NEWS: Megan Young, US-Born Miss Philippines Crowned Miss World 2013

Miss World 2012, Yu Wenxia crowns Megan Young of the Philippines as the new Miss World during the grand finale of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant held at Bali Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia, on Saturday, September 28. "No words! Thank you so much for everyone for choosing me," said Young. "I promise to be the best Miss World ever." Miss France Marine Lorphelin, left, took second and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, took third.

Megan Young, seated, is crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday.


(CNN) — A new Miss World was crowned Saturday, and though she competed as Miss Philippines, she hails from the United States. Megan Young, 23, an aspiring filmmaker, took the top honor at the competition, held in Bali, Indonesia.

 “No words! Thank you so much for everyone for choosing me. I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young said.

WATCH Miss World 2013 Megan Young’s intro video:

 Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, and Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, were second and third runners up, respectively. Young was born in the United States and moved to the Philippines at age 10, according to her biography.  The new Miss World is a college student who has appeared on screen as an actress and presenter since she was 15.  Young wants to move behind the camera and become a director, according to her bio.


SO IT BEGINS. Miss World Philippines 2013 Megan Young in a YouTube screen grab of her official Miss World profile video

Miss World’s 127 contestants competed in beach fashion, fitness, world fashion, talent and “Beauty with a Purpose” meant to honor charitable work. The top 10 models — from Ukraine, South Sudan, Brazil, the Philippines, France, Cameroon, Cyprus, England, Italy and the United States — were announced earlier this week.

Watch the full opening video here: