The inspiring story of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, one of the most influential and successful beauty pageant winners

We often come across sayings and phrases like ‘never give up’, ‘believe in your dreams’, ‘the best is yet to come’ and many more in our day-to-day lives while reading books or on social media platforms or via any other medium and we always give a second thought to these sayings that are they simply a collection of words or do they really ever become a reality. Well, if we look at this woman’s life then ‘yes’, these are not just sayings they are indeed very powerful and meaningful words. She showed the world that with determination, dedication and patience anything can be achieved. She is the winner of Miss Universe 2015 competition, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. She is the first and only Miss Universe winner to have her wax figure immortalized at the prestigious Madame Tussauds Museum.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 from the Philippines.
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 from the Philippines.

Success did not come overnight to this Filipina model and actress. She had to work extremely hard for several years to get to the scintillating crown of Miss Universe. She won the rights to represent her country – Philippines at the Miss Universe pageant in her third attempt. She had to patiently wait for 3 years to wear the Miss Universe crown. Pia joined the showbiz industry at the tender age of 4, under the name Pia Romero. She eventually became a successful model and actress.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant in her third attempt.
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant in her third attempt.

In the year 2013 her life took a turn when she joined one of the biggest and most prestigious national level beauty pageants in the world – Binibining Pilipinas. The Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant held the rights to send the Philippines representatives to Miss Universe pageant from 1964 to 2019. Pia ended up as first runner up and the pageant was won by Ariella Arida. Pia did not lose hope and entered the Binibining Pilipinas pageant the following year (2014) and ended up as one of the semi-finalists, winning a lower placement than her previous placement as first runner-up. This incident was not strong enough to break the confidence and determination of this very strong-willed woman. She again entered Binibining Pilipinas contest in the year 2015. A lot of people were happy with her return as many believed that she would make a great representative to the Miss Universe pageant. Finally, it was the 15 th of March, 2015 when all her hard work, patience, dedication and determination paid off. She was elected the winner of Binibining Pilipinas 2015. Along with that she also won the rights to represent the Philippines at Miss Universe 2015.

Pia was a major front runner and crowd favorite candidate to win Miss Universe 2015 title.
Pia was a major front runner and crowd favorite candidate to win Miss Universe 2015 title.

Pia was a major front runner and crowd favorite candidate to win Miss Universe 2015 title. She performed outstandingly well in all the segments of the pageant and on December 20, 2015, she was proclaimed the most beautiful woman in the world, or the universe rather. Her victory made headlines all across the globe and she received a colossal and gigantic homecoming in the Philippines. It is also believed that her homecoming event was the biggest and most extravagant homecoming ever received by any international beauty pageant winner in the history.

She is the first and only Miss Universe candidate to have her wax figure immortalized at the prestigious Madame Tussauds Museum.
She is the first and only Miss Universe winner to have her wax figure immortalized at the prestigious Madame Tussauds Museum.

Her victory and popularity brought the Miss Universe pageant back to the Philippines after 23 years. She passed on her crown to Iris Mittenaere from France. Later, Pia became an international celebrity and judged various national as well international beauty pageants. Her achievements and accomplishments also helped her getting her wax figure immortalized at the Madame Tussauds Museum. Today, Pia Wurtzbach is a successful actress and model. Her journey from being a model to winning the Miss Universe title has been an unusual tale of dedication, determination, hard work and patience. She is the perfect embodiment of the phrase ‘Confidently beautiful Filipina with a heart’, the phrase that was immortalized by her at the Miss Universe pageant.

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