Mex­ico’s Vanessa is Miss World 2018

The Sunday Guardian - - The Big Story - COR­RE­SPON­DENT SANYA, CHINA

In­dia’s Manushi Ch­hillar, who won the Miss World pageant last year, on Satur­day passed the ba­ton to Mex­ico’s Vanessa Ponce De Leon at a gl­itzy cer­e­mony, where the first run­ner-up ti­tle went to Thai­land’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Fem­ina Miss In­dia 2018 Anukreethy Vas failed to make it even to the top 12. “I can’t be­lieve it, I re­ally can’t be­lieve it... And I think all the girls de­served it. I am proud to rep­re­sent all of them. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, ev­ery­one,” Vanessa said back­stage af­ter win­ning the crown at the Sanya City Arena here.

The 26-year- old smiled away with moist eyes as she folded her hands in grat­i­tude to ges­ture the tra­di­tional In­dian ‘ Na­maste’ greet­ing when Manushi placed the elab­o­rate crown on her head. She took a walk as the newly-crowned beauty queen, wav­ing at the crowd and wrapped up the evening with a cel­e­bra­tory dance with co-con­tes­tants.

Hav­ing pur­sued a de­gree in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness, Vanessa, is cur­rently on the board of di­rec­tors of a re­hab cen­tre for girls and vol­un­teers for ‘Mi­grantes en el Camino’. She is a speaker for the Na­tional Youth In­sti­tute as well as work­ing as a model and a pre­sen­ter. An ad­ven­tur­ous soul, she has qual­i­fied as an open wa­ter scuba diver, and also en­joys play­ing volleyball, paint­ing and ul­ti­mate Fris­bee, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Miss World web­site.

Thai­land’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ni­co­lene Pichapa Lim­snukan, 20, got the run­ner-up spot. Oth­ers in the top 5 in­cluded con­tes­tants from Be­larus, Ja­maica and Uganda.

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