MISS WORLD 2019 has crowned a new winner – Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh.
The 23-year-old took home the prestigious title on Saturday, where she said she wanted to use her title to work for “sustainable change” for women and their children.
Speaking to Reuters, Singh said: “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.
“It’s ok to celebrate things like beauty and attributes like strength and those things. But this is so much more,” she added.
Following her win, Singh described herself as a “changed woman” after the experience of taking part in the Miss World competition, she said: “There’s no way I could chalk it up to just being about beauty, because that’s the last on the list, honestly.”
Singh, who wowed the judges with her rendition Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing in the competition, received her crown from last year’s winner, Vanessa Ponce of Mexico.
The show was hosted by singer Peter Andre and winner of Miss World 2013, Megan Young. The judges included fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, TV presenter Piers Morgan and chairwoman of Miss World, Julia Morley.
The winner also took to social media to share some inspiring words for young girls. “To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself,” she said. “Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE.“
Singh’s win also adds to the list of black women winning major pageant titles. Miss Universe was won by South African model Zozibini Tunzi, Miss USA by North Carolina-born Cheslie Kryst, 19-year-old Kaliegh Garris took home the Miss Teen USA title and Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America.
This is the first time in history all the titles are held by black women at the same time.