Miss World | 2018 Continental | WINNERS
Belarus | Europe
Mexico | Americas
Uganda ?? | Africa
Jamaica | Caribbean
Thailand | Asia and Oceania
Mexican volunteer crowned Miss World as Quiin Abenakyo does it for Africa
Sanya, China | AFP | Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo crowned a superb performance Saturday at the Miss World finals by being named Miss World Africa.
Miss Uganda Abenakyo,22, was the only African in the final five as a Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan.
Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls, according to the Miss World website.
She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya.
The colourful ceremony included US group Sister Sledge performing their 1979 disco anthem “We Are Family.”
First runner up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration and second runner up Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo, the first ever from her country to make it into the top 30.
Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich and Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson were also among the final five.
Who is Abenakyo?
Quiin has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Computing. She has a passion for cooking and dreams of becoming a top Chef and a successful Business Woman. Quiin’s proudest moment was when she participated in the New York Fashion week.
Her favourite film is ‘Coming to America’ with Eddie Murphy and her favourite food is martooke and groundnut sauce. She also enjoys reading and travelling. Personal Motto: ‘If you believe, you can achieve.’
Miss World, a short history
It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.
At the finals three years ago controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa.
The 25-year old actress claimed the decision was due to her stance on China’s human rights record, including its persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner.