London: The coveted Miss World title for the year 2019 was won by Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh, beating her contenders from France and India. Suman Rao, who represented India in the annual beauty pageant held on Saturday night, came in third while France’s Ophely Mezino came in a close second.
Toni-Ann Singh, 23, is a women’s studies and psychology student at Florida State University, USA. She aspires to be a medical doctor and has previously served as the president of the Caribbean students association at the university. Ms Singh is the fourth Jamaican woman to win the beauty pageant. The island-nation had last won the contest in 1993, when Lisa Hanna had represented the country.
The last time India had won the Miss World title was in 2017, when Manushi Chillar represented the country, in a win which had come in 17 years after Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra had bagged the title in the year 2000. India’s Suman Rao, the third spot winner, a 20-year-old model and dancer, currently studying to be a Chartered Accountant, is from Rajasthan, had earlier won the Femina Miss India title in June.