Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, 22, has become Miss World 2014, taking the reins from Miss World 2013, the Philippines' own Megan Young. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up, and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third.
This year's winner is a 4th-year medical student and describes herself as having a "wild South African heart."
Asked why she felt she wanted to be Miss World, Rolene said: "Being proudly South African, I have firsthand experience that unity, respect and forgiveness exists. All those are the aspirations of the Miss World organization, so it would be amazing to represent an organization that is a beacon of hope all over the world."
Performances from Sky Blu, The Vamps and the Miss World candidates themselves helped break the nervous tension as audiences and the ladies themselves waited to hear the results of each round.
One of the highlights of the evening came when the candidates surprised Beauty With a Purpose founder and Miss World chair Julia Morley with a tribute in the form of a song number. She was then greeted by Miss World 1994, Bollywood royalty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Miss World 1953 Denise Perrier, and Miss World 2013 Megan Young.