Megan Young on the cover of Mega Magazine August 2015. Megan Young was crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, making her the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World since its creation in 1951. During the preliminaries, she also won the “Top Model” competition, placed fourth in the “Multimedia Challenge” and fifth in the “Beach Beauty” contest. Young also received the Continental Queen of Beauty title as Miss World Asia 2013, the highest ranked contestant in the Asian region. As Miss World 2013, Young will be based in England for her activities. She has so far travelled to France, the Philippines, United States, Haiti and China. Young is expected to visit 40 countries for charity work after her brief stay in the Philippines for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
Young was born in Alexandria, Virginia to a Filipino mother and American father. Her parents are Victoria (née Talde) and Calvin Young. She moved to Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines at age ten. She attended secondary education in Regional Science High School III in Subic Bay Freeport Zone from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Manila to pursue her acting career. She is currently taking AB Digital Filmmaking at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila. Young’s first showbiz break was through the second season of the talent reality search, StarStruck, wherein she placed in the top six. After two years with GMA Artist Center, she moved to ABS-CBN following her sister, Lauren Young. She is the first StarStruck alumna to transfer to GMA’s rival station, ABS-CBN. Young first appeared in ABS-CBN in the youth oriented show “Star Magic Presents” Astigs and Abt Ur Luv. She also played the role of Shane in Kokey, opposite Zanjoe Marudo. She became well known when she appeared as one of the celebrity housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2, dubbed as “The Princess of Charm”. After PBB, she portrayed the villain Marcela in ABS-CBN’s remake of I Love Betty La Fea opposite John Lloyd Cruz. In 2009, she was one of four personalities introduced as video jockeys for the relaunching of Channel [V] Philippines. Young also became an occasional host in several shows in Studio 23. In 2012, Young had her big break as a lead actress in Hiyas, reuniting with Zanjoe Marudo as her love interest. In 2013, she appeared in TV5’s dramas Never Say Goodbye and Misibis Bay. Aside from television, Young has also starred in a few films, one of which was The Reunion, where she played Toyang, opposite Xian Lim.
Megan was born in the USA before moving to the Philippines when she was 10. Currently studying Digital Film making, Megan has been appearing on screen since the age of 15, starring in films, TV shows, and as a presenter. Megan has ambitions of moving behind the camera in the future, taking the role of director after gaining experience and finishing her qualifications. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, she says she has and always will be a Harry Potter fan, and that she is “guided by my heart… I think and speak from it.”