Racing ahead of all Miss World protests and controversies, Megan Young returned to her home country, Philippines, crowned Miss World 2013 on 10 October.
Megan Young, who is the first contestant from the Philippines to win the coveted crown, succeeded Miss World 2012, Wenxia Yu of China, at the pageant’s finale held on 28 September in Bali. The 23-year-old Young is the 63rd Miss World.
Upon arriving at Manila Airport, Young was treated to a warm welcome by hundreds of people who had gathered at the airport to get a glimpse of their Miss World.
"It's an amazing feeling," Young told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. "It's an overwhelming feeling, how warm I was met here in the Philippines," she said as tears rolled down her eyes.
"These are tears of joy. I'm just really happy to be home and just really happy to see everyone."
"This victory is not just for me, this is a victory for the Filipinos as well."
Megan Young reached the Philippines after touring London and Cannes, France, as part of her first official overseas visit as the reigning beauty queen. In London, she gave her first official interview to the Miss World Organisation while taking a quick tour across the city. In Cannes, Young attended MIPCOM, one of the world’s leading entertainment conference and exhibition event.
The Miss World 2013 has a series of activities lined-up for her time in the Philippines. To begin with her busy schedule in the country, Megan Young attended the first ever NBA preseason game held in the Philippines where she made the ceremonial toss.
Some of Miss World’s other activities in her home nation include a meeting with the President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III, parades, a visit to her hometown of Olongapo City, trips to various charitable causes in the name of Beauty with a Purpose, media interviews and victory parties.
Watch below the photos from the homecoming of Miss World 2013, Megan Young, in Philippines.
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