Miss World 2019, the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on December 14, 2019 at the ExCeL London in London, United Kingdom. Vanessa Ponce of Mexico crowned her successor Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica by the end of the event. This is Jamaica’s fourth Miss World title, and its first since 1993.
|Final result Contestant|
|Miss World 2019 • Jamaica – Toni-Ann Singh|
|1st Runner-Up • France – Ophély Mézino|
|2nd Runner-Up • India – Suman Rao|
The Big Four pageants
Hundreds of beauty contests are held annually, but the Big Four are considered the most prestigious. The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Xinhua News Agency, and global news agencies such as Reuters and Agence France-Presse collectively refer to the four major pageants as “Big Four” namely:
- Miss World is the oldest existing major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Since Morley’s death in 2000, his widow, Julia Morley, co-chairs the pageant.
- Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf+Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996 and is currently owned by WME/IMG.
- Miss International, also called “Miss International Beauty”, is a Tokyo-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. The pageant was first held in 1960.
- Miss Earth is a United Nations-affiliated annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness organised by Philippine-based Carousel Productions through the Miss Earth Foundation. The pageant was first held in 2001.
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