The 2013 Miss World title was awarded on Saturday (Sept. 28) in Bali, with the crown going to Megan Young, the American-born Miss Philippines.
“I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” 23-year-old Young said after winning the 63rd annual event, while a horde of Filipino fans who traveled to the Indonesian island with her celebrated, waving the country’s flag, the AP reports.
Young, who succeeds Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner, was born in the United States, but moved to the Philippines when she was 10, where she went on to appear in films and work as a television host.
Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter came in third.
This year’s Miss World contest was fraught with controversy as Muslim hardliner groups called for the Indonesian government to cancel the pageant amid claims that it shows too much skin and goes against Islamic teachings.
In the face of protests, Miss World organizers agreed to cut bikinis from the swimsuit competition, replacing them with more conservative sarongs. That wasn’t enough to appease the Islamic Defenders Front, who threatened to disrupt the event, though local police says no rallies were staged on Saturday.