She may have turned over her crown already, but during the Miss Universe 2016 competition today, January 30, Pia Wurtzbach was every inch a queen as she took her final walk as title holder of its 64th edition.
Wearing a majestic sapphire blue gown (her signature color!), Pia emotionally walked down the stage to cheers from the predominantly Filipino crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The beauty queen described being Miss Universe as a dream come true.
“Being Miss Universe has offered me tremendous opportunities to draw attention to issues close to my heart such as bullying and HIV awareness,” she said.
She also thanked all the people who helped her through her journey, the first being her mom.
“I am the woman I am because of the woman you are,” she told her mother.
Pia continued, “To my sister Sarah, you are my rock. Paula (Shugart), Esther (Swan), Shawn (McClain), and the rest of the Miss Universe Organization, you are family to me. To my Miss Universe sisters, I’ll see you again soon.”
Finally, she gave her message to the next Miss Universe.
“Fasten your seatbelt,” she said. “At the end of your reign, you will have grown in confidence, maturity and faith.”
Pia crowned Miss France Iris Mittenaere as the new Miss Universe.
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