Five reasons why Ivian Sarcos saved Miss World's credibility
The first few months of her reign, Ivian Sarcos Colmenares of Venezuela, as Miss World 2011, showed that she is a hard-working, willing to learn and humble beauty queen. The first entry written in her official online diary showed her intently polishing her English skills. It shows how serious Ivian is in fulfilling her duties as Miss World. But crowning Ivian as Miss World 2011 has a larger implication. Ivian actually saved Miss World.
Ivian at the Miss Rossija (Miss Russia) contest
1.) Ivian came in as a trend stopper. Since Ksenia was crowned in 2008, the fans were never happy with the results of 2009 and 2010 pageants. Fans have raised the question whether Miss World can still be categorized as a beauty pageant or it is judging something else. The victory of Ivian was embraced by the many and the fans are generally happy.
A visibly elated Hugo Chavez kisses the hand of Ivian
2.) Miss World was officially recognized in Venezuela, home of beauty queens, as a charity movement rather than simply as a beauty pageant. Socialist in mindset, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez warmly welcomed Ivian largely for her social work. Hugo hasn't accorded such state honors to any Venezuelan queen since the controversial leader sat in office in 1999.
3.) She toured the world as the star not a star with sun and moon on the tow. Remember how Alexandria Mills will always show up with Emma Wareus by her side? The star can't glow with the sun right next to you. And somehow it tells us that Emma should have won instead of Alexandria.
4.) The charismatic personality of Ivian allows her to connect well with fans and the general public. Her amiable character and photogenic face make a lot of difference and she's always glamorous not aloof and detached. Yes, aloof and detached, remember who that was?
Looking fabulous in a sari, Ivian graced the Femina Miss India 2012 contest
5.) She toured the world and showed up in interesting and important pageants. India and Russia are behemoth nations with strong records at beauty pageants. These are highly respected markets for any products including beauty pageants. With Ivian appearing at Femina Miss India and Miss Rossija pageants, she cemented her status as the most sought after Big4 winner of 2011.