1 of 10 Miss Nigeria Agbani Darego, smiles after being crowned Miss World 2001 pageant at Sun City west of Johannesburg November 16, 2001, the first black African woman to take the title. Having won the crown when she was just 18, she went on to pursue her studies and continued with a modeling career as well. She is currently working with Ford Models in new York and is also promoting Arik airlines. Reuters Miss Nigeria Agbani Darego, smiles after being crowned Miss World 2001 pageant at Sun City west of Johannesburg November 16, 2001, the first black African woman to take the title. Having won the crown when she was just 18, she went on to pursue her studies and continued with a modeling career as well. She is currently working with Ford Models in new York and is also promoting Arik airlines. Reuters Turkey's Miss World contestant Azra Akin celebrates being crowned Miss World 2002 at Alexandra Palace in London December 7 2002. Akin beat Miss Columbia Natalia Peralta and Miss Peru Marina Mora Montero who came second and third respectively. She went on to have a full fledged career in Turkish films and has appeared in a few television productions as well. Akin speaks fluent Dutch, Turkish and English. Reuters Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison is crowned Miss World 2003 in Sanya on China's tropical island of Hainan December 6, 2003. Davison is the first Irish entrant ever to have won the coveted miss world title. She is also the daughter of musician Chris de Burgh. After Miss World, she went on to have a career in modeling and films. In 2009, Davison appreared alongside Irish actor Richard Wall in a movie Vena, which was directed by Kevin Abosch. Reuters Miss World Maria Julia Mantilla of Peru poses for the media during a press conference in Lima, December 17, 2004. Mantilla was crowned Miss World 2004 in Sanya, on China's tropical island of Hainan, on December 4. Mantilla is only the second woman from Peru who has won the Miss World title. She is currently one of the most famous faces in the Peruvian modeling scene. Reuters Miss World 2005 Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir of Iceland was crowned as Miss World 2005. She has studied anthropology at the University of Iceland and plans to take up Law next. She teaches dance at the college and is also the social club chairman. Reuters Tatiana Kucharova was the first woman from Czech Republic to be crowned as Miss World. Kucharova was the youngest Miss World winner in history. She was only 18 when she won the title and subsequently graduated 9 months thereafter. Kucharova is currently working as a model. REUTERS/Katarina Stoltz Zhang Zi Lin from China took home the coveted Miss World Title In 2007. Zhang went on to obtain a degree in business administration from the University of Science and Technolog in Beijing. However she is currently working as a fashion model. She is also a talented singer and was the voice behind the 2008 Summer Olympics soundtrack and also appeared in the music video. REUTERS/Nir Elias Ksenia Sukhinova from Russia was Miss World 2008. She is into modeling and was the face of 2009 Eurovision song contest having appeared in all of the postcards introducing every song. She is the second contestant from Russia after Julia Kurotchkina in 1992 to win Miss World. She also won the Miss World top Model Sub-Competition. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was crowned Miss World 2009. Aldorino had been working as a human resource clerk for five years with a hospital in Gibraltar prior to winning the Miss World title. She has been a dancer with the urban dance group since she was 14. Trained in contemporary and modern and hip hop styles, she has given performances world over. She was the first woman from Gibraltar to even reach the semifinals of the miss world. Hence her homecoming in Gibraltar was celebrated with great pomp and splendor. REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO Alexandria Mills, is the outgoing Miss World 2010. After Gina Tolleson in 1990, she was the first Miss USA to have bagged the title. She works as a fashion model with the elite modeling agency. REUTERS/Jason Lee
More surprises are in store for Ivian Sarcos, who won the Miss World 2011 title at the beauty pageant held in Earls Court in London on Sunday. Like her predecessors, the Venezuelan beauty will be traveling around the world, promoting the Miss World Organization's various causes.
Ivian, whose parents died when she was very young, spent five years studying at a nunnery and the life in the nunnery made her once aspire to be a nun. However, she didn't become a nun. Instead, she ended up working for a broadcasting company when she got a degree in human resources.
After winning the coveted tile, Ivian said her ambition was to work with children. Well, she will definitely get a chance to work with children in the year ahead since Miss World Organization works to raise funds for children's charity too.
All the past winners also got a chance to do so and their presence helped raise fund for children. But did they continue with the noble mission after a year?
Let's peep into what the winners of the pageant in the last 10 years are doing now.