London: Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned as Miss World 2019 on Saturday and India’s Suman Rao was adjudged the second runner-up at the same event.
Ophely Mezino of France was declared the first runner-up.
Singh, 23, was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a psychology and women studies graduate of Florida State University.
Prior to winning the pageant, Singh was taking a year off from school before attending medical school.
This is the fourth time that a representative from Jamaica is crowned as Miss World since 1959. Jamaica has previously won Miss World titles in 1963, 1976 and 1993.
It’s also the first time that all top beauty pageants — Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and now, Miss World — have crowned black women as their winners.
India’s Suman Rao is a 20-year-old model who hails from Rajasthan. She won Miss India 2019 contest in June. Rao, who is a successful model, had walked the ramp during the Lakme Fashion Week and even worked with designer Manish Malhotra. During the Miss India World competition in June, she not only won the crown but also the “Miss Rampwalk” award.