Photo: Venezuelan Model and Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos Says She Nearly Became a Nun
Venezuelan model Ivian Sarcos, who was crowned Miss World in 2011, said in an interview published Wednesday by Kenya’s The Standard newspaper that she considered the possibility of becoming a nun during the time that she spent in a convent.
“I thought about becoming a nun after the mother superior of the convent spoke to me about that,” the 22-year-old beauty, who spent a week in Kenya to visit charitable projects and participated last Saturday in the Miss Kenya gala, said.
“From minute to minute, I changed my opinion and decided that I could not get into that if I had doubts,” the model said.
Sarcos, the youngest of 13 siblings, was placed as a girl in a convent in the Venezuelan city of San Carlos after the accidental death of her parents.
The five years she lived in the convent “were one of the best times of my life. The sisters helped me a lot. I received all the love and education that unfortunately my parents could not give me,” Sarcos said.
When asked if any man had captured her heart after she was recognized as the most beautiful woman on the planet, Sarcos said: “No, I don’t have a boyfriend. I’m not sure that any boy wants to endure the hectic life of a Miss World.”
Since she was elected Miss World in November 2011, Sarcos has lived in London, but she has not forgotten the food of her native country, saying her “favorite dish” is the very Venezuelan “pabellon criollo,” or the nuns who cared for her during a good part of her childhood.
“(The nuns) support me a lot. I miss them and visit them whenever I can,” the beauty queen said.