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Ayn Bernos On Becoming A Beauty Queen: 'I have been preparing in my own way for the last two decades'

'The delay of this dream *was* my preparation. And believe me—I wasted no time.'
Ayn Bernos on how her experience has trained her for pageantry
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Ayn Bernos is currently one of the Top 30 contestants competing for the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 crown. Fun fact: This is the 26-year-old's *first* major pageant! In a recent Instagram post, she shared that even if she didn't experience ~traditional~ beauty queen training prior to the competition, she has been preparing in her own way for the last two decades.

"Sometimes, the delay is your preparation." - Ayn Bernos

ICYDK, before she became a Miss Universe PH candidate, Ayn started out as an English teacherentrepreneur, marketing professional, content creator, and podcaster. Now, she reveals that her various experiences in these fields have helped her to become the beauty queen she is today. Her message reads:

"Sometimes, the delay is your preparation.

I'm joining my first major pageant at 26 years old. And I'm turning 27 in a few weeks. While I've never been traditionally trained as a beauty queen, I have been preparing in my own way for the last two decades.

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I couldn't participate in Q&As, so I became a public speaker. I couldn't walk the runway, so I celebrated movement as a cheerleader and an athlete. I had no professional photos then, but I learned to produce my own content from my bedroom. I did it for [five] years. I care about inclusion and education, and so my advocacy lived through my work as a teacher, content creator, and entrepreneur."

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She ended by saying, "I may have missed years of traditional beauty queen training, but I spent the last decade training to be a fighter. The delay of this dream *was* my preparation. And believe me—I wasted no time."

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Joining Miss Universe Philippines and becoming a beauty queen has been a lifelong dream for Ayn. In one of her Instagram videos, she mentioned, "I am not just here to compete, I am here to fulfill a promise that I made myself many years ago. I promised young Ayn that I would try if I could, and so I'm here today. And to every young girl out there who dares to dream, it's possible."

Good luck, Ayn! :) 

Ayn Bernos
Niccolo Cosme VIA INSTAGRAM/AYNBERNOS
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