Former courtside reporter from Ateneo de Manila University Laura Lehmann was crowned Miss World Philippines last night. The title was passed on from last year’s winner Catriona Gray.
During the question and answer portion of the competition, she was asked what she would tell non-believers of beauty pageants. Laura’s response was, “To anyone who [doesn’t] believe in pageants, I would ask them to take a look at the girls tonight because we have lawyers, architects, women of substance who are here not only because of what they look like but because of what’s in their hearts, what’s in their mind, and because [of] what they’ve brought forth [is] beauty with a purpose. They’re helping represent the Philippines and become the better version of the Filipina and for me that’s something only to celebrate.”
The other winners of the night were second princess Zara Carbonell, first princess Glyssa Perez, Miss Multinational Sophia Senoron, Miss Eco Philippines Cynthia Tomolla, and Miss Reina Hispanoamerica Winwyn Marquez.
During the coronation ceremony, Laura wore a custom gown by Mark Bumgarner. She will represent the Philippines in China in November for the 67th edition of the Miss World International contest.