India's Manushi Chhillar, who won the Miss World pageant last year, passed the baton to Mexico's Vanessa Ponce De Leon at a glitzy ceremony, where the first runner-up title went to Thailand's representative and Femina Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas failed to make it even to the top 12. All pictures/Vanessa Ponce De Leon Instagram
Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the coveted Miss World 2018 crown at a grand event held in the Chinese city Sanya. Vanessa Ponce de Leon, at backstage after winning the crown at the Sanya City Arena said, "I can't believe it, I really can't believe it... And I think all the girls deserved it. I am proud to represent all of them. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone."
Vanessa Ponce de Leon smiled away with moist eyes as she folded her hands in gratitude to gesture the traditional Indian 'Namaste' greeting when Manushi Chhillar placed the elaborate crown on her head. Vanessa Ponce de Leon took a walk as the newly-crowned beauty queen, waving at the crowd and wrapped up the evening with a celebratory dance with co-contestants
Here is her winning answer during the pageant night's question and answer segment...
Q: How would you use your influence as Miss World to help others?
A: Good night, everyone. I would use my position just the way I've been doing it for the past 3 years – being an example. We all can be an example of good in the world, we all have to care, we all have to love, we all have to be kind. It don't cost a thing. Helping is not that hard. We just really need the world to make a change. You just need to go there. There's always someone that'll need what you have to offer.
After her win, Vanessa Ponce de Leon admitted she was 'going through a process' as she adapted to people referring to her by her new title, rather than Miss Mexico
An adventurous soul, Vanessa Ponce de Leon has qualified as an open water scuba diver and also enjoys playing volleyball, painting and ultimate Frisbee, according to the official Miss World website
Vanessa Ponce de Leon was born on March 7, 1992. She was born and raised in the city of Guanajuato and grew up in Mexico City. She holds a degree in International Commerce from the University of Guanajuato. Vanessa Ponce de Leon is the first Mexican to be crowned Miss World
Vanessa Ponce de Leon started her runway career as the winner of Mexico's Next Top Model Season 5 in 2014, and since then has been on a roll, with appearances in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger etc
Vanessa Ponce de Leon was crowned Miss World Mexico 2018 on May 5, 2018 at Sonora where 32 candidates competed for the national title. She won the title and was crowned by the outgoing Miss Mexico 2017 Andrea Meza
Vanessa Ponce de Leon volunteered for an organisation called Migrantes en el Camino, providing shelter to the needy in the state of Oaxaca which is one of the poorest regions of Mexico
Having pursued a degree in International Business, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, is currently on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls and volunteers for 'Migrantes en el Camino'. She is a speaker for the National Youth Institute as well as working as a model and a presenter
Vanessa Ponce de Leon is a speaker for the National Youth Institute in Mexico, which deals with planning and programming policies and actions related to youth
Vanessa Ponce de Leon has previously said of her humanitarian work: 'I am a woman who is always searching for a purpose
Vanessa Ponce de Leon's said, "I believe in love, art and caring for others. I am a hard worker, a daydreamer and I am always trying to put a smile on the faces of the people I meet."
On humanitarian work, Vanessa Ponce de Leon said: "I had been a model for the past couple of years, but two years ago, I gave the profession up."
Vanessa Ponce de Leon added, "It's a completely different business. I work with people with disabilities or girls that are going through rehab, and I just love it. Everyone should try volunteering at least once in their life. They will be very surprised."
According to the Miss World website, Vanessa Ponce de Leon's favourite television show is 'Downton Abbey'
According to the Miss World website, Vanessa Ponce de Leon's personal motto is 'We all need each other'
Mexico's Vanessa Ponce De Leon was recently crowned as Miss World 2018 by Manushi Chhillar at a glitzy ceremony in Sanya city in China. Here are some interesting facts about the beauty with brains lady. All pictures/Vanessa Ponce De Leon Instagram
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