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And the crown goes to... 18-year-old Alexandria Mills, of the United States. Photo: ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Not this time!

After years of coming up short in international beauty pageants, America has finally brought home the Miss World prize thanks to 18-year-old Alexandria Mills, the Associated Press reports.

Now that's what we're talkin' about.

The recent high school graduate from Louisville, Kentucky was crowned Miss World on Oct. 30 at the pageant hosted in southern China, according to the news agency.

Clad in a white gown with a sexy slit, the blonde beauty -- who beat out second-place Miss Botswana and third-place Miss Venezuela -- was reportedly a bit of an upset.

According to the Daily Mail, Norwegians are claiming that the pageant's Chinese hosts pressured judges to vote against Miss Norway, a 23-year-old named Mariann Birkedal who was tipped to win.

The reason for the snub? Because China is angry at Norway and the Oslo-based Nobel Committee for giving jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize last month, the paper reports.

"I was sure she would win," Norwegian TV personality Kathrine Sorland told the paper of Birkedal.

"They must have mixed politics and business. Without jumping to conclusions I would stress that Miss World competitions have always been political.

"And the relations between China and Norway are very strained at the moment."

Juicy! Who'd have thought the Nobel Peace Prize would have so much in common with beauty pageants?

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