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France’s Ophély Mézino crowned Miss World 2019 runner-up in London, England

Ophély Mézino, 20, of France almost won Miss World 2019. She was the first runner-up of the 69th edition of the oldest running international beauty pageant in the world.

It was Toni-Ann Singh, 23, of Jamaica who was crowned Miss World 2019 in London, England on December 14, 2019. She bested 110 other candidates from around 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.

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.

Mézino was also crowned Miss World Europe 2019. She was also the third runner-up in the Top Model competition and was one of the Top 10 finalists in Beauty With a Purpose.

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.

Born on July 16, 1999 in La Reunion, France, Mezino moved to Guadeloupe when she was a child. Representing Guadeloupe, she was named Miss France 2019 first runner-up on December 15, 2018 in Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

Miss France 2019 Vaimalama Chaves chose not to compete in Miss World 2019 because she wanted to accompany the Miss France 2020 contestants during their trip in Tahiti. On September 23, 2019, Mezino was appointed as the representative of France to Miss World 2019.

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