Against a backdrop of protests, Miss Philippines Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia, on Sunday.
Young, 23, who was born in the United States before moving to the Philippines, beat out second place Miss France Marine Lorphelin, 20, and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, who finished third, reported the Jakarta Post
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"I’m really looking forward to traveling the world to see what’s out there and to see different cultures," Young said in a news conference, per the Jakarta Post. "I want to see what we can do to help others and involve my fellow Filipinos in my efforts. The one thing I’m going to miss the most is Filipino food."
Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia had protested the pageant, forcing the finals out of Jakarta, the country's capital, to Bali, reported The Associated Press
. Bali is the lone Hindu-majority province in the world's most populous Muslim country.
The country's most powerful clerics' group, the Indonesia Ulema Council, the hardline Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, and Front for Islamic Defenders all demanded that the Indonesian government to cancel the event, the AP reported.
The groups argued the competition violated Muslim believes because of women's skin showing during the bikini competition, even after pageant modifications.
Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her sold-out concert there after hardliners charged that she was a "devil worshipper," and Jennifer Lopez was forced to revamp her show to more conservative clothing and dances after facing similar pressure for her Jakarta gig last December, reported the AP.
The "Today" show reported that in the interview portion of the competition
, Young told judges she had an urge to "show other people how they can understand each other" and that "as one we shall help society."
The contestants competed in seven preliminary rounds in categories titled "beach fashion," "beauty with a purpose," "top model," and "sports and fitness."
The Jakarta Post wrote that Miss World 2012, Wenxia Yu of China, said she saw passing her crown on was the beginning of her "new journey."
"Since my parents do not have an income, I will return home to find a job that suits me and help my parents, as a daughter is supposed to,” Yu told the audience, the Jakarta Post added.
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