Russian beauty Kseniya Sukhinova has been crowned the 58th Miss World 2008 after a two-hour contest in South Africa. Read more on Kseniya Sukhinova’s win of Miss World 2008 below along with photos of the runners up, Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Gabrielle Walcott and first runner up was Miss India, Parvathy Omankuttan.
Sukhinova was crowned Miss World 2008 after the grueling two hour contest.
Sukhinova beamed as she was crowned, and said her immediate ambitions included meeting Russia’s president.
The Russian beauty also added she aims to return soon to her studies at the Tyumen Oil and Gas University in her home region of north-western Siberia.
“I am so happy to be here,” she said of South Africa, which was hosting a record-breaking sixth Miss World final. “I am so excited. It’s amazing.”
From the Associated Press:
Sukhinova, who in a biography on the Miss World website listed becoming a supermodel as a goal, also had won the contest’s top model award and was third in the swimsuit competition.
South Africa, often in the news for its high violent crime rate and questions about whether it will pull out of hosting the 2010 football World Cup, made the most of the attention. The broadcast included clips of the contestants visiting game parks, golf courses and pristine beaches in South Africa and dancing in the Johannesburg township of Soweto.
Sukhinova was definitely a favorite of the crowd, though not as popular as hometown beauty Miss South Africa, Tansey Coetzee. Coetzee made the final five.
Second runner up was Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Gabrielle Walcott. First runner up was Miss India, Parvathy Omankuttan. Miss Angola, Brigite Santos, completed the top five.
In addition to the swimsuit and modelling segments, the 109 contestants competed in a “pentathlon” that included building a small boat and taking football penalty kicks; a talent show; and an event showcasing their charity work in the month-long lead-up to the live international broadcast.
The contest was to have taken place in Ukraine, but was moved to Johannesburg because of tensions between Russia and Georgia and fears conflict could spread to Ukraine.
Here are videos of the new Miss World 2008 below: