Why She’s The Best Miss Uni­verse Ever

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Front Page -

by gaby ig­na­cio • pho­tographed by bj pas­cual

The whole world, it seems, knows ev­ery­thing There is To know about Pia alonzo wurtzbach.

One would gather that it comes with be­ing, of­fi­cially, the Most Beau­ti­ful Woman in the World.

From the ba­sic bits of information like her birth­day (Septem­ber 24th, which makes her a Libra), her home­town (born in Stuttgart, Ger­many, but grew up in Ca­gayan de Oro, Philip­pines), and her ca­reer high­lights (she be­gan act­ing at age 11 un­der the name Pia Romero), to the less ac­ces­si­ble tid­bits like the name of her beloved pet chi­huahua (Prada) and her fa­vorite video game ( Fi­nal­fan­ta­syviii— she liked the love story), the life of the 26-year-old beauty queen ap­pears to be an open book.

Serenely sit­ting in her suite at the Ho­tel Novo­tel as makeup artist and friend Gery Peñaso be­gins the process of en­hanc­ing her nat­u­rally ra­di­ant good looks into glama­zon gor­geous­ness, the soft-spo­ken Pia is the very def­i­ni­tion of the word ‘enig­matic.’

“‘Ini­tially, she was lag­ging and didn’t re­ally know what she was go­ing to say...af­ter a cup of cof­fee...,’” she quips, of­fer­ing the lead to her own story with that sig­na­ture sense of hu­mor that charms you from the minute you meet her. She takes a sip of the said cof­fee—black is ap­par­ently how she takes it—and though she an­swers ev­ery ques­tion in­sight­fully, it’s easy to see that she’s fight­ing some se­ri­ous ex­haus­tion. Un­der­stand­ably so: It’s the final day of her tri­umphant home­com­ing and, for the past week, she’d been do­ing the req­ui­site media rounds, pub­lic ap­pear­ances, and cour­tesy calls.

“Miss Uni­verse was some­thing that I’ve al­ways wanted to be, ever since I was a lit­tle girl,” she shares. “I think it’s the same for most lit­tle girls. We watch them on TV and it’s like those women can do no wrong.” She re­veals the very mo­ment she de­cided she wanted the crown for her­self. “It was the year with

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