In the 66th edition of the world’s longest-running beauty pageant, Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico was crowned the Miss World 2016. During wee hours of Monday morning, here in India, the Miss World pageant went underway at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC, US. With participation from over 100 countries, Miss Puerto Rico – who had a lot of crowd support from the beginning – walked away with the much-coveted crown.
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna Royo crowned the 19-year-old Del Valle — the second Puerto Rican to hold the title after Wilnelia Merced won it in 1975. The winner was ecstatic as she sat down to be crowned. In India, the event was aired live on Zee Café.
The top five included Kenya, Indonesia, Dominican Republic and the Philippines. Miss India World, Chatterjee from Delhi, lost out on the title after making it as a quarter finalist at the pageant, though she did feature in the top five of the Beauty With a Purpose title, which was eventually won by Miss Indonesia Mannuela.
The last time an Indian won the Miss World crown was Priyanka Chopra in 2000. Other Indians who won the title in the past include Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997) and Yukta Mookhey (1999).