The four winning pillars of pageantry in 2018:
Catriona Gray – Miss Universe
Vanessa Ponce de León – Miss World
Mariem Claret Velazco – Miss International
Nguyễn Phương Khánh – Miss Earth
Indeed, this is the year split between Asians and Latinas in international beauty competitions. If you consider the rest of the other pageants like Miss Supranational (Puerto Rico), Miss Grand International(Paraguay), Miss Tourism International (Indonesia), Miss Asia Pacific International (Philippines), Miss Eco International (Philippines), The Miss Globe (China), Reina Hispanoamericana (Venezuela), Miss United Continents (México) and more, you’ll see what I mean.
As 2018 comes to a close, let us look forward to an even more exciting 2019 with the opening salvo being the 47th Miss Intercontinental next month.
Happy New Year to all of you, my dear readers!
Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de León of Mexico (center) with 1st Runner-Up Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand (3rd from left) who is also Miss World Asia-Oceania. The other continental winners are Miss World Africa Quiin Abenayko of Uganda, Miss World Europe Maria Vasilevich of Belarus, Miss World Caribbean Kadijah Robinson of Jamaica and Miss World Americas Solaris Barba of Panama (who effectively replaced Vanessa after she won)
Vanessa Ponce de León of Mexico wins Miss World 2018.
Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand is 1st Runner-Up.
Although no 2nd Runner-Up was formally announced, it was reported that Quiin Abenayko of Uganda placed 3rd overall.
Continental Queen Winners:
Miss World Europe – Maria VASILEVICH (Belarus)
Miss World Caribbean – Kadijah ROBINSON (Jamaica)
Miss World Americas – Solaris BARBA (Panama)
Miss World Africa – Quiin ABENAKYO (Uganda)
Miss World Asia and Oceania – Nicolene Pichapa LIMSNUKAN (Thailand)