Competition has been so high at Miss World 2011 that as many as 36 contestants initially qualified in the 'beach beauty' competition at London's Earl's Court, instead of the usual 20.

Miss USA, Erin Cummins, made it to the top 36 qualifiers of the swimsuit competition but failed to make the final 20, which comes as a disappointment after Alexandria Mills of the United States was crowned Miss World 2010. The final 20 for the swimsuit competition include:  Bolivia, Brazil, England, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, New Zealand, Paraguay, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Spain, St Barthelemy, Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Cummins, 19, is currently a student of marine biology. Following her passion for animals she hopes to one day open her own animal shelter. Her hobbies include: surfing, snowboarding, horse riding and cooking. Her favorite dishes to cook are fajitas and cookies.

Here are some of the answers Cummins gave in her Miss World 2011 Interview:

Tell us a little something about your Country?

I live in a small farming community, surrounded by incredible mountain views and not far from the Pacific Ocean. The USA is a place where I have the opportunity to live my dreams.

Future ambitions?

I hope to one day have my own business because I want to have the chance to live out my dreams every day. I would like to build a company that combines my love of animals and my passion for nature.

Describe yourself

I'd say I am a positive, genuine, down-to-earth kind of girl that is aspiring to chase down all her dreams. My life is hectic and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Personal Motto?

Always live life to the fullest!

Favorite food ?

My favorite cuisine is Mexican food.

Favorite Music / Books?

Music: house, hip-hop, rock and indie. Books: Stephen King and any mystery or Sci-Fi novels.

Do you have any pets?

I love animals and in the future I'd love to donate my time to opening a shelter. I grew up with all kinds of animals around, and I currently have a young kitten and a golden retriever.

What is the proudest moment of your life or most memorable day?

My most memorable moment was the time I've spent in Italy, it is such an amazing place! Meeting the people, learning the language and getting to know the culture was awesome! My favorite cities are Geneva and Rome.

Special Talents?

I learned how to sew from my mother and she learned from hers. It used to be something many women knew how to do but now it's much less common. I like to design clothes and when I get new clothes, I sometimes make them different.

Any other interesting facts?

I love to cook! I watch the Food Channel all the time and if I see anything that looks good, I'll give it a shot. My best dish is chicken fajitas and for desert I love to make Nutella crepes or cookies.

Miss World was started in London by Eric Morley's in 1951 as a part of the festival of Britain celebrations. The competition was a hit from the start welcoming a global audience greater than that of the World Cup.  It has since become one of the most prestigious and anticipated beauty pageants in the world. Start the start show to look at this years beach beauty qualifiers. 

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