Caribbean beauty and talent shone at the Miss World 2015 competition which was held on Saturday night (Dec 19) in Sanya, China.
Miss Jamaica Dr Sanneta Myrie was among the top five finalists, narrowly missing the opportunity to become the first dreadlocked Miss World, while Miss Guyana Lisa Punch entertained the audience with her singing.
Punch, winner of the talent competition, was among the Top 20 semi-finalists. She performed twice singing her winning song, an original composition called “One Last Time” and an Alicia Keys’ song.
Miss Trinidad and Tobago,Kimberly Farrah Singh, failed to make the cut.
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Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo was named the winner of the competition, while Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia was the runner-up and Indonesia’s Maria Harfanti took third place. Myrie joined the women in the top 5 along with Lebanon’s Valerie Abou Chacra in fourth place.
After making the top five, Myrie was reportedly asked why she should be named Miss World 2015. Myrie reportedly answered that she was already grateful to be representing her country at the competition.
“I am so grateful. My story is one of a little girl whose life was transformed with charity and love and I want to give that back to others,” Myrie is quoted as saying.
Indeed, the dreadlocked beauty has a lot to be grateful for despite not winning the pageant. She finished top five following a lengthy competition featuring 114 women. Among the highlights was her third place finish in the talent contest.
Meanwhile, the victory marked the first-ever win for a Spanish contestant.
Lalaguna is a 23-year-old model from Barcelona with a degree in pharmacology who plans to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition. She placed first in the competition’s top model contest and appeared to impress the judges with her public speaking.