Former Miss World Stephanie Del Valle withdraws participation from Miss World 2021 finale

02 Mar 2022 | Priya Bhardwaj

Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle, after being sued for alleged embezzlement, has decided to withdraw her participation from Miss World 2021 finals which she initially organized in her home country, Puerto Rico. Stephanie was accused of embezzling funds that were provided to host the Miss World edition by the Puerto Rican government.

Stephanie Del Valle took to her official social media as she wrote, “To my dear people of Puerto Rico and fans around the world: At 19 years old, young and inexperienced, I traveled with a suitcase full of enthusiasm and hope for Washington, DC to represent PR in the Miss World 2016 competition. I did not travel alone, I carried PR in my heart. I prepared myself, and the rest is history. After 41 years, the Miss World crown returned to PR. It was a year full of enriching experiences, achieved dreams and lots of learning. Through my duties as queen I discovered my true passion: to do work for the good of humanity. In 2018 and 2019 I had the privilege of becoming the first Beauty with a Purpose Ambassador, with the endorsement of MWO that has counted on my loyalty and integrity since I was crowned.”



“Bringing the MW contest to our Island on its 70th anniversary was an idea that was born in my heart as a Puerto Rican. The intention of creating a worldwide positive impact for PR is and will always be my greatest wish. The events that have occurred in recent weeks are far from the reasons for which the Reignite Puerto Rico, Inc. corporation was created as a vehicle to achieve this objective. What was once my biggest dream has turned into a great and unfair nightmare”, she added.

She stated it was contrary to her ethics and moral principles to continue working with an organization that has acted in a defamatory, frivolous and unfair manner; solely for the purpose of causing harm. “Something I still can't understand. That is why, with great sadness, I decided that I will not be participating in the Miss World 2021 Final. To all the candidates of MW 2021: thank you for becoming ambassadors of my country with love and enthusiasm. To the new sovereign, congratulations and remember to continue the legacy of Beauty with a Purpose as we cannot wait to see how you will impact the world”, she added.

She also thanked her PR, family, sponsors and followers for their support and solidarity. She also said that it fills her with satisfaction to know that this beautiful celebration will be achieved thanks to her initiative as a Puerto Rican after 45 long years.