12.18.2016

Puerto Rico Wins Miss World 2016



Stephanie Del Valle, 19, of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on December 18 at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, USA. She was crowned by her predecessor, Mireia Lalaguna of Spain. Del Valle is the second woman from her country to win the coveted title, which was initially won by Wilnelia Merced in 1975. 

Del Valle's court includes 1st runner-up Yaritza Reyes, 23, of the Dominican Republic and 2nd runner-up Natasha Mannuela, 22, of Indonesia. The remaining two finalists were Catriona Gray, 22, of the Philippines and Evelyn Njambi Thungu, 22, of Kenya.


Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Belgium, Brazil, China, Korea and the United States. Mongolia, which won the People's Choice, became the 11th semi-finalist. Rounding up the top 20 were the delegates from Australia, Cook Islands, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Japan, Slovakia and Thailand.


Heavy favorite Catriona Gray of the Philippines, shows her disappointment for not winning the crown. Earlier, she had won the Multimedia Award which automatically fast-tracked her to the top 20. The other awardees who made the top 20 were Jing Kong of China (Top Model), Indonesia (Beauty With A Purpose), Natalia Short of Cook Islands (Sports) and Bayartsetseg Altangerel of Mongolia (Talent).


Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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