Puerto Rico won the Miss World 2016 beauty title. Stephanie Del Valle, 19, was crowned Miss World 2016 at the show pageant held this week in Washington, D.C.
Del Valle is a student at Pace University in New York City, pursuing a degree in communications and law.
For an island that has reported mostly bad news in 2016 due to an ongoing financial crisis and a significant loss of population, the new Miss World is a great pick-me-up for Puerto Rico, which like all Latin American countries is a huge believer and follower of beauty pageants as a “show” of international accomplishment.
This is the second Miss World title for Puerto Rico. Wilnelia Merced Cruz won the crown in 1975 in a pageant that took place in London.
Here’s the official video of Stephanie Del Valle.
˜˜Maria Padilla, Editor