Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Catherine misses out on title

NORTHERN Ireland's Miss World hopeful Catherine Milligan did herself proud during Saturday night's final in Poland.

NORTHERN Ireland's Miss World hopeful Catherine Milligan did herself proud during Saturday night's final in Poland.

And although the enviable title ended up going to the Czech Republic's Tatana Kucharova, the Co Down beauty remains content with winning top prize at the Miss World talent show almost two weeks earlier.

Dressed in beaded green silk the talented Ulster songstress wowed both judges and fellow contestants with her rendition of the famous Irish folk song She Moves Through the Fair.

Speaking after the event, the Ulster Youth and the Belfast Philharmonic Choir member said she was stunned by her win.

"I cannot believe it. In my wildest dreams I never pictured myself standing here a winner. I am so proud," she said.

The 19-year-old veterinary science student was fast-tracked into Saturday night's final and joined the last 16 girls in Warsaw.

The beautiful Tatana Kucharova defeated 103 other women in voting among a panel of judges and from television viewers around the world during a two-hour finals ceremony in the Polish capital of Warsaw.

First runner-up in the 56th edition of the annual beauty pageant was Joana Valentina Boitor, a 17-year-old from Romania. Australia's Sabrina Houssami (20) was third.

Wearing a long white dress, a teary Kucharova blew kisses to the 2,500-strong audience in Congress Hall after she received her diamond crown from Miss World 2005, Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir of Iceland.

Kucharova, a high-school student with long blonde hair, told the judges she wants to attend university and become a model.

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