By Kadia Blagrove , FashionnStyle Reporter | Aug 23, 2012 03:15 PM EDT
Miss China 2012 was crowned the winner of the global beauty pageant Miss World held on August 18 In the Chinese city of Ordos. Wen Xioa Yu from Liaoning, China took home the title beating a record 116 contestants during the 62nd Miss World competition.
Miss China 2012 is a 23-year old music student who dreams of becoming a music teacher. Her desire for the title was so that she can be able to help those in need just as she was helped in her upbringing. "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," said Yu, according to AFP.
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Sophie Moulds of Wales was selected as the first runner up and Jessica Kahawaty of Australia was the second runner-up.
Since Yu's win, she has been the center of controversy. Critics are accusing Miss China's victory of being rigged. Viewers flooded the Facebook page, Twitter feeds, and Miss China-related articles with comments of disapproval and suggestions of favoritism.
This is the second time the pageant was held in China and a Miss China won. In 2007, Zang Zilin won the coveted crown at the Miss World pageant which was held in her home country.
"I was not surprised at all to see that the winner of the pageant was Miss China given that it was held in a Chinese city with Chinese hosts and a huge group of screaming Chinese fans that erupted into applause every time she was mentioned," one commenter said on a Huffington Post article .
"I believe that the other contestants are better than Miss China. The judges should have been wise in choosing the winner. That's what judges are for...impartial, free from prejudice, and has the ability to choose the winner not being effected (sic) by the screaming crowd. I wonder if there is still any credibility left on this kind of beauty contest. So sad :(" a commenter, SM SL, wrote according to Clarion Ledger.
"MWO you sold Miss World for the Chinese. They poured MILLIONS into the contest, so it is not very surprising that they won," a commenter wrote, according to Examiner.
"If you want to win Miss World - join Miss China-World. MW loses its prestige after Chinese won again in a home court advantage. How sad for MWO. Not deserving winner," said a Facebook commenter
"So the Miss World contest is held in China and by some amazing coincidence Miss China wins #facepalm #whoareyoukidding?" said a Twitter user.
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