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Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon: Making A Difference

On her maiden trip to India, the reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce De Leon from Mexico, reveals how winning the crown has helped her strengthen her mission of working towards building a better world for the generations to come.

It will soon be a year to the Miss World crown. What has the journey been like so far?
Before I came to Miss World, I was a normal girl in Mexico who was involved in community-building activities. Having pursued a degree in International Business, I was on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls and was volunteering for Migrantes en el Camino. I was also involved as a speaker for the National Youth Institute as well as working as a model and a presenter. Then Miss World caught my attention, and I figured it was all about ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ which suited my way of life perfectly, and that is when I registered. Surprisingly, I won; and since then, my life has changed completely. Right now, I am travelling, and getting a chance to see how people around the world are working so hard to alleviate problems such as poverty, hunger, all so they can gift others a better world-the problems across the globe are similar. So, for me it has been a learning process, a journey also that allows me to do my own bit through
the organisation. Also, the fact that you get to meet so many of your own tribe at the contest itself, that’s such an amazing network to be part of.

What have been some of your most important takeaways from the journey?
I think self-realisation, self-reflection and patience have been some of my key learnings through this spectacular journey. As you travel the world, and be witness to the conditions around, you actually realise how privileged you really are that at the end of the day, you have a home to go back to and a family to fall back upon, and food on your plate. Millions around the world continue to be homeless orphans with nowhere to go, and it is very comforting to know that organisations such as Miss World are doing their bit to make the world a better place to be in.

So, what’s next for you?
The journey from the time of the win until now has been a spectacular in terms of realising my self-worth and in strengthening my mission of working towards the good of others. I want to keep travelling around the world, and doing my bit for the betterment of society, supporting the cause for poverty, illiteracy, women empowerment and more, in whatever ways I can.

Finally, give us a glimpse into the person behind the crown.
An adventurous soul, a water scuba diver, who enjoys playing volleyball and painting…to round it off, a girl high on life, who wants to make a difference to the world we inhabit.

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