Mexican volunteer Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned Miss World

By AFP Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/12/9 17:53:39

A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon has a degree in international business, volunteers for "Migrantes en el Camino" and is on the board of directors of a rehab center for girls, according to an introduction on the Miss World website.

She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year's winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya, South China's Hainan Province.

The colorful ceremony included US group Sister Sledge performing their 1979 disco anthem "We Are Family."

First runner up was Thailand's Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration.

Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were also among the final five.

This was the eighth time the Miss World final was held in Sanya.

A major tourist destination, the city first hosted the pageant in 2003.


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