Miss China, Zi Lin Zhang won the highly coveted title of Miss World 2007 in a glittering, star-studded ceremony at the Beauty Crown Theatre in Sanya, Hainan Province, China.

Miss World 2007 had 106 beautiful and talented contestants from all around the world, but there could only be one winner and the applause rang out in the packed theatre as Julia Morley, Chairman of the Miss World Organisation and of the international panel of judges, announced the winner’s name. Her smile shone out to a worldwide TV audience of over 2 billion as she was crowned by last year’s Miss World, Tatana Kucharova.

First runner-up was Micaela Reis from Angola, followed by Carolina Moran Gordillo from Mexico as second runner-up. 

An impressive cast of international stars and music artists ensured that the 57th Miss World Final was a dazzling event.  The event also featured a stunning performance by international pop star Duncan James, formerly with the boy band Blue, singing All I care about is love from the hit musical Chicago, and spectacular dancing and acrobatics from some of China’s most talented dance troupes.

One of the highlights were when Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, introduced his grandfather’s televised message for World AIDS Day.  This was followed by a magical moment, when the children from the Mandelas’ hometown in South Africa joined children from a local Hainan school and all 106 contestants to sing the World AIDS Day song.

Miss World – The Final is the World’s largest live annual TV event with

global viewing figures topping two billion across 174 countries.

Stunning heroine from Nepal:

Kathmandu: Beautiful, charismatic, poised, intelligent and friendly, the 24-year-old lass Sitashma Chand from Lalitpur who won the prestigious crown of Miss Nepal 2007 on April 7.

Sitashma Chand clinched the title beating 19 other tough competitors with her sparkling wit, confidence and charm. Big fan of hip-hop music and basketball, Sitashma was just a girl

next door who shot to fame with her positive attitude and determination. According to her friends and runner-ups of the pageant Bandana Sharma and Shweta Shah, Sitashma is not only fun loving and humorous, but also very punctual and hard working.

The svelte and gorgeous Sitasma was among the favourites right from the very beginning of the pageant and many already even decided she would win and represent Nepal in Miss World 2007. In the end, she not only managed to win the title of Miss Nepal, but also walked away with the titles of Miss Personality and Miss Best Walk.

While she crooned the popular English number Leaving on a jet plane in the talent round for Miss Nepal pageant, at the Miss World Pageant she danced in Bara hate patuki. For the national costume round, she was clad in Rana Thakuri attire. — HNS