Ivian Sarcos, 21, was crowned Miss World 2011 at Earls Court in London, where the first Miss World contest was held in 1951.
Ivian, who was orphaned as a child and spent five years studying at a nunnery wanting to become a nun, went on to obtain a degree in human resources and began working for a broadcasting company.
But now, Sarcos can add Miss World to her list of accomplishments, after beating out 122 other contestants from around the world.
Ivian stated of her title, “Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner. I’m unbelievably happy to have won and there are some incredible girls. 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.
“Unfortunately I lost both my parents at a very young age which led me to study for five years in a nunnery. I spent my five years in there and my dream was to become a nun.”