Miss China brings home Miss World 2007 crown

miss world 2007, miss china, zi lin zhangChina's 23-year-old doll Zi Lin Zhang took the crown of Miss World 2007 held in Sanya, China, December 2, 2007, besting 105 other women Saturday and becoming the country's first Miss World.

The audience in the 2,000-capacity Beauty Crown Theatre, specially built for when Sanya first hosted the event in 2003, roared in delight as Zhang was crowned the winner at the end of the two-hour-long contest, which was conducted mainly in English, Peter Stebbings reported.

Over 50 years, the communist party banned beauty pageants as exploitation to women. China lifted its ban and reportedly paid nearly $4 million as annual fee to host the pageant, the British newspaper reported. This is China's fourth hosting of the pageant for the last five years.

Miss Micaela Reis from Angola and Miss Carolina Moran Gordillo from Mexico came as second and third runners-up, respectively.

At 182 centimeters (6 feet), Zhang was the tallest contestant.

The Miss World pageant has become a publicity vehicle for the Chinese government, the Telegraph reported, noting a television audience of more than 2 billion makes it one of the world's most watched events.

The event was judged by a penal chaired by Miss World chairwoman Julia Morley.

Miss World pageant is an international beauty pageant founded by Eric Morley in 1951 in the United Kingdom. Julia, his widow, succeeded him after his death in 2000 and is now the executive chairwoman of the organizing agency.

miss world 2007, miss china, zi lin zhangMiss China
Zi Lin Zhang - Miss World 2007
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miss world 2007, miss angola, micaela reisMiss Angola
Micaela Reis - Miss World 2007 1st Runner-up
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miss world 2007, miss mexico, carolina moran gordilloMiss Mexico
Carolia Moran Gordillo - Miss World 2007 2nd Runner-up
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Daniel Yuson said...

i wasn't able to watch eh..!
i was hosting a pageant too that night sa school namin..!
kamusta si miss phil..?

Zang said...

di ko rin to nakita eh, eh kasi board exam namin. nakibasa nlang ako ng news.

-gale from maleadvicecolumn.com said...

i was pleasantly surprised that china's zi lin zhang won. she is indeed very pretty

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