Wearing a sparkling blue gown, Yu Wenxia waved to the audience in the Dongsheng Stadium in Ordos, located in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.
Organizers of Miss World 2012 said Yu beat out 115 contestants, a record, in the highly publicized annual international beauty pageant. China also won the Miss World title in 2007, when model Zhang Zilin took the crown.
“I love to smile and I like music,” Yu said in a video posted on the Miss World 2012 pageant’s website, in which she talks about her study of Chinese folk music.
Sophie Moulds, a 19-year-old business student from Wales, took second place in Miss World 2012. Jessica Kahawaty, 23, a law student from Australia, was third.