BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire’s Olivia Yacé is 2nd runner-up to Miss World 2021 Karolina Bielawska

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Olivia Yacé, 23, of Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire is Miss World 2021 second runner-up. She represented the African country in the 70th edition of the international beauty pageant.

Hosted by Peter Andre and Fernando Allende, the Miss World 2021 coronation night was held at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022. The 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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From 97 candidates, only 40 quarterfinalists were selected to compete during the coronation night. In the end, Karolina Bielawska, 21, of Łódź, Poland was crowned Miss World 2021.

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 have you learned from the COVID pandemic?” Yacé was asked in the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “I have learned from the COVID pandemic that we can always try harder to be better, to improve life.”

“During the COVID pandemic, I think we all went through a lot,” Yacé continued. “But I think the most important was to try to push through and to always try to find a solution because I believe, in life, it’s not about falling but every time you fall, to be able to get back up.”

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Runner-up to Bielawska is Shree Saini, 25, of Seattle, Washington, United States. 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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