“To that little girl in St Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself.”
Jamaican born Toni-Ann Singh is Miss World’s 69th winner. The 23-year-old model and student won the hearts of everyone in Saturday’s final at the Exhibition Centre, London with her performance of Whitney Houston “I Have Nothing”.
Toni-Ann Singh also recognised the charity work she did as extremely important as she called it “the biggest part of the competition”.
Her crowning is a huge deal as it’s the first time in history that black women hold the titles for Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World.
Viewers around the world showed their support via social media but there was one moment on stage that fans couldn’t get over. Miss Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas was ecstatic and couldn’t contain her excitement for her peer as she was announced Miss World 2019.
— Adeola Ariyo 🇳🇬 (@AdeolaAriyo) December 14, 2019
I don’t know what was more satisfying, Miss Nigeria celebrating when Jamaica won or the genuine look of disbelief on Miss Jamaica’s that she won pic.twitter.com/PvExXwWQxI
— buddi-kai tenkaichi 3 (@TjSparx) December 14, 2019
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My Jamaica, sweet Jamaica🇯🇲we did it! Wah we seh? LIKKLE BUT WE TALLAWAH. My heart is filled with love and gratitude. Thank you so much for believing in me. You pushed me to believe in myself. I am not only honored but humbled to be the 69th Miss World. Thank you to my family and to my friends. The love and support you poured into me now allows me to pour into the world. My mother @jahrinebailey, I love you I love you I love you. I wish to become even half the woman you are. You are my strength, my number one supporter/cheerleader/fan and my absolute best friend. _____________________________________________________________ To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. It’s for you to truly understand that no matter where you’re from and the cards you’re dealt in life – your dreams are valid. You have a PURPOSE. _____________________________________________________________ To the @missjamaicaworld franchise, thank you for taking a chance on me and leading the way. I wouldn’t have accomplished my dream without your efforts. To @hon.oliviagrange, you held my hand and lifted my head up high. I could not have reached this far without you. To the @missworld franchise – I am willing and ready to do the work; to officially be the face that represents the core of Miss World – Beauty with a Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ And last but of course not least, thank you GOD. Thank you for allowing me to walk the path towards my purpose. My heart is full🇯🇲💛💚🖤 One Love.
Words by Amara Chan.