Miss Spain Crowned Miss World 2015 (SEE PHOTOS)

A 23-year-old student from Barcelona has been crowned Miss World 2015.

Mireia Lalaguna Royo, 23, received the crown Saturday night in Sanya, China, marking the first time Spain has won in the 65 years the competition has been running, The Associated Press reports.

Lalaguna has a pharmacology degree and is planning to get a master’s degree in nutrition.

Russia’s Sofia Nikitchuk was the runner-up, and Indonesia’s Maria Harfanti came in third.

This year’s Miss World competition ignited controversy after China barred Canadian contestant Anastasia Lin from entering the country. Lin believes the reason is because she’s been publicly critical of Chinese human rights abuses in the past and because she practices Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted in China.

Mireia Lalaguna Rozo (C) of Spain is crowned by former Miss World Jolene Strauss after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, next to Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk (L) and Miss World Indonesia, Maria Harfanti (R) in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mireia Lalaguna Rozo (C) of Spain is crowned by former Miss World Jolene Strauss after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, next to Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk (L) and Miss World Indonesia, Maria Harfanti (R) in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain reacts after winning the new title at the Miss World at the Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain reacts after winning the new title at the Miss World at the Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Miss World Jolene Strauss (L) and  Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk hug during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Miss World Jolene Strauss (L) and Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk hug during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Valerie About Chacra, Miss World Lebanon reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Valerie About Chacra, Miss World Lebanon reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lu Yuan, Miss World China, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lu Yuan, Miss World China, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Margot Hanekamp, Miss World Netherlands reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Margot Hanekamp, Miss World Netherlands reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sofia Nikitchuk, Miss World Russia reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sofia Nikitchuk, Miss World Russia reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

New Miss World Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain reacts during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

New Miss World Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain reacts during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Albijona Muharremaj (C) Miss World Germany attends the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Albijona Muharremaj (C) Miss World Germany attends the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province on December 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries compete in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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