New Miss International wants to improve country's education

The Miss International 2014 beauty pageant was held in Tokyo on Nov 11, and saw Miss Puerto Rico Valerie Hernandez Matias crowned the winner.

The 21-year-old beauty said that she hopes to pay back her country's education system for the opportunities it afforded her.

"I would like my Puerto Rico to use me as an example - now that I've won such an important title - as a spokeswoman for campaigns, to visit schools and help children," she said.

According to reports, representatives from 74 countries participated in the contest.

The runner-up was Miss Zuleika Suarez from Colombia, who also took away the Miss Best Dresser award for her plunging, sequin-lined evening wear which drew gasps from the audience. She also won the Miss Friendship Award.

Miss Thailand, Pinka Kulsoontornrut, was as 2nd runner-up of Miss International.

Miss France Aurianne Sinacola won the Miss Perfect Body category, while Miss Indonesia Elfin Pertiwi Rappa's elaborate national costume won her the Miss National Costume prize.