Vanessa Ponce de León is a Mexican model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2018. She is the first Mexican to be crowned as Miss World.
A beauty with brains, Vanessa holds a degree in International Commerce from the University of Guanajuato and is also a licensed scuba driver.
She supports non-profit foundations in different social areas. She speaks the English language with fluency, in addition to her mother tongue, Spanish. She has a diploma in human rights. She volunteers with an organization called “Migrants on the Road” which consists of serving migrants in certain states of the Mexican Republic , and she is also a speaker at the “National Institute of Youth” in Mexico.
In the ceremony of her coronation as Miss World 2018, she promoted her project called “Na Vili”, whose objective is to help the children of the indigenous day laborers who emigrate from State of Guerrero, Mexico to State of Guanajuato, Mexico. She also works in a school called Nenemi that is dedicated to giving intercultural education to indigenous people.
An incredible woman, with an even more inspiring line of work, Women Fitness joins the ever-gorgeous beauty, Vanessa Ponce on her journey to becoming Miss World 2018.
Starting off as a full-time model and achieving Miss World 2018 title doing your country proud must have been full of commitment and hard work. Share with us some enlightening moments of this journey?
I never thought I would be Miss World. I started modelling to help my family and after the reality show I became a professional model. Life was good but it felt empty, so I decided to search for something more meaningful, that’s when I found that my heart was in volunteering, it was this that led me to the Miss World stage and ‘Beauty With A Purpose’. When I realised that my mission was to help others everything became simple, and later on the right opportunities came along. I worked hard and everything I learnt, led me to being crowned Miss World.
You are a licensed scuba diver that again calls for fitness. What are your favourite sports you have played while growing up and continue to practice?
Scuba diving is my true passion, it can make my heart beat so fast with excitement or I can go into deep meditation, literally. It requires more mental strength than people think.
As a child I was totally into volleyball. I was part of the state team as well as the college team. I wasn’t good at sports whatsoever, people were always making fun of me, but I worked harder than anyone else as I wanted to prove them wrong. Eventually I started running, which is something I love. I have run lots of 10k races and I love it. I haven’t run a marathon but I know I can run for hours and it is something I’ve set my sights on in the future.
Then I found ultimate frisbee and it is the sport of my dreams:. I joined a local team and was mesmerized by the action, the teamwork and the technique. It’s a sport where you work all your body, you run, jump, throw and catch. You have to work as a team and think strategically. But the best of all is the people, ultimate frisbee people such a friendly and welcoming community wherever you are in the world. This is great for me as I travel a lot and I can go online in any country a find a team I can join in, they welcome you with a warm smile and let you be part of them.
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