Toni-Ann Singh, a Jamaican model, has emerged the winner of the 2019 Miss World Pageantry crown.

The 22-year-old beauty queen snagged the pageantry crown on Saturday at the grand finale of the contest, which held in London as the 69th of its kind.

She was crowned by Vanessa Ponce de Leon, her predecessor.

Following her win, Singh described herself as representing “a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world.”

“To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a purpose,” she wrote in a tweet.

Singh is the fourth Jamaican representative to be crowned Miss World as her country had earned the title in 1963, 1976, and 1993.

Singh had left for London in November to participate in the contest’s pre-pageant activities, placed in the top 40 of the competition, and was thereafter granted direct entry into the semifinals.

She was crowned the winner after beating Ophély Mézino of France, the first runner-up, Suman Rao of India, the second runner-up.

Zozibini Tunzi, a beauty pageant titleholder who doubles as Miss South Africa, was similarly crowned Miss Universe 2019 after she excelled through rounds of swimsuit, evening gown struts, and speaking on social matters.

This will be the first time in history that black women will hold the titles for Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World.



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