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Spain wins Miss World 2015, Jamaica places in top five

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 10:29 AM
Miss Jamaica World 2015 Dr Sanneta Myrie.

Spain's Mireia Lalaguna Royo has been named the winner of the Miss World 2015 competition.

Royo, a 23-year-old professional model from Barcelona, won the beauty pageant in the southern Chinese island resort of Sanya.

Miss Jamaica World 2015 Dr Sanneta Myrie finished in the top five.

Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia was the runner-up and Indonesia's Maria Harfanti took third place in the final.

The win followed a lengthy competition dogged by controversy over China's refusal to allow Canada's entrant to attend.

Not present was Miss Canada, Chinese-born Anastasia Lin, who'd been prevented from boarding her connecting flight to Sanya from Hong Kong last month after China refused her a visa on arrival.

Lin is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong meditation practice, which was outlawed by China in 1999.

The first Miss World contest was held 64 years ago in Britain.