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Miss World 2012 winner Wenxia Yu of China, center, waves as she stands next to second place contestent Miss Wales Sophie Moulds, left, and third place Miss Australia Jessica Kahawaty  during the pageant's final ceremony.
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updated 8/18/2012 12:06:03 PM ET 2012-08-18T16:06:03

Miss China, 23-year-old Wenxia Yu, took the title of Miss World 2012 on Saturday.

The 5 foot 8 beauty queen beat out 115 other contestants, including Sophie Elizabeth Moulds of Wales and Jessica Michelle Kahawaty of Australia, who were first and second runners-up, respectively.

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"When I was young I felt very lucky because so many people helped me and I hope in the future, I can help more children to feel lucky," Yu said after her win was announced.

Yu, a music student who says she aspires to be a teacher, brought the win home to China, which hosted the event at Dongsheng Stadium in the northeastern city of Ordos. China has hosted the competition, which has been held annually since 1951, five times, and last took the crown in 2007. While the pageant isn’t as well known in the U.S. as Miss Universe, it’s highly regarded internationally.

Last year’s winner was Ivian Sarcos Colmenares of Venezuela, which has produced six Miss World title holders, the most of any country.

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  1. And the winner is...

    Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, center, is surrounded by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3 in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Here she is!

    Miss Rhode Island looks toward the audience after being crowned Miss USA. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Passing on the crown

    Miss Rhode Island reacts as she is crowned by Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella. (Steve Marcus / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The last two

    Miss Rhode Island waits with Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, before the winner of Miss USA 2012 is announced. (Steve Marcus / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Fabulous five

    The five top five finalists, from left, Miss Ohio, Miss Maryland, Miss Rhode Island, Miss Nevada and Miss Georgia stand together during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Best dressed

    The top 10 finalists pose in their evening gowns. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Top ten

    The ten Miss USA finalists pose on stage during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Swimming style

    Miss Colorado, Marybel Gonzalez, walks the runway during the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Looking swimmingly

    Miss Rhode Island takes part in the swimsuit competition. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Showing off swimwear

    Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, walks in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tonight's hosts are...

    Andy Cohen, center left, and Giuliana Rancic open the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sweet sixteen

    Miss Ohio, Audrey Bolte, walks along the stage after being announced as one of 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Cutting down the competition

    Miss Texas, Brittany Booker, right, walks along the stage after being announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Picked from the pack

    Miss New Jersey, Michelle Leonardo, left, reacts as she is announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Donald makes a speech

    Co-Owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, addresses Miss USA contestants on the last day of rehearsal for the Miss USA 2012 Competition. (Greg Harbaugh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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