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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.
First runner-up was Miss Mexico, Perla Beltran Acosta.
Wearing her crown of tiny jeweled blue flowers, Aldorino said had been impressed with South Africa, which was hosting its seventh Miss World final.
South Africa is taking advantage of the world's attention as the country gears up to host the World Cup in June.
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