Rolene Strauss, Miss World South Africa, was crowned the title of Miss World 2014 at the conclusion of the international beauty pagent held on December 14, 2014 at ExCeL London in London, UK.
Rolene Strauss of South Africa being crowned Miss World 2014 by the out-going queen Miss World 2013 Megan Young.
Rolene, originally from Volksrust, Mpumalanga, is a medical student and is currently studying towards her degree at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.
When Strauss was 15 years old, she competed in and won the national selection for the Elite Model Look International. She is the youngest winner nationally and beat 11 other contestants vying for the same title.
Newly crowned Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss (C) and her runners-up from Hungary and United States.
Strauss placed in the top 15 of the Elite Model Look International 2007 after competing with 55 contestants. That year, the winner was Belgian model Jennifer Messelier, followed by Dutch model Ymre Stiekema and Czech model Hana Jirickova. Notable contestants from the Elite Model Look include Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour and Gisele Bündchen. None of these women won in the year they competed, but still attained critical and international success.
Newly crowned Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss is 22 years old and stands 1.77 m.
Strauss placed in the top 5 of Miss South Africa 2011 when Melinda Bam became the new titleholder of Miss SA 2011. She returned two years later to compete in the 2013 Pageant and was crowned as Miss South Africa 2014 representing the Free State city of Bloemfontein on March 30, 2014 at a ceremony held at the Sun City Super Bowl, South Africa.
The first runner-up was Edina Kulcsár, Miss World Hungary;
The second runner-up was Elizabeth Safrit, Miss World United States.
Miss World Top 5:
Edina Kulcsár, Miss World Hungary;
Courtney Thorpe, Miss World Australia;
Rolene Strauss, Miss World South Africa;
Elizabeth Safrit, Miss World United States;
Carina Tyrell, Miss World England.
Miss World Top 10:
Miss World Top 25:
Group 1 Bolivia, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Group 2 Hungry, India, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Sudan, Vietnam,
Group 3: Finland, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines
Group 4: Australia, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, United States.
Sport winner: Finland
Multimedia winner: United States
Top Model winner: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Beach Fashion winner: Sweden
Talent winner: Malaysia
Beauty with a Purpose: India, Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, Guyana.