Im Ji Yeon will represent South Korea in Miss World 2019. She is the 49th woman from her country to compete in the oldest running international beauty pageant, which was created by Eric Morley in the United Kingdom in 1951.
Im is a student at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, United States. The private and statutory Ivy League research university was founded by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White in 1865.
On September 5, 2019, Im and 30 other candidates competed in the Miss Queen Korea 2019 coronation night, which was held at the Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. She was crowned Miss World Korea 2019.
It was the second edition of Miss Queen Korea. In the same event, Lee Yeon Joo, 20, was crowned Miss Universe Korea 2019 while Laura Whee Kwon was named Miss Korea Supranational 2019.
Im was crowned by Miss World Korea 2018 Bo Ah Cho. The latter did not place in the 68th edition of Miss World, which took place at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China on December 8, 2018.
Runner-up to Im as Miss World Korea 2019 was Park Ji Jeong. Lee Hwa Jin and No Gyu Oh were the respective second and third runners-up.
On December 14, 2019, Im will compete against more than 100 candidates from around the world for the Miss World 2019 title at the ExCeL London in London, England, U.K. The successor of Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce, 27, of Mexico will be the 69th woman to hold the title.
If Im wins Miss World 2019, she will be the first ever titleholder of the international beauty pageant from her country. The best placement by a candidate from South Korea in Miss World was by Choi Yeon Hee, who was runner-up to Miss World 1988 Linda Petursdotti, 40, of Iceland.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the newly crowned Miss Queen Korea 2019 winners: