During the ceremony, the participants was wearing colorful costumes representing their countries and territories and several also took part in a group performance of the hit ballad “You Raise Me Up,” made famous by Josh Groban.
After the winner was crowned, the remaining contestants on stage danced to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” Group member Sky Blu, who wore a fairytale prince-like outfit, performed solo.
“Miss World 2014. Put your hands up, ya’ll!” he shouted. “Put those hands up! Oh yeah! We love girls all around the world. All around the world, we love girls. I love ya’ll.”
Strauss appeared to be the first Miss World from South Africa in 40 years and the first to win the competition in more than 55 years.
back in 1974, Miss United Kingdom Helen Elizabeth Morgan from Wales was named the titleholder and had to relinquish her crown days after it was discovered that she has a child, which defied competition rules.
Miss South Africa at the time, Anneline Kriel, later took her place. The first and last time a competitor from her and Strauss’ country was crowned at the annual competition was in 1958, with winner Penelope Anne Coelen.
The 23-year-old US-born beat 126 other contestants and pledged to be “the best Miss World ever”.
“No words! Thank you so much for everyone for choosing me. I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Megan Young said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.
Before the contest was held thousands of members of the radical Islam Defenders Front took to the streets to protest holding the pageant in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, calling it “pornography”.
The competition was even moved to Bali from the capital, Jakarta, because of protests from hardline Muslim groups. Security for Saturday’s event was high in Bali, a resort island with a majority Hindu population, but no further demonstrations were reported.
Almost 700 police were deployed across Bali to provide security for Miss World, backed by traditional Balinese security personnel wearing sarongs and armed with daggers, according to police.
In an attempt to appease religious concerns, the pageant scrapped the swimsuit competition and replaced it with less-revealing beachwear attire.
The British, Australian and U.S. embassies issued warnings to citizens planning trips to Bali during the competition, saying there could be large-scale protests or even attacks.