19-year old Stephanie del Valle from Puerto Rico has been crown as Miss World 2016, at the final pageant held at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US on Sunday, December 18.
Out of more than 100 beauties around the globe who participated in the contest, the Caribbean beauty was in awe as she was pronounced the winner. Filled with emotions of gratitude, Del Valle said it was an honour and great responsibility to represent her homeland.
The part-time model and musician, who is currently studying at Pace University in New York, also reveal her dream of getting into the entertainment industry. She looked stunning in a pale pink tulle gown, dotted with diamante and a cut-out bodice with a plunging v-neck.
Miss World 2015, Mereia Lalaguna of Spain was at the ceremony to present the crown to the latest 2016 winner.
Top finalist of the Miss World 2016 competition include: Miss Philippines – Catriona Elisa Gray, Miss Dominican Republic – Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez, Miss Indonesia – Natasha Mannuela, Miss Puerto Rico – Stephanie Del Valle and Miss Kenya – Evelyn Njambi Thungu.
Del Valle had upto 10,000 followers on Instagram from the time the pageant kick started on November 26. Through the social media, she revealed a little bit of herself by telling fans she’s a perfectionist who doesn’t flow with the trend; a lover of the theatre and good food. Although the brunette beauty has not launched her victory on the social outlet yet, there’s no doubt more followers are in order.
Meanwhile Nigeria was represented by beautiful Debbie Collins-Ugochukwu who had represented the country in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, before she got another chance at competing at the Miss World beauty contest.
There wasn’t much controversy during the contest, except that of Canada’s Miss World representative, Chinese-born Anastasia Lin when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China.