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Venezuelan who dreamt of becoming nun crowned Miss World 2011

Last updated on: November 7, 2011 16:31 IST

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Miss Venezuela, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, who spent five years studying in a nunnery, has bagged the title of Miss World 2011 amid much fanfare at Earls Court Two in London.

Colmenares beat contestants from 113 countries to the coveted title after impressing the jury in the categories of beach beauty, top model, talent, sports, and beauty with a purpose -- where the contestants were supposed to demonstrate contribution in a charity project.

The 21-year-old has a degree in human resources and worked for a broadcasting company before winning the title.

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Image: Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, is congratulated by other contestants after being crowned Miss World 2011 in Earls Court in Earls Court in west London.
Photographs: Paul Hackett/Reuters
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The winner of the beauty pageant said that she wants to utilise her title to help the people in need.

"Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"I'm unbelievably happy to have won and there are some incredible girls. I first and foremost want to help people in need."

She went on to say that she was orphaned at a young age and dreamt of becoming a nun.

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Image: Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, reacts as she hears that she has been named Miss World 2011 in Earls Court in west London
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I would like to help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can."

"Unfortunately I lost both my parents at a very young age which led me to study for five years in a nunnery. I spent my five years in there and my dream was to become a nun," she added.

The runners up prizes went to Miss Philippines and Miss Puerto Rico.

This was the 60th year of the beauty pageant and to celebrate its diamond anniversary, it returned to the city where it all began.


Image: Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, reacts as she hears that she has been named Miss World 2011 in Earls Court in west London
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Source: ANI