San Juan: Karolina Bielawska from Poland won the Miss World pageant on Thursday (India time) in Puerto Rico, while Manasa Varanasi of India managed to be part of the Top 13 at the event here after being delayed since 2020 due to Covid-19.
Indian-American Shree Saini from the US emerged as the first runner-up, followed by Olivia Yace from Cote d'Ivoire as the second.
The 23-year-old Polish model and student was crowned the winner at the Coca-Cola Music Hall here by the outgoing Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica. Varanasi failed to make it to the Top 6 at the late Wednesday event here.
Taking to Instagram, Miss World posted, "Karolina is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Management and would like to continue her studies with a PhD. Karolina also works as a Model. She enjoys swimming and scuba diving and playing tennis and badminton. One day she hopes to become a Motivational Speaker."
"Karolina is also very passionate about the voluntary work that she is involved in. ‘Intouchables’ is her favourite film. Karolina’s Beauty with a Purpose project “Zupa Na Pietrynie” provides constant help to homeless people in crisis as well as raise awareness of this problem and fight against social exclusion. Every Sunday they provide hot meals, food packages, drinks, clothing, masks, law advice and professional medical support for almost 300 people in need in Lodz. Many of these people did not have access to register for a COVID-19 vaccine but the project was able to get Governmental permission for over 400 people to receive their vaccinations. The project also built the first Social Bathroom for people in the homelessness crisis in Lodz."
After being crowned by the 69th Miss World, Toni-Ann Singh a tearful Karolina said: “When I heard my name I was shocked, I still can’t believe it. I am honoured to wear the Miss World crown and can’t wait to get to work. I will remember this amazing chapter in Puerto Rico for the rest of my life."
In 2017, actor Manushi Chillar was crowned Miss World. Three months back India's Harnaaz Sandhu became Miss Universe 2021, and the crown came back to India after 21 years. (UNI)