As one of the two competing teams from the Philippines in the current season of AXN’s The Amazing Race Asia, Maggie Wilson and teammate Parul Shah are out to prove that beauty queens can win the race, too. The 28-year-old former Miss World Philippines winner remembered how she found out they made the cut. "I think when I saw the email I hugged the screen. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I just couldn’t get over it. It was exciting and I couldn’t let it sink in. We were super duper happy. We really didn’t expect to make it as well because we actually had some friends who told us that they also had auditioned for the show,” she said.
Maggie said she and Parul were also out to prove to everyone that they are tough competitors. "Before we left for the race, both Parul and i agreed that if it had to come down to an eating challenge, I would have to do it because Parul grew up a vegetarian and doesn’t eat a lot of things. Going into the race, regardless of what it is we would have to do, both of us made the decision that whatever challenge thrown at us we will attack it head on and we won’t back down from it. Whether it was to eat strange things or shave our hair, we will do it because that’s the mindset we had going into the race. Hair is shallow. It will grow back,” she admitted.
After besting thousands of applicants from all over Asia, Maggie shared the secret to standing out in your application video for the show. "Do it. And be yourself. In our video, we didn’t actually upload it online. We sent it directly to AXN. It was just us sitting down and talking about ourselves. We didn’t go overboard in our video maybe that helped. Just really show your personality. I think that’s what’s most important. That’s what they’re looking for maybe, interesting people, fun people, people who would be good for TV. It’s arguably one of the best experiences of my life. It’s life-changing. It really is,” she said.
The Amazing Race Asia contestant also admitted it pays to be prepared mentally and physically before joining the show. "Do your research. Before we left for the show, I actually binge-watched ten seasons. I watched the US version, the UK version, and the Asian version. When you binge-watch episodes and seasons like that you kind of already know what to expect. So you don’t go in there being blind,” she added.
Watch the fifth season of The Amazing Race Asia on AXN SkyCable channel 49.