Miss World 2018: Mexican beauty queen who quit modelling for charity work is crowned

The new Miss World is a Mexican beauty queen who swapped modelling for charity work.

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon has been crowned Miss World at the 68th ceremony in China.

The 26-year-old is far from the stereotypical beauty queen.

She has a degree in international business and volunteers for charity Migrantes en el Camino and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls.

Her impressive achievements are listed on the official Miss World website.

Vanessa was crowned Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, at the glitzy ceremony on Saturday, which included a performance from Sister Sledge.

Miss World 2018: Mexican beauty queen who quit modelling for charity work is crowned

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon waves after winning the 68th Miss World contest
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The new Miss World said after her win: "I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it… And I think all the girls deserved it. I am proud to represent all of them.

"I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone."

Vanessa is also a speaker for the National Youth Institute and works as a presenter.

Miss World 2018: Mexican beauty queen who quit modelling for charity work is crowned

She said all the girls deserved to win
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She’s also a qualified open water scuba diver and enjoys playing volleyball and ultimate Frisbee and watching Downton Abbey in her spare time.

This year’s runner-up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan.

Miss World 2018: Mexican beauty queen who quit modelling for charity work is crowned

She was crowned by last year’s winner
(Image: Costfoto / Barcroft Images)

The rest of the final five was made up of Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo.

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