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Malaysia’s Lavanya Sivaji fighting for Miss World 2021 crown

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Lavanya Sivaji, 24, of Selangor, Malaysia is one of the 40 Miss World 2021 quarterfinalists. One of her competitors is Tracy Maureen Perez, 28, of Cebu City, Philippines.

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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.

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Lavanya Sivaji

Born in Taman Seri Gombak, Batu Caves, Selangor, Sivaji is of Malaysian and Indian descent. She moved from Taman Seri Gombak to Rawang, Selangor in 2005 and attended SMK Seri Garing Rawang from 2009 to 2014.

Sivaji is the founder of 4Them, an advocacy and charity project focusing on nutrition and health issues of the Orang Asli community in Malaysia. In 2015, she entered the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to pursue her medical degree.

In August 2017, Sivaji visited Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. In August 2018, Sivaji tried diving for the first time in Perak, Malaysia.

On September 22, 2019, Sivaji became Miss Malaysia Indian Global 2019 third runner-up at Hilton Petaling Jaya in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. On October 16, 2021, she was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2021, besting 38 other candidates in a virtual coronation ceremony.

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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.

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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.

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