Miss World 2019, the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant, took place on 14 December 2019 at ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom. At the end of the event, Toni-Ann Singh crowned miss world 2019 by Vanessa Ponce of Mexico. This is the fourth title of Miss World in Jamaica and its first since 1993.
Singh, 23, was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a graduate in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Florida State University.
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My Jamaica, sweet Jamaica??we did it! Wah we seh? LIKKLE BUT WE TALLAWAH. My heart is filled with love and gratitude. Thank you so much for believing in me. You pushed me to believe in myself. I am not only honored but humbled to be the 69th Miss World. Thank you to my family and to my friends. The love and support you poured into me now allows me to pour into the world. My mother @jahrinebailey, I love you I love you I love you. I wish to become even half the woman you are. You are my strength, my number one supporter/cheerleader/fan and my absolute best friend. _____________________________________________________________ To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. It’s for you to truly understand that no matter where you’re from and the cards you’re dealt in life – your dreams are valid. You have a PURPOSE. _____________________________________________________________ To the @missjamaicaworld franchise, thank you for taking a chance on me and leading the way. I wouldn’t have accomplished my dream without your efforts. To @hon.oliviagrange, you held my hand and lifted my head up high. I could not have reached this far without you. To the @missworld franchise – I am willing and ready to do the work; to officially be the face that represents the core of Miss World – Beauty with a Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ And last but of course not least, thank you GOD. Thank you for allowing me to walk the path towards my purpose. My heart is full????? One Love.
Before winning the pageant, Toni-Ann Singh took a year off from school before attending medical school.
On Saturday, she won an ovation from the audience after singing Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” on the beauty pageant and after a round of questions from British journalist Piers Morgan.
“I think I represent something special, a generation of women who are pushing forward to change the world,” Morgan said.
Last year’s winner, Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico, crowned Singh.
The first and second runners up of the beauty pageant were respectively Ophely Mezino of France and Suman Rao of India.
This is the fourth time since 1959 that a Jamaican representative has been crowned as Miss World. Previously, Jamaica won the titles of Miss World in 1963, 1976 and 1993.
It is also the first time in Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe or now Miss World that all of the top beauty pageants will have been crowned as their winners by black women.
Last weekend, South African Zozibini Tunzi was named Miss Universe after excelling in the swimsuit rounds and evening gown struts and addressing social questions.