swimsuit on the sand dunes of the desert.
A total of 116 participants - the highest number of participating - took the stage for the final in a variety of stunning dresses, estimating that more than one billion people worldwide would tune in.
Miss Mexico Mariana Reynoso was a favorite with bookmakers for the title, but failed to make the last seven candidates despite a strong presence in the early rounds of the contest. Miss Wales Sophie Moulds ranked second, while Miss Jessica Kahawaty Australia finished third.
A ceremonial red flag was handed over to the representatives of Southeast Asian resort island of Bali, hosted the Final of Miss World 2013, during the ceremony.