Filipino teacher wins Miss International pageant

The winner of the Miss International 2016 competition, Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa celebrates during the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Representatives from more than 69 countries and regions took part in the beauty contes
The winner of the Miss International 2016 competition, Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa celebrates during the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Representatives from more than 69 countries and regions took part in the beauty contest.PHOTO: EPA

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Filipino kindergarten teacher Kylie Verzosa, sporting a gown inspired by church architecture, was crowned Miss International at the 56th edition of the beauty pageant in Tokyo on Thursday.

The 24-year-old model edged out Australian student Alexandra Britton, who was first runner-up, with Indonesian Felicia Hwang third in the annual contest which featured 69 competitors.

Verzosa is the sixth Filipino to be crowned Miss International, one of the four major beauty pageants in the world.