Titleholder refuses to predict Catriona Gray’s chances on Dec. 18
For the third year in a row, the Philippines’ first and only Miss World titleholder, Megan Lynne Young, is hosting the Miss World 2016 Pageant.
Young flew to the US on Tuesday to return as presenter in the widely-participated beauty contest, which will have its coronation night on December 18 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC.
The actress-host turned beauty queen first emceed the pageant in 2014, when she also relinquished her crown to successor Rolene Strauss of South Africa. The Philippine bet that year, Valerie Weigmann, made it to Top 25. Young once again hosted Miss World 2015 in Sanya, China where Mireia Lalaguna of Spain won the crown. Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao, meanwhile, made it to Top 11.
Young is happy that although her contract had expired with the Miss World Organization, CEO Julia Morley still engages her services. She revealed she is well compensated when she works from them and that everything—from travel to accommodation—is perfectly arranged.
Asked about the chances of Catriona Gray winning the second Miss World crown for the Philippines, the GMA Network actress said, “I really don’t know, it’s hard to expect [anything].”
Explaining why, Young talked about her experience in Bali, Indonesia.
“When I competed in 2013, I wasn’t thinking at all I would take home the crown. I [just]wanted the experience and to have fun during the pageant. It’s more heartening when you win without even expecting. That’s more surprising and more fulfilling,” she said.
However, Morley’s favorite who is also said to be the best ever Miss World, shared the following thoughts about Gray: Young said the Philippine representative has the potential to win especially since she has already made a strong presence landing in the Top 10 for Talent, and Top 24 in the Beauty With A Purpose advocacy videos.
“That’s a good step for people there to notice her, that’s already one foot in the door. Of course, I like her to win, we all do. But let’s see what happens. Let’s just keep on praying that the Philippines makes it,” Young said.