Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico has been crowned Miss World 2016, edging out runners-upfrom the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties fromaround the globe.
Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry. Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, delValle called it an "honor and a great responsibility" to represent her Caribbean homeland.
First runner-up was Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of theDominican Republic, followed by Miss World Indonesia NatashaMannuela. Contestants from Kenya and Catriona Gray of thePhilippines also were in the final five.
Canada's Miss World representative, Chinese-born AnastasiaLin was embroiled in a controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China.
She was given thegreen light again on Wednesday. Last year, China blocked Lin from attending the samecontest when it was held in the city of Sanya.