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Panama’s Carmen Irina Drayton is Miss Grand International 2019 third runner-up

Carmen Irina Drayton, 23, of Panama almost won Miss Grand International 2019. She was the third runner-up of the seventh edition of the international beauty pageant Nawat Itsaragrisil founded in 2013.

Hosted by Leo Aldana, 35, of Venezuela and Miss Grand International 2018 Clara Sosa, 26, of Paraguay, the Miss Grand International 2019 coronation night took place at the Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela on October 25, 2019. It was the first time the contest was held in Latin America.

It was Lourdes Valentina Figuera Morales, 19, of Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Venezuela who was crowned Miss Grand International 2019. She bested 59 other candidates including Drayton, who hails from Portobelo, Colón Province, Panama.

Representing Portobelo, Drayton was crowned Señorita Panamá Grand International 2019 at the Señorita Panamá 2019 coronation night at the Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama on June 20, 2019. She was Panama’s first ever candidate in Miss Grand International.

María Fernanda Malo Juvera Raimond Kedilhac, 22, of Mexico was Miss Grand International 2019 first runner-up while Coco Arayha Suparurk, 24, Thailand was second runner-up. Marjorie Marcelle Corrêa Angelotti, 23, Brazil was fourth runner-up.

Dayton was Best in Swimsuit while Mara Štefica Topić, 24, Ecuador was Best in National Costume and Camila Namie Escribens, 21, of Peru was Best in Evening Gown. Nguyễn Hà Kiều Loan, 19, Vietnam made it to the Top 20 by winning the Miss Popular Vote award.

Nguyễn went on to proceed to the Top 10 but did not make it to the Top 5. Topić, Escribens, Taylor Marlene Curry, 23, Australia and Hazel Marie Ortíz Méndez, 22, of Puerto Rico also finished in the Top 10.

Before the Miss Grand International 2019 coronation night ended, Aldana announced that Figuera is crowning her successor in 2020 also in Venezuela. Watch the coronation night here:

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