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Miss Peru wins crown!

Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia was crowned Miss World 2004 on December 4 in China.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2005 11:26 IST

Miss Peru, Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia, an aspiring high school teacher, was crowned Miss World 2004 on December 4 in China.

Miss Dominican Republic, Claudia Julissa Cruz Rodriguez, was the first runner-up and Miss USA Nancy Randall was second runner-up.

Mantilla Garcia, 20, wearing a turquoise gown, blew kisses to the crowd as she was crowned. The title carries a $100,000 prize.

Organizers said the winner was selected by pageant viewers voting by Internet, phone and mobile phone text message. Vote totals and other details of the voting weren't immediately released.

A total of 107 women from around the world competed for the crown in this

beach resort on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

"I'm very surprised but I'm also very happy," Mantilla Garcia told reporters. Shesaid she wanted to do charitable work as Miss World and "help all the people that I can."

Garcia believes that it is important to keep a balance in life. For this reason she combines intellectual pursuits with sports and activity.

The discipline required to be a national champion athlete has helped her in her professional life and she says it also helped her win the Miss World title.

First Published: Nov 26, 2005 16:03 IST