Vanessa Ponce (26) from Mexico was crowned Miss World 2018 during the 68th edition of the pageant which was held at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China on December 8.
The representatives from Thailand, Belarus, Jamaica, and Uganda completed the Top 5 finalists.
Vanessa became the first-ever representative from Mexico to win the coveted Miss World title. She’s also the oldest winner in the history of the pageant surpassing the previous record of Miss World 1989, Aneta Kręglicka who was 24 at the time of her win.
The new Miss World is a model, holds a degree in International Business, and is on the board of directors of a rehab center for girls and women. She also works in a school called Nenemi that is dedicated to giving intercultural education to indigenous people.
During the pageant, Vanessa promoted her project called “Na Vili”, whose objective is to help the children of the indigenous day laborers who emigrate from the Mexican state of Guerrero to Guanajuato.
Former Miss Worlds Megan Young of the Philippines (Miss World 2013) and Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (Miss World 2016) hosted the glittering show together with Fernando Allende, Angela Chow, Frankie Cena, and Barney Walsh.
Donel Mangena, Dimash Kudaibergen, and Sister Sledge were the guest performers.
Miss World 2018: Mexico – Vanessa Ponce
Runner-Up: Thailand – Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan
Belarus – Maria Vasilevich
Jamaica – Kadijah Robinson
Uganda – Quiin Abenakyo
France – Maëva Coucke
Martinique – Larissa Segarel
Mauritius – Murielle Ravina
Nepal – Shrinkhala Khatiwada
New Zealand – Jessica Tyson
Panama – Solaris Barba
Scotland – Linzi McLelland
Bangladesh – Jannatul Ferdous
Barbados – Ashley Lashley
Belgium – Angeline Flor Pua
Chile – Anahi Hormazabal
China – Mao Peirui
Cook Islands – Reihana Koteka-Wiki
India – Anukreethy Vas
Indonesia – Alya Nurshabrina
Japan – Kanako Date
Malaysia – Larissa Ping
Nigeria – Anita Ukah
Northern Ireland – Katharine Walker
Russia – Natalya Stroeva
Singapore – Vanessa Peh
South Africa – Thulisa Keyi
United States – Marisa Butler
Venezuela – Veruska Ljubisavljević
Vietnam – Tran Tieu Vy
CONTINENTAL QUEENS OF BEAUTY
Africa: Uganda – Quiin Abenakyo
America: Panama – Solaris Barba
Asia: Thailand – Nicolene Limsnukan
Caribbean: Jamaica – Kadijah Robinson
Europe: Belarus – Maria Vasilevich
Oceania: New Zealand – Jessica Tyson
Photos: Miss World