Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh has won the Miss World Pageant 2019.
The 23-year-old Singh beat 113 other contestants from around the globe to win the coveted crown in a pageant which took place in London today December 14th.
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.
The three-hour broadcast saw contestants show off all the hard work they’ve been putting into the competition in the last few weeks, including prepping for a synchronised dance routine.
The other women rounding out the Top 5 are Miss France Ophely Mezino (first runner-up), Miss India Suman Rao (second runner-up), and Miss Brazil Elis Miele Coelho and Miss Nigeria Nyekachi Douglas.
Singh, 23, was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a psychology and women studies graduate of the Florida State University.
During the competition, Tonia spoke with confidence when she was asked why she should win the crown.
“I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world. I wouldn’t say I’m different from any other woman on this stage but I will say that my passion for women and pouring into them and making sure that they have the same opportunities that I’ve had is something that sets me apart,” she said
Asked about the most inspiring woman in his life, Singh said it is her mother.
“The most inspiring woman to me is my mother. If my mother and father are the roots and I am the tree, then really any work that I do and anything that I am able to change in the world is the fruits of their labor. I have watched her pour everything into me even at the sacrifice of her own wants and needs and that is why I am able to sit for you today,” she said