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In pictures: Miss World Contest
Rosanna Davison waves after being crowned Miss World 2003
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Ireland's Rosanna Davison, 19, displays her delight on winning the Miss World beauty pageant, held this year for the first time in China.
Davison is crowned by last year's winner, Azra Akin of Turkey
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She was crowned by the previous year's winner, Azra Akin of Turkey, at the glittering ceremony, held on the tropical island of Hainan.
Miss China, Qi  Guan,
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The crowd showed their delight as Miss China - Qi Guan - finished third.
Contestants wave as they parade on stage
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Beauty queens from a record 106 countries took part in the contest, which took place in a $12m complex built especially for the pageant.
Contestants in traditional Chinese dresses dance at the opening ceremony of the Miss World contest
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Until recently such contests were banned in China, but on Sunday contestants even put on a display in traditional Chinese dresses...
Contestants for Miss World pageant surround the actor Jackie Chan, one of the contest's judges
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... and the girls' charms seem to have won many new fans, including actor Jackie Chan, one of the judges of the contest.





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