Manoj Godara,13 Dec : Miss Russia, Ksenia Sukhinova was crowned Miss World 2008 while Miss India, Parvathy Omanakuttan contended herself with the1st Runner-up accolade. The 58th Miss World Final was held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 13, 2008.
Originally, the pageant was going to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, but because of the ongoing crisis between Georgia and Russia in neighboring South Ossetia, the Miss World Organization decided to move the pageant away from Eastern Europe. 109 entrants from all over the world competed for the crown, marking the biggest turnout in the 58 years of the pageant, surpassing the previous record of 107 during Miss World 2004. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Zhang Zilin crowned her successor Miss Russia.
Miss World 2008: Russia – Ksenia Sukhinova
1st Runner-up : India – Parvathy Omanakuttan
2nd Runner-up : Trinidad & Tobago – Gabrielle Walcott
Finalists : Angola – Brigith dos Santos
South Africa – Tansey Coetzee