Miss Philippines Megan Young Was Crowned Miss World

Miss Philippines Megan Lynne Young Was Crowned Miss World

Miss Philippines Megan Young was crowned Miss World in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. She beat 126 candidates at the end of the three-week contest. She bested 126 beauty queens from around the world to become the first Filipina to win the most coveted Miss World title in the 63-year history of the London-based pageant.

Marine Lorphelin, a 20-year-old medical student from France, took second place, and Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, a 23-year-old from medical student from Ghana came third.

Megan Lynne Young was born in the U.S., but her family moved to the Philippines when she was 10. She is an American-Filipino personality and TV host. Young is currently studying Digital Film Making at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

On September 14, 2012, she was named one of the National Peace Ambassadors along with other local personalities, and crowned Miss Philippines World 2013 last August 18.

Megan Young entered the semifinal round with the highest score based on preliminary activities. The day before coronation night, Miss World Organization announced that Young topped the ‘Top Model’ competition and placed fourth in the ‘Multimedia Challenge, and fifth in the ‘Beach Beauty’ contest.

Those who made it to top six were Brazil’s Sancler Frantz, who won the ‘Beach Beauty’ competition, Elena Ibarbia of Spain and Maroua Kharbouch of Gibraltar who amassed the highest number of public votes.

Young was a favorite in the 2013 Miss World Philippines, and was as impressive in the Miss World competition where she opened the media delegation at the press conference with Miss World owner Julia Morley and Yu Wenxia of China.

Extremists groups plan to disrupt the pageant

The United States, Australia, and British embassies issued travel warning to Indonesia saying extremists groups could be planning to disrupt the pageant.

The Indonesian government and the organizers moved the finals to Nusa Dua, a Hindu resort island southern Bali, following weeks of protest from the members of the radical Islam Defenders Front to cancel the pageant.

Organizers decided to replace the famed bikinis from the ‘beach fashion’ round with Balinese sarongs to reduce the hard-line anger.

Despite threats to disrupt the pageant, hundreds of Indonesian police deployed across Bali confirmed that there were no reports of unrest surrounding the Miss World beauty contest finals.

Organizers decided to replace the famed bikinis from the ‘beach fashion’ round with Balinese sarongs to reduce the hard-line anger.

Core value of humanity

To the question “Why should you be Miss World?” Young answered, “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society.”

Megan Young promised to be the best Miss World ever and pledged to share what she knows to educate people.

The new Miss World will represent the Miss World Organization and spend the next year traveling to help raise money for its charitable causes.

Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas

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