Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach has definitely gone through difficult times and challenges before she was able to achieve her dream of becoming a beauty queen.
In her recent Instagram post, Pia opened up about how her parents separated while she was still a kid and how she was already providing for her family when she was 11.
She wrote: “My parents separated when I was 9 years old and by 11, I was the breadwinner for my family. I faced a lot of rejections – either due to my looks or that I was too tall to be paired with anyone. I tried many things including being a waitress, culinary arts and finally realized that my passion was in beauty pageants.”
She also shared how she failed many times and how she did not give up before finally competing in the international pageant stage.
She added: “I started with Binibining Pilipinas in 2013, my very first pageant, where among the 50 candidates I was the 1st runner up but I didn’t receive any crown. In 2014, I was just in the top 15 – I went home with nothing. This was tough to take in as there were also other younger participants but I did not give up. Every morning I would look in the mirror and say to myself that ‘I am Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and I am Ms. Universe 2015’. This was my dream and I was going to get it irrespective of my age. During the pageant night, I did my own hair and make-up and also chose the color of my gown – blue. I may not be the most beautiful among all the candidates but I was fearless – I had the confidence that the judges saw and they chose me.”