Aiswarya Rai Honoured With Special Award
A 22-year-old South African woman, Rolene Strauss, won the Miss World 2014 beauty pageant in London on Sunday, the organisers said in a statement.
Hungary’s Edina Kulcsŕr came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the United States, came third.
This year’s pageant, the 64th, was marred by tragedy after a Honduran beauty queen was found shot dead in a suspected crime of passion days before she was due to take part.
The pageant’s 124 contestants travelled to the Oxford Union society earlier this month to discuss whether such competitions still had a place in modern society. British media reported that some students from Oxford University were disappointed that the event failed to generate a lively debate on the subject.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured with a special award at the glittering Miss World 2014 ceremony in London for her charity work.
The 41-year-old actress appeared on stage with her husband Abhishek Bachchan, their daughter Aaradhya and her mother Vrinda Rai.
The prize was for her charitable work since being crowned Miss World in 1994.
The finale of the event saw 22-year-old South African beauty Rolene Strauss being crowned Miss World 2014 as India’s Koyal Rana lost out, finishing in the top 10.
Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up in the contest and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came in third as an estimated billion viewers watched the finale on television around the globe.
This year’s winner will travel to the violence-hit central American nation to build a school named in their honour.