Poland’s Karolina Bilawska was crowned the 70th Miss World on Wednesday, as contestants and organizers expressed their solidarity with her. Ukrainians
During a candlelight salute ceremony on stage in the televised finale.
Belusca, who works as a model and is studying for her master’s degree, took the title in the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, three months after the competition was postponed due to COVID-19
outbreak. Miss USA, Shri Saini, took second place, while Olivia Yasi from Ivory Coast took second place.
In addition to the usual performances and live judging, the captivating ceremony included messages of support for Ukraine after the unprovoked Russian invasion of the country, which shares a border with Poland. In one of the clips, Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica, who won the Miss World title in 2019, sang Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli “The Prayer” as he was on stage and in the audience they held candles high.
Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh sings “The Prayer” during the 70th Miss World pageant at Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. credit: Ricardo Arduingo/AFP/Getty Images
The phrase “Pray for Peace” appeared on a screen behind the finalists. The official account of Miss World on Twitter chirp
That the performance was part of the competition’s effort to “Stand With Ukraine”. Organizers also said that more than 7,000 candles were prepared for the fair, which has been broadcast in more than 100 countries.
Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd. , published before the competition: “We must do something, even if it seems that it is not enough to light one candle, if we all light a candle together we can change the world,” while inviting people all over the world “to shed light on Ukraine” and posting photos on social media social.
Earlier this week, the organizers of Miss World published a video message
From Miss Ukraine 2016, Oleksandra Kucherenko. Against the background of hypothetical footage from the conflict, countries around the world appealed to “our support, to close the skies over Ukraine and save the world (from) nuclear disaster,” adding: “Our peace is your peace.”
The organization said the current Miss Ukraine, Oleksandra Yaremchuk, who did not qualify for the final event, is currently in Kyiv.
Miss Poland Karolina Bilawska waves after winning the 70th Miss World title. credit: Ricardo Arduingo/AFP/Getty Images
Initially scheduled to be held in December, it was the Miss World pageant Delayed
After several people linked to the event – including 23 of the 97 riders – tested positive for Covid-19 just days ago.
Only 40 semi-finalists were invited back to Wednesday’s re-arranged event, which was hosted by English singer and TV personality Peter Andre and Mexican singer and actor Fernando Allende.
Preliminary competitions had already been held by that time, with Yacé the winner of the Top Model part being chosen for the Queen, Mongolian actor Burte-Ujin Anu winning the Miss World Talent content and Mexico’s Karolina Vidales named Miss World Sports.
Top photo caption: Miss Poland Karolina Bilawska (center) smiles after winning the 70th Miss World title at Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022.