After her reign as Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has said that she would spend time with her family before heading back to New York to work as ambassador of the prestigious beauty pageant.
“I will spend time with my family,” said Wurtzbach when asked about her plans after she passed on her crown during an interview on “24 Oras Weekend” on GMA 7 recently.
The German-Filipino beauty also said that she would be busy shooting for endorsements and other commitments.
“For February, I’m going to be staying here kasi kailangan ko munang mag-shoot for endorsements here in the Philippines. I’ll still be flying overseas but here in Asia, because with “Asia’s Next Top Model.” I have to finish that also. “After that, I’m going back to New York. We’ll see where it goes from there,” said Wutrzbach in a separate interview on ABS-CBN.
The 27-year-old beauty queen said that she will be flying back to the Big Apple to fulfill her duties as ambassador of the Miss Universe Organization.
“They did mention that to me before I left New York and we’re still finalizing everything now with the legal team of Miss Universe. So I guess I’m staying. I’m ready to pass on the crown to the new winner, and I’m happy and relieved that I’ll still be working closely with the organization even after I pass on the crown. I’m excited because I’m ready to move forward,” Wurtzbach said.
“Miss Universe is taking care of me making sure that after I give up the crown I’m still going to be busy working because they know how much of a workaholic I am,” she added.
Wurtzbach believes that she has successfully fulfilled her role as Miss Universe. “I think I did my job pretty well.
A lot of people would have opinions and say you should have done more of this and less of that. It should have been this way or that way. Or you’re not acting like a beauty queen parang naglalaro ka lang. But the thing is I answer to my bosses at Miss Universe and if they’re happy then that’s all that matters to me. I know I’m going in the right direction,” Wurtzbach added.
Wurtzbach also said she would also campaign against bashing. “What hurts is that some of the bashers are fellow Filipinos like what they are doing now to Maxine (Medina). You’ve done everything to make your country proud pero parang kulang pa rin,” the beauty queen said.
Despite being in a relationship with Filipino-Swiss F1 racing driver Marlon Stockinger, Wurtzbach said that they would be busy in their respective careers this year.
“Mas magkakaroon na ako ng oras sa lovelife pero very career-driven kasi ako so gusto ko may trabaho na agad ako after (my reign) which is meron naman so natutuwa naman ako run. Siya naman
agsisimula na sya sa racing niya so magiging busy na siya sa Europe ako naman dito muna then papuntang New York.
Magkaiba kami ng path. So tignan natin,” said Wurtzbach as she smiled.
Wurtzbach said that its in her bucket list to go to New York, where the headquarters of the MUO is located.
“When I went to New York, after I was crowned Miss Universe, I only have three pieces of luggage. After one year, I am leaving New York with seven suitcases and 20 balikbayan boxes,” she said.
Some of these boxes contain wardrobes which she plans to auction in the Philippines soon, reports said.
Wurtzbach said that she will surely miss her activities as Miss Universe. “I’m gonna miss my everyday activities as Miss Universe but I know that it’s time for a new winner and that there are other things ahead of me. There’s no way to escape it unfortunately,” she laughed. “I’m ready and I’m going to miss it.”
“I had a fun year and there’s nothing really more that I could ask for kasi parang sunod-sunod yung mga blessings like it took me so long to get to Miss Universe. And then when I finally got to Miss Universe, I won in the most unconventional way that turned to work on my favor. All I can say is thank you,” said Wurtzbach, during an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.
Paula Shugart, president of the MUO, said that Wurtzbach was teary-eyed as she packed her bags in New York.
“I would like to thank the Philippines for giving us Pia. She’s sad to be giving up the crown but she’s happy to be coming back here to do it. She’s made this her own. There’s a lot of people who’ll gonna miss her. I know I’ll be definitely be crying,” Shugart said.
“I’m sure Pia has a great career ahead of her and I don’t think we’re gonna be that far away,” Shugart added.
Wurtzbach also got emotional in bidding Shugart goodbye. “Paula first asked me how are you? And then it just caught me by surprise because nobody really asks me that anymore. For such a long time I took care of my family,” the beauty queen said.
Wurtzbach also pointed out that she has forgiven American television host Steve Harvey for the mistake he has committed in announcing the winner of the Miss Universe contest in December 2015. “I don’t think of it anymore. The moment he apologized on stage, he apologized, he said sorry, and to me that’s okay.”
Harvey is in town to host the beauty pageant today.