For the second time since 2007, a Chinese beauty won the Miss World title on home soil. China’s Yu Wenxia bagged the crown on Saturday, besting a field of 116 candidates and raising eyebrows around the world.
China has hosted the event six times since 2003. With few exceptions (Hong Kong in 1989, the US in 1991, India in 1996, Poland in 2006, and Indonesia next year), the Miss World pageant is often held in the UK, South Africa, and, yes, China.
Yu also won the Miss World Talent award for performing a Chinese opera number. She defeated four other finalists in the category, including Miss Philippines Queenierich Rehman, whose beatboxing prowess had brought the house down in the talent competition last weekend, impressing Western media outlets Time and The Huffington Post.
The event host Myleen Klass even quipped, before it was announced that Miss China won the talent round, that she wished to learn beatboxing.
Misses India and Mexico were leading when the semifinalists were announced, with Miss China coming in at fifth and Miss Philippines in eleventh place.
Miss India, the statuesque Vanya Mishra, seemed like a lock for the crown after winning two special honors, the Multimedia Award and Beauty With A Purpose.
Needless to say, Yu’s victory did not sit well with most netizens who were certainly not shy in tweeting their reactions after watching the pageant.
Miss China is Miss World 2012. Now that’s new.
China hosted the Miss World 2012 pageant…and Surprise…Their contestant won. Now who could have guessed that?
Anna Semoy ♡ @itzAnna_Trick
I will always hate watching Miss World when they’re hosting it in in China
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RT @iamjarrette China won the title of Miss World 2012. It wasn’t a surprise to me at all, it’s the biggest cooking show of this year! haha
paulo castro @pawawawofficial
and for our miss world cook fest, we present to you, CHINESE FOOD! #missworldcookingshow
Madir Mahathir @MadirMahathir
Guess what? Miss World 2012 is made in China!
Watched Miss World 2012…Did anyone else feel like a comedy show was going on? Girls tripping, pushing,hosts fumbling,seemed so unorganised
Mihir Fadnavis @mihirfadnavis
If I were the judge, instead of a crown I’d give the Miss World winner a fattening cheese sandwich.
Anant Vijay Maria @theAnant_Maria
#Miss world 2012 winner is China. Fixed.
sanjeev kotnala @S_kotnala
Don’t know why I was. Shocked- WEN XIA YU – miss world! China again. !!! Reactions differ when I read in newspaper vs in tweets.
Professional Heckler @HecklerForever
The coronation night was just for formality. China vows to win EVERYTHING. #missworld
The new Miss World is Chinese… Pretty Asians better have a special place in hell for tormenting Asians like me. #die
Edωard Santillan ツ @edwardsantillan
Should I take it as mere coincidence that Miss china won the MissWorld 2012 competition hosted in China? #biased #MissWorld2012
Christian John Manto @xianjohn
China? Miss World? Na conquer na nga nila ang world. God bless Scarborough and Spratlys.
Bunch Comedian @rodelnuval
Who says that the new Miss World is Deserving?
Aaaaand China won Miss World. In China. Bought and paid for. Mexico should have won.
Sudhir Puthran @SudhirPuthran
Miss World was held in China yday. Guess who got crowned? MissChina! Guess what it does to the US cosmetic industry? China Mkt opens up!
Corve A. DaCosta @corvedacosta
Watching miss world again to see thiefing done on an international Stage. If u run e’en pon dis tweet u sad
To Miss China: Chinese food ka ba? Kasi luto ang Miss World eh.
Amit Misra @amit6060
Why no one wins any contest when it’s held in China….Miss World from China this time.
Victoria Melissa @awesomeisvicky
China won Miss World 2012. She must be drop dead gorgeous to beat the european beauties.
Alric Thompson @alricthompson
#MissWorld repeat! I shouldn’t be watching this eenuh cause it juss a guh upset me all over again!! All this wasn’t necessary!
Chris Mapane @ChrisMapane
They made the crown of Miss World RT @ltsCartman: China is only winning in the olympics because they made all the equipment.
Richard Patterson Jr @rpattersonlaw
Communist Plot?: In an event held in China, 23-year-old WenXiu Yu,Miss China, wins the 2012 Miss World crown
Emma Garland @EmboG
So proud of my country coming 3rd in Miss World. Like, when it comes to looks, we’re like, third in the world!