KUCHING: Sarawakian lass Larissa Ping was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2018 after beating 11 other contestants in the final at the Borneo Convention Centre here.
The 19-year-old beauty, who received the crown from jury members Nabila Huda and Carmen Soo, also took home RM30,000 in cash, trophies and other prizes.
Larissa also won the Top Talent and Miss Photogenic awards.
Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Larissa would also become the Sarawak Tourism Ambassador for 2019.
A total of 12 contestants vied for the title in the event on Saturday.
The second and third places went to Naomi Sim, 26, of Sarawak and Shennon Jade, 24, of Kuala Lumpur, respectively.
They took home cash prizes of RM5,000 and RM3,000 as well as a tiara and trophy.
Francisca Luhong James of Sarawak won the People Choice award, Miss Photogenic went to Larissa, Miss Personality (Zane Wong, Kuala Lumpur), Miss Elegance (Shannon Jade, Kuala Lumpur), Top Talent (Larissa) and Top Model (Luhong James). — Bernama