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Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World 2014

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, center, celebrates after being crowned Miss World 2014, during the finale. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, left, came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, right, finishing third.Alastair Grant/AP Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, center, celebrates after being crowned Miss World 2014, during the finale. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, left, came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, right, finishing third. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA Miss World 2014, South African Rolene Strauss (Front-C) flanked by runner-up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and third place Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) celebrates after winning. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss (C) is crowned as Miss World 2014 by Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines during the grand final of the pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London.
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Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, took the crown to become Miss World 2014 in front of a live audience in London Sunday.

“South Africa, this is for you,” Rolene Strauss said after her win. “I’m so proud of you and I’m proud to be your representative.”

Strauss, 22, beat out runner-up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar and Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit, who earned third place.

Miss World 2013, Megan Young of the Philippines, gave her crown to Strauss, a fourth-year medical student.

Women from 121 countries competed in the 64th annual contest that began Nov. 20.

Contestants had to prove themselves in events featuring their beach fashion, charity work, media savviness, sports ability, modeling skills and individual talent.

Strauss won the title of Miss South Africa in March and used her position to follow her “passion for women’s rights, health and education,” she said in her Miss World 2014 introduction video.

She highlighted her work educating girls about menstruation to keep them in school.

Strauss hopes to go to business school, become a doctor and start a business focusing on women’s health.

More than one billion people tuned into the live event at ExCel London ICC Auditorium, according to the Miss World website.

rblidner@nydailynews.com

Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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