Miss Philippines, US-born, crowned Miss World 2013
Miss Philippines is US-born contestant Megan Young, a 23-year-old studying digital film. Miss Philippines moved to the Philippines when she was 10 years old. The Miss World beauty contest was the subject of radical Islamist protests.
(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Miss Philippines 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.
U.S.-born Megan Young, a 23-year-old studying digital film, accepted the crown from last year's winner, Wenxia Yu of China, and promised to "be the best Miss World ever." Young moved to the Philippines when she was 10 years old, and has appeared in films and as a television host in the Phllippines, according to the Associated Press.
Thousands of members of the radical Islam Defenders Front took to the streets over the past month to protest holding the pageant in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, calling it "pornography".
Event organizers announced in June that contestants would eschew bikinis this year in favor of sarongs and one-piece swimwear to avoid causing offense.
However, Indonesian police said there were no reports of unrest surrounding the contest on Saturday.
The new Miss World will spend the next year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization and help raise money for its charitable causes.
Marine Lorphelin, a 20-year-old medical student from France, took second place. From Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 23, also a medical student, came third.
(Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)