Gibraltar’s Aldorino crowned Miss World
Johannesburg — Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was named the new Miss World at a glittering two-hour pageant that put South Africa in the spotlight and featured traditional dancers and drummers.
The leggy brunette, dressed in white-lace evening gown, was crowned as silver confetti rained down onstage around her. She clapped her hands to her mouth when her name was announced.
“I have no words,” she said when asked to describe how she felt. “I am really happy.”
The 23-year-old administrative clerk from the British territory on the tip of the Iberian peninsula was a crowd favorite after winning the swimsuit competition.
She joined seven other contestants in the final round of the show. The loudest cheers were reserved for Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar who was the second runner-up.
First runner-up was Miss Mexico, Perla Beltran Acosta.
Aldorino did not give an indication of what her immediate plans were now that she had won the prestigious title.
“I will try to do the best that I can now that I have opportunity and advantage,” she said in a brief interview with The Associated Press after the event.