|TOP THREE: (From left) First runner-up Elizabeth Houghton, winner Maria-Anna Zenieris and Rachel Leng (Yahoo! )|
Maria-Anna Zenieris was crowned Miss World Singapore 2013 at the pageant final at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Singaporean, who is half-Chinese and half-Greek, topped the list of 15 pageant finalists during a three-hour gala final, which saw the contestants parade in swim and evening wear.
The outspoken beauty, who recently graduated from United World College and with a diploma in psychology, English and music, wins a $3000 cash prize as well as a working contract with Asia Music People worth about $30,000. She will now represent Singapore in the Miss World finals in Jakarta on 28 September.
When asked how she would use the title to give help to others during the question-and-answer session, she said to loud applause, "I'm a big charity worker and will engage in more charity work with the title. This is not just a big title to take with you, there are responsibilities that come with it".
After her win, she later told Yahoo! Singapore that she's ready to take the responsibility that comes with the crown and said all the finalists had done a "good job" and that she was proud of them.
Student Elizabeth Houghton, 18, was first runner-up and also won Miss Grand Singapore title. She will represent Singapore in Miss Grand international pageant next May in Thailand.
Second runner-up went to 23-year-old university graduate, Rachel Leng, who also won Miss Beauty with a Purpose.
SOURCE: Yahoo! Entertainment Singapore, 7/28/2013