Rolene Strauss crowned by outgoing Miss World 2013 Megan Young
A favorite by pageant fans and pundits since winning her national pageant, Rolene Strauss was a perennial top contender for the blue crown all throughout the competition. Rolene is a 4th year medical student at the University of the Free State and has a passion for health, women and South Africa. Interestingly, Rolene is actually a test tube baby and grew up in a small town called Volksrust, in Mpumalanga.
Rolene is the first woman from South Africa to win the Miss World crown since Penelope Anne Coelen  and Anneline Kriel  held the title. Edina Kulcsar of Hungary and Elizabeth Safrit were adjudged first and second runners-up resepectively with Courtney Thorpe of Australia and Carina Tyrell of England completing the Top five.
Rolene as a young girl
Rolene was also set to compete on January for the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, Florida has she not won the crown or any runners-up post.
Great news to all Pinoy pageant fans because Valerie made the top 10 at the Beauty With A Purpose segment of the Miss World 2014 where each contestant presents their BWAP project and the organization chooses the 10 most impressive projects amongst the delegates. BWAP is one of the highest determining factors of making the cut. The winner will be announce during the finals on December 14.
Here’s Valerie’s impromptu speech when the Top 10 were announced
Along with Miss Philippine Valerie Weigmann, delegates from the following country also made the cut: Kenya, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia, South Africa, Netherlands and England.
Here’s Valerie’s Beauty With A Purpose project for Miss World 2014
Since the Beauty with a Purpose ethos was incorporated into Miss World, millions of pounds have been raised and countless hours of hard work have been carried out across the globe. As well as the official Beauty With A Purpose Charity, many other outlets of these selfless activities have been utilized through the years. [source]
for more information about the Beauty With A Purpose Foundation, please visit www.beautywithapurpose.com
Val during the Top Model Event
via The Emerald
Here’s what Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann wore during the Top Model fast track event of the on-going Miss World 2014 in London.
Val for the World Designer Award representing a creation from Michael Cinco via missworld.com
This yellow ball gown was designed by Michael Cinco. Reigning Miss World Megan Young won this fast track event last year in Bali.
Trivia: Back in 2012, Michael Cinco’s creation for Queenerich Rehman won the World Designer Award.
Update: Unfortunately, Val was not part of the Top 20 finalists for the Top Model Event. Based on recent Miss World trends, making an impression in this fast track event is a good indication of making it very far in the competition but I think it’s too early to tell that this would prevent Val from getting ahead since there are still fast track events in store for the girls plus the all-important judges one-on-one interview. Let’s just keep supporting Valerie and pray that she’d do all throughout the competition 🙂