Jack Heslewood of England edged out 71 other contestants to win the Mr World 2019 title on Friday, August 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
The 27-year-old qualified rocket scientist completed his degree in Aerospace Engineering at the age of 21. He wants to invent new technologies to enable a better world and his personal motto is “You get one life, so do it all.”
During the final question and answer round, he was asked “What do you think is the most important message the world needs to hear right now?” and he replied, “I think the most important message is to try to imagine the best possible superhero you can think of, even if you can’t even think that it’s possible for humans to achieve that, imagine that superhero, that actually happens to be you and you can do that if you empower yourself to do that. It is actually possible to be that superhero if you imagine.”
South Africa’s Fezile Mkhize and Mexico’s Brian Faugier were the first and second runners-up, respectively. Brazil’s Carlos Franco and Dominican Republic’s Alejandro Martínez completed the Top 5 finalists.
The Top 12 semi-finalists were Austria (Alberto Nodale), Ireland (Wayne Walsh), Lebanon (Jean-Paul Bitar), Nepal (Akshay Rayamajhi), Northern Ireland (Adam Steenson), Philippines (JB Saliba), and Tonga (Mikaele Henry Ahomana).
South Africa, Ireland, Tonga, Nepal, and Mexico fast-tracked to the Top 12 after winning the Sports, Extreme, Top Talent, Multimedia, and Top Model Challenge, respectively. The other 7 countries were the judges’ choices from each continent.
The contestants with the highest scores from each continent were proclaimed as the continental winners. South Africa was Mr World Africa, Austria was Mr World Europe, the Philippines was Mr World Asia Pacific, the Dominican Republic was Mr World Carribean, and Mexico was Mr World Americas.
It was the first time that the Philippines hosted the Mr World pageant. The event, now in its 10th edition, was hosted by the first Filipina Miss World, Megan Young, and Filipino celebrity, Mikael Daez.
The reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce de Leon and former Miss World titleholders, Stephanie Del Valle and Ksenia Sukhinova were part of the judging panel.
Mr World 2016, India’s Rohit Khandelwal passed on his reign to the new winner who will now embark on an amazing journey of a lifetime.
Mr World 2019: England – Jack Heslewood
1st Runner-Up: South Africa – Fezile Mkhize
2nd Runner-Up: Mexico – Brian Arturo Faugier González
Brazil – Carlos Wilton Teodoro Franco
Dominican Republic – Alejandro Rafael Martínez
Austria – Alberto Nodale
Ireland – Wayne Walsh
Lebanon – Jean-Paul Bitar
Nepal – Akshay Jung Rayamajhi
Northern Ireland – Adam Wayne Steenson
Philippines – Jody Baines Tejano Saliba
Tonga – Mikaele Henry Ahomana
Argentina – Leonardo Díaz Alincastro
Chile – Felipe Rojas Ramírez
China – Zhang Zhiyu
Czech Republic – Jakub Krauś
Ghana – Bright Ofori
Indonesia – Radityo Wahyu Senoputro
Italy – Marco D’Elia
Kenya – Robert Cula Budi
Latvia – Edvīns Ločmelis
Mauritius – Alexandre Curpanen
Netherlands – Ashley Karym Peternella
Nigeria – Prince Nelson Enwerem
Poland – Robert Kapica
Puerto Rico – José Humberto Cotto Rodríguez
Russia – Denis Pavlevich Khadyko
United States – Andresito Germosen de la Cruz
Venezuela – Jorge Eduardo Núñez Martínez
Photos: Mr World