Miss World Indonesia 2019 Crowned

Reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce De Leon and Miss World Indonesia 2018, Alya Nurshabrina, crowned Princess Megonondo Miss World Indonesia 2019. The special event was held on Friday 15 February. First and Second Runner Up titles were awarded to Banten representative, Elisa Jonathan and Sharon Sumolang, from North Sulawesi, respectively. Thirty-four contestants competed for the crown, with the final show broadcast by Indonesian TV channel RCTI.

Miss World spoke to the contestants at a press conference prior to the national final. Vanessa said that every Indonesian woman has the opportunity to win and encouraged contestants to be proud of themselves. She stated,

“You only need to be maximal so you can live tomorrow night more and be satisfied with your hard work. Just relax and enjoy. It will end soon so you have to enjoy every second…Speak from the heart. They will appreciate it if you talk about what you think and believe.”

Princess was exceedingly grateful for her win, the experience and her supporters. She posted on social media,

“An amazing experience that I certainly can't get anywhere. For more than two weeks we have been nurtured by great mentors to become better people. I want to thank everyone for the support and prayers that have never been broken, especially from both my parents and extended family, the Jambi community, friends of the finalists from 34 provinces and people who have supported me from the start. Please pray for this one year that I can carry out the mandate well and bring the essence of Indonesia to Miss World. To my friends, the finalists of Miss Indonesia, thank you for the togetherness and all the wonderful experiences.

Robby Purba, Daniel Mananta and Amanda Zevannya presented the final show, which saw entertaining singing performances by the artists Judika, Siti Badriah, Brisia Jodie, and Arsy Widianto. The judging panel consisted of Miss World Indonesia Director, Liliana Tanoesoedibjo, UNICEF ambassador and actor, Ferry Salim, professional make-up and hairstylist, Peter F. Saerang, Miss World Asia and Indonesia 2015, Maria Harfanti and Miss World Asia and Indonesia 2016, Natasha Mannuela. Princess captured the judges interest with her stage presence and winning speech,

“If I become Miss Indonesia, I will maximize this as my strength, to continue my motivation to become the voice of young people, especially young women. To empower them and raise awareness about social politics and crises. If I become Miss Indonesia, I will raise my voice as hard as I can for young people and because of that I will help better the community.”

Princess is an eighteen-year-old International Business student at Binus International University and hails from Jambi. She also works as a model and can speak English, French and Mandarin. Her hobbies are drawing, singing and playing the guitar.

Princess Megonondo will now represent her country along with 130 contestants from around the world at the month-long festival and 69th Miss World Final.

The highly-anticipated Miss World final show will be broadcast globally to over 100 countries, where viewers will watch reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce de León, pass the crown to her successor.

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