Laura Lehmann grateful for ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ award

LAURA Lehmann, the Philippines’ bet to Miss World 2017, said she is happy upon receiving the Beauty with a Purpose award during the coronation day held in Sanya, China on Saturday, November 18.

The 23-year-old beauty said on her Instagram post that the award was the reason why she joined Miss World.

“The moment they announced the Beauty With A Purpose Winners!!! Eeeek I was so happy. :) Because Beauty With A Purpose is really the reason I chose to join Miss World. :) Watching everyone’s project was so inspiring & it made me so happy because some girls are really doing some amazing things. My roommate Linh gave electricity to an isolated village while Tya made sure no one in hers would ever go hungry again. Sustainability at its finest & those are just 2 out of 118!,” she said.



Aside from Lehmann, the other four winners of the Beauty with a Purpose award are contestants from India, South Africa, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Despite failing to enter Top 15, Lehmann said she is excited to come home after her Miss World journey.

“I am just so excited for all the bangus, daing, bagoong, YANYAN & Mang Inasal unli-rice that I’m going to eat. But most of all, I am so excited to be returning to my country! ... I felt so proud showing the world that I come from the land known for its people - their laughter, smile, spirit & warmth no matter where in the world they are,” she said.



Lehmann asked the Filipinos to not be sad and to keep a strong heart.

"I know we didn’t get as far as we wanted to here, but I don’t want anyone to be sad, okay? Remember what Coach Tai said, Happy Happy Heartstrong. What’s important is that we live our lives with a smile & with a heart, because we are so lucky," she said.

2013 Miss World Megan Young, who was a co-host of the pageant, said on her Instagram account that not reading Lehmann’s name was tough for her.

“Not being able to read your name was the toughest because I really wanted and prayed for this moment for you! I was upset but as they say, the show must go on. I went back to my room and realized that even though it may not have been the winning outcome I had hoped for you, I knew you were a winner in the hearts of many parents and children of Jose Reyes Memorial hospital. At your age, being able to provide a hospital with a MILK BANK is a WIN already. You have SAVED and CHANGED lives. I am so proud of you and your strength and positivity,” she said.

As we board our flight back to Manila, I can't help but think about last night. Not being able to read your name was the toughest because I really wanted and prayed for this moment for you! I was upset but as they say, the show must go on. I went back to my room and realized that even though it may not have been the winning outcome I had hoped for you, I knew you were a winner in the hearts of many parents and children of Jose Reyes Memorial hospital. At your age, being able to provide a hospital with a MILK BANK is a WIN already. You have SAVED and CHANGED lives. I am so proud of you and your strength and positivity. Thank you for shining a bright light on the people around you, Lau I am so proud to be your friend and sister. Thank you for inspiring me. Always. Love you, Lau!

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India’s bet Manushi Chhillar won the pageant. (USC AB Communications Intern Vincent Clark Ermac/SunStar Philippines)
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