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Miss Kenya finishes 4th in Miss World 2016

By AFP

Added 19th December 2016 09:22 AM

Evelyn Thungu is a top five finisher in a competition won by Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico.

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Evelyn Thungu is a top five finisher in a competition won by Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico.

PIC: Miss Kenya Evelyn Njambi Thungu (2nd from right) reacts after being named a finalist during the Grand Final of the Miss World 2016 pageant at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AFP)

Kenya's Evelyn Thungu finish fourth while Ghana's Antoinetter Delali Kemavor was 15th overall, making them the only African contestants in the top 20 of the Miss World 2016.

Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned winner on Sunday, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe.

Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry.

Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, del Valle called it an "honor and a great responsibility" to represent her Caribbean homeland.

First runner-up was Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic, followed by Miss World Indonesia Natasha Mannuela.

Catriona Gray of the Philippines finished fifth.

Canada's Miss World representative, Chinese-born Anastasia Lin was embroiled in a controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China. She was given the green light again on Wednesday.

Last year, China blocked Lin from attending the same contest when it was held in the city of Sanya.

Meanwhile, in the Continental Queens of Beauty, Kenya's Thungu took the African group.

Uganda was represented by 21-year-old Leah Kagasa in a competition involving 117 contestants.

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