MANILA, Philippines – Here are the questions and answers of the top 5 finalists in the 71st Miss Universe pageant coronation night, Sunday, January 15, 2023 (Manila time).
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Miss Universe 2022 Top 5, in order they were called:
- Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel
- Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel
- Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Cariño
- Miss Curacao Gabriëla Dos Santos
- Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez
Question: Tell me the time you felt shame and how you turned that feeling into fuel.
Answer: I actually have a press conference which is called the forbidden dream which thoughts about that forbidden dream when I wanted to become a fashion designer. Because I felt shame about it. I didn’t feel it was possible for me to sustain my life. But I pursued it. And I demonstrated myself which was the most importantly, that following our dreams, our passions, we are able to leave an impact stamp in every single action we take.
Question: Miss Universe recently made an inclusive change allowing mothers and married women to compete next year. What’s another change would you like to see?
Answer: For me, I would like to see an increase in age. I’m 28 years old and that’s the oldest age that can compete and I think that’s a beautiful thing. My favorite quote is, “If not now, then when.” Because as a women, I believe that the age does not define us. It’s not today, not tomorrow, the time is now that go after what you like.
Miss Puerto Rico
Question: If you were crowned Miss Universe, how would you represent all this year’s delegates through your reign?
Answer: I will represent all the delegates because I am a mirror of what a woman is. I believe in the dream and the power to hope to make our dreams a reality. That’s why I’m standing here today. I know what it’s like not to believe in your dream, but I also know what it’s like to find a voice. We are the voice of tomorrow, so let our voice echo in the chamber of time. Because this is the power we have, and that’s how I will represent the woman like that.
Question: If you had the opportunity to speak to the leader of your country, what would you want to say?
Answer: Hello New Orleans, how are you feeling today? I think there’s a lot to be discussed today and I believe Curacao is a multicultural country and I believe we should embrace all cultures. And also discuss the fact that sometimes people feel excluded. I mean, we should not discriminate or have any type of bullying in the country. Thank you.
Miss Dominican Republic
Question: What’s the most significant obstacle that women in your county face, and what should be done about it?
Answer: I believe the most significant obstacle that women in my country face is access to education. There are a number of women and children in Curacao who cannot go to school and have a lack of access to them and I believe we have to do something about it now. We need to make sure that kids are able to be kids, to play and educate themselves. Not be mothers, not be wives. It is the moment now to take action.
From the top 5, the top 3 finalists were selected: Miss USA, Miss Dominican Republic, and Miss Venezuela. After another round of Q & A for the top 3, Miss USA emerged as the winner. Fil-Am Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel, has been crowned the 71st Miss Universe titleholder.
— Sally, The Summit Express