Representing Mexico, Vanessa Ponce, 26, has been crowned Miss World 2018. She bested 117 other contestants from around the world and is the first representative of her country to win the title.
On December 8, 2018, Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, 21, of India crowned Ponce as her successor. The coronation night took place at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya City, China.
Miss World 2018 was the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant known for having the most number of contestants among all major pageants. New format was introduced with the Top 5 selected from the Continental Queens of Beauty.
The Top 30 were trimmed down to Top 12. The Top 12 semi-finalists were grouped into five continents namely Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, Caribbean and Europe.
The Mexican representative was named Miss Americas. Joining her in the Top 5 were Miss World Africa 2018 Quiin Abenakyo, 22, of Uganda, Miss World Asia and Oceania 2018 Nicolene Limsnukan, 20, of Thailand, Miss World Caribbean 2018 Kadijah Robinson, 23, of Jamaica and Miss World Europe 2018 Marian Vasilevich, 21, of Belarus.
Runner-up to Ponce as Miss World 2018 was Limsnukan. Since Ponce was crowned Miss World 2018, Solaris Barba of Panama was named the new Miss World Americas 2018.
Ponce was born in Guanajuato City, Guanajuato, Mexico on March 7, 1992. However, she was raised in Mexico City, the most populous city in North America.
In 2014, Ponce joined “Mexico’ Next Top Model” Season 5, which aired on Sony Entertainment Television and was hosted by Jaydy Michel, 42. Ponce won the modelling competition besting 12 other contestants.
On May 5, 2018, Ponce was crowned Miss World Meixco 2018 at Salón Imperial de Villa Toscana, Sonora, Mexico besting 31 other candidates. At Miss World 2018, she first emerged as the winner in her group during the first round of the Head-to-Head Challenge.
In the second round of the Head-to-Head Challenge, Ponce faced Miss Trinidad and Tobago Ysabel Bisnath, 26. The Mexican representative won and advanced to the Top 30.
Here is Ponce’s introduction as Mexico’s representative at Miss World 2018:
Check the complete results of Miss World 2018 here.