Mexico's Mariana Macias wins 29th Top Model of the World

Mariana Macias Ornelas of Mexico was named Top Model of the World 2022/2023 in a glittering competition held on Friday, March 3 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The 26-year-old model and business owner from Chapala, Jalisco bested over 40 other beauties to win the title. She succeeded the winner from last year's edition Natálie Kočendová of the Czech Republic.

Leicy Rivas Moreno of Colombia and  Sandani Peiris of Sri Lanka were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Danilka German of the Dominican Republic, Isabelle Linnea Åhs of Sweden, and Sorn Likhitpaksorn Vajidsuwan of Thailand rounded out the Top 6 finalists.

The representatives from Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Maldives, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Zambia completed the Top 16 semifinalists.

No stranger to pageantry, the new Top Model of the World has previously won the title of Miss Grand Mexico and went on to compete in Miss Grand International 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mariana became the first Mexican to win the international modeling competition which was founded in Miami (USA) in 1993. She is expected to take home cash and prizes from the event’s official sponsors as well as a management contract with WBO for one year.

Photos: Top Model of the World

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