Text by Drew Francisco; Photos by Stephen Diaz
Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle was crowned Miss World 2016 during the finals held on December 18 at the MGM National Harbor resort in the USA.
The Dominican Republic’s Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez was second place, while Indonesia’s Natasha Mannuela finished third. The Philippines’ Catriona Gray and Kenya’s Evelyn Njambi Thungu compeleted the Top 5 finalists.
Valle bested 116 other candidates for the crown. Asked, “If you have an opportunity to change something about the world, then what would that be?” She replied: “I think what I would do is send a message of how important it is to change exclusion for acceptance, to promote and provide the justice to others and the importance of helping those in need.”
The rest of the Top 11 were Miss Belgium Lenty Frans, Miss Brazil Beatrice Fontoura, Miss China PR Jing Kong, Miss Korea Hyun Wang, and Miss United States. Audra Mari. People Choice Award winner Miss Mongolia Bayartsetseg Altangerel automatically became part of the Top 11.
The delegates from Australia, Cook Islands, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Japan, Slovakia and Thailand complete the Top 20.
Fast track winners, who earned automatic spots in the Top 20 were: Beauty with a Purpose – Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela, Talent – Miss Mongolia Bayartsetseg Altangerel, Sports and Fitness – Miss Cook Islands Natalia Short, Multimedia – Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, and Top Model – PR China Jing Kong. Missosology.Org