Philippines’ representative Megan Young becomes the “most beautiful woman in the world” as she wins the Miss World 2013 title during the pageant’s coronation night on September 28 (Saturday) in Bogor, Bali, Indonesia.
A 23-year-old Filipina-American actress turned beauty queen, overtook 126 candidates from all over the globe, earning first ever Miss World title for the Philippines.
Young was one of the favorite, as she won also won the Top Model challenge event and excelled in the Beach Fashion pre-pageant challenge, where she was among the 11 finalists earlier this month.
In the question and answer portion where the candidates were given 30 seconds to tell the judges why they deserve the crown, Young expressed her belief in a “core value of humanity” which guides people’s actions. She hopes to use this to show others how they may contribute to society.
For the “Beauty with a Purpose” challenge, Megan chose to extend aid to flood victims in the Philippines.
The new Beauty Queen will be departing to London where she will reside during her reign, according to the tradition of the pageant.
Here are the winners:
MISS WORLD: Megan Young (Philippines)
1ST PRINCESS: Marine Lorpheline (France)
2ND PRINCESS: Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter (Ghana)
Almost 700 police were deployed across Bali to provide security for Miss World, backed by traditional Balinese security personnel wearing sarongs and armed with daggers, according to police.
Before the beauty queens took to the stage for Saturday’s final, the audience were treated to a performance by British boy band Blue.
In the weeks leading up to the final, the contestants took part in a series of “challenge” events for which they were awarded points.
These include a “beach fashion” round, which this year saw contestants swap the pageant’s famed bikinis for sarongs in a bid to avoid causing offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia.
The finalists also faced a question-and-answer round from a panel of judges.
A total of 129 contestants had been due to compete in the final but two pulled out at the last minute, according to organisers.