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On My Mind: 2-14-2018

Aud - I stumbled upon some photos of Audrey Hepburn during her days as a chorus girl - she was posing on top of a building with some other chorus girls and some ice in a bid to stay cool during a summer day. The other girls were Enid Smeedon and Aud Johansen. I thought Aud's name was especially interesting. Aud is the modern form of Auðr, an old Norse name meaning "wealth, prosperity".

Dulcinea - A gorgeous name, especially for those who like longer, more dramatic options. Dulcinea would be a lovely name for a Valentine's baby - it comes from the Spanish dulce, meaning "sweet", and was invented by Miguel de Cervantes for the love interest of Don Quixote.

Pollux - I was surprised by this name's meaning - "very sweet" - because I don't think I've ever seen a boy's name with a meaning like it. In Greek mythology, Pollux is the twin of Castor, sons of Zeus, and the constellation Gemini is meant to represent them.

Miss World Winners -- 1980-2014

Priyanka Chopa - India - 2000
Starting in 1980, here are the rest of the winners.

Gabriella Brum - Germany - 1980 (Resigned)
Kimberley Santos - Guam - 1980 (Took the place of Gabriella Brum)
Pilín León - Venezuela - 1981 (Carmen Josefina León Crespo)
Mariasela Álvarez - Dominican Republic - 1982
Sarah-Jane Hutt - United Kingdom - 1983
Astrid Carolina Herrera - Venezuela - 1984
Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir - Iceland - 1985
Giselle Laronde - Trinidad and Tobago - 1986
Ulla Weigerstorfer - Austria - 1987 (Ulrike Weigerstorfer)
Linda Pétursdóttir - Iceland - 1988
Aneta Kręglicka - Poland - 1989 (First Eastern European woman to win)

Gina Tolleson - America - 1990
Ninibeth Leal - Venezuela - 1991
Julia Kourotchkina - Russia - 1992
Lisa Hanna - Jamaica - 1993
Aishwarya Rai - India - 1994 (Now an accomplished actress)
Jacqueline Aguilera - Venezuela - 1995
Irene Skliva - Greece - 1996
Diana Hayden - India - 1997
Linor Abargil - Israel - 1998
Yukta Mookhey - India - 1999

Priyanka Chopra - India - 2000 (Another actress)
Agbani Darego - Nigeria - 2001 (The first black African woman to win)
Azra Akın - Turkey (Dutch-Turkish) - 2002
Rosanna Davison - Ireland - 2003
María Julia Mantilla - Peru - 2004
Unnur Vilhjálmsdóttir - Iceland - 2005
Taťána Kuchařová - Czech Republic - 2006
Zhang Zilin - China - 2007
Ksenia Sukhinova - Russia - 2008
Kaiane Aldorino - Gibraltar - 2009
Alexandria Mills - America - 2010
Ivian Sarcos - Venezuela - 2011
Yu Wenxia - China - 2012
Megan Young - Philippines (Filipino-American) - 2013 (First Southeast Asian woman to win)
Rolene Strauss - South Africa - 2014

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