Bali, Indonesia (UPDATE) — Megan Young was the first-ever Filipino to be crowned Miss World, winning the pageant Saturday night in Bali, Indonesia.
Miss Young, a 23-year-old actress, beat out 126 other candidates to become the successor of last year’s winner, China’s Wenxia Yu.
Finishing second was France’s Marine Lorphelin, and taking third place was Ghana’s Carranzar Shooter.
The rest of the Top 6 were Spain’s Elena Ibarbia, Brazil’s Sancler Frantz, and Gibraltar’s Jessica Baldachino.
The coronation night was hosted by English singer Myleene Klass and Mister World 2010 Kamal Ibrahim, and featured performances by British boyband Blue, as well as cultural numbers.
Prior to the grand final event, Young made a strong showing by winning the Top Model competition, placing fifth in the Beach Fashion tilt, and fourth in the Multimedia Contest.
Other preliminary competition winners were the Netherland’s Jacqueline Steenbeek for the Sports Challenge, Brazil’s Frantz for Beach Fashion, India’s Navneet Dhillon for Multimedia, and Nepal’s Ishani Shrestha for Beauty with a Purpose.
Young helped her case in the Question and Answer portion of the contest where all six candidates were asked, “Why should you become Miss World?”
Young thanked the Indonesian audience in their native tongue, and then brought up the “core values” of Miss World and talked about how she hoped to embody these “to help society.”
Young was actually born in the United States and moved to the Philippines at age 10. She is a college student who has been an actress and presenter since she was 15.
Though a candidate from the Philippines had never before won the contest, they made strong showings the past two years. In the 2011 edition Gwendoline Ruais finished 1st runner-up, and in 2012 Queneerich Rehman placed in the Top 15.
Prior to that, other Filipinas who placed high were Evangeline Pascual, who placed second in 1973; Ruffa Gutierrez, who was runner-up in 1993; and Carlene Aguilar, who finished in the Top 15 in 2005. Image/AFP