The first Mexican girl with the Miss World crown! Vanessa Ponce de León is the new Miss World!

26-year-old Vanessa Ponce de León from Mexico won the crown of the most beautiful woman in the world during the final of Miss World 2018 in Saturday! A beautiful Mexican model from Mexico City defeated 117 rivals from around the globe, including a representative of Thailand – 20-year-old Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan (1st Runner-Up). The representatives of Belarus, Jamaica and Uganda secured the promotion to the final five. Unfortunately, the Polish representative Agata Biernat (Miss Polonia 2017) did not get promotion to the TOP 30, but she had several smaller successes in the so-called mini competitions. 

The Miss World 2018 final took place on Saturday, December 8 in Sanya. The Chinese prefecture was the host of the competition for the eighth time (previous editions: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015 and 2017). The pre-final grouping started at the beginning of November and participated in as many as 118 candidates who participated in various events and mini competitions.

The grand final during which the most beautiful woman in the world was selected led: Fernando Allende and Angela Chow and former laureates of the competition – Megan Young (Miss World 2013) and Stephanie del Valle (Miss World 2016). The winners of the competition from previous years were also in the group of judges. The new Miss World chose among others Linda Petursdottir (Miss World 1988), Ninibeth Leal (Miss World 1991), Rolene Strauss (Miss World 2014) and Ksenia Sukhinova (Miss World 2008).

Candidates for the Miss World 2018 title appeared on stage in national costumes during the Dances of the World show.

        (Dances of the World, photo. AFP/East News)

        (Dances of the World, photo. AFP/East News)

In addition, they presented themselves in cocktail dresses and evening gowns.

The winners of mini competitions and Head-to-Head competition (selected during the grouping) as well as girls chosen by the jurors qualified for the TOP 30.  From this group the judges selected TOP 12 and TOP 5, which included the best candidates from each continent (one from Africa, America, Asia and Oceania, Europe and the Caribbean). Of them, was chosen the new Miss World.

The 26-year-old Vanessa Ponce de León comes from Mexico City. She is 174 cm and she is a graduate of International Business and human rights. She works as a model and presenter. In 2014, she won the fifth edition of the Mexico’s Next Top Model. In May this year she won the crown and the title of Miss Mexico 2018. In her spare time, she loves to dive, paint, play volleyball and ultimate frisbee.

        (Coronation of Miss World 2018, photo: AFP / East News)

Vanessa Ponce de León is also involved in social affairs. She promotes intercultural education among the indigenous people of the country. In addition, she is in the board of directors of the rehabilitation center for girls. She is also a speaker at the National Youth Institute.

        (Vanessa Ponce de León as the new Miss World, photo: AFP / East News)

Vanessa is the first Mexican girl in history who win this oldest, international and most prestigious beauty contest. She was noticeable during the whole grouping, which is full of her success in mini competitions: victory in Head-to-Head challenge, 2nd place in the global vote, 2nd place in the Multimedia category, 3rd place in the Beauty with a Purpose and promotion to the TOP 32 in the Miss World Top Model.

        (Vanessa Ponce during the Miss World 2018 grouping, photo. Miss World Mexico/Facebook)

20-year-old Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan from Thailand is 1st Runner-Up and the Miss World Asia & Oceania. TOP 5 also included: 21-year-old Maria Vasilevich from Belarus (Miss World Europe), 23-year-old Kadijah Robinson from Jamaica (Miss World Caribbean) and 22-year-old Quiin Abenakyo from Uganda (Miss World Africa).

        (Miss World 2018 TOP 5, from the left: Belarus, Jamaica, Mexico, Uganda, Thailand, photo: AFP / East News)

During the grouping and finale of Miss World 2018, Poland was represented by Miss Polonia 2017 – Agata Biernat. Remember that the 29-year-old Miss World Poland did not get promotion to the main TOP 30, she had several smaller successes! She took 4th place in the Miss World Talent. In addition, she was in the TOP 32 in Miss World Top Model and in the TOP 18 Miss World Sport. Congratulations!

        (Agata Biernat during the grouping and final of Miss World 2017, photo. Miss World, Miss World Poland)



Place: Country: Full Name:
MISS WORLD’18 Mexico  Vanessa Ponce de León
1ST RUNNER-UP Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan
TOP 5 Belarus



Maria Vasilevich

Kadijah Robinson

Quiin Abenakyo

TOP 12 France




New Zealand



Maëva Coucke

Larissa Segarel

Murielle Ravina

Shrinkhala Khatiwada

Jessica Tyson

Solaris Barba

Linzi McLelland

TOP 30 Bangladesh







Northern Ireland




South Africa



United States



Cook Islands

Jannatul Ferdous

Ashley Lashley

Angeline Flor Pua

Anahi Hormazabal

Mao Peirui

Anukreethy Vas

Alya Nurshabrina

Katharine Walker

Kanako Date

Larissa Ping

Anita Ukah

Thulisa Keyi

Natalya Stroeva

Vanessa Peh

Marisa Butler

Veruska Ljubisavljević

Trần Tiểu Vy

Reihana Koteka-Wiki


Photo. AFP / East News

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