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post-5544-1169155888_thumb.jpgMiss Agbani Darego, an 18-year-old Nigerian computer science student is the winner of the 51st Miss World pageant held Friday in Sun City, South Africa. She was chosen from 93 contestants from all over the world. She had promoted herself as wanting to be a computer scientist as well as a super model. Runners up were Zerelda Lee (Miss Aruba) and Juilet Horne (Miss Scotland). The event was hosted by U.S. TV talk show personality Jerry Springer, and was beamed to a projected global television audience of 1.2 billion people. The beauty gala was held in Sun City, at South Africa's Kingdom of Pleasure, a luxury resort of casinos and wild animals. Darego won a total cash prize of $100,000, plus gifts valued at $150,000. She was quoted with this statement "black is beautiful", moments before being crowned.

Miss Agbani Darego hails from Rivers State in Nigeria. Today the governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Peter Odili, congratulated her, on her great achievement. Governor Odili called her achievement "an expression of the natural endowment of the people of Rivers State and noble qualities of Nigerian womanhood." He went further that the historic feat was "symbolic of the spirit of the new Nigerian nation and renaissance of our cultural values."

The Miss World contest was founded by British entrepreneur, Eric Morley in 1951. Morley died last year weeks before the 50th anniversary celebration of the event. There have only been three winners from Africa since the inception of the event and two of them were white South Africans (1958 and 1974). The third, was from Arab Egypt (1954). Miss Agbani Darego is the first black African woman to win the title.

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Agbani Darego

Nationality Nigerian

Hair color Black

Eye color Brown

Place of birth Port Hartcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Height 5'11.5" ; 181.5cm

Measurements (US) 32-23-34 ; (EU) 81-58.5-86.5

Dress size (US) 4 ; (EU) 34

Shoe size (US) 9.5 ; (EU) 41 ; (UK) 7

Mother agency

n/a

Agencies

Visage Management - Zurich

O models Africa- Johannesburg

Outlaws Models- Capetown

Ford Models- New York

Formerly With:

Next Paris

Fashion Model Management- Milan

Advertisements

Christian Dior , L'Oréal , Lotto Sport Italia , Nordstrom

Magazine Covers

West Africa: 'True Love' - January 2005

Fashion Shows

Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2004 {Diane von Furstenberg}

Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2006 {Tommy Hilfiger}

Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2010 {Elie Tahari}

Notes

- Her full name is Ibiagbanidokibubo Asenite Darego.

- She was chosen to represent her country at the

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African Miss World Agbani Darego celebrated her 30th birthday party in Nigeria, wearing a green Roland Mouret dress and one-sleeved illusion dress by Stella McCartney.

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