Who Me?-- Miss World Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacting to her name being called as "Miss World 2016" with Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray (L) and Miss World Kenya Evelyn Thungu (R)--Miss World 2016 Finals
The 66th edition of the Miss World Pageant happened this past Sunday in Oxon Hill, Maryland (near Washington D.C.) at the just-opened MGM National Harbor Resort. And the winner was...Miss World Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle! She's 5' 10" (1.78 M) tall, only 19 years old and hails from San Juan. The new Miss World was attending Pace University in New York City for a BA in communication studies with a minor in pre-law.
Crowned: The outgoing "Miss World 2015", Spain's Mireia Lalaguna crowns "Miss World 2016" Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico--Miss World 2016 Finals
Queen in Her Throne: Miss World 2016 Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle--Miss World 2016 Finals
Yeah, It's You!--Miss World Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacting to her name being called as "Miss World 2016", while Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray (L) and Miss World Kenya Evelyn Thungu (R) feign disappointment--Miss World 2016 Finals
Bring Back the National Costumes Miss World!--Scene from the Opening of Miss World 2016 Finals
The final show was televised around the world and Livestreamed as well (it will be supposedly shown in the US on the E! Network on Christmas Day, December 25th). there was no fabulous National Costume parade and being that it is "Miss World", no swimsuit portion or separate Evening Gown Competition, for that matter.
Instead the show began with the 116 contestants from around the world in matching red, white and blue outfits consisting of a leotard and sequined mini flared skirt (Are we in a Cheerleading Competition??) and then an introduction of the contestants via taped segments where they wearing gowns of their own choosing. The show itself lacked the genuine biting-your-nails excitement one gets from a "Miss Universe" and it certainly lacked the Glitz and Glamour of yesteryear of past "Miss World" contests of the 80's/90's/early aughts. I would venture to say that the recent "Miss Supranational 2016" Finals in Poland were produced much more in tune to what these type of shows. But enough of that...it's time to REVIEW and RECAP the GOWNS!!!
Gown Gals: Contestants of "Miss World 2016" in their Evening Gowns--Miss World 2016 Finals
As I said, there was no official "Evening Gown Competition" during the Final Crowning Night of "Miss World 2016" and so therefore, we were only treated to what the contestants wore during the Finalists naming as well as finale/crowning moments. I blogged HERE and HERE about some of the gowns for pre-Miss World 2016 events but here is my RECAP of the Top Finalist's Evening Gowns, beginning with the Winner, Miss World Puerto Rico:
Carlos Alberto who named Stephanie as his Muse (I would too!). It was STUNNING, beautiful, and very "Miss World" perfect, balancing the Beauty Queen, Demure and No-Sexy aspect of the atypical "Miss World". It was one of the BEST gowns of the pageant for sure so Kudos to Carlos Alberto.
Puerto Rican fashion designer Carlos Alberto working on Miss World Puerto Rico's final gown
Gown and sketch from Puerto Rican fashion designer Carlos Alberto
La Beauty Queen Sexy: Carlos Alberto is famous for also creating this Va-Va-Voom silver-and-nude creation for Zuleyka Rivera who was crowned "Miss Universe 2006" wearing his gown
Last Year's Miss World: Spain's Mireia Lalaguna
Some of the Finalist's Gowns--Miss World 2016:
Satin and Sequins: Miss World 2016 Finalists--Miss World 2016 Finals
Score: 8. 50
Ming Vase COUTURE!! By Guo Pei--It wasn't this but I'll still give Miss World China P.R.'s gown...Score: 8.99
CONGRATULATIONS and Felicitaciones to Miss World Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle for winning the second "Miss World title for Puerto Rico
Top Three: (L to R) First Runner-up Miss World Dominican Republic Yaritza Reyes, Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico and Second Runner-up Miss World Indonesia Natasha Mannuela--Miss World 2016 Finals
Viva Puerto Rico--Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle waves the Puerto Rican flag--Miss World 2016 Finals
Click below to watch Crowning Moment of "Miss World 2016":