SANYA: A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday. Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on board of directors of a rehab centre for girls, according to Miss World website. She was crowned as 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in coastal city of Sanya. The colourful ceremony involve US group Sister Sledge performing their 1979 disco anthem “We Are Family.” initial runner up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20,year,old studying business administration. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were also among final five. It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted pageant in 2003. At the finals 3 years ago controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa. The 25-year old actress claimed decision was due to her stance on China’s human rights record, including its torture of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner.