Abena Appiah of the United States of America was crowned Miss Grand International during the coronation night held in Thailand last Saturday, March 27.
Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo was first runner-up.
Samantha initially tied with Abena and Guatemala’s Ivana Batchelor, after walking in swimsuit and evening gown segments, giving a Top 10 speech, and participating in a Top 5 Q&A. To break the tie, the top 3 contestants had to answer a question on who they would prioritize for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Samantha landed in the top 10 during Miss Grand’s National Costume competition last Friday, March 26. Her eagle-inspired national costume, designed by Patrick Isoren, was to raise awareness of the Philippine eagle.
She also showed off her #GRANDnadaWalk during the swimsuit competition.
Miss Grand Philippines Samantha, Binibining Pilipinas 2nd runner-up in 2018 and 2019, was appointed to represent the country after titleholder Aya Abesamis was unable to compete due to age requirements.