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Russia is crowned Miss World - Miss Kseniya SUKHINOVA
1st runner-up India - Miss Parvathy OMANAKUTTAN
2nd runner-up - Trinidad and Tobago -Miss Gabrielle WALCOTT 
Miss World 2008 is Kseniya SUKHINOVA
Miss World 2008 is Kseniya SUKHINOVA
Russia is crowned Miss World 
JOHANNESBURG - Ksenya Sukhinova from Russia was crowned Miss World 2008 after beating 108 other international beauties in a glittering African extravaganza held in South Africa on Saturday.

"And Miss World 2008 is Russia," announced Julia Morley, head of the Miss World committee that organises the event.

The second runner up was Gabriel Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago and the first runner up Parvathay Omanakuttan of India.

The eyes of the world were on one stage when Kseniya Sukhinovia from Russia was crowned Miss World in a glittering, star-studded ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, the City of Gold.

The 2008 Miss World Festival, a record breaking year in the number of contestants taking part, has seen 109 beautiful and talented contestants spend an unforgettable month in South Africa. However, there could only be one winner and the applause rang out in the packed Convention Centre as Julia Morley, Chairman of the Miss World Organisation and of the international panel of judges, announced the winnerâ??s name. 
Kseniya Sukhoinova smile spoke a thousand words to a worldwide TV audience of over 2 billion as she was crowned by last year`s Miss World, Zilin Zhang.
First runner-up was Trinidad and Tobago followed by India as second runner-up. The other two finalists were South Africa and Angola.

The Final opened with 14 minutes of African music and dance and the contestants walking on to stage wearing their dresses designed by African Fashion. The opening sequence ended with local schoolchildren carrying all of the representative countries` flags onto the stage.

The TV spectacular was hosted by top Chinese TV presenter Angela Chow, presenting Miss World for the sixth year in succession, alongside co-host South African celebrity, Tumisho Masha, making his Miss World Final debut.

The show told the story of the contestants` stay in South Africa, with video clips of their activities and sightseeing, including their exciting trip to Safari, Mpulanga and the dazzling Indian Ocean and white beaches of Durban. 
With an amazing stage and lighting and performances from international record-breaking band McFly, singing `Smile` and `Lies`, a mid tempo rocker and UK pop sensation Alisha Dixon singing her latest single `The boy does nothing`, the 58th Miss World Final was one of the most spectacular to date.
Miss World â?? The Final is the Worldâ??s largest live annual TV event with global viewing figures topping two billion. This year the 58th Final was broadcast in 187 countries and 373 TV stations.

Russia is crowned Miss World
Russia is crowned Miss World - 
Miss Kseniya SUKHINOVA
Miss Kseniya SUKHINOVA
Kseniya lives with her parents in the Tyumen region, 
which is situated in the north west of Siberia. 
She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science 
degree in Engineer of Administration, 
her ambition is also to become a Supermodel. 
Her leisure and sporting interests are: swimming; 
mountain skiing; roller skating; badminton; gym; 
rhythm gymnastics; pop & dance music; reading 
Russian classic literature; favourite food is: 
Japanese and Italian. Kseniya`s personal motto is: 
`Respect people around you,
and people will respect you
1st runner-up India
1st runner-up India
Miss Parvathy OMANAKUTTAN 
Parvathy grew up in `The economic
capital of India`, Mumbai. India is one 
oldest yet one of the youngest of nations 
as it celebrates its 61st year of independence. 
Having graduated in Arts, Parvathy has 
studied Sociology, Psychology & English 
Literature, her ambition is to further her 
studies in Psychology to learn more about 
human behaviour in depth. Leisure and 
sporting interests are: a special talent for 
whistling; listening to music; singing; reading; 
glass painting; basketball; badminton; 
swimming; acting; modelling: dancing 
(varying from local dances to learning 
ballroom and Latin dances); and learning 
new languages. Best of all Paryathy loves her 
mothers cooking, but she does like to try different 
cuisines from all over the world. She is also 
very fond of a beautiful quote by a former 
President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam `Dreams 
are not what you see in your sleep, but dreams 
are that, which do not allow you to sleep`, hence 
her motto in life is `Dream with your eyes open`
2nd runner-up - Trinidad and Tobago 2nd runner-up - Trinidad and Tobago
Miss Gabrielle WALCOTT 
Trinidad and Tobago
Gabrielle comes from the Caribbean
island of Trinidad, with its amazing turquoise 
waters, white sandy beaches, colourful 
tropical flowers and exotic birds. 
Her dream is to become an actress; she 
has always loved the arts and has her first 
degree in Visual and Theatre Arts from the 
University of the West Indies. After achieving
this she took a gap year to help finance
her move to the Big Apple, she then moved to 
New York to do post graduate studies in 
Acting and Theatre Arts, a friend and mentor 
once told her that `the first degree is for your 
parents and the second degree for yourself`, 
she is very proud to have been able to support 
herself and follow her heart!Gabrielle is currently also 
one of Trinidad & Tobago`s Youth Ambassadors
for the UN. Sports & leisure interests include: 
equestrian show jumping; yoga; pilates; dance; 
fashion design/sewing; art; photography; theatre; 
piano; ballroom & Latin dance; swimming; First Aid (
CPR/Life guard training); and has just starting to learn 
Spanish. She has a deep appreciation for Trinidad`s
local cuisine: from roti, to shark and bake, to crab 
and dumplings, to name a few. Her motto is `
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you

The final five Miss World Finalists
It has been a very difficult choice but after much deliberation the judges have selected the final five contestants.
The final five are India, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Russia, South Africa
The final fifteen
It has been a very difficult choice but after much deliberation the judges have selected the 10 contestants who will join the five Fast Track winners through to this yearâ??s Semi Final.
The final fifteen are Espinoza Marroquin Anagabriela, Mexico; Kseniya Sukhinova, Russia; Natalie Olivia Griffith, Barbados; Alexandra Helga Ivarsdottir, Iceland; Brazil; Venezuela; Ukraine; Croatia: Angola; Kazakhstan; Puerto Rico; Spain; South Africa; India
Miss World 2008 
Miss World 2008, the 58th Miss World Final will be held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 13, 2008. Originally, the pageant was going to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, but because of the ongoing crisis between Georgia and Russia in neighboring South Ossetia, the Miss World Organization decided to move the pageant away from this Eastern European nation. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Zhang Zilin will crown her successor.

The Miss World Beach Beauty
Date: November 29, 2008
Place: The Beverly Hills Hotel in Durban, South Africa.
Winner: Mexico
1st runner-up: South Africa
2nd runner-up: Russia
Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss India World 2008
Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss India World 2008 
She was born in 1988, is 5' 8.5" tall and has vital statistics of 32-27-36.
Parvathy Omanakuttan is the reigning Miss India World 2008. She was crowned "Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2008" in Mumbai on 5 April 2008. She will now represent India in the Miss World 2008 event. Miss World 2008, the 58th Miss World Final will be held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 13, 2008. Originally, the pageant was going to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, but because of the ongoing crisis between Georgia and Russia in neighboring South Ossetia, the Miss World Organization decided to move the pageant away from Eastern Europe
She was born on 13th July 1987, is 5 ' 8.5" tall and has vital statistics of 32-27-36.

She is originally from Changanacherry - Kottayam, Kerala and now lives in Mumbai,  Her hobbies include: Listening to music, dancing, glass painting, reading, playing basketball and badminton.

She follows the lineage set by many Malayalis in the history of the pageant like Shweta Vijay (Femina Miss India Earth 2003), Annie Thomas (Femina Miss India Universe 1998), Nafisa Joseph (Femina Miss India Universe 1997), Mini Menon (Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 1996) and Shweta Menon (Femina Miss India 1994 2nd Runner Up).

She is originally from Changanacherry - Kottayam, Kerala and now lives in Mumbai, Her hobbies include: Listening to music, dancing, glass painting, reading, playing basketball and badminton

Miss World 2008: Action begins!
The Semi-finalists 
Now comes the moment when the jury has given their word of the semi-finalists. The shortlisted beauties include: 
1. Miss Russia: Ksenia Sukhinova (Miss World top model) 
2. Miss Mexico: Anagabriela Espinoza (Winner of the beach wear round) 
3. Miss Barbadoa: Natalie Griffith (Winner of the talent round) 
4. Miss Iceland: Alexandra Ívarsdóttir (Winner of the sports round) 
5. Miss Trinidad & Tobago: Gabrielle Walcott (Winner of Beauty with a purpose) 

Peppy performance 
Soon after the jury was announced, 109 beauties begin to groove to the tunes of a musical band. The ladies are looking sensuous in real short-numbers. Five major colours that rule the ramp include fuschia pink, turquoise, yellow, red and orange. 

The hosts & the jury 
Hosts for the evening Tumisho Masha and Angela Chow, are looking great in black tuxedo and a gorgeous golden gown, respectively. 

The panel of judges include: Albin Beart (France), Andre Sleigh (Taiwan), Fahad Khan (Pakistan), H.K. Lee (China), Jimmy Steele (Canada), Jean Vandecasteele (Belgium), Martina Aubrechtova (Czech R.), Marjukka Nieminen (Finland), Jose Cinqueterra (Philippines), Sean Spurrier (South Africa), David Iza (Mexico), EJ Toledo (Puerto Rico), Josi Watkins (Ghana), Marcelo Stein (Argentina), Carmen Wu (Hong Kong), Arturo Gallo (Spain), Roberto Rodriguez (Costa Rica) and Patrick Tripoldi (USA) 

The action begins 
The much-awaited event opened in grandeur with a splendid show by a bunch of dazzling dancers. The beauties from across the world have started sashaying down the ramp in alluring evening gowns. Miss India World, Parvathy Omanakuttan is looking gracious in a scintillating red dress. 

Miss World 2008: Curtain raiser 
More than 100 international beauties are primping and preening in the final anxious moments before the Miss World pageant begins tonight. The event this time is hosted by South Africa for an expected one billion-strong TV audience. 

South African and Jamaican designers have created racks of dresses for the women, aged 17 to 25, who have spent a gruelling month in galas, rehearsals and even a safari on the tip of the African continent. 

Contestants from the eight countries participating in the FIFA Confederation Cup, taking place in South Africa in June as a warm-up for the 2010 World Cup, also joined in the draw for their teams. 

The event, which begins at 2030 hours (IST), has a special focus on song, dance and music, and includes a high-tech twist with an online competition where viewers can vote for their favourite beauty. 

The winner of the online vote will go directly to the semi-final round, where Miss Barbados, Miss Mexico, Miss Russia and Miss Iceland have already secured spots by winning special competitions in the run-up to the big show. 

An international jury will decide on the next Miss World, who will succeed China's Zhang Zi Lin, who was crowned last year when the pageant was held in her home country. 

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