Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach praised “plus- sized” Miss Peru 2016 candidate, Mirella Paz, for her confidence in joining the pageant. Paz later on progressed on the pageant and made it to the Top 10.
Miss Peru 2016 candidate, Mirella Paz just gained the attention and respect of not just her fellow countrymen but also Miss Universe Pia Wutzbach‘s. She was believed to be the first “plus- sized” beauty pageant candidate to have progessed in Peru. Before she had attended the coronation night of Miss Peru 2016 on Sunday, Wurtzbach entertained questions by the press who had warmly welcomed her on her first Latin America trip.
GMA News reported that one of the questions asked was about Wurtzbach’s views on the “plus- sized” candidate. The Miss Universe said that Paz might not possess the society’s standards on a what a beauty queen should be, but she embodies the beauty of a real woman. She said her courage makes her a worthy queen. The beautiful Miss Universe added, “I think that she shows what a real woman is, who is confident in herself, who joined the pageant without hesitations. And I think that’s the symbol and a perfect example of what a beauty queen should be.”
She added that Paz just showed people that she has a beautiful personality and not just a beautiful face. She also cited her own experience in the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 where she had been criticized for being overweight. She used the criticism as motivation, thus, she won the crown on her third try at the pageant.
“And I always say that I’m also a curvaceous woman. And if I was able to make it as Miss Philippines and in Miss Universe not being the skinniest – so if I can do it, so can anybody else.” she said on her experience, reported Rappler.
On her Instagram, she posted a photo of her and Paz all smiles after the pageant and she captioned it, “The inspiration! The one who made a statement! I applaud this girl for fighting for what she wants. That’s what it’s all about. Happy to know that we’ll be seeing Mirella again at the next Miss Peru pageant! Felicedades! Your presence alone on that stage made a huge statement globally. Congratulations.”
The Miss Peru 2016 title was won over by Valeria Piazza. Mirella Paz, however, would be participating once again in the pageant to ultimately win the crown, never giving up just like Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach never did.
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