Mexican model crowned 2018 Miss World

Vanessa Ponce de Leon, a 26-year-old model from Mexico, has won the 2018 Miss World beauty pageant.

The Mexican model was crowned by the 2017 Miss World, Manushi Chhillar, at the 68th edition of the pageant in Sanya City Arena, China.

It is the first time a Miss Mexico winner has been crowned Miss World.

Vanessa, who is a volunteer for ‘Migrantes en el Camino’, won Mexico’s Next Top Model in 2014.

She has a degree in international business and sits on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls.

“I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it… And I think all the girls deserved it. I am proud to represent all of them. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone,” Vanessa said after her crowning.

Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, 20-year-old Miss Thailand, emerged as the first runner-up at the pageant which held on Saturday.

Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five.

It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.