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Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss World 2016

Stephanie Del Valle wins

Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle has been crowned Miss World 2016. The 19-year-old student was selected from 117 beautiful women from around the world who were competing for the coveted title.

Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna, who won the title in 2015, crowned her successor at the lavish beauty pageant on Sunday (18 December.)

Miss World 2015, Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, crowns Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del ValleAFP/Getty

Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain crowns Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor December 18, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The top five finalists were Miss Kenya, Miss Philippines, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Philippines.

Miss Dominican Republic was named first runner-up, while Miss Indonesia was second runner-up. Miss Mongolia was announced as the winner of the People’s Choice award.

 

First runner up Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez (L); Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (C); and second runner up Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (R) stand together at the MGM National Harbor December 18, 2016 in Oxon Hill, MarylandAFP/Getty

First runner up Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez (L); Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (C); and second runner up Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (R) stand together after Del Valle’s win in the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor December 18, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Miss India, who is traditionally considered a strong contender in the competition after three predecessors – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Yukta Mookhey – won the title, failed to make it to the top 10 list.

For Del Valle, representing her country in the competition and winning the Miss World title was a dream come true. The second Miss World to come from Puerto Rico, she previously won Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2016.

 

 

Written by Priya Joshi.

 

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