Miss Puerto Rico is named Miss World 2016 as Miss Ireland fails to place yet again
What is it about Ireland's beauty pageant performance these days?
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle was named Miss World 2016 last night, but Ireland failed to nab a place in the top once again - for the sixth year in a row.
Not since Emma Waldron's turn on the international stage in 2010, where she came fourth in the overall competition, have the Irish winners been able to crack the top 30.
This year, Miss Tipperary Niamh Kennedy, a worthy representative, flew relatively under the radar as the showmanship of the pageant increases every year.
Del Valle, a 19-year-old multilingual student beat out Miss Dominican Republic and Indonesia to the crown, previously worn by the only Irish winner Rosanna Davison in 2003.
The winner, who looked fresh out of Miss Congeniality in a marshmallow pink fluffy ball gown, was always going to stand out against the beautiful girl in an understated (by Miss World standards) emerald green long sleeve gown.
This year, more than 100 contestants from around the world gathered at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland for the ceremony.
Puerto Rico has become the 17th country with multiple winners since Miss World started in 1951.
Living up to the national stereotype, the first two titleholders were both Swedish. Since then a further 34 nationalities have been victorious, with the UK (5), India (5), the US (3), Jamaica (3), Iceland (3), Germany (2) and Australia (2) all providing multiple winners.
Canada's Miss World representative, Chinese-born Anastasia Lin 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 the green light again on Wednesday.
Last year, China blocked Lin from attending the same contest when it was held in the city of Sanya.
Additional reporting by The Telegraph