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Miss World 2016 crown goes to Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico

News Agencies | Updated on: 19 December 2016, 9:33 IST

Miss Puerto Rico, Stephanie del Valle, has been crowned Miss World 2016. The 19-year-old edged out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe.

Del Valle is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry.

Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, del Valle yesterday called it an "honor and a great responsibility" to represent her Caribbean homeland.

First runner-up was Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic, followed by Miss World Indonesia Natasha Mannuela.

Contestants from Kenya and Catriona Gray of the Philippines also were in the final five.

Canada's Miss World representative, Chinese-born Anastasia Lin was embroiled in a controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China. She was given the green light again on Wednesday.

Priyadarshini Chatterjee represented India.

First published: 19 December 2016, 9:33 IST