Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has one simple tip for all aspiring beauty queens, and that would be to exude kindness to everyone.
An interview with Pia by Lisa Opie for PageantLive was posted on the Miss Universe Facebook page where she gave her thoughts on how aspiring beauty queens can succeed like her.
“Be genuine. You can never go wrong with kindness. Treat your co-candidates good and be good to your pageant director or whoever is your supervisor. [Also to] whoever you’re working with, could be just you know a doorman or maybe the cameraman, anybody because word goes around really fast so you have to take care of that as well,” she said.
“So that would be my advice to everyone. Beauty is not only in the physical. You really have to be genuine and authentic because people can see that,” she added.
Pia also shared that she wants to leave a legacy where she is known as the Miss Universe who is approachable and just like everyone.
“Well I want to be remembered as a Miss Universe who’s natural and I want to take out that thinking that beauty queens are overdone and that we over-rehearse things and we never have moments [when] we're dressed down and relaxed,” she said.
“I want them to see our natural side that even if you are Miss Universe, it’s 2016 we're in the modern age now and we're just like everybody else. I want to be relatable to a lot of people and that’s what I want to be remembered by,” she added.
As a closing thought, Pia said as reigning queen she would focus her time on raising awareness for HIV cases, relief operations for disaster-prone communities, and anti-cyberbullying. She specifically gave advice for cyberbullying after being a victim herself during the pageant’s crowning night where an error led to Miss Colombia being wrongly announced as Miss Universe.
“You’re not alone. You don’t have to go through it alone. If you feel like it’s a little bit too much you can always tell your parents or a guardian. Or if you feel like your safety is being compromised then you should maybe tell the police or go to the authorities,” she said.
“You don’t have to go through it alone because it’s happening to everybody not just celebrities and especially nowadays it’s so easy to connect to the internet and everybody has social media,” she added.