Poland’s Karolina Bielawska, on March 17, has been crowned as the winner of the Miss World 2021 title at the 70th edition of the pageant at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica, who was titled as the Miss World 2019, crowned her successor at the finale.
United States’s Shree Saini became the 1st runner-up, while Olivia Yace from Côte d’Ivoire was the 2nd runner-up. India’s Manasa Varanasi was included in the top 13 contestants’ list at the eleventh position but failed to make it to the top 6.
Bielawska had won the Miss World 2021 crown among the 40 semi-finalists and managed to beat the contestants from the USA, Indonesia, Mexico, Northern Ireland and Cote d’Ivoire. The highly anticipated Miss World 2021’s final event was broadcasted globally to more than 100 countries.
Karolina, after being crowned by the former Miss World Toni-Ann Singh, said, “When I heard my name, I was shocked, I still can’t believe it. I am honoured to wear the Miss World crown and can’t wait to get to work. I will remember this amazing chapter in Puerto Rico for the rest of my life,” reported the official website of Miss World.
In 2020, India’s Manasa Varanasi had won the Femina Miss India and was also crowned as Femina Miss India World 2020. Varanasi, who was born in Hyderabad, shifted to Malaysia at a young age due to her father’s work and was schooled at Global Indian International School. Later, Varanasi returned to India and studied computer science at Vasavi College of Engineering at Hyderabad.
Here are top 13 contestants from Miss World 2021 pageant:
- Poland – Karolina Bielawska
- United States – Shree Saini
- Côte D’Ivoire – Olivia Yacé
- Indonesia – Carla Yules
- México – Karolina Vidales
- Northern Ireland – Anna Leitch
- Colombia – Andrea Aguilera
- Czech Republic – Karolína Kopíncová
- France – April Benayoum
- India – Manasa Varanasi
- Philippines – Tracy Perez
- Somalia – Khadija Omar
- Vietnam – Đỗ Thị Hà §
The jury panel of Miss World 2021 included Giselle Laronde, Miss World 1986; Julia Morley, CEO, Miss World Organization; and Patrick Robinson, British novelist, columnist and author.
This year’s beauty contest was conducted during a span of 40 days through December before the finale was postponed due to the outbreak of Covid among staff and finalists. More than 90 contestants from across the planet participated in the pageant.
Karolina Bielawska, who also works as a model, is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Management and expects to continue her studies with a PhD. Her hobbies include swimming, scuba diving, playing tennis and badminton. Bielawska also hopes to become a motivational speaker, according to Miss World Organization. Bielawska’s favourite film is ‘Intouchables’.
Bielawska’s charity project, Beauty with a Purpose “Zupa Na Pietrynie” provides help to homeless people in crisis, raises awareness of this problem and helps them fight against social exclusion.
Bielawska has around 40.9k followers on Instagram and often posts pictures from her photoshoots on the photo-sharing app.
Crown winner Karolina Bielawska – Miss World crowned amid calls for peace in Ukraine
Poland’s Karolina Bielawska was crowned the 70th Miss World on Wednesday, with contestants and organizers expressing solidarity with Ukrainians during an on-stage candle tribute at the televised finale.
Bielawska, who works as a model and is studying for a master’s degree, claimed the title in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, three months after the contest was delayed due to a Covid-19 outbreak. Miss USA, Shree Saini, was named first runner-up, while Ivory Coast’s Olivia Yacé took the second runner-up spot.
As well as the usual performances and live judging, the glitzy ceremony featured messages of support for Ukraine following Russia’s unprovoked invasion of the country, which shares a border with Poland. In one segment, Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh, who won Miss World in 2019, sung a rendition of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer” as those on stage and in the audience held candles aloft.
The words “a prayer for peace” appeared on a screen behind the finalists. The official Miss World Twitter account tweeted that the performance was part of the pageant’s efforts to “stand with Ukraine.” Organizers also said that more than 7,000 candles had been prepared for the show, which was broadcast in over 100 countries.
In a statement published prior to the pageant, CEO of Miss World Ltd., Julia Morley, said: “We must do something, even if it may seem never enough to light one candle, if we all light a candle together we can change the world,” while inviting people around the world to “shine their light for Ukraine” and post images to social media.
Earlier this week, Miss World organizers published a video message from 2016’s Miss Ukraine, Oleksandra Kucherenko. Against a virtual backdrop of footage from the conflict, she appealed to countries around the world “to support us, to close the sky above Ukraine and to save the world (from a) nuclear catastrophe,” adding: “Our peace is your peace.”
The current Miss Ukraine, Oleksandra Yaremchuk, who did not qualify for the final event, is currently in Kyiv, the organization said.
Only the 40 semi-finalists were invited back for Wednesday’s rearranged event, which was hosted by the English singer and TV personality Peter Andre and the Mexican singer and actor Fernando Allende.
Preliminary competitions had already taken place by that time, with Yacé named winner of the pageant’s Top Model portion, Mongolian representative Burte-Ujin Anu winning the Miss World Talent content and Mexico’s Karolina Vidales named Miss World Sports.