Miss World 2019 Gives Up Her Crown

Jamaica’s Toni Ann Singh, Miss World 2019, and the longest-reigning “monarch” in the world’s beauty pageant gave up her crown at the staging of the 70th edition of the beauty competition. 

The event, which has been hit by multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was finally held at the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan.

Amid the pomp and pageantry, the organizers expressed solidarity with Ukrainians during a candlelight performance. 

The words “a prayer for peace” appeared on the screen behind the finalists, as Singh performed a rendition of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer

At the end of the night, Poland which shares a border with Ukraine, saw their contestant Karolina Bielawska being crowned Miss World 2021. 

USA’s Shree Saini was placed second, while Olivia Yacé of Côte d’Ivoire took the third spot.

The official Miss World Twitter account stated that the pageant stands with Ukraine, following Russia’s unprovoked invasion of the country. 

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