25-year-old law student, Romina Zeballos Avellán from Guayas, became Miss World Ecuador 2017 and will represent her country in the upcoming 67th Miss World edition to be held in Sanya, People´s Republic of China.
Nicolette Coric (Pastaza) and Alexandra Zambrano (Esmeraldas), ended up as the first and second princess, respectively. To complete the top 8 was: Sunny Vásconez (Morona Santiago), María Peláez (Manabí), Valeria Ocaña (Tungurahua), Andrea García (Santa Elena) and Jenny Suriaga (El Oro).
A new format was presented in this edition, introducing the fast track challenges along the competition, just like Miss World. The top 3 scores made it directly to the top 8, while the rest joined after combining the scores obtained in swimsuit and evening gown competition on finals.
The special awards were granted to: Romina Zeballos (Guayas), Miss Kativa & Miss MedEsthic; Johanna Maldonado (Pichincha), Miss Multimedia; Belén Pacheco (Galápagos), Miss LadySoft; Andrea García (Santa Elena), Best Catwalk.
Fast Track challenge winners throughout the pageant:
– Beach Beauty: María Peláez (Manabí).
– Talent: Nicolette Coric (Pastaza).
– Top Model: Jenny Suriaga (El Oro).
– Sports: Valeria Ocaña (Tungurahua).
– Beauty with a Purpose: Romina Zeballos (Guayas).
The question and answer portion was Romina’s key to victory.
Legal marriage between same sex couples hasn’t been legalized in our country. What’s your opinion about same sex couples that have to travel abroad to legalize their union?
“Good evening. Well, this is a topic that is no longer a taboo for the world and our country. I firmly believe in love. I believe in couples that despite of their religious, economic, social, biological and sexual differences, they love, value and respect each other. As a law student I also respect my country’s laws, but I know we will modernize with the tolerance that we have in our society. And well, I want to say that I deeply admire all the people that constantly fight to achieve big goals, just like sealing their union with a marriage and I also want the world to know that the limit to all our individual freedoms is just the respect to everyone else. Thank you so much!” (Zeballos, 2017).
Romina was the queen of her city back in 2012 and with this recent victory has brought back the crown to her province.