Miss World 2013 crown goes to Miss Philippines

By AFP
Published: September 28, 2013
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New Miss World, Megan Young (C), from the Philippines is crowned by outgoing Miss World Yu Wenxia. First runner up, Marine Lorphelin (L), of France and  second runner up Carranzar Naa Okailey (R), from Ghana look on. PHOTO: AFP

New Miss World, Megan Young (C), from the Philippines is crowned by outgoing Miss World Yu Wenxia. First runner up, Marine Lorphelin (L), of France and second runner up Carranzar Naa Okailey (R), from Ghana look on. PHOTO: AFP

New Miss World, Megan Young (C), from the Philippines is crowned by outgoing Miss World Yu Wenxia. First runner up, Marine Lorphelin (L), of France and  second runner up Carranzar Naa Okailey (R), from Ghana look on. PHOTO: AFP Megan Young (C), from the Philippines is congratulated by outgoing Miss World Yu Wenxia (L) after winning the crown while second runner up Carranzar Naa Okailey (R), from Ghana, looks on during the Miss World 2013 finals in Bali on September 28, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

BALI: Miss Philippines was crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, with Miss France coming in second and Miss Ghana third.

Megan Young wept as she won the coveted title in the final in Bali.

The 23-year-old, wearing a pearl white gown, promised to be “the best Miss World ever” in front of a cheering crowd in a venue guarded by heavily armed police and water cannons.

Young, who is studying digital media and also presents TV shows in the Philippines, pledged to “just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people”.

Some 127 contestants took to the stage Saturday for the final and they were quickly whittled down to six.

Before the beauty queens took to the stage for Saturday’s final, the audience were treated to a performance by British boy band Blue.

In the weeks leading up to the final, the contestants took part in a series of “challenge” events for which they were awarded points.

These include a “beach fashion” round, which this year saw contestants swap the pageant’s famed bikinis for sarongs in a bid to avoid causing offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

The finalists also faced a question-and-answer round from a panel of judges.

A total of 129 contestants had been due to compete in the final but two pulled out at the last minute, according to organisers.

Muslims protest

Organisers will breath a sigh of relief that the finale of the three-week pageant passed off smoothly after thousands of Muslims protested across Indonesia in recent weeks, denouncing the beauty pageant as unethical and against Islam.

The demonstrations prompted the government to order the entire pageant be moved from the main island of Java to Bali, where it opened on September 8 and there is little radical influence.

A radical group had pledged to stage protests against the pageant on Saturday.

However, nothing materialised in the end and the groups gathered for a prayer session in Sentul, just outside the capital Jakarta, to express their opposition to the pageant.

Almost 700 police were deployed across Bali to provide security for Miss World, backed by traditional Balinese security personnel wearing sarongs and armed with daggers, according to police.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Ammar
    Sep 28, 2013 - 10:21PM

    See you in the next Pitbull song,

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  • reasonlight
    Sep 28, 2013 - 10:53PM

    Congratulations Megan Young.

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  • binger
    Sep 28, 2013 - 11:11PM

    vow she deserves to be the miss world, she is awesome

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 28, 2013 - 11:31PM

    If Pakistan cannot take part in Miss World contest, at least it can take part in Mr. World contest.

    Why don’t we send Pakistani men to take part in Mr. World contest?

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  • Hedonist
    Sep 29, 2013 - 7:51AM

    She is a beauty.

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  • The Economist
    Sep 29, 2013 - 9:14AM

    Pakistan must take part in miss world contest because it will help them to present its glamourous and matured image before the world and if u think that this type of contest spoil your generation than you must also know that pakistan is biggest viewer of porn sites online so please grow up.

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  • bilal
    Sep 29, 2013 - 10:11AM

    she is beautiful well deserved

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  • Nice
    Sep 29, 2013 - 12:18PM

    She deserves to be miss world,congratulation Young,

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  • indi
    Sep 29, 2013 - 7:53PM

    we missed but well done navneet …. \m/

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