And the winner of Miss World 2013 is Miss Philippines!
Megan Young is crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday night in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia; making history as the first-ever Filipino to win the title as Philippines first joined the pageant in 1966.
The 23-year-old actress bested 126 other international candidates to become the successor of China’s Wenxia Yu.
“I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.
First Princes is Marine Lorphelin of France, while Ghana’s Carranzar Shooter is proclaimed Miss World 2nd Princess.
Completing the Top 6 were Spain’s Elena Ibarbia, Brazil’s Sancler Frantz, and Gibraltar’s Jessica Baldachino (People’s Choice).
Young’s win was bolstered by her strong showing in various pre-pageant challenges, including the Top Model competition, which she won; the Beach Fashion tilt, where she ranked fifth; and the Multimedia Contest, where she placed fourth.
Before the final announce of the winners, the 5 Finalist had to answer the question “Why should you be Miss World?’.
“I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other. As one, we can help society,” she answered.
This year’s 10 semifinalists, included contestants from Brazil, Australia, France, Nepal, England, Indonesia, Spain, Jamaica, and Ghana.
Here’s the video of the announcement of the Miss World 2013 winners: