Miss Dominican Republic, 18-year old Claudia Cruz, was the first runner up in the Miss World contest held in China. She was second only to Miss Peru. The three other finalists were from the United States, the Philippines and Poland. This was the first time the event was opened up to voting from around the world by the Internet. Cruz also won the title of Queen of the Caribbean. In an interview with Hoy newspaper, she commented that the people of Chinese liked her type ? a blend of dark skin with Caucasian features.
She said that she would be participating in an international tourism promotion campaign for the Dominican Republic. In January, she is committed to travel with Miss World 2005, Maria Julia Montilla and Miss United States (the second runner up) to Ethiopia for social work.
In 2003, the Dominican Republic?s Amelia Vega won the title of Miss Universe.