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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.

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Newly crowned Miss World, Megan Young of Philippines, center, with second runner-up Miss France Marine Lorpheline, left, and third runner-up Miss Ghana Carranza Naa Okailey Shooter, smile after they winning the Miss World contest in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

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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".

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