Representing the Philippines, Karen Gallman was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 26, 2019. She bested 82 other candidates from different continents.
This made Gallman the first Miss Intercontinental from the Philippines. Representing the country, Christi McGarry and Katarina Rodriguez were the respective runners-up in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the international beauty pageant while Kris Tiffany Janson was second runner-up in 2014.
Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico was one of the judges during the Miss Intercontinental 2018 coronation night. Miss Intercontinental 2010 Maydelise Columna also served as a judge along with Lorenzo Llamas, Vincent De Paul, Dr. Kwon Han Jin, Marilyn de Mesa, Mr. Gay World Philippines 2009 Wilbert Tolentino, Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa and Miss Intercontinental Japan CEO Joanna Leonisa Gimena Miyamae.
Miss Intercontinental 2018 was hosted by Billy Crawford, Sarah Teshna anf Kumi Miyamae. It is the 47th edition of the international beauty pageant and it was the first time to be held in the Philippines although Japan was the official host country.
Aside from winning the Miss Intercontinental 2018 title, Gallman also won three special awards, namely Standout Beauty, Media Favorite and Body Beautiful. She won the awards in separate pre-coronation night events.
Gallman’s father is Australian while her mother is Filipino. Born and raised in Bohol, Philippines, she speaks English, Filipino and Bisaya.
The Filipino-Australian beauty queen graduated at the University of Queensland in Australia with a degree in Business Management. Before pursuing a career in beauty pageants, she worked in a commodities trading company in London, England as an operations analyst.
In 2007, Gallman was crowned Miss Ubay. In 2012, she finished in the Top 12 of Binibining Pilipinas where she also won the Miss Photogenic award and won second runner-up in Miss Resorts World Manila.
Runner-up to Gallman as Miss Intercontinental 2018 is Adriana Moya of Costa Rica. Laura Longauerová of Slovakia and Hillary Hollmann Del Prado of Colombia are second and third runners-up respectively.
Ngân Anh Lê Âu of Vietnam is fourth runner-up while Bella Lire Lapso of Ethiopia is fifth runner-up. Check the complete results here.
Here is Gallman after her crowning as Miss Intercontinental 2018: