Sharing with you now the closed-door interview Videos of two of the Top 3 in the 71st Miss Universe plus Misses Puerto Rico, Colombia and Spain.
After Australia, here are five more of the 71st Miss Universe close-door Preliminary Interviews.
Posted @withregram • @international_poll | #MissUniverse ✨ OMG 😱 WOW! Not just 16, but all 84 contestants. Close Door Interview of the 71st Miss Universe contestants will be revealed (8 minutes per person) on official YouTube @missuniverse in February.🤩 For the 16 finalists, you can watch a short interview on JKN18 News right now. Miss Australia is the first (watch below)!
Our Queen, Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi, is back in the Philippines. And she shared the message below about her Miss Universe journey. Regardless of what people said about your performance, I remain proud about the efforts you poured into the entire process. It wasn’t an easy task – daunting even – but you gave it your best shot. Just like the hashtag of PLDT Home – #beastrongeryou.
Posted @withregram • @celeste_cortesi I’m finally back home. 🇵🇭
The entire year has been the most challenging, and yet most exciting time of my life.
To represent my country, The Philippines, is my greatest honor.
I’ve always had the burning passion for my country, I was always very curious about The Philippines with its Islands, People and Culture and I will continue the pursuit of my Filipina Identity. I challenged myself and stepped out of my comfort zone by flying here alone as a very young woman. I’ve always known by heart that there are NO limits in what you can achieve as long as you are committed to the vision and your intentions are pure, as I have done by pushing myself beyond my limits in the services of my advocacies, training, and learning.
I am discovering purposes that goes beyond my self ambitions and I am immensely grateful to have had the chance to represent all Filipinos and all the sweet fans of pageantry around the world. 🇵🇭
To my team, thank you for being my safe place. You all believed in me more than anyone else and I am honored to be a part of this family. ❤️
To my fans, I feel your love, I hear your support, and I see your messages everyday. I now believe that my purpose is to inspire, and I will NEVER stop inspiring and motivating all of you, with or without the Universe Crown. I am committed. 👑
To my family and loved ones, thank you for never leaving my side. I wouldn’t know what to do without you. I am the luckiest person in the world and even tho I don’t express it as much as I would want to, just know I truly love you.
To my country, I stand PROUD to be a Filipina.
To my father, you guided me up to this day, you still are and will always do. I feel your protection. If you are redirecting me to a different path, to what is truly meant for me, I trust you and I know I still am in the right place at the right time. Thank you , my guardian angel. 🦋
Love, Celeste Rabimbi Cortesi
Forever your Miss Philippines. 🇵🇭🦋
Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel is the 71st Miss Universe!
1st RU Amanda Dudamel of Venezuela
2nd RU Andreína Martínez Founier of the Dominican Republic
It was also announced that Miss Universe 2023 will be hosted in El Salvador 🇸🇻.
The day is here!
Wishing you all the luck in the Universe, our Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi!
Photography • @sevenbarretto of @studio7manila
Creative Direction • @superstarlet_xxx
Styling • @rubrinas
Set Design & Art Direction • @erwnbotin of @botinstudios
Makeup • @gerypenaso @makeupbyjaysalcedo
Hair • @hairbydalemallari
Accessories • @christophermunar
Photography team • @claudevillahrmsa @darielmiraflor
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Whose destiny will it be?
So many unanswered questions in my mind that will finally be clarified soon.
Will the Philippines win its 5th or Colombia its 3rd? Will Italy achieve its historic first win in the competition? Will the USA quench its longing for a new win after more than 10 years of waiting for its 9th? In the same breath, will Venezuela nail their 8th? Or will a totally surprise (and surprised) winner from a country with middling sash factor walk off with the Mouawad crown?
I honestly believe that one of the sixteen ladies above is capable of becoming the 71st Miss Universe, but none as strong a chance as the ones occupying the first five (5) slots:
Philippines – Celeste Cortesi
Colombia – Maria Fernanda Aristizabal
USA – R’Bonney Gabriel
Italy – Virginia Stablum
Venezuela – Amanda Dudamel
Dominican Republic – Andreina Martinez Founier
Peru – Alessia Rovegno
Puerto Rico – Ashley Ann Cariño
Brazil – Mia Mamede
Thailand – Anna Sueangam-Iam
Gabriela Dos Santos – Curacao
Ndavi Nokeri – South Africa
Guatemala – Ivana Batchelor
Bahrain – Evlin Khalifa
Mexico – Irma Miranda
Cambodia – Manita Hang
If it’s true that the cut from the Top 16 will go straight to a razor-sharp Top 5 right away, then I will keep my faith in the Philippines, Colombia, USA, Italy and Venezuela to take their positions before all Q&As begin.
I’d really like to see the Final 3 being the same countries which made it that far during Miss Universe 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach won. It will be so cool to have Miss Philippines and Miss USA (who is half-Filipina) up there. If they will end up holding hands as the last two women standing, then I will go for Celeste Cortesi as the 71st Miss Universe.
So why is Celeste Cortesi my pick to win the 71st Miss Universe crown? She will make an excellent first titleholder under the new ownership of Anne Jakrajutatip. Transformation becomes her, having evolved from the throes of an unpleasant past in pageantry into a woman who can be beautifully confident – someone who can summon and sustain the continued popularity of the brand that Miss Universe has been known for.
She said it herself. “Miss Universe is a destiny.” Will it be hers? I’d like to think it will be.
#71stMissUniverse #CelesteCortesi #CelesteCortesi
This is for Frontline Pilipinas on TV5 as interviewed by Justinne Punsalang.
This is for Teleradyo with Amy Perez
This is Frontline sa Umaga with Gretchen Ho and Jes delos Santos.
Our young and determined Miss PLDT Home hopes to mark her ‘uniquely beautiful’ journey with a crown
Filipinos from all over the world, get ready to cheer for our very own Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi as she takes on the biggest competition of her life. Catch our very own contender, concurrently crowned Miss PLDT Home, at the world’s most prestigious and anticipated pageant as it returns for its 2022 edition on January 15, 9 a.m. (Philippine time).
Miss Universe celebrates what makes each queen “uniquely beautiful.” This includes being their best and most beautiful selves by proudly representing their roots and culture and supporting meaningful advocacies with hopes to impact the world. With this campaign, Miss Universe seeks to empower women from all over the world to exemplify their charitable hearts and reveal their better and stronger versions.
Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi easily embodies a beautiful queen inside and out. The Filipino-Italian model and PLDT Home ambassador strongly advocates women’s education, alongside protecting and preserving the country’s indigenous people and culture.
A family woman, Cortesi has spoken about her deep care and love for her family – who has been extra supportive of her entire beauty pageant journey.
“My mom always expressed her desire for me joining and becoming Miss Universe. She’s always been very supportive of me. She would always encourage and motivate me during challenging times in my competitions. She is my strength,” Cortesi told the press months before the Miss Universe pageant.
Celeste, however, admitted that her road to the big stage naturally came across challenges. But it’s the connections with her support group – made much stronger courtesy of PLDT Home – that only shaped her to be more ready than ever.
“I connect with my mother in Italy through the many social platforms available. She is constantly updated with my daily activities and whereabouts,” the 25-year-old model said. “We are so thankful for good internet connectivity because I can video-call my mother, my sister, and my best friend all the way from Italy with no interruptions. We get to catch up and see how much we’ve grown since the last time we saw each other physically.”
Ahead of Miss Universe, Cortesi is now in New Orleans, Louisiana making waves with her gorgeous looks she has since been posting on social media. She will be witness to another star-studded event, with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and Emmy award-winning TV personality Jeannie Mai Jenkins as hosts and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and entertainment host Zuri Hall as backstage commentators.
With family, friends, fellow queens, and the rest of Filipinos behind this young, determined queen, Cortesi looks to succeed India’s Harnaaz Sandhu and take home the Philippines’ fifth Miss Universe crown. She has come prepared, but for now, she said, it all boils down to faith.
“My life story is still being written. Every day is a new page on the scripts. I expect to make my story more inspiring.”
When small things matter.
During the Swimsuit Preliminaries of the 71st Miss Universe, how can you easily single out the pasarela walks that can score well above the rest? It’s never easy but to the trained eye, spotting the small things can make the difference. Like an extra twirl or a perfect posture (while walking) or play of the hands or in the case of Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi, a half-turn that ended in her left leg being oh-so-sweetly raised like a soft snap.
It is what I remember in her turn. And small as it may seem, the impression left is already significant. And I certainly hope that Celeste still has a trick or two up her sleeves (or legs) to show during the Finals.
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