Vanessa Ponce

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Vanessa Ponce
Miss Mexico, Vanessa Ponce in 2018.jpg
Ponce in 2019
Silvia Vanessa Ponce de León Sánchez

(1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 27)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[2]
TitleMiss Mexico 2018
Miss World 2018
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorDark Brown
Miss Mexico 2018
Miss World 2018

Silvia Vanessa Ponce de León Sánchez [3] (born 7 March 1992), known simply as Vanessa Ponce, is a Mexican model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2018.[4] She is the first Mexican to be crowned as Miss World.[5] In the history of the Miss World competition, she holds the record for being the oldest winner thus far.[6][7]

Life and career[edit]

Vanessa Ponce was born in Mexico City, Mexico on 07 March 1992.[7][6] She studied international commerce at the University of Guanajuato, in the state of Guanajuato.[8][9] She resided for ten years in the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico, and for five years in the State of Guanajuato.[10] She then returned to her hometown in Mexico City, Mexico to live and work.[11]

She speaks basic English, in addition to her mother tongue Spanish.

During the Miss World 2018 competition, she promoted her project called "Na Vili", whose objective is to help the children of the indigenous Mexican day laborers who emigrated from the State of Guerrero, Mexico to the State of Guanajuato.[12] She also works in a school called Nenemi dedicated to the intercultural education for indigenous people.[13]


Mexico's Next Top Model (cycle 5)[edit]

She participated in this reality show, which consists of a contest between female models: Mexico's Next Top Model, in its fifth season in 2014, represented the city of León in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico and was the competition winner.[citation needed]

Miss Mexico 2018[edit]

She was crowned Miss Mexico City 2018, and later was crowned Miss Mexico 2018 on May 5, 2018, in the Imperial Hall of Villa Toscana, Sonora, to represent Mexico in Miss World 2018. She was crowned by Miss Mexico 2017 and Miss World Americas 2017 outgoing Andrea Meza from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.[citation needed]

Miss World 2018[edit]

She represented Mexico in the international beauty contest Miss World in which she won the title and was crowned Miss World 2018, on 8 December 2018 in the city of Sanya, China. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar of India.[14][15]

Vanessa Ponce de Leon is the oldest Miss World of all the winning queens from previous contests until now, at 26 years and 276 days, surpassing the previous record of Miss World 1989, Aneta Kręglicka, who was 24 years old and 244 days old at the time of her victory.[6][7]

During her reign she travelled to China[16], United Kingdom[17], Thailand[18], United States[19], Indonesia[20], India[21], Uganda[22], Philippines[23], Ghana[24], Singapore[25], Poland[26], Tanzania[27], Bahamas[28] and various cities in her home country Mexico[29].

At the end of her reign, Ponce crowned her successor Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica as Miss World 2019 in London on 14 December 2019.[30]


  1. ^ "Vanessa Ponce, primera mexicana que gana Miss Mundo". MARCA Claro México. December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Who is Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce De Leon?". India Today. Ist.
  3. ^ Contenido, Editorial (December 15, 2018). "Vanessa Ponce de León más que Miss Mundo, una belleza con propósito". Actual.
  4. ^ "Vanessa Ponce de Leon AKR aahwani rai - Pageant Planet". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  5. ^ "Mexico's Vanessa Ponce De León is Miss World 2018". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "La mexicana Vanessa Ponce de León se corona como Miss Mundo 2018". El Español. December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "La mexicana Vanessa Ponce de León se corona como Miss Mundo 2018". La Vanguardia. December 8, 2018.
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  9. ^ "¡En exclusiva! Recuerda mamá vida de Miss Mundo en Guanajuato". Periódico Correo (in Spanish). 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  10. ^ "Miss Mundo es un concurso que va más allá de la belleza física: Vanessa Ponce" – via
  11. ^ "Vanessa Ponce de León Rumbo a Miss Ciudad de México 2017" – via
  12. ^ "Vanessa Ponce de León se reúne con López Obrador". January 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2019-01-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Vanessa Ponce de Leon - Pageant Planet". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  15. ^ "Miss World 2018 - Pageant Planet". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  16. ^ "Miss World 2018 in Hainan, China". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  17. ^ "Good Morning Britain". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  18. ^ "Miss World 2018 visits Thailand". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  19. ^ "Miss World 2018 attends Miss World America final". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  20. ^ "Miss World 2018 in Indonesia". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  21. ^ "Miss World 2018 goes to India". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  22. ^ "Miss World 2018 visits Uganda". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  23. ^ "Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce in Manila". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  24. ^ "Miss World 2018 attends Misss Ghana 2019 final". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  25. ^ "Miss World Singapore 2019". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  26. ^ "Miss World 2018 in Poland". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  27. ^ "Vanessa Ponce in Tanzania". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  28. ^ "Miss World 2018 in Bahamas". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  29. ^ "Miss World 2018 coming home". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  30. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
India Manushi Chhillar
Miss World
Succeeded by
Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh
Preceded by
Andrea Meza
Miss World Mexico
Succeeded by
Ashley Alvídrez