A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday.
Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls, according to the Miss World website.
She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya.
The colourful ceremony included US group Sister Sledge performing their 1979 disco anthem “We Are Family.”
First, runner-up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration.
Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Khadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were also among the final five.
It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.
At the finals three years ago a controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa.
The 25-year old actress claimed the decision was due to her stance on China’s human rights record, including its persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner.
A handful of top Republicans have shifted ground in their support for US presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about women became public last week.
Since the comments became public, more than 12 Republican bigwigs have announced that they would not be voting for Mr Trump in November.
Mr Trump, who has apologized over his comments, however insists he will go ahead with his campaign, as he lashes out to some Republicans who advised him to withdraw from the race.
In the tape from 2005, Mr Trump is reportedly heard bragging about groping and kissing women.
Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are the latest of such Republicans to withdraw their support.
Mr McCain said such comments “make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his (Trump) candidacy.”
While Ms Rice said: “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”
The Republican Senator from New Hampshire, Senator Kelly Ayotte, in a statement she released after Mr Trump’s comments were published said, “I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”
The Senator however says she won’t vote for Hilary Clinton either.
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan who was initially supposed to host Mr Trump at a campaign event in Wisconsin this weekend, withdrew the invitation, saying he is “sickened” by what he heard.
The second TV debate between Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton will take place on Sunday evening (October 9) in St Louis.
A former beauty queen and former Miss World, Agbani Darego has said that the fast growing fashion industry in Nigeria will be the “next big thing” in the international market.
“I am excited for where we are right now and I know the fashion industry in Nigeria is going to be the next big thing, in my opinion,” she said while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, on Saturday.
Speaking about the life of a model, the fashion icon said the profession is not as glamorous as people think. “You have to be professional; you have to be on time. It’s not as glamorous as people think it is.”
“The process it takes to achieve the finished work which people see is a lot of work,” she said, adding that, “you are in hair and makeup for hours. You are on your feet all day long”.
Darego also confirmed her plans to leave the run way and move into the designing aspect of fashion although “modelling, obviously was my first love in the industry”.
Ms Darego expressed pleasure at progress so far in the fashion industry, adding that, “we still have a little way to go”.
She stated that there is a huge difference between what the industry is now compared to what it was when she debuted.
“You start and you grow,” she said.
“I am very blessed with the progress we have accomplished so far”.
The competition in Nigeria is becoming stiffer as many brands in the country shoot their commercials in other countries like South Africa thereby diminishing the opportunities available for Nigerian models.
Agbani Darego explained that most brands don’t understand the benefits models bring to their products. “Yes you may have the most amazing designs but if you don’t have the right model to help you market, then I’m sorry, you are not going to sell to anyone”.
She added that “as soon as we Nigerians recognise that then the modelling industry in Nigeria is going to grow even further than its doing already”.