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Pia Wurtzbach

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The road to earning this beauty queen’s crown was filled with missteps and delays, but Pia Wurtzbach now paves her own path and leads others alongside her

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The burden of beauty was placed upon the head of Pia Wurtzbach when she was crowned Miss Universe 2015 in the most unforgettable pageant mix-up of the last decade. The host, Steve Harvey, mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner, only to correct himself minutes later and shift the attention to Miss Philippines. As if the modelling industry wasn’t brutal enough, she also became the target of ire from the entire Latin American continent.

Wurtzbach handled this with grace, however, and stood as she famously holds herself: “confidently beautiful with a heart”. Through this ordeal, not once did a shadow of doubt creep into the spotlight that shone on her as a rightful queen.

Today, Wurtzbach’s bright smile and infectious charm make an impact beyond the covers of magazines and fashion campaigns. Her role as a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific brings the international attention that follows her to the awareness of HIV/AIDS and spreads an alliance that covers the LGBTQIA community. As a WWF-Philippines ambassador, she champions initiatives for the environment, children and sustainable businesses. Most recently, she raised funds of up to PhP1 million for frontliners’ meals and medical equipment at the onset of the pandemic.

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Pia Wurtzbach made public her romance with Beautiful Destinations CEO Jeremy Jauncey as fans trailed their rumoured courtship on social media. Previously, the two celebrities had kept their relationship private, but Instagram stories of their matching brunch date photos caused excitement and speculation. The case was solved when the couple appeared together on the cover of Tatler Philippines’ June 2020 issue.

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