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Miss World 2016 Is Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle

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Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts to being named Miss World.
 

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 06:46 AM

The Miss World 2016 crown was won by Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle on Sunday after besting contestants from more than 100 countries at the beauty pageant held at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C.

Del Valle, 19, a law and communications student, beat out first runner-up Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic, followed by second runner-up Natasha Mannuela of Indonesia, reported Reuters.

Evelyn Njambi Thungu of Kenya and Catriona Elisa Gray of the Philippines rounded out the final five contestants.

 

 

The 65-year-old Miss World pageant is not as well known in the United States, said the Washington Post, which noted that American representative was picked by a modeling agency instead of through a pageant.

Audra Mari, 22, a model and a public relations and communications student at North Dakota State University, represented America in the competition, according to the Miss World America website.

"Miss World has produced few celebrities of any renown in the United States — compared with, say, Miss America, which brought us Gretchen Carlson and Vanessa Williams," said the Washington Post's Maura Judkis. "True, Halle Berry and Lynda Carter passed through the Miss World system — but you didn't know that, did you? The most recent American to win Miss World was Alexandria Mills in 2010. Name ring a bell? No?"

Jeff Lee, a pageant coach who has worked in both the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions, told the Post that the pageant is huge in other countries.

"If you come from a pageant-crazy country like the Philippines, you're a big deal," Lee said. "The Chinese Miss World from 2007 did really well. You can see her as the face of Swarovski in every airport in China."

The Post said that Aishwarya Rai, who won the Miss India and Miss World titles in 1994, is now a Bollywood superstar.

This year's pageant will air Christmas Day, tape-delayed, on the E! cable network.

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