| Miss Turkey Wins Miss World Competition
Azra Akin stood proudly to attention while her national anthem was played, after she accepted the glittering tiara and $156,000 prize from last year's winner, Nigeria's Agbani Darego.
"I hope I will represent the women of the world in a good way," said Akin, wearing her new Miss World sash over a flamboyant red dress. "I think it is good for a woman to have this position, and I hope I can make a difference."
Akin, who turned 21 this month and was raised by her Turkish parents in the Netherlands, plays the flute and listed her passions as ballet and belly dancing.
Miss Colom-bia Natalia Peralta was declared runner-up while Miss Peru Marina Mora Mon-tero took third place. Miss United States, Rebekah Revels of North Caroli-na, was among the 10 finalists.
Ninety-two contestants took part in the show, which was shunted to London after Muslim-Chris-tian rioting last month killed more than 200 people, forcing it out of Nigeria.
The pageant's motto is "beauty with a purpose," and among this year's contestants were lawyers, businesswomen, architects and a doctor. Unlike the pageant's heyday in the 1970s, this year's contestants glided along the catwalk in evening gowns rather than swimsuits - part of an effort to shed the show's sexist image. But swimwear wasn't entirely absent. As the women strutted across the elaborate stage, footage of them shot beside a Nigerian waterfall was flashed across giant screens. (On the Net: www.missworld.org)
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