SPANISH BEAUTY, Mireia Lalaguna Royo was crowned Miss World 2015 in Sanya, China on Saturday night, December 19, after the close battle against 113 other women from across the world.
Royo’s win is the first for Spain since the start of the London-based pageant in 1951.
“I think it’s important that they don’t want to see only our bodies, they are looking for moral things,” she said.
“I think this is a good decision, because Miss World is not looking for our body, they are looking for a soul,” Lalaguna told AP in an interview after the pageant.
The 23-year-old model from Barcelona has a degree in pharmacology, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition. She won the top model contest.
Last year’s winner, Rolene Strauss of South Africa passed on the crown to Royo during the event watched by over a billion people around the globe
Miss Russia Sofia Nikitchuk emerged first runner-up and Indonesia’s Maria Harfanti won second runner-up. Completing the top 5 are Miss Lebanon Valerie Abou Chacra and Miss Jamaica Sanneta Myrie.
Philippines’ bet, Hilarie Danielle Parungao managed to take a spot in the Top 10 but failed to advance to the Top 5. She however won the Multi-media challenge.
Top 10 finalists include Misses PHILIPPINES, GUYANA, FRANCE, SOUTH AFRICA, and AUSTRALIA. Added to the Top 10 is Miss Vietnam who won the People’s Choice Award.
Completing the top 20 finalists are beauties from THE NETHERLANDS, BRAZIL
KAZAKHSTAN, POLAND, NEW ZEALAND, CHINA PR, SOUTH SUDAN, SCOTLAND, ECUADOR, and NORTHERN IRELAND.
Special award winners are Miss INDONESIA as Beauty with a Purpose, Miss Spain won Top Model, Miss Philippines as Best in Multimedia, Namibia topped the Sports category while Guyana won Miss Talent.
Miss World 2013, Philippines’ Megan Young served as one of the hosts during the two-hour final show.
Photos from Miss World, AP, and Reuters.