Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh, 23, crowned Miss World 2019

Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh, 23, crowned Miss World 2019

Jamaican model has been crowned Miss World, and says the competition is about more than just beauty. 

Toni-Ann Singh, 23, said the “biggest part of the competition” is the charity work done by winners of the beauty pageant.

Winners of the global competition have helped deprived communities around the world through a charity called Beauty With A Purpose, which was set up in 1971.

More than $1bn (£750m) has been raised by the charity for causes such as treating leprosy in Brazil and providing sanitary towels in deprived Indian and African communities.

After winning the competition, Miss Singh said: “I feel like I’m dreaming.”

Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh with her parents after being crowned Miss World

Asked what was going through her head when she realised she had won, she said: “Yes, I was shocked. I had to take a moment to say ‘they said Jamaica, they said Jamaica’.

“So that means you and that means get out there. But it was just so surreal. I had to really pull from within to get it back together because how crazy is that?”

When asked what her priorities were for the next year, she said: “Work. Work. The world needs a lot of change and there’s a lot of work to do, and so we’re going to go to those places, raise awareness, do what must be done to make that change possible and happen.”

There have been criticisms the competition is outdated but Miss Singh said: “As somebody that has first-hand experience (of Miss World), the biggest part of the competition is Beauty With A Purpose, to get things done.

“I understand there’s criticism, and I’m willing to have a conversation with anyone who would like to.

“This platform is about more than beauty.”

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