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Miss World in Hainan

A 19-year-old Irish girl named Rosanna Davison, daughter of the singer Chris De Burgh, was named Miss World last night in Hainan, China. Second place went to Miss Canada, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, while Miss China, Guan Qi, was placed third. Davison (pictured below) said she was a "warm, fun-loving person who values honesty and integrity". What about world peace, animals and hungry children?

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This is Miss China.

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Judges included film star Jackie Chan, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell and Miss World president Julia Morley. Unlike last year's contest in Nigeria, nobody theatened to throw stones or introduce Sharia law.

Chinese portal Sohu has a full report on the Miss World competition, with photos of many of the contestants here. A companion article looks at beauty competitions in the past in China and includes an archive of photos like this one:

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The image is labeled 'Ten famous Shanghai prostitutes of the late Qing Dynasty'.

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