A perfect face and figure may land you in a beauty pageant like Miss World, but it takes brains and the grace to deliver a smart yet heartfelt answer during the Q&A portion to give you a fighting chance at winning the crown.
In anticipation of the Miss World Philippines Grand Coronation Night on July 25, 2021, we look back at some of the most memorable answers in the pageant’s 70-year-young history.
Toni-Ann Singh, Jamaica – Miss World 2019
Answer: So you asked me a question to make me cry. Well, okay. The most inspiring woman to me is my mother. Now I must say if my mother and my father are the roots and I am the tree, then really any work that I do, anything that I’m able to change in the world, it is the fruits of their labor. I have watched her pour everything into me even at the sacrifice of her own wants and her own needs and that’s why I’m able to sit before you today, thank you.
Megan Young, Philippines – Miss World 2013
Answer: Selamat Malam, Indonesia. Miss World for me treasures the core values of humanity and that guides her into understanding people, why they act the way that they do, how they’re living their lives. And I will use these core values and my understanding not only helping others but to show other people how they can understand others, to help others… so that as one together, we shall help society. Thank you.
Aishwarya Rai, India – Miss World 1994
Answer: The Miss Worlds that we have had up to date, have been proof enough that they have had compassion, compassion for the underprivileged and not only for the people who have status and stature. We have had people, who can look beyond the barriers that man has set up—of nationalities and color. We have to look beyond that and that would make a true Miss World. A true person, a real person.
Ruffa Gutierrez, Philippines – Miss World second runner-up 1993
Answer: I’ll tell her to believe in herself, because it’s not only physical beauty that’s important but also inner beauty. Like what the Little Prince said, “What is essential is invisible to the naked eye.” And I believe that character and personality are more important than physical beauty.
Priyanka Chopra, India – Miss World 2000
Answer: There are a lot of people who I admire and believe in, but I think one of the most successful women who have achieved a lot not just for herself or other countries would be Mother Teresa. I admire her from the bottom of my heart for being so considerate, compassionate, kind. Giving up her life for people in India, to give up everything that she ever had to make others’ lives beautiful, to bring a smile on people’s faces. That’s what I believe. Thank you very much. (Note: Mother Teresa passed away three years earlier.)