A 23-year-old graduate of Florida State University was crowned Miss World 2019 on Saturday at London’s Excel.
Toni-Ann Singh sang a version of the late singer Whitney Houston’s “I have nothing’ in the competition and said her mother was the most inspiring woman she knew.
Singh was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a psychology and women studies graduate of Florida State University, according to CNN.
She is taking a year off from college before attending medical school, according to CNN.
When Singh was announced as the winner, she shook her head in disbelief as fellow finalists Miss Nigeria and Miss Brazil congratulated her.
“To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE,” she tweeted Saturday.
Singh was crowned by Miss World 2018, Vanessa Ponce of Mexico, before making her first walk as Miss World 2019 and waving to the audience and contestants.
Miss France came in second place with Miss India in third.
This is the fourth time that a representative from Jamaica is crowned as Miss World since 1959. Jamaica has previously won Miss World titles in 1963, 1976 and 1993, according to CNN.
It’s also the first time that all of the top beauty pageants — Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and now, Miss World — have crowned black women as their winners.