Here are excerpts from the interview and article by Celina Bongga for Star Style:
At 24, you are the first woman to represent the country for both Miss World and Miss Universe. How does it feel?
“It’s kind of funny because growing up I never wanted to be a beauty queen, and I never had the intention of collecting crowns. I just saw it as a show, you know? It wasn’t until I moved to the Philippines and saw how influential beauty queens were and the platform that they have.”
When did it sink in that you actually won?
“Oh my God, like you wouldn’t believe… it took forever. I would get so kilig and I still get kilig when people say, “Oh you’re Miss Universe.” But I’m really deep in my preparation so it sunk in already.”
Was there a particular crown that you wanted when you entered?
“Miss Universe or nothing. That was my mindset because coming from my previous pageant; the only thing regarded higher than that is Miss Universe.”
Read the entire feature HERE.