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South Africa Wins Miss World Crown, U.S. Beauty in Third Place

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Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, centre, celebrates after being crowned Miss World 2014, during the finale of the competition at the ExCel centre in London, Sunday, Dec. 14 2014. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, left, came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, right, finishing third. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — South Africa's Rolene Strauss has been named the winner of the Miss World 2014 competition in a London finale televised in many parts of the world.

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss laughs as she is crowned Miss World 2014 by last year's winner Megan Young, during the finale of the competition at the ExCel centre in London, Sunday, Dec. 14 2014. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit finishing third. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss laughs as she is crowned Miss World 2014 by last year's winner Megan Young, during the finale of the competition at the ExCel centre in London, Sunday, Dec. 14 2014. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit finishing third. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Edina Kulcsar of Hungary was the runner-up and Elizabeth Safrit of the United States took third place.

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, centre, celebrates after being crowned Miss World 2014, during the finale of the competition at the ExCel centre in London, Sunday, Dec. 14 2014. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, left, came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, right, finishing third. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, centre, celebrates after being crowned Miss World 2014, during the finale of the competition at the ExCel centre in London, Sunday, Dec. 14 2014. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, left, came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, right, finishing third. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Watch the top five contestants answer the question, "Why should you be the next Miss World?" in the video below:

The winners were announced Sunday after a lengthy competition involving contestants from more than 120 countries.

Each had won the right to represent their country in a series of local and regional competitions.

This year's contest was marred by the murder last month of Miss Honduras and her sister in that country.

The first Miss World contest was held 63 years ago in Britain.

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