London: Venezuelan beauty Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares left behind contestants from 113 countries to win the coveted title of Miss World 2011 at a glittering ceremony here on Sunday night.

MISS WORLD 2011

Indian hopes were dashed quite early in the day, as Miss India World Kanishtha Dhankhar failed to even make it to the top 25.

Colmenares, 21, came triumphant over first runner-up Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais, and second runner up Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez.

Dressed in a crystal-encrusted baby pink gown, Colmenares was handed over the crown by last year's winner, Alexandra Mills, from the US.

The new Miss World was orphaned at a young age and spent five years studying at a nunnery. She dreamt of becoming a nun but her life took a different direction as she gained a degree in human resources and worked for a broadcasting company before becoming a beauty queen.

"Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner. I'm unbelievably happy to have won and there are some incredible girls. I first and foremost want to help people in need. I would like to help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can," said the brunette beauty at the pageant.

The jury this year included former Miss World winners Cindy Breakspeare (1976), Nigeria Agbani Darego (2001), Zhang Zilin (2007) and Kaiane Aldorino (2009).

Miss World returned to London where it all began in 1951 to celebrate its 60th anniversary, but still met with critics. Protesters gathering outside the Earls Court carried such placards that read, "Objectification won't achieve world peace", "Being a woman is not a competition" and "Sexism is pretty ugly".

The next Miss World pageant will be held in China's Inner Mongolia.

India’s Kanishtha Dhankhar fails to make it to top 25

India's hopes of winning the title for the sixth time came crashing down as Miss India World Kanishtha Dhankhar failed to make it to the top 25.

Miss Philippines Gwendoline Ruais was the first runner-up and Miss Puerto Rico Amanda Perez became the second runner-up.

The gala evening ended with Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills crowning Sarcos.

Mumbai-based model Dhankhar has walked the ramp for designers like Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Model-turned-actress Priyanka Chopra was the last Indian model to win the title in 2000.

(Agencies)