Palesa Molefe, 22, of Kgatleng, Botswana is one of the 40 Miss World 2021 quarterfinalists. One of her competitors is Tracy Maureen Perez, 28, of Cebu City, Philippines.
Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico
Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh, 26, of Jamaica was supposed to crown her successor at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 16, 2021. It was cancelled due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and all the candidates who were already in San Juan were sent home.
From 97 candidates, only 40 were invited to compete in the coronation night of Miss World 2021 at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum on March 16, 2022. Hosted by Peter Andre, Fernando Allende and Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle, the ceremony will be broadcast on REELZ, London Live and Univision.
The 40 quarterfinalists will be whittled down to 12 semifinalists then to five finalists. In the end, Miss World 2021 and the first and second princesses will be declared.
Molefe describes herself as a self-taught actress and writer. She is an only child of Mercy Molefe, a single parent.
Born and raised in Boseja, Mochudi, Kgatleng, Palesa is fluent in Setswana and English. She is the founder of Botswana United Artists, a nongovernment organization founded to illuminate the value of artists and mental health in society.
Palesa wrote and produced the short film “Lacuna,” which was featured in the Botswana National Film Festival 2018. On October 29, 2021, she was crowned Miss Botswana 2021 at the Limkokwing Hall of Fame in Gaborone, Botswana, besting 15 other finalists.
For Palesa, her mother is a very beautiful strong woman. The reigning Miss World Botswana 2021 told Southern Times Africa, “She tried her very best to make sure I have the best in life and I felt that throughout my life even when things were hard.”
Tracy Maureen Perez
On September 15, 2019, Perez represented Cebu City at Miss World Philippines 2019 and finished in the Top 12. On October 25, 2020, she represented the city at Miss Universe Philippines 2020 at the Cordillera Convention Hall of Baguio Country Club in Baguio City, Philippines and finished in the Top 16.
It was Rabiya Mateo, then 24, of Iloilo City who won the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 title. Representing Baguio City, Bea Theresa Maynigo, then 24, was unplaced.
Perez also won Best in Swimsuit Photo and Miss Photogenic at Miss Universe Philippines 2020. On October 3, 2021, she represented Cebu City at Miss World Philippines 2021 and won the title.
Megan Young and Catriona Gray
On September 28, 2013, Megan Young, then 23, of the Philippines won Miss World 2013 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in South Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. She is the first Miss World from the Philippines.
On December 18, 2016, Catriona Gray, then 22, of the Philippines finished in the Top 5 at Miss World 2016 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States. On December 17, 2018, she beat 93 other candidates at the Impact Arena in Nonthaburi, Thailand and became the fourth Miss Universe from the Philippines.
Gray and her former boyfriend Clint Bondad first met in an elevator in Baguio City. In December 2020, Young and her husband Mikael Daez spent their holidays in the city.