Vanessa Ponce de León crowned Miss World 2018

08 Dec 2018 | Irina Silva

At the conclusion of the grand coronation night of Miss World 2018 held tonight in Sanya City Arena, Vanessa Ponce De Leon of Mexico was crowned the new queen by her predecessor Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar. The grand event witnessed it all; from unparalleled entertainment to glorious performances, Miss World 2018 was indeed a grand affair.

Vanessa Ponce de Leon is a 26-year-old gorgeous beauty holds a degree in International Business and is currently on the Board of Directors of a Rehab centre for girls. Fluent in both English and Spanish languages, the Mexican beauty proved her worth in the competition with an outstanding performance at the finale.


Vanessa Ponce de León crowned Miss World 2018


As the grand finale started, the contestants were divided into groups according to their continents as they were introduced to the world. With Former Miss Worlds Megan Young and Stephanie del Valle on stage along with the official hosts of the evening, the night was full of glamour and grandeur.

As the Continents of the World performance began, the contestants then strutted on the stage which was followed by the Dances of the World, one of the most loved parts of the evening. It can also be said that the Dances of the World is definitely the USP of Miss World.

The serious part came after as the Top 30 were announced; 17 were selected from the Head to Head Challenges, Fast Track competitions and Beauty With a Purpose competition. The rest 13 were selected by the accomplished panel of the jury which comprised of Former Miss World winners and intricate members associated with the Miss World Organization.


Vanessa Ponce de León crowned Miss World 2018


The Top 30 included - H2H Challenge Winners, Fast Track events' winners and BWAP winners - Jannatul Ferdous Oishee, Anahi Hormazabal Garay, Maëva Coucke, Anukreethy Vas, Alya Nurshabrina, Kanako Date, Larissa Ping Liew, Anne Murielle Ravina, Vanessa Ponce De Leon, Shrinkhala Khatiwada, Jessica Tyson, Vanessa Annelise Peh, Nicolene Limsnukan, Quiin Abenakyo, Marisa Paige Butler, Veruska Ljubisavljevic, Tran Tieu Vy. The Jury's choice winners were - Ashley Lashley, Maria Vasilevich, Angeline Flor Pua, Peirui Mao, Reihana Koteka-Wiki, Kadijah Robinson, Larissa Segarel, Anita Ukah, Katharine Walker, Solaris Barba, Natalya Stroeva, Linzi McLelland and Thulisa Keyi.

As the Top 30 contestants were introduced separately, the audience cheered for their favourite and unabashedly and unapologetically supported their countries. The Top 30 were then cut down to Top 12 which included at least two contestants from each continent.

The Miss World 2018 Top 12 countries were also announced continent wise and were as follows – From EUROPE, Belarus, France and Scotland made the cut. From the Caribbean, Jamaica and Martinique moved on to the next round. From AMERICAS, Mexico and Panama moved on while from Africa, Mauritius and Uganda moved forward. From Asia and Oceania, Nepal, New Zealand and Thailand moved forward.

Fernando Allende, an international singing sensation released his song on the Miss World 2018 stage which featured this year’s contestants in the video. The audience enjoyed the new release as they grooved to the beats.

Miss World 2018 Continental Queens of Beauty were announced after that which included the winner from each continent and who also made it to the Top 5. They were -


Vanessa Ponce de León crowned Miss World 2018


Miss World Europe 2018 – Maria Vasilevich (Belarus)

Miss World Caribbean 2018 – Kadijah Robinson (Jamaica)

Miss World Americas 2018 – Vanessa Ponce de León (Mexico)

Miss World Africa 2018 - Quiin Abenakyo (Uganda)

Miss World Asia and Oceania 2018 – Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan (Thailand)

As the most important part of the evening came, the question and answer round was held which saw former beauty queens asking each of the Top 5 questions which were answered with fluency and precision.

Julia Morley, the Chairperson of Miss World Organization, then announced that the winners of BWAP projects would be accompanying her this year for the BWAP tour and everyone cheered! As the evening came to a close, Manushi Chhillar took her last walk as the queen as she got emotional and thanked everyone for such an amazing journey. Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand was awarded the title of first Runner-up at the end of the event.

Congratulations to the newly crowned queen!