2019 becomes 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.
Australian “Mysterious Girl” singer Peter Andre hosted and performed at the splashy ceremony held at ExCeL which also included English broadcaster Piers Morgan as head judge as Miss World 2018, Vanessa Ponce of Mexico crowned her successor Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica at the 69th edition of Miss World pageant.
Toni-Ann beat 111 contestants to become the fourth Jamaican woman to wear the crown in the Miss World pageants’ history.
Toni-Ann is a stunning aspiring doctor who speaks English, Jamaican and Creole and is studying psychology at the University of Florida.
Prior to the winning the pageant, Singh was taking a year off from school before attending medical school.
Last weekend, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was named Miss Universe after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts and answering questions about social issues.
Toni-Ann said she wanted to use her title to work for “sustainable change” for women and their children.
Asked about the value of beauty contests in today’s world of #MeToo and the drive for equality and respect for women, the 23-year-old graduate said beauty for her was the least important aspect of her achievement.
“I want to make a change that’s sustainable. So if we’re talking women, it needs to be something that will make sure that their children and their children’s children have a different value of life,” an overjoyed Singh told reporters after winning the title in London.
Singh did not specify what kind of change she had in mind.
On Saturday, she earned an ovation from the audience after singing Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” during the beauty pageant and after a round of questions from Piers Morgan.
“I think I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world,” she told Morgan
Piers, who has also judged America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, said the pageant was the judging highlight of his life.