LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A Peruvian charity worker and mother of two beat out 38 other contestants Monday to win the Mrs. World pageant competition.

Lucila Boggiano de Zoeger, 23, was crowned the new Mrs. World during ceremonies at the Flamingo Hilton. The pageant was taped for a later syndicated television broadcast.

Mrs. Peru topped first runner-up Savinee Pachinsawat of Thailand to win the competition among married women from 39 countries.

Mrs. America, Jennifer Kline of Tonka Bay, Minn., was the second runner-up, while Mrs. USSR, Irina Suvorova of Moscow, finished fourth. Rounding out the top five was Valarie Carver of Singapore.

The new Mrs. World is a volunteer for the Foundation for Peace in Peru and a resident of Ferrenafe, Dtto Lambayeque, Peru. She is married to Chrystian Zoeger, an agricultural engineer; their children are 2 and 3 years old.

''I'm very happy because it's a great responsibility,'' she said of her title.