At a press conference held at a restaurant in Quezon City on November 8, Miss World PH representative Katarina Rodriguez shared how she prepares for the much-awaited international pageant. For Katarina, allowing herself to feel pressured is a distraction and so she chose to spend her time with friends and family to relax.
The happiest night in my life so far & the start of my Queen life! I still cannot believe I will be representing my beautiful country in Miss World 2018! I wake up every morning with only happiness and gratitude for what’s about to be an adventure of a lifetime. 🙏🏼👑 I wanted to dedicate this post to everybody who has contributed to making this dream of mine an actual vision. It took an army truth be told so I won’t be able to name all names pero alam mo naman kung sino kayo. ♥️ To @msworldphil @arnold_vegafria & @bessiebesana thank you so much for trusting me, I’ll do my best to make you proud! To my 39 Miss World sisters, I had an unforgettable 2 months with you girls, and you’re all truly queens. Don’t be strangers ha! 😘 Big thanks to my @aces_and_queens family, @mikeeandrei & @voltairetayag for listening to my crazy worries & rants & always being there for me no matter what time of the night. To @iamkrishnab @ianlorenz, my mga moons, the @katarinasonja_katroopers you all have been so amazing to me since day 1! I could never have done any of it without you! 🌙 To my @thepeoplesqueenshow family, @trina_dimaranan @nikita_mcelroy @yetasuncion @michellethorlund @jenniferslevy thank you for always reminding me of who I am & all we had experienced together in LA. Your support for me helped more than you’ll ever know, fam. 👸🏻🖤 To my family & best friends, @mauemily @misterpatrickjames @alymeetsworld @kumimiyamae @marlaerika @mathewcustodio thank you SO SO much for being patient with me. Regardless of not completely understanding the pageant world, my family & friends have been extremely supportive & graciously giving. I couldn’t be more blessed to have the best support system. I know it’s been annoying that I barely reply & haven’t had time for quality time, but thank you for doing what you all can to make things easier for me. ☺️🙏🏼 Lastly, sa Pilipinas, maraming, maraming salamat po. Sa iyo ang aking puso. ♥️🇵🇭
"No, I don't really feel pressured. Because I chose not to feel the pressure, because that's just distraction. I think if anything, I pressure myself the most because I want my me-time before leaving, and I want my time with my best friend, my grandparents. Just time to relax," she told the press.
When Katarina was asked for her reaction on being tagged as a lookalike of former Miss World title holder Priyanka Chopra, she admitted feeling 'kilig' over it. She said, "I love her, I really adore her. The way she speaks, she's so animated, she's so natural and when people tell me, I get kilig.”
"First I didn't see it, and maybe now 'cause I'm Miss World Philippines, I see it a bit. I think she's really honest, she's a little bit more aggressive than I am, but I think that comes with age. And I think she's a wonderful person, she still pursues her advocacies, and you can see that in her content in social media," Katarina said.
The 26-year-old beauty queen also admitted having a crush on Priyanka's fiance, Nick Jonas. She even shared an experience when she stopped by a street in New York and secretly took a picture of the Hollywood actor. "I saw him in New York on my last day there... I walked through the circle of bodyguards towards him, no one stopped me, and then I took a picture. I have it on my phone, I never posted it," she giggly said.
The Miss World PH bet also shared how she was inspired with the achievements of the proud Filipina Victoria's Secret model, Kelsey Merritt. "Her IG stories are actually quite inspirational. In her preparation for the Victoria Secret Fashion show, I'm watching it, I'm like, 'Okay, if Kelsey can do this, I can do Miss World, I can get that blue crown," she told the press.
Katarina is about to compete in this year's Miss World and is hoping to be the successor of 2017 winner Manushi Chhilar. Miss World will happen on December 8 in Sanya China.