Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss (22), was crowned Miss World 2014 at the contest's glitzy final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe.

Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was judged the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women from 121 countries.

Strauss clasped her hands together in surprise and was crowned by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines, to huge cheers in the ExCeL exhibition centre.

"South Africa this is for you," Strauss said. "I think I will brace myself for what's about to happen. It's a huge responsibility." She told AFP she wanted to help spread education in her homeland and thereby help other people realise their dreams.
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