Miss Venezuela, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, was crowned Miss World 2011 at the beauty pageant held in London where young women from more than 100 countries competed.

First runner-up to the stunning Venezuelan was the contestant from the Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, while the Puerto Rico representative, Amanda Perez, placed third.

The young Venezuelan - a 21-year-old brunette standing 1 meter 79 centimeters (5 feet 10 1/2 inches) tall - is a graduate in human resources and comes from a family of 12 brothers and sisters.

Sarcos Colmenares, an admirer of Alejandro Sanz, said that she wants to use her title to help people.

"Winning means everything for me and I hope to take advantage of it in a productive way. I'm incredibly happy to have won, and I have to say there were some fantastic girls (in the pageant)," Sarcos Colmenares said.

"The first thing and what I want to do most is help people in need. I want to help people like me - I grew up an orphan - and I would also like to help the elderly and teenagers with problems and everyone I can," the young Venezuelan, who was left an orphan when she was 8 years old and at one time thought of becoming a nun, said.

The event, at which the youthful beauties posed in gowns of all different styles and colors, took place at the Earls Court Exhibition Center in London, the city where the pageant originated 60 years ago.

The winner will spend a year visiting different beneficent projects around the world.