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Jamaican beauty queen is crowned Miss World

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 4 December 2019 | 0 Comments

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4 December 2019

Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh has been crowned this year's Miss World during glamorous celebrations in London. Some 111 contestants from countries including Japan, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago donned costumes reflecting their homelands as they performed at the ExCeL convention centre in the British capital. 

The stunning Miss World hopefuls took to the stage in to compete for the crown in the 69th annual competition. Hosted by singer songwriter Peter Andre and actress Megan Young, the contest concludes a three-week festival in which entrants competed in a series of fast-track events to earn a spot in the top 30. These included challenges in multimedia, sport and talent which took the hopefuls on a journey across some of London's most iconic landmarks taking in its rich culture and heritage. 

Winner Toni-Ann Singh was crowned by last year's winner Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon during a glamorous ceremony. The contestants wore stunning ball gowns as they were welcomed in an opening ceremony which featured a performance from Kerry Ellis.

The final was judged by a panel led by Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan.  

Toni-Ann Singh, a St Thomas native, had earlier made history, becoming the fourth Jamaican to be crowned Miss World behind Carol Joan Crawford in 1963, Cindy Breakspeare in 1976 and Lisa Hanna in 1993. She told Piers Morgan she was grateful for the crown. "This feels like a dream," she said.

Moments after her crowning as Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh took to Twitter to pay tribute to young girls with backgrounds like hers determined to make a difference.

"To that little girl in St Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world - please believe in yourself," Singh tweeted.

"Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE," she wrote.