Every year, when the world pauses for a bit to watch the Miss Universe pageant, all our eyes and ears are always glued to the most-anticipated segment: the Question and Answer portion. It is, after all, the last portion before a new queen is crowned.
Here, the winning answers of the Miss Universe winners from 2010 to 2018:
Ximena Navarrete, Mexico
WHEN: 2010 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "In your opinion, what effect is unsupervised Internet usage having on today’s youth?"
ANSWER: "Well, I do believe that the Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time. And we must be very careful and watch over what our children watch and see, our teenagers watch and see, and we must be sure to teach the values we learn as a family. So that they may use Internet properly. Thank you."
Leila Lopes, Angola
WHEN: 2011 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why?"
ANSWER: "Thank God I’m very well satisfied with the way that God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty, I have my principles, I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I plan to follow these through the rest of my life and now I want to give all of you a piece of advice: Respect one another."
Olivia Culpo, USA
WHEN: 2012 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "What is something that you have done that you will never do again?"
ANSWER: "First I’d like to start off by saying that every experience, no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it. That’s just life, but something I’ve done that I’ve probably regretted would be picking on my siblings growing up because you appreciate them so much more when you’re older, you get closer with your family. Everybody fights with their siblings, right?! But I don’t regret it."
Gabriela Isler, Venezuela
WHEN: 2013 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?"
ANSWER: "We should overcome all our fears and this, in turn, would make us stronger. As soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge."
Paulina Vega, Colombia
2014 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "A number of people have asked me ‘What can men learn from women?’ but I’d like to know, what can women learn from men?"
ANSWER: "I believe that women…that’s quite a tough question…I believe there’s still men that believe in equality and I believe that that is what women should learn from men."
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Philippines
WHEN: 2015 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "Why should you be the next Miss Universe?"
ANSWER: "To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country which is the Philippines. I want to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart. Thank you."
Iris Mittenaere, France
WHEN: 2016 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "Name something in your life that you failed at, and tell us what you learned from that experience."
ANSWER: "I failed several times in my life, so I thought that I failed the first time that I went out on casting because my name wasn't on the list. And the very next day, I found that I was [booked]. I think that when you fail, you have to be elevated, and you have to try again and keep going. If tonight, I am not the winner, I will still have the great honor of being one of the three finalists. So I think I may have failed before, but for me this is a great first opportunity."
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, South Africa
WHEN: 2017 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?"
ANSWER: "As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman [who] has overcome many fears, and, by that, she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for, and I think that is exactly who I am."
Catriona Gray, Philippines
WHEN: 2018 Miss Universe
QUESTION: "What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life, and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?"
ANSWER: "I worked a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila. And the life there…it’s poor, and it’s very sad. And I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it. To look in the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining, and to assess, where I could give something, where I could provide something, as a spokesperson, and if I could teach also people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their faces."
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