Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos is bringing the Miss World crown back to her native country for the first time in 16 years.
The 21-year-old human resources graduate—who spent five years studying in a convent and once considered becoming a nun—beat out approximately 120 fellow contestants to win the title at the Miss World beauty pageant, which was held at London’s Earls Court on Sunday.
Last year’s winner, Alexandria Mills of the United States, presented the crown to Sarcos when the final results were announced.
“I believe that the next Miss World should be a woman of responsibility and reason,” said Sarcos, who works for a broadcasting company, before
winning the title. “I believe the woman should be committed to the organization and help people in need. Beauty with a heart.”
Sarcos, who says her future ambition is to work with non-governmental organizations and children, is the sixth Miss Venezuela to win the crown in the pageant’s 60-year history.
“Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner,” said Sarcos. “I’m unbelievably happy to have won and there are some incredible girls. I first and foremost want to help people in need. I would like to help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can.”
Miss Philippines Gwendoline Ruais was named the first runner-up, while Miss Puerto Rico Amanda Perez placed third.
In her new role, Sarcos will now spend the year supporting a wide range of global charity projects supported by Miss World’s “Beauty with a Purpose” program.
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