Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo is crowned Miss World in Sanya

(From AP)

Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo was named the winner of the Miss World 2015 competition Saturday night in the southern Chinese island resort of Sanya, an event dogged by controversy over China’s refusal to allow Canada’s entrant to attend.

Miss Spain, Mireia Lalaguna Royo, center, adjusts her new Miss World crown as runners-up Sofia Nikitchuk (L) from Russia and Maria Harfanti from Indonesia look on

Miss Spain, Mireia Lalaguna Royo, center, adjusts her new Miss World crown as Sofia Nikitchuk (L) from Russia and Maria Harfanti from Indonesia look on

Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia was the runner-up and Indonesia’s Maria Harfanti took third place in the final following a lengthy competition featuring 114 women.

Each had won the right to represent their country in a series of local and regional competitions.

The victory marked the first-ever win for a Spanish contestant.

Lalaguna is a 23-year-old model from Barcelona with a degree in pharmacology who plans to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition. She placed first in the competition’s top model contest and appeared to impress the judges with her public speaking. Read More



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