Stephanie Diaz Del Valle Crowned Miss World Puerto Rico 2016
Stephanie Diaz Del Valle from Tao Baja was crowned as Miss Mundo De Puerto Rico 2016 on 18th March 2016 by the outgoing titleholder, Keysi Vargas. Succeeding Keysi Marie Vargas Vélez, 19 years old newly crowned Miss World Puerto Rico 2016, Stephanie Diaz Del Valle will now represent Puerto Rico in the coming edition of Miss World 2016.
At same event, Stephanie Roman from Dorado was adjudged as first runner up and Maria Victoria Perez from Morovis was titled as second runner up. Completing the Top 5 spots were, Aguas Buenas, who was titled as third runner up and Cidra, who was declared as fourth runner up to Miss World Puerto Rico 2016, Stephanie Diaz Del Valle.
Gracing the venerable jury panel were: Luis Archilla, Lawyer, Singer and a Businesswoman, Andro Nodarse-Leon, Co-owner of the Hotel San Juan, Maria del Pilar Rivera, Businesswoman and Laura Reyes Priegues, Manager of Communications and Advertising Gatsby.
This year 29 contestants competed against each other to win the coveted title of Miss World Puerto Rico 2016. The contestants underwent a cutthroat judging criteria following the assessment levels of Miss World pageant, namely Top Model, Beauty with a Purpose, Multimedia, Talent and Sports segment. The Top Model and Beauty with a Purpose segment of Miss World Puerto Rico 2016 was judged by the reigning Miss World, Mireia Lalaguna Royo from Spain. Mireia Lalaguna Royo visited Puerto Rico few days back where she attended the Top Model segment and Beauty with a Purpose press presentation of the contestants vying to be the next Miss Mundo De Puerto Rico 2016.
After a severe judging process, six finalists were announced for the Top Model round, clearing that were:
- Elijah Rodríguez Fernández (Salinas)
- Nobiraida Zoet Infante (Las Marías)
- Stephanie Del Valle (Toa Baja)
- Jovanska D. Molina Maltes (Arecibo)
- Stephanie Prieto (Mayagüez)
- Stephanie Román De León (Dorado)
During the coronation night of Miss Mundo Puerto Rico 2016, many special awards were also allocated to the contestants:
Beauty with a Purpose – Yamilette Ledee Rivera (Guayama)
Sport Challenge Winner – Maria Victoria Perez (Morovis)
Top Model Award – Stephanie Roman (Dorado)
Best Body – Nobiraida Zoet Infante (Las Marias)
Puerto Rico holds only one Miss World crown through Wilnelia Merced Cruz, who won Miss World crown in 1975. However, Puerto Rico has few runner ups and ample of semi-finalists and quarter-finalists at Miss World. Do you think Stephanie Diaz Del Valle will bring a placement for Puerto Rico at Miss World 2016?