Venezuelan orphan is named new Miss World
THE Miss World crown went to Venezuela last night. Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares (21) was presented with the award at Earl's Court in London.
Ms Sarcos Colmenares, who was orphaned at a young age and once dreamt of becoming a nun, said she wanted to use her title to help people.
She said: "I'm unbelievably happy to have won.
"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.
"Unfortunately I lost both my parents at a very young age, which led me to study for five years in a nunnery.
"I spent my five years in there and my dream was to become a nun," she added.
Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela sent a message to the finalists.
He said: "Love to all the beautiful young women representing their 113 countries."
Ireland was represented in the competition by Holly Carpenter.