South Africans cheered the victory of Rolene Strauss on Sunday as she walked away with the Miss World Crown.
The 22-year-old medical student had been tipped to take the honours after a strong showing in preliminary rounds.
The reigning Miss South Africa beat 120 contestants in the 64th Miss World competition.
“My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it,” Rolene said in her acceptance speech.
Miss SA organisers said Rolene expressed that same view when she won the Miss SA title in March this year.
“In my country we are all here from different backgrounds and cultures but we have one thing in common — we are South Africans. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to represent such a diverse nation.”
Strauss is a fourth-year medical student at the University of the Free State. She was crowned Miss World at a lavish pageant in London.
It’s the third time Miss South Africa has won the international pageant.
Miss Hungary came in second place, while Miss USA came third.
Miss Jamaica Laurie-Ann Chin did not place in the top 25.