Miss World Re­sults

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on Sun­day, edg­ing out run­ners-up from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and In­done­sia win­ning the top prize in the 66th edi­tion of the pageant held in the United States.

Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette stu­dent who speaks Span­ish, English and French, and hopes to get into the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lala­guna of Spain, Del Valle called it an "hon­our and a great re­spon­si­bil­ity" to rep­re­sent her Caribbean home­land. She be­comes the sec­ond ti­tle­holder from the is­land af­ter Wil­nelia Merced won the ti­tle in 1975.

First run­ner-up of the 2016 edi­tion of the pageant held at the MGM Na­tional Har­bour in Oxon Hill, Mary­land, was Yar­itza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, fol­lowed by Miss World In­done­sia Natasha Man­nuela. Con­tes­tants from more than 100 coun­tries took part in the 2016 edi­tion of the beauty pageant.

Liv­ing up to the na­tional stereo­type, the first two ti­tle­hold­ers were both Swedish. Since then a fur­ther 34 na­tion­al­i­ties have been vic­to­ri­ous, with the UK (5), In­dia (5), the US (3), Ja­maica (3), Ice­land (3), Ger­many (2) and Australia (2) all pro­vid­ing mul­ti­ple win­ners.

Canada's Miss World rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Chi­nese-born Anas­ta­sia Lin was em­broiled in a con­tro­versy when pageant of­fi­cials re­port­edly warned her against speak­ing to the press for three weeks about hu­man rights abuses in China. She was given the green light again on Wed­nes­day.

Last year, China blocked Lin from at­tend­ing the same con­test when it was held in the city of Sanya.

Miss World 2016 is Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico!

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