If you’re a fan of the Miss Universe pageant, then you’re aware that the motto is "Confidently Beautiful." This year’s contestants were asked to explain what being confidently beautiful means to them. Ahead are some of our favorite responses:
1. Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina
"A woman's passion to pursue her dreams despite all odds makes her confidently beautiful."
2. Miss Universe US Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter
"'Confidently Beautiful' describes a woman who follows her heart and believes in herself… She is not only physically beautiful, but hard working, kind, dedicated, confident, and elegant. ‘Confidently Beautiful’ manifests itself in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. It is the power of a woman who knows who she is, and by being herself, she inspires and empowers everyone around her to do the same."
3. Miss Universe Peru Valeria Piazza
"[‘Confidently beautiful’ is] the ability to be humble, [and] being strong to shine with your own light without taking anyone else's, admitting you will always be able to learn from everyone around you, and always working on being a better version of yourself. [It’s about] having the perfect balance between modesty and confidence to live your life and reach your goals."
4. Miss Universe Panama Keity Drennan
"A self-confident woman [is someone] with values, who respects herself and fights for her ideals…"
5. Miss Universe Haiti Raquel Pelissier
"A woman who is 'confidently beautiful' embraces her beauty inside and out, her flaws, and her roots. She is self-aware. She knows herself and her worth."
6. Miss Universe Kenya Mary Esther Were
"Being naturally yourself. Because to be 'confidently beautiful' is not something you try to be, it is something that happens naturally when you are comfortable just being yourself."
7. Miss Universe Norway Christina Waage
"I believe 'confidently beautiful' is a woman who can walk into a room and have no need to compare herself to anyone, or to think that she is better."
8. Miss Aruba Universe Charlene Leslie
"A 'confidently beautiful' woman is mentally prepared to confront any challenge before her, because she is confident that her hard work will take her along the road of self-realization and self-achievement."
9. Miss Universe Singapore Cheryl Chou
"One quality that makes a woman 'confidently beautiful' is when she has a positive outlook in life. Her attitude towards any situation or person around her reflects her personality and charisma. Being positive is an important characteristic to have, because it shows her strength and confidence towards any challenges that she might face in her life, and that she never lets anything put her down."
10. Miss USA Deshauna Barber
"The quality that I believe make women 'confidently beautiful' would be ambitious. I believe ambition requires someone to believe in themselves and their ability to accomplish their goals which in turn is living and being 'confidently beautiful.'"
Source: Miss Universe
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