Miss Global 2023 is Ashley Melendez from Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's Ashley Melendez was crowned Miss Global 2023 during the 10th Miss Global competition held on Thursday, January 18 at the Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

The 26-year-old model bested more than 60 other contestants to win the international title. She succeeds Miss Global 2022 winner Shane Tormes of the Philippines.

Haylani Kuruppu of Samoa was named first runner-up while Chonnikarn Supittayaporn of Thailand, Pearl Hung of the Philippines, and Doan Thu Thuy of Vietnam were the second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively.

Janaya Reimers of Australia, Leak Monyanita of Cambodia, Francheska Pujols of the Dominican Republic, Cynthia Ong of Indonesia, Taanusiya Chetty of Malaysia, Zai Jama of Somalia, Simphiwe Zama Ntombela of South Africa, and Tasabeh Diab of Sudan were the rest of the Top 13 finalists.

The rest of the Top 20 semifinalists were from Brazil, Marcela Araki Yamaguti, Bulgaria, Valeriya Dokuzova, Colombia, Dahiana Aguilar, Lithuania, Zlata Kozlova, New Zealand, Jade Parsons, Nigeria, Chinelo Ibegbunam, Spain, Raquel Robles, USA, Danielle Alura, and Venezuela, Iriana Pinto.

No stranger to pageantry, the new Miss Global previously held the title Miss Teen World Puerto Rico 2013. She also represented Fajardo at Miss Earth Puerto Rico 2023 where she clinched the title Miss Global Puerto Rico 2023.

Ashley made history as she became the first ever Puerto Rican woman to compete and win the annual Miss Global pageant.

Photos: Miss Global / Instagram

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