Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World 2014

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Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World 2014
Miss Spain Lourdes Rodriguez parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), dances with first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), waves as other contestants link hands during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, poses in her seat after eing crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, poses in her seat after eing crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
All contestants hold hands after Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), was crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), holds hands with first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) after being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), waves after being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), waves flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), sits flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), dances with first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), blows a kiss during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), dances with first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (R), poses in her seat after being crowned next to first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), poses in her seat after being crowned next to first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), poses in her seat after being crowned next to first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (R), poses in her seat after being crowned next to first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, poses in her seat after eing crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, poses in her seat after eing crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (bottom), is crowned by Miss World 2013 Megan Young (top) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (bottom), is crowned by Miss World 2013 Megan Young (top) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), reacts after her victory is announced with Miss England Carina Tyrrell (L) and Miss Australia Courtney Thorpe (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (2L), sits after being crowned flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (3L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (R), is crowned by Miss World 2013 Megan Young (L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (2L), sits after being crowned flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (3L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, waves after being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, waves after being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, waves after being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (2L), sits after being crowned flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (3L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), reacts flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, reacts afgter being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), reacts flanked by first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, reacts after her victory is announced during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, waves after being crowned during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss World 2013 Megan Young (top) crowns Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss (bottom) as Miss World 2014 during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss, reacts after her victory is announced during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss World 2013 Megan Young (top) crowns Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss (bottom) as Miss World 2014 during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, Miss Kenya Idah Nguma and Miss Mexico Daniela Alvarez Reyes congratulate Miss Sweden Olivia Asplund on winning the swimwear fashion section during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Contestants dance during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Contestants dance during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss France Flora Coquerel parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss France Flora Coquerel parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Thailand Maeya Nonthawan parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Thailand Maeya Nonthawan parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Sri Lanka Chulakshi Ranathunga parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Venezuela Debora Menicucci parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Turkey Amine Gulse parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Contestants parade during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Contestants parade during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Cyprus Ioanna Filippou (L) and Miss Greece Eleni Kokkinou (R) parade during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann (C) parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Serbia Milica Vuklis (C) parades between Miss Vietnam Loan Nguyen Thi (R) and Miss Montenegro Natasa Novakovic (L) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Vietnam Loan Nguyen Thi parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Serbia Milica Vuklis parades during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss took home the Miss World 2014 crown. The 22-year-old graciously accepted the title at the Excel London ICC Auditorium on Sunday.

The competition featured 122 international beauty queens.

Strauss is the first Miss World titleholder from South Africa in 40 years. Her plans to pursue a medical career were put on hold to compete in the pageant.

She credited former South African President Nelson Mandela with the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine by creating a democratic nation.

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

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss Crowned Miss World 2014
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