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Kenyan wins Beauty with a Purpose at Miss World contest

Kenya’s Idah Nguma was joint winner with four others in the Beauty with a Purpose section during this year’s Miss World contest.

In the section, contestants present a charitable project they have been working on in their homeland. The judges gave equal first place to Misses Brazil, Guyana, India, Indonesia and Kenya, unable to separate them.

Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014.

The 10 contestants who topped the final scoreboard were, in descending order, from India, South Africa, England, Guyana, Brazil, Hungary, Kenya, United States, Mexico and Australia.

The judges chose Miss Hungary, Miss Australia, Miss South Africa, Miss United States and Miss England as their top five before picking their top three.

While beauty remains central to the event, the women taking part are chiefly judged on their talents and involvement in good causes.

Miss World began in 1951, a year before its chief rival Miss Universe.