BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Łódź, Poland’s Karolina Bielawska crowned Miss World 2021 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Karolina Bielawska, 21, of Łódź, Poland was crowned Miss World 2021 at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022. It was the 70th edition of the international beauty pageant.

From 97 candidates, only 40 quarterfinalists were selected to compete during the coronation night, which was hosted by Peter Andre and Fernando Allende. The coronation ceremony featured performances by Miss World 2019 Toni Ann Singh, 26, of Jamaica and the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra.

Singh has the longest Miss World reign. She was not able to crown her successor in 2020 and in 2021 due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Hosted by Peter Andre and Fernando Allende, the coronation ceremony was broadcast on REELZ, London Live and Univision. Among the judges were Giselle Laronde, 58, of Trinidad and Tobago, Jacqueline Aguilera, 45, of Venezuela and Vanessa Ponce, 30, of Mexico, who were crowned Miss World in 1986, 1995 and 2018, respectively.

“What is the most important discovery yet to be discovered?” Bielawska was asked in the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “Every day we learn something new.”

“We all have unique experiences and all of us can learn something about ourselves,” Bielawska continued. “What I’ve discovered is that it costs us so little to enrich the lives of others. This is the cause we can all afford and believe me, it’s worth its price.”

“If you would like to discover something new, just try to learn to be rich in more empathy, in compassion, in gratitude because we can all do what as I mentioned before,” the Łódź native added. “We can all be great because everyone can serve and this discovery feels like so simple but it’s actually…”

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Runner-up to Bielawska is Shree Saini, 25, of Seattle, Washington, United States while Olivia Yacé, 23, of Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire is second runner-up. Carla Yules, 25, of Surabaya, Indonesia, Karolina Vidales, 24, of Jiquilpan, Mexico and Anna Leitch, 27, of Cookstown, Northern Ireland finished in the Top 6.

Saini was also chosen as the Beauty with a Purpose ambassador. Vidales won the sports event on December 1, 2021 while Yacé won the Top Model competition on December 6, 2021.

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