Sunday 18 August 2019

Miss Puerto Rico is named Miss World 2016 as Miss Ireland fails to place yet again

Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle (C) reacts after winning in the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle (C) reacts after winning in the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (2nd-L) kisses Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (3rd-L) during the Miss World Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Mongolia Bayartsetseg Altangerel is pictured during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain (L) is pictured before presenting Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico with the Miss World crown during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez (C) smiles after being named a finalist during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images
Miss Kenya Evelyn Njambi Thungu is pictured during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Contestants applaud during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez is pictured during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Belgium Lenty Frans is pictured during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela is pictured during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray is pictured during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy (L) and Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (R) take part in a dance routine during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
First runner up Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez (L); Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (C); and second runner up Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (R) stand together after Del Valle's win in the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
First runner up Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez (L); Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (C); and second runner up Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (R) stand together after Del Valle's win in the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle (R) os Puerto Roco waves from the stage after winning in the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain crowns Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts after being crowned Miss World during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts after being crowned Miss World during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts after being crowned Miss World during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor

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.

Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy (L) and Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (R) take part in a dance routine during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy (L) and Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (R) take part in a dance routine during the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor

Last year, China blocked Lin from attending the same contest when it was held in the city of Sanya.

Additional reporting by The Telegraph

Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (2nd-L) kisses Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (3rd-L) during the Miss World Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor
Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (2nd-L) kisses Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela (3rd-L) during the Miss World Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor

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