Miss China crowned Miss World 2012

Miss China Yu Wenxia was crowned the 2012 Miss World in Ordos, China, on August 18. The 23-year-old music student became the second Miss World winner from her country after Zhang Zilin in 2007. The first runner-up is Sophie Elizabeth Moulds of Wales and the second runner-up is Australia’s Jessica Michelle Kahawaty…

Miss World 2012 winners

As usual there’s plenty post-event debates online after a major beauty contest, but this one drawn more flak in particular, probably due to the fact that the event – the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant – has became a bit too “Chinese” in the past decade with six of the past 10 finals being held in Chinese cities.

The 2013 final will move to Indonesia for a change – could be a challenging one.

Miss Universe 2011 – Beauty in Indonesia

Video of Miss Universe Leila Lopes’s recent visit to Indonesia, and also a bit of cultural lesson about the beauty perspective in the country (which is applicable to many parts of Asia) where a lighter skin colour is considered an epitome of beauty…

Miss Indonesia Nadine Alexandra is also featured with her two cents.

Miss Angola Leila Lopes is Miss Universe 2011

Leila Lopes, a 25-year-old business student from Angola, was crowned the 60th Miss Universe in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on September 12.

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola

Miss Ukraine and Miss Brazil were named the first and second runner ups, with Miss China and Miss Philippines completing the Top 5.

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete is Miss Universe 2010

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete has been crowned the 59th Miss Universe in Las Vegas on August 23. She’s the second Mexican to win the title.

Miss Universe 2010 Mexico Jimena Navaratte evening gown Miss Universe 2010 Mexico Jimena Navaratte swimsuit

Miss Philippines Venus Raj was the best placed Asian rep as 4th runner up. Miss Thailand Fonthip Watcharatrakul surprisingly didn’t even make it to the last 15 despite winning both Miss Photogenic and Best National Costume titles.

Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez is Miss Universe 2009

Miss Venezuela Stefanía Fernández was crowned the 58th Miss Universe in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sunday (August 23). Image from MissUniverse.

Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez from Venezuela

The 18-year-old became Venezuela’s sixth Miss Universe winner. It’s also the first time ever for representatives from the same country to win consecutive Miss Universe title. Fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza was the winner in 2008.