Pia Wurtzbach has roughly a month left before she passes on the Miss Universe title to her successor. But before she takes her final walk as Miss U 2015, Pia took a trip down memory lane on Instagram with a handful of real interesting tidbits about her journey to the crown!
On her Miss Universe dream:
"Coming into the competition, I was ready to do my best to make my childhood dream come true. I really wanted to be Miss Universe. But as I was doing the years of training prior that night, I realized that there was something more to attain here than personal achievement. I wanted to proudly represent the Philippines and bring back home the crown."
On her post-Swimsuit Competition munchies:
"All the hardwork paid off as I [got] into top 10 and eventually finding out that I actually ranked pretty well for this round.
So, as a reward, I ordered a whole pizza for myself. As my celebratory meal. No regrets! Sorry, Papa J. #dikonamaninubos #grabekayo#notobodyshaming"
On her iconic Albert Andrada evening gown:
"Basically this blue @albertandrada gown almost didn't make it in time for the final night because of flight cancelations due to bad weather in Manila. But to the rescue was another Filipino designer who is based in LA, @theolivertolentino. He lent me his beautiful red gown that I wore for the preliminary competition. (Judges select top 15 to compete for final night during prelims. I wouldn't have made it this far [into] the competition if I didn't pass that round.) But then this blue gown finally makes it two days before the final night. And with a little lambing I'm finally getting Madam Stella's (national director) permission to wear Filipino designers. Years of saving my brownie points from Madam Stella and she finally agreed. But on one condition, 'Just make sure you win.'"
On being called for the Top 3:
"I just wanted to hear Steve Harvey say 'Philippines!' so badly. And I remember singing this song in my head to help me calm down, 'Hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?' And so Steve did as I [advanced] to top 3!"
On being Miss Universe:
"A year ago, I was blessed with this title. I know that most of you feel like the year has gone by so quickly but it's actually the opposite for me. My year as Miss Universe felt longer than that. Without sounding too corny but I think it's because so much happened. It's filled with memories for a lifetime. The best ones are the life lessons I learned the hard way."
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