- The top 5 candidates at the 69th Miss Universe pageant participated in a Q&A
- Mexico, India, Peru, Dominican Republic and Brazil were part of the top 5
- Some of the questions were focused on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic
- Other questions were about abuses and prejudices against women
After Rabiya Mateo failed to get into the Top 10 and the Top 5 of the 69th Miss Universe pageant, the Top 5 candidates participated in the vital question-and-answer portion of the competition.
Andrea Meza of Mexico was asked how she would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic if she was the leader of her country.
Andrea replied that although there is no perfect way to handle the crisis, she would have imposed a lockdown in her country before the cases became too big to deal with.
“I believe there is no perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19, but I believe what I would have done is to create the lockdown even before everything was that big, because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people, that's why I would've taken care of them since the beginning,” Andrea said.
For Adline Castelino of India, she was asked if the lockdown should continue in countries despite the negative effect on their economies.
Adline answered that nothing is more important than health although the economy is also very important. She said that the government should work hand in hand with the people so that they could deal with the pandemic in a balanced way.
“Good evening universe. Coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important that nothing is more important than the health of your loved ones. You have to draw a balance between economy and health, and that can only happen when the government works with the people hand in hand and produces something that will work with the economy. Thank you,” she responded.
Julia Gama of Brazil was asked about the perception of some people that women are not capable of becoming world leaders. She replied that women’s contributions to the society should not be underestimated.
‘Women are such an important part of this society, and just because we are not encouraged in the same way that men are, we have our potential wasted. The world needs women's contributions, because we came for some reason, and I invite every woman to understand that we are the leaders of our lives. And yes, we can do a lot for our communities. So, please, take your power,” Julia answered.
Dominican Republic’s Kimberly Jimenez was asked how she would teach leadership to young girls. She said that coming from a family filled with women, she is capable of teaching leadership to young girls even if she does not win the crown.
“Good night, thank you for the question. I come from a family completely filled with women, of which have propelled me to help them today. Working with my non-profit Niños de Cristo, I understand that I don’t need a title to help others and to be able to support them. Thank you,” Kimberly said.
Peru’s Janick Maceta del Castillo was asked for her message to the women who experience sexual and domestic abuse. Janick expressed her admiration for these women’s strength and added that she understands what they’re going through. She shared that one of her advocacies is to rescue girls from such abuses and to empower women to speak out about their experiences.
‘I will tell them that I admire their strength, and that they're survivors and that I've been there too. I became the hero of my own story. That's why I advocate to save little girls from being victims. They are survivors, they are heroes. They have the power, and don't ever, ever make anyone silence your voice,” Janick stated.
Rabiya Mateo became well-known in the country after she won the Miss Universe Philippines 2020. She became beloved for her beauty, confidence and intelligence and for humble background.
The beauty queen represented the Philippines in the 69th Miss Universe pageant, entering the top 21 but failing to get to the top 10.
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The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant became controversial due to allegations of cheating. Miss Davao Alaiza Malinao defended the winner, Rabiya Mateo, saying that the cheating allegations against her are untrue.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is also one of the high-profile celebrities who expressed their support for Rabiya. The famous beauty queen supported Rabiya by welcoming her to the “sisterhood.”
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