LONDON, UK — Tony-Ann Singh of Jamaica was announced as the winner of the Miss World 2019 beauty pageant held at the ExCeL London on December 14.
Singh, 23, who is a women’s studies and psychology student at US’ Florida State University, won from a field of 111 contestants at the 69th edition of the pageant making her the fourth Jamaican to win the title — Carole Joan Crawford in 1963, Cindy Breakspeare in 1976 and Lisa Hanna in 1993.
She secured her place in the top 40 by winning the talent competition at the “Beauty with a Purpose” Gala Dinner in London, advanced to the final round of the competition along with Miss Nigeria, Miss Brazil, Miss India and Miss France.
British broadcaster Piers Morgan appeared as the head judge at the event and asked the finalists to answer the questions.
Singh stunned the audience with her amazing voice when she sang Whitney Houston’s classic, I Have Nothing.
She was later crowned by her predecessor – Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce from Mexico – in an epic moment on the stage. Ophely Mezino of France and Suman Rao of India were the first and second runners up of the beauty pageant respectively.
Toni-Ann’s Miss World crowning comes just one week after South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi took the title of Miss Universe 2019.
Some of the other contestants who competed for the title alongside Singh are Daniella Lundqvist from Sweden, Lucy Brock from New Zealand, Milena Sadowska from Poland, Bhasha Mukherjee from England, Naomi Colford from Canada, Malika Sera from Japan and Emmy Cuvelier from the US.
Now that she owns the crown for the next year, Toni-Ann will have the opportunity to travel the world, making a difference through a number of philanthropic projects.
She will also get the boost needed to expand her Beauty with a Purpose initiative to the furthest corners of the world.