Miss Philippines wins Miss World competition at glamorous event in Indonesia despite Islamist threats to disrupt competition
Miss Philippines has been crowned Miss World in a glittering finale despite threats by Islamist groups to disrupt the competition.
Megan Young, who wore a glamorous pink fishtail dress, won the 63rd annual beauty pageant on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.
The final round was held amid tight security after ongoing protests by Muslim extremists – who had previously branded the iconic competition ‘pornography’ and a ‘whore contest’.
Four candidates had dropped out earlier, mainly due to illnesses, according to organisers.
As Ms Young’s name was called out, a large number of Filipino fans celebrated by screaming, jumping and waving the country’s flag.
The group has demonstrated for weeks, calling for the government to cancel the pageant, which it claims shows too much skin and goes against Islamic teachings.
Miss World organisers had earlier agreed to cut bikinis from the swimsuit competition – replacing them with more conservative sarongs.
But pressure continued to mount – with more mainstream groups joining in and calling for the show to be banned.
Indonesia’s government announced three weeks ago that the final would be moved from the outskirts of the capital Jakarta to Hindu-dominated Bali, where extremist influence is minimal.