The year’s Miss World pageant was held on December 8th, in the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China. Vanessa Ponce de Leon made history by becoming the first Miss Mexico to win Miss World.
She was able to beat 117 contestants, including runner up Miss Thailand Nicolene Limsnukan, second runner up Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo, and other finalists like Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson, Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich who made it to the top 5.
“I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it,” the 26-year-old winner said backstage. “And I think all the girls deserved it. I am proud to represent all of them. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone.”
The newly crowned Miss World is quite accomplished. She has a degree in International Business and has worked as a model and TV host. Moreover, she is involved in various charity works, is part of the board of directors of a rehab center for girls and volunteers for Migrantes en el Camino as well as speaks for the National Youth Institute.
Vanessa Ponce de Leon was crowned by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar from India as the 68th winner of the beauty pageant.
By Chineze Onu
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