Last December 6, 2003 in Hainan, China, Rosanna Davidson of Ireland was crowned Miss World during an edition every pageant follower thought the title was already in the bag for the Irish bet who happens to be the daughter of singer Chris de Burgh and a good friend of Julia Morley. Regardless of that talk, Miss Philippines Maria Rafaela Verdadero Yunon gave Filipinos reasons to be happy that night when she made it all the way to the Top 5. Even prior to the Finals, our representative always stood out in almost every event she was short-listed for or an integral part of.
Memorable were Mafae’s red gown and killer heels that really made her shine even more. Rumor has it that the ensemble wasn’t what BPCI instructed her to wear for the competition, and that a personal glam team insured that she be dressed and styled more differently than originally planned. But that’s all water under the bridge now. Below are highlights of Miss World 2003: