Beauty pageants are a big deal for a lot of people. While some believe it is an oppressive practice that should be outlawed, there are those who continue to watch year after year, especially if their country’s representative has a good chance of winning.
During the Q&A portion of Miss Universe 2016, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina was asked the question, “What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the world in the last 10 years?”
She replied, “The last 10 years of being here in the world is that I saw all the people being in one event like this in Miss Universe, and it’s something big to us that we are one, as one nation, we are all together.”
A lot of people felt that the answer was lacking in substance. The poor candidate, who did fairly well landing on the 6th spot, was bashed online no end.
The 22 Colors team decided to take it upon ourselves to answer some of the questions Miss Universe candidates have been asked in the past. You can answer the questions with us.
1. What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the world in the last 10 years? (2016)
A lot has happened during the last decade. In the United States, same-sex marriage became legal in all fifty states. Hillary Clinton, although she failed to win the presidency, actually won the popular vote. The United Kingdom decided to leave the EU. Apple debuted the iPhone in 2007 while Amazon released the Kindle. Mobile e-commerce is so huge that more and more people are buying things off the internet using their mobile devices instead of desktop computers.
2. If you could make a new law, what would it be? (2012)
If it were up to me to make a new law, it would have to be the barring of public officials, who have already served three consecutive terms, from seeking re-election after a rest period. The longer they stay in power, the more corrupt they become.
Another law I would introduce would be the divorce law. The Philippines, aside from the Vatican, is the only country in the world that does not have divorce. Lawmakers use religion as an excuse for not passing this law. However, there are married couples who only have civil or non-church unions. The laws of the church should not apply to them.
3. What is the essence of being a woman? (1994)
The essence of being a woman is life. Life springs forth from a mother’s womb and becomes another human being that hopefully will make this world a better place to be in.
Women who have no children give life as well, through caring hands, enlightened minds, and comforting smiles. It is the women who sustain the family – whether it be sustenance for the body or the mind.
Some toil on the other side of the world just to take care of their families back home. Those who stay at home toil still for their children, their parents, their students, and everyone around them. Women are like candles whose flame forever burns.
4. Why should you be the next Miss Universe? (2015)
I should be the next Miss Universe because I know myself and I know that this is hard work that I am more than willing to do. I recognize the kind of help I would be able to extend people if I were crowned tonight. I come from a poor country, whose people have benefited greatly from pageants like Miss Universe. I would like to be able to do the same as a way of giving back, and do things that would impact more people on a large scale.
5. If you could be either water or fire, which would you be and why? (2003)
Definitely water. While fire keeps you warm, water gives you life. All ancient civilizations began near river valleys. Why? Because no one can live and prosper without water. Water means life. It means growth. It means sustenance and progress.
I thank you.