Four years since she represented the Philippines in Miss Universe and failed to bring home the crown, Rachel Peters reflected on her pageant journey and how being a mother has made her realize that "everything happens for a reason."
On Instagram, Rachel posted a throwback picture of herself as a beauty queen, along with a recent photo of herself with her baby girl, Kaia Rose.
"Mirror selfies now vs then. Kaia is shook—who is that lady in pink?" Rachel captioned the photo.
She then looked back on her journey as a former Miss Universe Philippines, saying that time seems to have flown by since she got to stand on the Miss Universe stage and proudly wave the country's flag.
"Things didn’t go as planned for us then but now as I hold my baby in my arms and have taken on another great challenge and have been given the greatest honor of being this girl's mum, I’ve never been so sure that everything happens for a reason," she said.
In her post, Rachel also expressed her gratitude to those who supported her in her Miss Universe journey, and continue to support her now that she is no longer a beauty queen.
"I’ve been reading your messages and stories throughout the day and I just wanted to send love and gratitude to all the people who motivated and held me up in 2017 and still continue to make their presence felt today. You guys are the best!!!! My heart was SO full then and still is now. Love you guys," she said.
Rachel, 30, announced her pregnancy through a social media post last May. She then gave birth to Kaia Rose, her first child with her husband, politician Migz Villafuerte, in October.
The couple got engaged in 2019 and was supposed to get married in Indonesia last year. However, they were forced to postpone their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They went on to get married in a civil wedding ceremony held at the Supreme Court last July, on the occasion of their seventh anniversary together.