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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2460

Miss Mexico Crowns Miss World 2018

Sanya, China, 12 December, (Asiantribune.com):

A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned as the 68th Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday.

She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year's winner, India's Manushi Chhillar, in the coastal city of Sanya.

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for "Migrantes en el Camino" and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls, according to the Miss World website.
The colorful ceremony included US group Sister Sledge performing their 1979 disco anthem "We Are Family."

First runner up was Thailand's Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration.

Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were also among the final five.

It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.

At the finals three years ago controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa.

- Asian Tribune –

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon (R), 26, has a degree in international business (AFP)
Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de León of Mexico (center) with 1st Runner-Up Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand (3rd from left) who is also Miss World Asia-Oceania. The other continental winners are Miss World Africa Quiin Abenayko of Uganda, Miss World Europe Maria Vasilevich of Belarus, Miss World Caribbean Kadijah Robinson of Jamaica and Miss World Americas Solaris Barba of Panama (who effectively replaced Vanessa after she won)
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