Megan Young made history on Saturday as she became the first Miss Philippines to win a Miss World competition in Nusa Dua Bali. The pageant was held in an atmosphere that was made tense by the contest being surrounded by terrorists who threatened to disrupt the proceedings.
When Julia Morley, chairman of the Miss World organization and top judge, announced the decision on Saturday in the Convention Center the crowd’s response was electric. The 23 year-old new Miss World takes the crown from last year’s winner Wenxia Yu from China.
Second place went to Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, and third place was taken by Miss Ghana, Naa Okailey Shooter. Sadly, the indonesian contestant made it as far as the top 10, but while the contest was hosted by her native country, she did not win. Vania Larissa did win the talent portion of the pageant with her singing.
Megan Young was actually born in the United States and moved to the Philippines with her family when she was 10 years-old. After moving she worked as a hostess on television and worked in Philippine films. She is currently studying digital filming.
Speaking to the press after winning the crown, she spoke of looking forward to seeing the world and learning about different cultures and customs. She also said that she wanted to help her “fellow Filipinos” and get them involved with her travels. Megan revealed that she was going to miss Filipino food.
The new Miss World’s mother, Vicky Young, was excited about her daughter’s win and urged her to make the most of the opportunity to travel and spread “good feelings” around the world. She said that she would look after the family while Megan travelled.
Miss Philippines is breathtakingly beautiful and despite stiff competition from the world’s most beautiful women, she became the newest Miss World. The contest was surrounded by fundamentalist terrorists. These individuals kept up a constant barrage of threats against the contestants and the organizers.
Julia Morley was very complimentary of Megan and relayed her confidence that the new Miss World would do everything expected of her. Morley was full of praise for all the young women who participated. She also stated that the new Miss World would be getting a “lot of attention.”
There were 127 hopefuls competing for the crown and they were introduced to the audience on Saturday. The young ladies were stunning is evening gowns covered with sequins. Unfortunately four contestants had to drop out of the pageant. Syafril Nasution, a local organizer, explained that this was mainly because of personal illnesses.
On Friday, all the Miss World judges went over the work that the hopefuls had done and made their announcement of winners for five of the six challenges. The Sports event went to The Netherlands’ Jacqueline Steenbeek. Beach fashion, which replaced the bikini contest, was won by Brazil’s Sancler Frantz. While the multimedia challenge went to India’s Navneet Dhillon.
Beauty with Purpose was won by the Nepalese hopeful Ishani Shrestha who founded an oral hygiene awareness program for remote areas in her country. The project was aptly titled “Smile.”
Last year’s Miss World, Wenxia Yu spoke of her plans now that she had passed her crown onto Miss Philippines. She explained that she would go back to China to help her unemployed parents by getting a job. As a daughter, is supposed to,” she said.
Megan Young became the first Miss Philippines to win the Miss World competition. The contest took place amid breathtaking beauty, not only of the participants, but the area as well. Despite being surrounded by terrorists, the pageant went on. Although the organizers had to change their venue because of threats. We would like to join the rest of the world in congratulating the new Miss World, Megan Young.
By Michael Smith