Jamaican wins Miss World title

Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh has been crowned as Miss World in London.
Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh has been crowned as Miss World in London.

Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh has been crowned as Miss World 2019 and says she wants to use her title to work for "sustainable change" for women and their children.

Asked about the value of beauty contests in today's world of MeToo# and the drive for equality and respect for women, the 23-year-old graduate of Florida State University said beauty for her was the least important aspect of her achievement.

"I want to make a change that's sustainable. So if we're talking women... it needs to be something that will make sure that their children and their children's children have a different value of life," an overjoyed Singh told reporters after winning the title in London on Saturday.

Singh did not specify what kind of change she had in mind.

"It's OK to celebrate things like beauty and attributes like strength and those things. But this is so much more," she said as she hugged her proud parents, Jahrine and Bradshaw.

Australian Associated Press