A soft-spoken teen from Louisville, Kentucky beat out 114 young women around the globe for the title of Miss World on Saturday evening.
Alexandria Mills, 18, was the surprise winner in the 60th annual contest, which took place in southern China. Emma Wareus of Botswana came in second place and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela placed third.
The tall, American blonde recently graduated from high school and would like to become a teacher someday, according to her biography on the Miss World website.
It also says she’s a vegetarian and she enjoys traveling, photography and playing the French horn. Her personal motto is "The best things in life are worth waiting for, fighting for, believing in, and just never letting go of it."
A tearful Mills was crowned wearing a sparkling ivory-colored dress with a slit up the leg.
She takes the title from Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar, who won last year in South Africa.