Miss World 2012 Winner, Wenxia Yu, And Past Winners Throughout History [PHOTOS]

on August 21 2012 12:34 PM
  • Miss World 2012 Winner: 5 Facts About Yu Wenxia, China’s Second Champion In The International Pageant
    The Miss World 2012 title was awarded to Yu Wenxia on August 18, marking the second time that Miss China had been crowned the honor. The last time China won the Miss World competition was in 2007 when Zhang Zilin took the pageant. missworld.com
  • Ivian Sarcos
    Miss World 2011 was Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela Reuters
  • Alexandria Mills
    Miss World 2010 was Alexandria Mills from the United States Facebook/Alexandria Mills
  • Kaiane Aldorino
    Miss World 2009 was Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar Facebook/Kaiane Aldorino
  • Ksenia Sukhinova
    Miss World 2008 was Ksenia Sukhinova from Russia Facebook/Ksenia Sukhinova
  • Zhang Zilin
    Miss World 2007 was Zhang Zilin from China Facebook/Zhang Zilin
  • Tatana Kucharova
    Miss World 2006 was Tatana Kucharova from the Czech Republic Facebook/Tana Kucharova
  • Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir
    Miss World 2005 was Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir from Iceland http://unnurbirna.blog.is
  • Maria Julia Mantilla
    Miss World 2004 was Maria Julia Mantilla from Peru Facebook/Maria Julia Mantilla
  • Rosanna Diane Davison
    Miss World 2003 was Rosanna Diane Davison from Ireland http://rosanna.ie/
  • Azra Akin – Miss World for 2002, From Turkey
    Azra Akin – Miss World for 2002, From Turkey Facebook/AzraAkinFan
  • Priyanka Chopra
    Priyanka Chopra Gets First Tattoo on her Wrist (Facebook)
  • Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden, India
    Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden, India Creative Commons
  • Aishwarya Rai
    Aishwarya Rai has been hailed as one of the most beautiful women of all time. She won the title of Miss World in 1994. Photo courtesy of Reuters.
  • Miss World 1982 Mariasela Álvarez, Dominican Republic
    Miss World 1982 Mariasela Álvarez, Dominican Republic Creative Commons
  • Miss World 1977 Mary Stävin, Sweden
    Miss World 1977 Mary Stävin, Sweden Creative Commons
  • Miss World 1967 Madeline Hartog-Bel, Peru
    Miss World 1967 Madeline Hartog-Bel, Peru Creative Commons
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Wenxia Yu was crowned Miss World 2012 on Saturday at the Dongsheng Stadium over 116 other contestants from around the globe.

Yu is the second Chinese contestant to take the crown in the Miss World competition, after Zhang Zilin won in 2007. Yu is 23-years-old, from The People's Republic of China and speaks both Chinese and English fluently. She studied music in school, namely piano, and has aspirations to become a teacher someday.

Wenxia Yu is the 61st winner to be named in the Miss World pageant since its creating in 1951. According to its website, Miss World was first created as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations by Eric Morley.

In 1951, 26 women competed for the crown, with Sweden's Kiki Haakonson named the first Miss World. Throughout the 1950's, the risqué swimsuit outfits caught attention from the public. Within a few years, it garnered a global audience when it was televised by the BBC from 1959 to 1979 and then Thames Television until 1988. In 1970, the competition hosted by Bob Hope was the single most-watched show of the year in the United Kingdom. Fifty years later, the show garners over a billion viewers each year.

The competition changed slightly in 1980, with the addition of the personality and intelligent criteria being judged upon in the evaluation portion.

After reaching its half-century anniversary in 2000, the show continues being the most popular in the world, currently with franchises in over 130 countries and $450 million in fundraising.

Here's a look at photos of the Miss World 2012 winner, Wenxia Yu, and past winners throughout the years.

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