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Miss Philippines Megan Young was crowned the Miss World 2013 on Saturday in a glittering finale at the Bali Nasa Dua Convention Center in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Miss India Navneet Kaur Dhillon finished in the top 20 at the event.
The 23-year-old Megan Young beauty beat 127 contestants from around the world to take home the coveted beauty crown.
Miss France Marine Lorphelin was adjudged the first runner-up. The third place went to Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter.
Dressed in pearl white gown, the new Miss World waved to crowds as the outgoing Miss World Yu Wenxia of China put the crown on her. She is the first Filipino to win the Miss World beauty crown since its inception in 1951. She also won the Top Model title.
“Salamat sa mga kababayan ko. Mahal na mahal ko kayo [Thank you to all my fellowmen. I love you all],” Megan Young said to her fellow Filipinos.
This year’s Miss World was held amid tight security as the hardline Islamic Defenders’ Front in Indonesia had protested against it, calling it `whore contest’ and `pornography.’ Protests by Islamic hardliners forced the organizers to shift the pageant venue from Jakarta to Bali.
In the finals, Megan Young beat five other beauties to carry the title. Over a billion people in more than 180 countries watched the beauty pageant. She is second among the six finalists in the line-up before going into Saturday’s finals.
Born in the USA, Megan Young moved to the Philippines at the age of 10. She has been appearing in films, on TV shows and even as a presenter since the age of 15.
She is studying Digital Film making as she wants to become a film director. A die-hard Harry Potter fan, she says loves playing video games.
While Miss India Navneet Kaur Dhillon won the Multimedia Award, Miss Nepal was adjudged Beauty with a Purpose.
Miss Brazil was the winner Beach Fashion, Miss Netherlands of Sports and Fitness and Miss Indonesia of Talent Competition.
Miss Gibraltar won The Peoples’ Champion and thus got direct entry into the finals
6. Gibraltar ( She entered the finals because she had won The Peoples’ Champion award)
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