Finally.. A Filipina Miss World!
Megan Young, the first Filipina to win the crown, bested 128 contestants from around the world making her the 1st Filipina to wear the blue crown since 1952.
She won over five other finalists including Marine Lorphelin of France, Carranzar NAA Okailey Shooter of Ghana, Sancler Frantz Konzen of Brazil, Elena Ibarbia Jimenez of Spain and Gibraltar’s Maroua Kharbouch, who won the People’s Choice Award.
Young also zoomed up in rankings after her performance in the Question & Answer portion, where all top six candidates were asked, “Why should you become Miss World?”
Thanking the Indonesian audience in their native language, Young, who wore a pink Francis Libiran gown, brought up the “core values” of Miss World and how she hopes to embody these “to help society.”
Before giving her answer, Young also got to talk with Klass about the strong cheer for her from the audience. They were waiting for her profile reel to be set up — it initially showed a different candidate — when Young quipped, “I actually brought half of the Philippines here!”
Megan Young goes down in history as the first-ever Filipina to win Miss World—breaking a popular urban legend that no Filipina will ever win the title.
Despite the Philippines’ successful finish in Miss Universe and other international beauty tilts, the Miss World crown has been elusive until 62 years later.
In 2011, the Philippines almost won the title when Gwendoline Ruais placed second to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela. In 2012, Queneerich Rehman made it to the Top 15 while in 1993, Sharmaine “Ruffa” Gutierrez placed 2nd runner-up to Lisa Hanna of Jamaica.