Only four days after Maria Angelica de Leon failed to advance one tier nor win any ancillary award during the Miss International 2017 pageant in Tokyo, the Philippines’ hopes for a major global beauty queen title this year were dashed yet again. While this time, Laura Lehmann actually got picked to advance to the Top 40 level, ultimately she was left in the dust and failed to get any closer to the Miss World 2017 crown. This leaves the country missing two out of three with the major beauty pageants that have been held in 2017, having won Miss Earth 2017 in November 4.
As CNN Philippines tells it, Laura Lehmann, representing the Philippines among the 118 national participants for the Miss World 2017 pageant held Saturday, November 18 in Sanya, China didn’t manage to get into the Top 15 candidates after advancing to the Top 40. Eventually, the crown of Miss World for this year went to Miss India Manushi Chhillar, making her the sixth contestant from India to win the title, finally tying the country to the leading Miss World winner, Venezuela.
The crown was bestowed personally by Miss World 2016 Stephanie del Valle from Puerto Rico to her successor Chhillar, while the first and second runners-up were Mexico’s Andrea Meza and England’s Stephanie Hill, respectively. As for Lehmann, she did manage to win the “Beauty with a Purpose” special award, given to her and four other contestants.
It wasn’t quite a total loss however, as Miss Philippines did get to experience some of the new contest formats implemented by Miss World for 2017, the Head-to-Head Challenges which selected 20 out of the Top 40 contestants in the pageant. The challenges were designed to enhance contestant interactivity and social media attraction.
Prior to becoming the Philippines’ representative in Miss World this year, Laura Lehmann, age 23, has already built up a recognizable image as a TV personality. For a time she worked as a courtside reporter for the University Athletic Associations of the Philippines (UAAP) televised sports events on ABS-CBN Sports and Action.
Still, this does leave only Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco as the only major Filipina beauty queen for 2017, with the campaigns of Maria Angelica de Leon (Miss International) and Lehmann (Miss World) having fizzled out. The next beauty pageant that the Philippines will be participating in before 2017 ends is the Miss Universe 2017, with Filipina-British model Rachel Peters on the spot against 92 other representatives vying for the crown this coming November 26, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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