Miss Philippines Megan crowned Miss World 2013

Miss World 2013 Megan Young (front C) of the Philippines joins hands with runner-up Marine Lorphelin (2nd L) of France, second runner-up Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter (2nd R) of Ghana and People's Choice Maroua Kharbouch (R) of Gibraltar and other contestants as they sing in the grand finale of Miss World 2013 in Nusa Dua, Bali resort island September 28, 2013. Miss Philippines Megan Young, 23, was crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday at a tightly guarded ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, after the contest was plagued by protests from Muslim hardliners and fears that extremist groups could try to disrupt the event. REUTERS/Murdani Usman

NUSA DUA: Miss Philippines Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 amid a glittering ceremony held in the Indonesian island Bali.

Young received the crown amid tears of joy at the contest, which made her the first Philippine to won the prestigious award for her nation.

Miss Nepal Ishani Shrestha, who won the ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ in the pageant, made it to the final 10 but could not make it to the final round.

Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, 20, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, came in third.

Young, who is studying digital media and also presents TV shows in the Philippines, pledged to “just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people”.

“I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who travelled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.

A total of 129 contestants had been due to compete in the final but two pulled out at the last minute, according to organisers.

Young, who took the crown from Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner, was born in the United States. When she was 10 she moved to the Philippines, where she has appeared in films and as a television host.

Other winners

• Beauty with a Purpose: Miss Nepal, Ishani Shrestha

• Beach Fashion: Miss Brazil, Sancler Frantz

• Top Model: Miss Philippines, Megan Young

• Talent: Miss Indonesia, Vania Larissa

• Sports: Miss Netherlands, Jacqueline Steenbeek

• Multimedia Award: Miss India, Navneet Dhillon