PHILIPPINES’ PRIDE Newly crowned Miss World Megan Young of Philippines, center, waves, after winning the Miss World contest, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Young beat candidates in 126 countries and became the first Filipina to win the title in the pageant’s 63-year history.
MANILA, Philippines—Megan Young of the Philippines is the new Miss World.
In a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Saturday, Young bested 128 beauty queens from around the world to win the coveted title in a contest broadcast to more than 180 countries worldwide.
In the finals, Young beat five other finalists, including France and Brazil.
She thanked the judges for choosing her and promised to “be the best Miss World ever”.
The 23-year-old Filipino actress pledged to “just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people.”
Before her, no Filipina had won the prestigious crown in the 63-year-old London-based pageant.
With Agence France-Presse