Wednesday, August 19, 2009

miss world 2008

She was the Miss World 2008 Beach Beauty competition second runner-up, placing after Miss Mexico who was the eventual winner, and Miss South Africa, the first runner-up. She won the Miss World Top Model competition on December 3, 2008. Both her placements at the two first fast track competitions remind Zhang Zilin's successes at Miss World 2007.

On December 13, Ksenia was crowned the new Miss World at the finals in Johannesburg, South Africa after beating 108 contestants. The first runner up was India's Parvathy Omanakuttan and second runner up was Gabrielle Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. She is the second Russian contestant to win Miss World, the first was Julia Kourotchkina in 1992. The finale was watched by 1 billion viewers from 187 countries.

In a press conference after her victory, she said: "I am very glad to have brought this crown to Russia. I am proud that it is Russia that got the crown and I devote my victory to the whole country and to its every citizen... and to my grandmother." She also said that she hoped to improve Russia's international image to show the world that a girl from Russia could personify kindness, beauty and happiness. She says raising funds for charity will be one her main tasks in 2009.

1st Runner-up India - Parvathy Omanakuttan
2nd Runner-up Trinidad & Tobago - Gabrielle Walcott


 Angola - Brigith dos Santos
 South Africa - Tansey Coetzee


 Barbados - Natalie Griffith
 Brazil - Tamara Almeida
 Croatia - Josipa Kusić
 Iceland - Alexandra Ívarsdóttir
 Kazakhstan - Alfina Nassyrova
 Mexico - Anagabriela Espinoza
 Puerto Rico - Ivonne Orsini
 Spain - Patricia Rodríguez
 Ukraine - Iryna Zhuravska
 Venezuela - Hannelly Quintero

Continental Queens of Beauty
Africa: Brigith dos Santos (Angola)
Americas: Hannelly Quintero (Venezuela)
Asia & Oceania: Parvathy Omanakuttan (India)
Caribbean: Gabrielle Walcott (Trinidad & Tobago)
Europe: Ksenia Sukhinova (Russia)

Fast Track Events

The Miss World Beach Beauty took place on November 29 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The 25 semifinalists for the event were selected by a panel of judges and the names were revealed on November 27.
Winner: Mexico
1st runner-up: South Africa
2nd runner-up: Russia
Top 10 finalists: Angola, India, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela
Top 25 semi-finalists: Australia, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Paraguay, Serbia, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Zimbabwe

Top Model

The Miss World Top Model took place on December 3 at Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Soweto, South Africa. 32 semifinalists competed in the event.
Winner: Russia
1st runner-up: Angola
2nd runner-up: India
Top 10 finalists: Croatia, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Venezuela
Top 32 semi-finalists: Argentina, Barbados, Belarus, Brazil, China PR, Colombia, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Namibia, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Zimbabwe


The Miss World Sports took place on December 5 in Muldersdrift, South Africa.
Winner: Iceland
1st runner-up: Nigeria
2nd runner-up: Portugal
Top 6 finalists: Greece, Israel, Peru


The Miss World Talent took place on December 7 at Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Winner: Barbados
1st runner-up: Austria
2nd runner-up: Ukraine
Top 19 finalists: Cayman Islands, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Denmark, Gibraltar, Indonesia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Portugal, South Africa

Beauty With A Purpose

The winner was announced during the live telecast on December 13.
Winner: Trinidad & Tobago, Gabrielle Walcott: for working with the Just Because Foundation dedicated to create hospitable conditions for children with cancer. Gabrielle helped raise about $100,000 in Charity for the creation of a new ward for these children.
The remaining 4 finalists were: 
Hungary, Szilvia Freire: For working with the NEM ADOM FEL Foundation, dedicated to the awareness that handicapped and disabled people are of value to our society, and to make these individuals feel accepted.
Kenya, Ruth Kinuthia: For working with a school in the slums of Nairobi mainly for students who have been orphaned by HIV AIDS, helping raise funds for the sustenance of the school, as well as being a role model for students.
Mexico, Anagabriela Espinoza: For assisting the Casa Hogar of Jilotepec, "Ayuda y Solidaridad con las Niñas de la Calle", which means help and solidarity with the girls from the streets. Anagaby created a dynamic event called "Pass the Crown" where she would ask the girls about their best quality, and then put a tiara on their heads because of it.

Special Award

Best World Dress Designer
Winner: United States
Finalists: Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago

*** Philippines: Janina San Miguel was replaced by Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner-up, Danielle Castaño due to Janina's personal decision to give up her crown.


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