United States of America's Abena Appiah crowned Miss Grand International 2020

Ghanian-born singer and model representing the United States of America, Abena Appiah, was crowned Miss Grand International 2020 on Saturday, March 27 at the SHOW DC Hall in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 28-year-old beauty bested 62 other contestants to win the coveted title. She succeeds Valentina Figuera of Venezuela to become the 8th woman to hold the international title and the first black winner.

Samantha Bernardo of the Philippines was named first runner-up while Ivana Batchelor of Guatemala finished second runner-up. Aurra Kharishma of Indonesia and Lala Guedes of Brazil were the third and fourth runners-up, respectively.

Malaysia (Miss Popular Vote), Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and Argentina were the rest of the Top 10 while Cambodia (Country’s Choice of the Year), Mexico, Peru, Japan, El Salvador, Panama, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Myanmar, England, and Kenya were the rest of the Top 20.

Special awards were given to Brazil for Best in Swimsuit, Mexico for Best in Evening Gown, and Thailand, Japan, and Guatemala for the three winners of Best in National Costume.

The new Miss Grand International is a pageant veteran who previously represented Ghana at various international pageants. She will now embark on a year-long reign while based in Thailand and campaign for the "Stop the War and Violence" advocacy of the MGI organization.

Photo: Miss Grand International

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