ExCel London in London, United Kingdom hosted the world’s oldest running international beauty pageant, Miss World bring-ing together beauty queens from all over the world. Vanessa Ponce of Mexico crowned Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica as the new Miss World on Saturday, December 14 at the 69th edition of Miss World 2019.
This is the fourth time a Jamaican is crowned Miss World since inception of beauty pageant. Jamaica has previously won Miss World titles in 1963, 1976 and 1993 and now 2019.
Vivacious Singh posted on her Tweeter handle, “To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a purpose.”
She earned an ovation from the audience after singing Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” during the beauty pageant and after a round of questions from British journalist Piers Morgan.
“I think I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world,” she told Morgan.
The two runners-up for the crown were Miss France and Miss India.
Singh, 23, was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a psychologist and a graduate of the Florida State University.
Miss World 2020 will be held in Thailand in order to celebrate Miss World’s 70th anniversary.
Meanwhile, Miss Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas, represented Nige-ria at the Miss World contest Nyekachi, a public health student who aspires to have her own fashion brand someday. In her free time she enjoys dancing, playing soccer, and running. She de-scribes herself as athletic, energetic and creative. The most im-portant thing in her life is her family and friends who continue to support her with their love and advice. Her personal motto is ‘A little less hate and a lot more love’.