Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken 18-year-old, was crowned Miss World 2010 in China’s island province Hainan on Saturday evening, beating more than 100 other contestants in the competition which goes by the motto “beauty with a purpose.” She is from the United States. Participants in the final round were from China, USA, Botswana, Venezuela and Ireland.
Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana, and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came third.
The host country’s own contestant, Tang Xiao, also was among the final five.
According to a brief biography on the Miss World website, Mills calls Louisville, Kentucky, her hometown, and she recently graduated from high school. She would like to become a teacher.
“I’ve never met a stranger and enjoy meeting new people,” she says in the bio.
For the final, she was wearing a shimmering ivory-colored dress slit up the leg.
Mills takes over the title from Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar, who was named Miss World 2009 at a ceremony in South Africa last December.