Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Jamaica World is Miss World 2019.
Singh, who had secured her place in the top 40 by winning the talent competition at the “Beauty with a Purpose” Gala Dinner in London, advanced to the final round of the competition along with Miss Nigeria, Miss Brazil, Miss India, and Miss France.
In addition to dancing to Jamaican singer Koffee’s Toast, she also performed her version of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” live.
Singh was ahead of France who was second and India who was third.
She breaks a 26-year drought. The last time Jamaica brought home the Miss World crown was in 1993 when Lisa Hanna represented the country in the competition.
Miss World 1993 and now Member of Parliament, Lisa Hanna has expressed pride in Ms. Singh’s achievement.
Prime Andrew Holness says her triumph displayed the best of Jamaica, extraordinary talent, grace, beauty, humility, confidence and passion, hailing her a true beauty with a purpose. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange also offered congratulations to the new Miss World.
Toni-Ann Singh was among a large group of 114 contestants vying for the 39th edition of the Miss World pageant, one of the world’s oldest beauty pageant.
She joins an elite group of women who’ve won the crown over the years, including Lisa Hanna, who won in 1993, Cindy Breakspeare in 1976, and Carole Joan Crawford in 1963.