Miss Iceland has won Miss World 2005.
Unnur was born in the Capital Reykjavik but grew up in a small town called Seltjarnarnes.  In Iceland you can see a tremendous icecap, several glaciers, spouting geysers, steaming solfataras, volcanoes (hopefully dormant), raging rivers and magnificent waterfalls, a multitude of birds and cavorting whales.    Iceland can boast of many offbeat sports and attracts many visitors as Summers are surprisingly warm and winters not as cold as you might expect.  For the past year Unnur has been studying anthropology at the University and next fall she will commence her studies in Law as she plans to graduate as a lawyer as well as an anthropologist.  She is chairman of the college social club and teaches dance, she also enjoys acting, singing, all types of dancing, snow-boarding, hiking, camping, horsemanship and has a special talent for choreography and playing the piano.  During her summer holidays this year Unnur was working as a police officer at the airport.  Her favourite motto is “You are what you do” or “You are what you make”.
With a record number of contestants and an innovative new voting system, Miss World 2005 made television history tonight, as the public choose six new Miss World ambassadors and crowned the new Miss World 2005.

Miss World Africa was named as Tanzania; Miss World Americas is Mexico;  Miss World Asia Pacific is Korea;  Miss World Caribbean is Puerto Rico;  Miss World Northern Europe is Iceland, and Miss World Southern Europe is Italy.
A unique panel of nine former Miss Worlds chaired by Miss World Chairman Julia Morley then chose Iceland as overall winner of the contest. 

Days of preparations paid off as the contestants went through impressive dance routines with great ease in their gorgeous dresses in front of an anticipated global TV audience of more than two billion in 207 countries.

The show had a strong Chinese flavour with two acts firmly rooted in China’s ancient culture; the first act involving traditional dances, while the second act brought to life the spirit of the peacock in a delicate ballet performance.

This year’s two presenters, UK born Tim Vincent and China’s Angela Chow also received praise from the audience and the contestants for their professionalism and natural sensibility with the girls.  Soul singing sensation Alexander O’Neal set the house on fire with two of his classic tracks, becoming an instant hit with the audience at Sanya’s Beauty Crown Theatre, China.

Voting was intense in what is thought to be the World’s largest text vote.  In a first this year, people in more than 200 countries were being invited to place votes for their favourite contestants in the finals of Miss World 2005.  This set the contest on a roll, with each girl realising the importance of gaining support from the public.

Contestants featured in one of six ‘Vote For Me’ TV specials where invited viewers to cast votes via an individual number for worldwide SMS voting or IVR.  The shows gave an opportunity for each contestant to tell a little about themselves and canvas votes.  Points were then awarded according to an effective formula which ensured that votes from all countries equated, regardless of the size of population, voting medium or overall number of votes.

It’s a Hat-Trick for Iceland with Three Titles: Miss Iceland, Miss World Northern Europe and Miss World 2005

Iceland has won Miss World 2005, watched from the audience by her mother – herself a former contestant in Miss Iceland 1983.  For the third time in the history of the pageant, the Miss World crown is tonight worn by a beautiful young girl from Iceland.

“I am still in shock,’ the new Miss World 2005 said in an exclusive interview for the Miss World website.  “I did not hear my name at first, I just heard it echo around the room.  I only knew it was me because nobody else moved!  Then it all came true “It is wonderful to know that so many people voted for me in the text vote and put me through to the top two in Northern Europe.  I was pleased to win the title of Miss World Northern Europe.  Then to win Miss World is incredible.  I just feel wonderful.  It came as a big shock but the feeling is incredible.  I am numb.” 

Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir, 21, is a student of law from Reykavik, Iceland.  While in China on a four-week tour with the other 101 Miss World contestants, Unnur has even found time to continue her studies.  “I brought my law books with me and study in the evenings after dinner,’ she said.  “My room mate Denmark is always laughing at me about it.  Tonight she was one of the first to congratulate me.  She was in tears because she was so happy for me.

Unnur’s mother Unnur Steinsson represented Iceland in Miss World 1983 – the last time a UK girl won the title – and came in the top five.  Now her daughter has gone that all important step further and taken the crown as Miss World 2005 – and her mother was in the crowd to wave her Icelandic flag with vigour.

The Sheraton Sanya Resort - The Official Resort for the 54th Miss World Final and the home of Miss World in China, Located at the southern most tip of Hainan Island, the second largest island in China, Sanya, is an important political, economic, cultural and foreign trade port and also a famous coastal tourist city filled with tropical landscapes and local customs. Since Sanya is situated in the southernmost part of China, she has been called "the remotest cape of the earth" since ancient time. With its typical oceanic tropical monsoon climate and an annual average temperature of 25.4 º, Never usually falling below 21º or rising above 28º (Celcius, daytime). Sanya is an ideal holiday destination.
Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia of PERU was tonight crowned Miss World 2004 in a glittering ceremony held at Sanya's spectacular Beauty Crown Theatre.
Maria, 20,  looked absolutely resplendant in a blue evening gown  as she was joyously crowned by Miss World 2003 Rosanna Davison
The top three were announced - PERU, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC and UNITED STATES.

Crowds cheered at the prestigious international awards ceremony, the 54th Miss World, which was a night of high drama, glamour and excitement, as, for the first time ever, the world decided who should win. The month long event was brought to its explosive climax with as the 107 contestants finally learnt who would be the year's lucky winner. 

The ceremony began with a breakthtaking display of acrobatic skills and amazing local musical talent. The cheering crowds were then introduced to the show's presenters US TV star Troy McClain, British model and presenter Lisa Snowdon and Angela Chow, star of China's Pheonix Television channel.

The audience went wild as the 107 contestants, led out by stunning ECUADOR paraded in their finest evening wear created by top fashion designers from their home nations. The girls were relaxed, clearly enjoying the show as they wowed the crowds. They wore a sensational array of outfits in addition to their finest ballgowns, and of course the Miss World Beachwear range designed by Wilnelia Forsyth.

Global soul superstar Lionel Richie who had flown in from the USA especially to perform at Miss World then performed his new single, "Long, Long Way To Go" to a star struck audience.

BELGIUM took the coveted award for World's Top Fashion Designer for her breathtaking creation. Having already experienced the spectacular local entertainments of a traditional 'thousand armed Buddha', the audience were treated to an electrifying performance by classical music sensations Il Divo, performing.

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