Venezuelan orphan crowned Miss World 2011

Venezuelan orphan crowned Miss World 2011


Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, has been crowned the 2011 winner of the Miss World beauty pageant at a glittering ceremony in London.

Wearing a pink dress with diamante studs that had a giant cascade of frills slashed below the waist, the 22-year-old gasped and threw her hands to her face as she was declared the winner.

"I felt the most gorgeous woman in the world. I was so happy and I wanted to shout, to cry, to stand still and to smile. So many emotions," she said.

"I'm incredibly happy for this moment, for this opportunity and for winning, and I'm grateful with my life."

Sarcos, who was brought up in a nunnery after being orphaned aged eight, has a human resources degree and works for a broadcasting company.

Last year's Miss World, Alexandria Mills of the United States, took off her sparkling crown and placed it on her successor's head as Sarcos sat in a shimmering silver throne.

Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, was named runner-up, while Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, came third in the contest, which was back in its home city to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Some 113 beauty queens from Albania to Zimbabwe took their place on the stage at the Earls Court auditorium in west London, with the show being broadcast live to an estimated audience of more than 1 billion viewers in 150 countries.

Around 50 feminists rallied outside, waving placards reading "Objectification won't achieve world peace", "Being a woman is not a competition" and "Sexism is pretty ugly".

Their message was lost on the thousands of fans inside - many dressed to the nines - who cheered, waved flags and shouted for their favourites.

While beauty remains central to the event, brains, skills and good causes also play a major role.

The majority of this year's finalists have degree-level education and can speak at least three languages.

Miss Venezuela topped the interview round; Miss Dominican Republic, Marianly Tejada Burgos, was named the sports champion; home favourite Miss England, Alize Lily Mounter, won beach beauty - the classic swimwear contest; and Miss Kazakhstan, Zhanna Zhumaliyeva, was named top model.

The crowd were played clips from the talent round - where performers sang, danced and gave piano recitals - won by Miss Chile, Gabriela Pulgar Luco.

Miss Ghana, Stephanie Karikari, and Miss Indonesia, Astrid Yunadi, were the joint winners of the beauty with a purpose category, where contestants can highlight a charity project.

Just before the overall winner was announced, a message of support from former South African president Nelson Mandela was read out on stage by one of his grandsons, backing the girls' work "empowering young people to be of service to their communities."

Sarcos's victory means that Venezuela now tops the all-time leaderboard with six titles, pulling clear of India and the United Kingdom.

"Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner," the 61st Miss World said.

"I first and foremost want to help people in need.

"I would like to help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can."

The pageant was first held for the 1951 Festival of Britain and was staged in London until 1989.

Next year's Miss World will be held in China's Inner Mongolia.

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Royal wedding watched by 24.5 million on terrestrial TV

Royal wedding watched by 24.5 million on terrestrial TV

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled down the Mall after leaving Westminster Abbey

More than 24m viewers in the UK watched the royal wedding on the BBC and ITV, industry body Barb estimates.

The BBC said a peak figure of 20m - a 70% share - tuned into the corporation's coverage at the end of the service in Westminster Abbey.

More than 34 million viewers watched at least part of the BBC's TV royal wedding coverage, it added. These figures include live iPlayer viewings.

Radio figures and US TV data will be released later.
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Deputy director general Mark Byford, who led the BBC's coverage, said: "We are delighted with the audience... and our programming.

"We are pleased that so many people celebrated the royal wedding with the BBC's coverage across TV, radio and online."

The BBC peak audience figure is based on estimated overnight figures.

It includes those watching BBC One, BBC One HD, the BBC News Channel and iPlayer.

According to provisional figures, there were more than 9m users of the BBC News website overall on Friday.

Police estimate a million people lined the wedding procession route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The estimated figures for the BBC and ITV put the wedding in the all-time top 10 most-watched programmes, although more people watched the 1966 World Cup Final (32.3m) and Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 (32.1m).

The wedding between the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 attracted 28.4m viewers.

Those watching the other terrestrial channels on Friday - BBC Two, Channel 4 and Five - made up only 1% of the television audience as the wedding service began.

Sky News said it had a peak of 661,000 viewers at 1100GMT, the start of the wedding ceremony, with about one million people using its website.

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Kate Hudson: Why I fell in love with Matthew Bellamy

Kate Hudson: Why I fell in love with Matthew Bellamy

Kate Hudson
In the May issue of InStyle, Kate Hudson talks about how she and Muse frontman, Matthew Bellamy met.

( -- When the news first broke that Kate Hudson was expecting a baby with British rocker Matthew Bellamy, many wanted to know more about him.

And now, Hudson herself has opened up about their love story, including sharing how they met and offering a peek into what led to her surprise pregnancy.

"You always hear people say, 'I never thought this would be the person I would end up with,' but I don't think you ever really know," Hudson, 31, says in the May issue of InStyle, on newsstands April 22. "I love that Matthew knows how to express himself. He shows his love. He communicates."

The musically-inclined couple met for the first time at the Coachella music festival, Hudson says.

She was "watching Radiohead's Thom Yorke with a guy I knew from high school, who introduced me to Matthew," says Hudson. "We realized we had met a few years earlier, in Australia. Then I got distracted and said, 'I've got to find my friends; I don't know where they went.' He just looked at me and said, 'Come on, I'll take care of you.' That's when I went, 'Wait a minute, who are you?' "

Bellamy, 32, lead singer of the band Muse, eventually asked Hudson for her number, and the rest, as they say, is history. But what kept her interested in those early days?

"Matthew was polite and immediately protective, which for somebody like me who's all over the place -- one minute I'm over here and the next I'm over there -- is important." Plus, she adds, "He is just an amazing person."

That said, Hudson didn't feel the thunderbolt that assured her that he was "the one."

"In the beginning I felt like, okay, this is going to be heavy. Am I prepared for this? Because it had been a while, and I wasn't looking for that," she tells InStyle. "But I just couldn't stay away. I wanted to talk to him and be with him all the time. On our first dates we would take long walks and talk the entire day."

Soon enough they were in love -- and, says Hudson, pregnancy seemed a natural progression, even though it wasn't exactly planned.

"Well, it wasn't like we didn't know what we were doing," says Husdon with a laugh. "There were no ovulation kits involved. We were tempting fate, and it worked."

Adds Hudson, who has a 7-year-old son Ryder with ex-husband Chris Robinson: "I didn't think I was going to have another kid until I was maybe 33 -- that was in the back of my mind before I met Matthew. But we were so in love when it happened, it was just so exciting for both of us."

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Shania Twain is not struggling with infertility

Shania Twain is not struggling with infertility

Contrary to multiple online reports, Shania Twain is not privately struggling with infertility.

Shania Twain has lots of good things happening in her life right now.

The country superstar is a newlywed and is readying her latest venture, the documentary series "Why Not? With Shania Twain," for May 8.

But contrary to multiple online reports, the singer is not privately struggling with infertility. "This is absolutely not true," her spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Twain, 45, who has one son Eja, 9, wed Frédéric Thiébaud on January 1 at sunset in Puerto Rico, surrounded by close family and friends. "I'm feeling refreshed and optimistic about the future," she wrote a month before the wedding. "I'm looking forward to what the new year has in store."

Twain's TV show, which will premiere on Oprah's OWN Network, will follow her as she shares her personal story after the breakup of her marriage to Robert "Mutt" Lange.

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Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne bond over jail time

Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne bond over jail time

Paris Hilton

It turns out rapper Lil Wayne and hotel heiress Paris Hilton have more in common than one might think.

In fact, during the course of their Q&A in the April issue of Interview magazine, the duo bonded over having served jail time.

"For me it was OK, because it just meant that I was alone with my thoughts," said Wayne, who served eight months at New York's Rikers Island for a gun possession charge, on spending time in solitary confinement. "There were times when it was pretty tough to be by yourself, and to have no television, no sort of nothing. That was kind of tough. But I didn't have to be in there long. It was just a month. I was OK. I did fine."

Hilton, who served time at an all-women's facility in 2007 after violating probation on a DUI incident, tells the rapper, "I had to do 24 nights in solitary… I know how it is."

Wayne goes on to say that "words cannot explain" the joy he felt after being released from prison, and Hilton agrees that she was equally elated. "I know how you feel," she laughs. "It's the best feeling in the world when you come out."

The two wrap up their interview by agreeing to collaborate on a tune for Hilton's upcoming sophomore album.

"Well, if you would be on the album, then I would be honored. That would be the sickest thing," Hilton tells the musician. "I have a recording studio that I built in my house — and a nightclub too." (Wayne's response to that piece of info? "You're so f--in' rich.")

Hilton explains, "I built one, yeah, because I don’t really like to go out as much as I used to, so I just built a club at my house with the studio attached to it… It’s really elegant."

Although, Hilton notes, "it has a stripper pole, so maybe it’s not that elegant."

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