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Cook Islands’ Tajiya Eikura Sahay crowned Miss World Oceania 2019 in London, England

Tajiya Eikura Sahay, 26, of Cook Islands was crowned Miss World Oceania 2019 in London, England on December 14, 2019. She succeeded Jessica Tyson, 25, of New Zealand.

Hailing from Avarua, Cook Islands, Sahay was one of the 111 candidates who competed in Miss World 2019. It was the 69th edition of the oldest running international beauty pageant in the world.

Hosted by Peter Andre and Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines, the Miss World 2019 coronation night took place at the ExCeL London in London and was broadcast on E!, London Live and Univision. It featured performances by Andre, Lulu and the Misunderstood duo Stephan Benson and Jeffrey Okyere.

It was Toni-Ann Singh, 23, of Jamaica who won the Miss World 2019 title. She was crowned by Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce of Mexico.

Runner-up to Singh was Ophély Mézino, 20, of France while Suman Rao, 21, of India was second runner-up. Nyekachi Douglas, 20, of Nigeria and Elís Miele Coelho, 20, of Brazil finished in the Top 5.

Headed by Julia Morley, the panel of judges included Piers Morgan, Mike Dickson, Kamal Ibrahim, Zandra Rhodes, Marsha Rae Ratcliff OBE, Miss World 1975 Wilnelia, Lady Forsyth-Johnson, Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova, Miss UK 2014 Carina Tyrell and Miss New Zealand 2015 Dr. Deborah Lambie. Two creative directors from KB Couture also served as judges.

Including Sahay, there were six continental queens crowned. The others were Mézino as Miss World Europe 2019, Douglas as Miss World Africa 2019, Coelho as Miss World Americas 2019, Rao as Miss World Asia 2019 and Tya Janè Ramey, 21, of Trinidad and Tobago as Miss World Caribbean 2019.

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