Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza had nothing but good words for the Philippines’ bet to the pageant, Rabiya Mateo.
The Chihuahua, Mexico-born beauty queen, in an interview with ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Dyan Castillejo, looked back on the moment she was crowned Miss Universe.
According to Andrea, she knew right from the start that her life had changed the moment was named winner of the competition.
“When we were at the Top 2, I think I had a mix of emotions. I don’t really remember exactly what I was feeling. I was just super excited and the crowd was crazy. I could hear all the Mexican people in the audience screaming, waving the Mexican flag and that was so much amazing to me,” she said.
“And when Mario screamed Viva Mexico, I was telling everyone this because it was funny that I thought it came from the crowd. I was not expecting this like Viva Mexico so I thought for a second like … it was like a pause and then I couldn’t stop screaming and laughing. I was laughing so much. I knew that my life had changed at that moment,” she added.
Andrea also shared what it was like working with the other girls in the competition, saying most of them help one another in times of need.
“It was super friendly. Everyone seemed so mature that everyone really wanted to be there and I think it’s a very important thing because everyone was so focused, but at the same time, it was super friendly. And we were helping each one. If you needed something like I can lend you my makeup or my dress. One of the girls lost her luggage traveling to the competition and everyone was like ‘If you need a dress, you can wear it. There’s no problem’,” she said.
Sharing her experience with her roommate, Miss Aruba, she said: “I have a great friendship with my roommate and we had this connection ever since the very first moment and we were always helping each other and I think that’s a beautiful thing because now I have friends for life.”
On why she always thought she’s going to win the competition, she said: “I arrived in the competition believing I was a winner because if I don’t believe it, no one else is going to believe me. And I know the power of our thoughts that’s why I always saw myself as the winner. But I knew that if something else happened, that’s because the Universe has something else for me.”
Andrea believes her being true to herself was what made her win the competition.
“That I was always myself 24/7. I have never tried to pretend to be someone else and that’s something that I told to myself before I ride into the competition. I want to enjoy this moment, I want to enjoy every single part of the competition and be myself and let them see who I really am. Because I was trying to perfect and I was trying to fit in this mold, I was not being myself. Therefore, I was not enjoying the moment,” she said.
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Meanwhile, she also gave a message to Rabiya Mateo — the country’s representative to the pageant — for whom she had nothing but words of praise.
“She’s a gorgeous lady and she was always on point. Like she was always perfect hair, perfect outfit, and I think she was a great representative of your country,” she stated.