The Miss World pageant will not be staged this year, due to the current pandemic and as such, reigning Miss World, Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh will serve an extra year.
The pageant said its 70th staging will be pushed back to the latter part of 2021, due to the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
“Safety is paramount as we continue to fight against Covid-19,” said Chairman and CEO of Miss World, Julia Morley. “We look forward to welcoming the Miss World family to our very special celebrations next year.”
The pageant said the host country and venue will be confirmed soon.
Singh became the fourth Jamaican to win the Miss World title when she was crowned in a glittering ceremony at the ExCeL Arena in London, on December 14 last year.
She won from a field of 111 contestants at the 69th edition of the pageant. The representative from France placed second and Miss India was third.
She follows in the footsteps of three other Jamaican women who have won the title — Carole Joan Crawford in 1963, Cindy Breakspeare in 1976 and Lisa Hanna in 1993.
In Jamaica, Singh has pledged her support for the Women’s Centre Foundation in her native parish of St Thomas, and named it her Beauty With A Purpose project during her reign. The facility assists teen mothers to further their education after giving birth.
The centre was one of the stops during her official visit to the island after being crowned.