This year’s Miss World pageant was won this year by 22-year-old South African Rolene Strauss.
Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014 on Sunday, taking over from last year’s winner Megan Young of the Philippines. Strauss becomes the third South African to win the title. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was first runner-up, and Miss USA, Elizabeth Safrit, came third.
Miss Uganda, Leah Kalanguka only managed to make it to the top 25 in the People’s Choice category, thanks to the online campaign that got people casting votes for her. Unfortunately, she does not appear in any other category. This can be attributed to the fact that she arrived later than other contestants in the Miss World boot camp in London.
She does not appear in the rest of the categories including beach fashion, multimedia, sports and fitness, talent and Beauty With a Purpose. Last year, Stella Nantumbwe did not deliver much, although Ugandans had high hopes in her.
Phiona Bizzu represented Uganda in 2012 at the showcase held in China. She managed to make her presence felt during the penalty shoot-out (sports category). The crown was won by home girl Yu Wenx.
This year’s winner is a fourth year medical student and describes herself as having a “wild South African heart.”
Asked why she wanted to be Miss World, Strauss is quoted as saying: “Being proudly South African, I have firsthand experience that unity, respect, and forgiveness exist those all are aspirations of the Miss World organization, so it would be amazing to represent an organization that is a beacon of hope all over the world.” The event took place at ExCeL London in the UK.
Antigone Costanda, an Egyptian of Greek heritage, was the first beauty queen representing an African country to win the title in 1954. Nigeria’s Agbani Darego was the first black African to win the pageant in 1982.
Source : The Observer