Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico was crowned Miss World 2018 on December 8, 2018. She is the first woman from Mexico to win this title.
Vanessa graduated with a Degree in International Business from the University of Guanajuato. She has also earned a diploma in Human Rights, speaks for the National Youth Institute, and is on the board of directors of a rehab center for girls.
Vanessa works at a school called Nenemi which gives intercultural education to children from indigenous tribes.
“I am a woman who is always searching for a purpose," Vanessa said. "I believe in love, art and caring for others. I am a hard worker, a day dreamer and I am always trying to put a smile on the faces of the people I meet."
Vanessa is fluent in both Spanish and English. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors playing volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. She also expresses her passion for art through painting.
Vanessa is a qualified open water scuba diver and was also awarded the winner of Mexico's Next Top Model for Season 5 back in 2014.
After being crowned Miss World, Vanessa said, "I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it… And I think all the girls deserved it. I am proud to represent all of them. I will do as much as I can in the time I have got. Thank you so much, everyone."