The whole world cringed when the recent Miss Universe awards’ presenter, Steve Harvey, made a horrific mistake and announced the wrong winner. After Harvey corrected his mistake, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was wide-eyed for a moment, unable to believe the crown was now hers, but as a true beauty queen she handled the situation in the only appropriate way—with a smile. In her own words, Pia Wurtzbach’s nomination was “non-traditional” and “very 2015,” but the fact is that now she is officially Miss Universe 2015. Her year long residence has just started, but Pia found a few minutes in her busy schedule to share with InLove Magazine readers some of her beauty and fashion secrets.
First of all, congratulations! It was a breakthrough after 42 years of Miss Universe drought for the Philippines! How are you planning to use your title to improve the world?
There are a few organizations that Miss Universe supports. We’ll be working with them, not just here in the U.S., but all around the world whenever they need us. The three things I’d like to focus more on are HIV/AIDs awareness, relief operations, and anti cyber-bullying.
Becoming Miss Universe is like getting a full-time job: you need to travel extensively and support all the good causes you selected to target. How will your nomination affect your acting career?
Hopefully, this nomination will open more opportunities for me. If my title brings me any acting offers, I will try to see where it goes. I also know that when I go back to the Philippines, I will be able to continue with my acting and hosting careers. I am open to working abroad as well.
On your Instagram account you said that you’re a workaholic. What are the other qualities Miss Universe should possess to win the contest?
You have to work hard. There’s also a lot of discipline involved. You can’t go just half way, because it will take a lot of your energy and time. You can’t also do it simply because your mom said that you need to look into it. You have to make this decision on your own. As you said, Miss Universe is a full-time job and you need to love it wholeheartedly.
What motivated you to keep up the good work? I know you started preparing for the contest in November 2012.
I really wanted to win. I don’t like to lose. I just kept trying. I am a big fan of the Miss Universe contest and I wanted to be one of them. If you are going for Miss Philippines, you have the option to join other contests, but I always wanted to run specifically for the Miss Universe. Girls don’t really have control over which pageant they are entering, but luckily for me, I got the placement I wanted. For me, it was Miss Universe or nothing.
As a model and actress, you know how to take care of your body. Would you mind sharing a few secrets about how you stay in shape?
Nowadays I’m quite busy so I don’t go to the gym as often as I used to (when I had the time, I would go every day) and I’m not a fan of heavy workouts. I only worked out for an hour per day while preparing for the competition. I understand that many people don’t have the time to follow such an intense workout schedule, and for many of us the most realistic way is to simply stay active. Take the stairs, go for a walk—little things like that.
Also, a big part of being in shape is the diet. You need to know what’s in your food. The way I follow my own advice is by preparing my meals myself. My rule is to avoid anything that comes from a can or jar—all the processed food is not good for you.
Finally, it’s incredibly important to drink a lot of water. I used to forget to do this all the time and confused thirst for hunger, but now I’m getting better with it.
What are some Philippines beauty secrets that you follow all the time?
The weather in the Philippines is quite humid, so I always make sure to wash my face every day, especially if I’m wearing a lot of makeup. There were days when I went to bed without properly cleaning my face, and that negatively affected my skin. Another important thing is to be aware of your skin type and use skincare products that benefit your skin. You don’t need to buy expensive products. Just make sure those products work for you.
What are some must-haves that you always carry in your bag?
I always have a lip-gloss or lipstick and eyelash curler. Those are my favorites. I also have my favorite perfume and a little notebook on me. And, of course, I always bring a power bank with me because I want to make sure that I’m connected to my friends and family.
You’re not only the winner of Miss Universe 2015, but also a stylist and a fashion writer. Considering your styling background, which outfits by other contestants did you like the most and why?
I liked the wardrobe of Miss Thailand. Her everyday outfits were very well thought out. I also loved the fact that she worked with local designers.
How did you find the designer who created your national dress?
We’ve been friends with Albert Andrada for a while, so it was easy for me to tell him what I wanted. I gave him my suggestions and he proposed his designer ideas. After that I just trusted him. You need to give a designer some space to let his creativity fly. I knew that his gowns are always very regal and clean so I knew the dress would work for me. I loved the beautiful dress that Albert created for me and it was important that the dress did not overpower me. It looked like I was wearing the dress, not the other way around.
Have you noticed that your personal style has changed since becoming Miss Universe?
Yes, because now I can choose what I want to wear. It wasn’t the case during Miss Philippines, because we were not selecting our wardrobes. Now I get to choose what I want to wear, which is very good. I can express myself through clothes.
Currently you’re living in New York. What do you like the most about the city?
It’s my first time here and I think the city is very beautiful. I love the shopping. I have to be a bit careful with that, because I think I can go a little overboard. I love the Broadway shows and have seen three so far.
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