Many pageant watchers, especially the fans and supporters still could not get over the fact that Stephany Stefanowitz did not make it as Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas 2017. Here is Miss Philippines Earth 2012/Miss Earth Air 2012 who took the risk of crossing over to the nationals even if she has already built a pageant achievement for herself.
Many observers say that it was age that booted her out. To her personal defense, Stephany has this to say:
“I really prepared for this pageant, physically & mentally. So if I got in the top 40 I knew I could really stand out. But of course, we never know with the judges. All I can say is I was ready to go all in.
It’s just unfortunate because the age limit of Miss Universe is until 28, and I’m only 27. My next birthday will still be on October 3. So even in the actual MU competition, I’ll still be 28.”
“For me, I was just hoping that they didn’t accept my application in the first place & not put me in top 55 if I was not eligible for any of the crowns. They’re so strict with height that the minute you file your application, that’s the first thing they check right away. But with age, it should have been just as outright from the start.
They should have told me about the age if it will be a disqualifying factor. I even spoke to the lawyers and all, weren’t they supposed to tell me?
But everything is water under the bridge for Stephany now. She has moved on from the experience, and ready to face another chapter of her life.
“I wish Bb. Pilipinas all the best, and may the best girls win and give honor to our country. I will still be watching the coronation night to support all my KF sisters who qualified as Binibinis.
I’m just really overwhelmed with all the support even after…I’m very thankful that a lot of people believe in me. Thank you to all the people who encouraged me to join, I’m glad I did.“