PH grabs its 1st Miss World
by FFE Entertainment News
On Saturday night in Bali, Indonesia, Megan Young made a first in the Philippines by being crowned Miss World 2013.
In a victory speech, a tearful but elated Young promised “to be the best Miss World ever.”
The 23-year-old actress and host, who wore a pearl white gown in the finale, bested 126 other beauty queens from all over the world. Miss France Marine Lorphelin, 20, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, took third. Young succeeds 2012 winner Wenxia Yu of China.
Megan with Miss France (L) and Miss Ghana (R).
The Filipino-American beauty was a clear favourite early on. She topped the “Top Model” competition, won fourth place in the “Multimedia Challenge” and placed fifth in the “Beach Beauty” contest.
To the final question “Why should you be Miss World?” Young answered “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society.”
Watch the complete Question and Answer portion of the top 6 candidates here:
Her timely response came after tensions in Indonesia forced the show’s organisers to change venues to appease the predominant Muslim nation.
Young’s triumph is the first time the Philippines won a Miss World title in the 63-year history of the London-based pageant. Evangeline Pascual and Gwendoline Ruais both finished first runner-up in 1973 and 2011 respectively.
“Salamat sa mga kababayan ko. Mahal na mahal ko kayo (Thanks to my compatriots. I love you very much)” said Young to the Filipino fans present in the event.