South African Named Miss World 2014

Miss United States finishes 3rd
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 15, 2014 1:17 AM CST
South African Named Miss World 2014
Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, center, celebrates after being crowned Miss World 2014 at the finale on stage at the ExCel Center in London last night.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

South Africa's Rolene Strauss has been named the winner of the Miss World 2014 competition in a London finale televised in many parts of the world. Edina Kulcsar of Hungary was the runner-up, and Elizabeth Safrit of the United States took third place after a lengthy competition involving contestants from more than 120 countries. This year's contest was marred by the murder last month of Miss Honduras and her sister in that country. Strauss is the first South African Miss World since 1974, when Anneline Kriel was crowned after British winner Helen Morgan was forced to resign four days after victory when officials discovered she had an 18-month-old son. (More Miss World stories.)

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