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Winner of Miss World 2018 is Vanessa Ponce de Leon, from Mexico: See the contest photos



Vanessa Ponce de Leon made history on Saturday to become the first Miss Mexico to be crowned Miss World.

The 2018 contest took place at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China. The 26-year-old won another 117 contenders, including runner-up Miss Thailand Nicolene LimsnukanMiss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo, who were in third place, and other finalists from Belarus, France, Scotland, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Mauritius, Uganda, Nepal, New Zealand and Thailand.

"I can not believe I really can not believe it," said newly crowned Miss World 2018 backstage. "And I think all the girls deserved it, I'm proud to represent them all, I'll do my best for as long as I can.

The new Miss World graduated in International Business and worked as a model and TV presenter. She is also involved in charity work, and serves on the board of a rehabilitation center for girls and volunteers for Migrantes en el Camino and is also a speaker at the National Youth Institute.

See photos of her and other contestants in the contest:

Miss United States Marisa Butler, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Marisa Butler (from Maine).

Miss Malaysia Larissa Ping Liew, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Larissa Ping Liew.

Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Quilin Abenakyo.

Miss France Maeva Coucke, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Maeva Coucke.

Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevichv, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Maria Vasilevichv.

Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Kadijah Robinson.

Miss Cook Islands Reihana Koteka-Wiki, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Reihana Koteka-Wiki.

Miss Vietnam Vy Tran, Miss World 2018

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Introducing Vy Tran.

Miss World 2018 Finale

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Competitors show off their colorful costumes.

Miss World 2018 Finalists

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Competitors Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand, Quiin Abenakyo of Uganda, Vanessa Ponce De Leon from Mexico, Kadijah Robinson Jamaica and Maria Vasilevich of Belarus appear on the stage of the Miss World 2018 beauty pageant.

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, Miss World 2018 Winner

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Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon reacts as she is crowned Miss World 68 by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar from India.

The Miss World Contest was created in Great Britain in 1951 and is the oldest international beauty contest.


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