Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned Miss World 2018

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for "Migrantes en el Camino" and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls.

Published: 08th December 2018 09:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th December 2018 09:33 PM   |  A+A-

The winner of the most coveted crown of the year, Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de Leon. (Photo: AFP)

By PTI

BEIJING: Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon on Saturday won the coveted Miss World 2018 crown at a grand event held in the Chinese city Sanya.

India's Anukreethy Vas failed to make a mark at the pageant as she could not even make it to the top 30.

55th Femina Miss India World 2018 winner is Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu. (Twitter @feminamissindia)

Thailand's Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan was declared the 1st runner-up.

The top five also included Belarus' Maria Vasilevich, Jamaica's Kadijah Robinson and Uganda's Quiin Abenakyo.

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Former Miss World Manushi Chhillar presented the crown to the new winner during the pageant in which 118 contestants participated.

"I can't believe it. This is for everyone in Mexico and the people who supported me.

They deserve a great representative and I hope I make them proud. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone," 26-year-old Vanessa said after winning the crown.

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon reacts as she is crowned the 68th Miss World by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar in Sanya, on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on December 8, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

The announcement of the winner was also made on Miss World's official Twitter handle.

Vas, a 19-year-old student from Tamil Nadu, was crowned Miss India 2018 in June this year.

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