Miss Universe 2013 Question and Answer Transcript

Miss Ecuador

What would happen to the world if we could no longer use the internet?

I believe that computers themselves and most technologies nowadays has its advantages and disadvantages and one of its disadvantages is – that we are no longer close with our families. I would make use this moment to tell the teenager and everybody that we should use the methodology of computers and internet for the positive. It is never too later to start. Let’s start now.


Miss Brazil

What is your opinion in places that do not allow women to vote, or drive cars?

Good evening everybody! In my opinion, we as women achieved our independence through time. Unfortunately, nowadays we still have some problems with our independence as women. But we need to keep our open minds because nowadays we are homemakers, we are out in the work force. In my country we have a female president. We are capable of everything.

Miss Spain

What is the most significant thing we can do help elect women to political offices around the world?

In order to select a good woman, she must possess good qualities in order to do a good job – discipline, know how to adapt herself, how to respond…and can work her performance so she can fulfill her job.

Miss Philippines

What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world?

For the people who have lack of jobs I do believe that we should invest in education – and that is my primary advocacy. … because if we all know that if everyone of us is educated and all aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and we could land into a good career in the future, so education is a primary source and a ticket for better future

Miss Venezuela

What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?

I believe that one may have a lot of fears, but nonetheless this is nothing negative. I believe we should overcome all our fears and this in turn would make us much stronger. And lastly, we can become better persons. As soon as we overcome our fears and sure of ourselves, we can face any challenge.

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Miss Venezuela

If you could make a new law, what would it be and explain why?

I think that any leys in our Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have a straight way to go…in our similar, or, in our life has it this. For example, I am a surfer and I think that the best way that I can take is the way that I wait for it. So…please…do our only law that we can do. Thank you, Vegas!


Miss Philippines

As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English should be a prerequisite to be Miss Universe? Why or why not?

For me, being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language. It is being to influence and inspire other people. So whatever language you have, as long as you have the heart to serve and a strong mind to show to people then you can be Miss Universe. Thank you.

Miss Australia

As someone who might be winning a modeling contract, how would you feel if you were told to lose weight or risk losing an assignment?

Thank you for that question. I feel really comfortable in the way I feel and I think that’s really important. If someone told me that I’m overweight, then I would completely ignore it. As long as I’m feeling good within myself, then I think that’s all that matters. Thank you.

Miss USA.

What is something that you have done, that you will never do again?

First I’d like to start off by saying that every experience, no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it. That’s just life, but something I’ve done that I’ve probably regretted would be picking on my siblings growing up because you appreciate them so much more when you’re older, you get closer with your family. Everybody fights with their siblings, right?! But I don’t regret it.

Miss Brazil

Like you, I wear swimsuit when I compete. What would you say to people who believe that women wearing swimsuits in a public forum reduces them to sexual objects?

I believe that it’s not just in the way that we dress that we show our true selves. We can show our character if we are using an evening gown or a bikini. The important thing is to show everyone the people that we are inside, in our hearts. Good night Las Vegas! Thank you!

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Miss Ukraine

If you could trade lives with anyone in history, who would it be and why?

I simply live my life and I’m very satisfied with it. Well, but if I did have the chance to trade roles or to trade positions with someone I think I would choose Cleopatra. I think she is a very powerful and strong woman who is very much worthy of respect. And I think a woman can also be a leader like Cleopatra.


Miss Philippines

Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?

If I had to change my religious beliefs, I will not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God, who created me. And I have my faith, my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too.

Miss China

Nude beaches are common in some parts of the world. Is public nudity appropriate or inappropriate and why?

Every country has its rules and regulations and every country has their own habits as well. We should respect them and be more understanding.

Miss Brazil

What would you do to avoid fighting a war that you did not agree with it?

First of all I would explain to people that the premiere quality of human beings is respect. And no war war is not based on respect. It’s always based on misunderstanding, it’s always based on a lack of education. So I would tell this person that we should respect each other as human beings.

Miss Angola

If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why?

Thank God I’m very well satisfied with the way that God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty, I have my principles, I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I plan to follow these through the rest of my life and now I want to give all of you a piece of advice: Respect one another.

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Legendary boxer Muhammed Ali passed away Friday night at the age of 74. What should be remembered most about his legacy?

I think Muhammed Ali was obviously amazing at what he did. I just think we should remember to, to go for success and to do what you can to be on top. I think he lived by that and he was so successful in his sport and yeah, never give up. Reach your dreams.


District of Columbia

The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women. Now some have questioned where this has put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?

As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated, and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.


Over the last four years, 17 states have passed stringent voting laws. Many civil rights leaders believe we are making it too difficult for people to vote. What do you think?

I think it goes back to education. I think we need to start with the youth and we need to teach them how important voting is. I think that if we teach the how important it is and put that in our school systems, it will be a lot easier for people to understand how difficult voting can be and then we can educate everybody on that. Thank you.


One of the biggest challenges facing the United States is social and economic inequality. How do we narrow the gap between the rich and the poor?

When it comes to social and economic equality, I think the poor and the rich need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class. I think the rich need to — I think that the rich need to be able to be giving and I think the poor need to work hard, and I think the middle class need to come together and find an in between. Thank you.


With Hillary Clinton expected to surpass the delegate count needed to win the Democratic nomination, my question to you is if the election were held tomorrow, would you vote Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president, and why would you choose one over the other?

I would get that, right? All I have to say — it doesn’t matter what gender. What we need in the United States is someone who represents who those of us who don’t have a voice, those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president to push for what is right and push for what America really needs. Thank you.

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Q: Define “confidently beautiful”?


I know that very well. I use that on Instagram all the time. But being confidently beautiful means knowing who you are, loving yourself for who you are, loving yourself no matter what your flaws are because your flaws are what make you beautiful. Thank you.


Great question, thank you. Confidently beautiful is someone who’s not just beautiful on the outside. It’s someone who serves, someone who helps, and someone who cares for everybody. Whether the homeless, the helpless, making other people feel loved and important, humbling yourself is what’s important and I think that is the type of beauty that will last a lifetime. Thank you.

District of Columbia

To me, confidently beautiful means understanding that it’s not always about your appearance. It’s not always about who you’re around and how they feel you look, where they feel you come from or your economic background. Serving in the military has taught me that being confidently beautiful is about being able to earn respect from people regardless of what you look like. As a woman in the military, people associate beauty with weakness, and they learn very quickly that I’m extremely strong and although I’m small, I’m powerful. And confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I’ve become. Thank you.

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Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan

The Confederate flag, excessive force by police and same-sex marriage are all recent, hot-button issues in our country. What do you think will be the next that we need to tackle on a national level?

I think we still need to talk about race relations in this country. We have not solved this issue. We are still having problems and we keep hearing about new issues that are coming up. We really need to work on being an accepting society and being a society where every single person, no matter your race, no matter your gender, is given the same rights and privileges and opportunities.


Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra

Last year, CEOs in the United States made around 300 times as much as the average worker salary. Should the government impose boundaries on salaries of executives?

That’s a very good question. You know, I think that if you work hard enough, you can attain anything. This is the land of opportunity and CEOs — I believe that they work hard enough for their money, so I believe that they should be able to attain whatever it is they are working for.

Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia

Recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke out against political correctness in our culture. Do you think political correctness is hurting or helping this country and why?

That’s a very good question. I think it’s a balance of both. Definitely, we need — I’m sorry, please repeat the question.” (Judge repeated the question.) I think that it’s a balance of both. We need the people to remind us, especially politicians, to remind us what to do right and when to do wrong.

Miss Maryland Mame Adjei

The United States has agreed to formally reopen its embassy in Cuba. Do you think this change will be a positive one for both countries?

I think that it will be a positive trade. I think that it is an awesome thing to open our doors to all countries, all nations and to mend our relations with everyone. We should not be holding on to old grudges. We should be moving forward and accepting each other and loving one another and moving forward so that we can create better relations, better society, better govern — govern our countries better that way.

Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan

What would you do to improve race relations in the U.S.? Please be specific.

What I would do to improve race relations in the U.S. is get the more races grouped together and be able to be with each other in a — in a non — I think what we need to do is bring — we need to be more accepting of each other and we need to bring people together, and that’s what we need to do. Thank you so much.

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Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich  

Would you agree, as what a recent New York Times story suggested, “narcissism is an epidemic” and America’s youth today are turning into a “hyper-entitled, self-absorbed generation.” ?

I actually do agree with that. I think social media and technology has allowed the youth to post pictures of themselves and videos of themselves. That kinda, to me, seems narcissistic.


Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari 

Do you think college is still relevant in this day and age considering how hard it is to get a job after graduation, combined with the soaring costs of education?

I do think going to college is relevant at this point. I know my parents’ generation, there was are a lot of people who are extremely successful who never did get a college degree, but in this day and age I know it’s extremely hard to find a job, even after four years of college. So I do think it’s extremely important to go and get your education and, I guess, further your education after high school.

Miss Florida, Brittany Oldehoff

What sets you apart from the other finalists and why should we crowned you as Miss USA?

Well, I have to tell you that being up here is an honor to be with these women. They are absolutely phenomenal and I’ve really gotten to know them over the past couple weeks. However, I think that I’m bringing something new to the table. My father passed away with complications of Crohn’s and colitis, and I’d really love to bring that forward, and raise money and awareness, and bring it home for my dad.

Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez

Why she thought such crimes have been “swept under the rug for so long” and what colleges can do to combat that?

I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public. But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.

Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry

Is the government right to release five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for American POW Bowe Bergdahl?

I am glad that we got our guy back. However, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourselves to these acts of terrorism. I do agree with our guy being back but, however, I do not think that we should subject ourselves.

Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs

Please say anything you wanted to our political leaders.

I say that we should lead our country by faith. For me, I know that when I go to bed at night I pray for my family as well as the leaders of the country. I think if we pull together and work together, we are able to make more of a difference than setting ourselves apart. That’s what I would say.

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Miss Utah, Marissa Powell

A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?

I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to . . . figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and, I think, especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to try to figure out . . . create education rather so we can solve this problem.


Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord

Government tracking of phone records has been in the news lately. Is this an invasion of privacy or necessary to keep our country safe? Why or why not?

I think the society that we live in today, it’s sad that if we go to the movies or to the airport or even to the mall that we have to worry about our safety. So that I would rather someone track my telephone messages and feel safe wherever I go than feel like they’re, um, encroaching on my privacy.

Miss Illinois, Stacie Juris

Due to the problem of binge drinking on college campuses, a growing number of college presidents are encouraging lawmakers to lower the drinking age. Do you agree that this would promote responsible drinking? Why or why not?

I think if you’re going to drink irresponsibly, you’re going to do so whether you’re 18, 19, 20 or 21. I think it’s important to continue to encourage our youth to be responsible and drink responsibly and look out for the safety of those around them as well as, as well as themselves.”

South Carolina, Megan Pinckney

Should people who leak classified documents in the name of public information be charged with treason? Why or why not?

I don’t believe that they should be charged with treason. Personally I think that being a part of this country we have been given specific documents for specific reasons. Our lawmakers have put that into their decisions for certain reasons. And if we feel the need to have to show those documents, then I think we should show them.

Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady

Miss Connecticut, the Supreme Court ruled that criminal suspects can be subjected to a police DNA test after arrest. Do you agree or disagree with this, and why or why not?

I would agree with this. I think that if somebody’s being prosecuted and is . . . committed a crime that’s that severe that they should have a DNA test. I think there are so many crimes going on in this world that if that’s one step closer to figuring out who has done it, I think we should absolutely do so.

Miss Texas, Ali Nugent

In a recent beauty pageant bikinis were banned amid protests from religious groups. As someone who competed in a swimsuit tonight, do you believe such groups should have that influence? Why or why not?

I think we live in a country where we have freedoms that people around the world don’t. And we have the ability to vote for things we agree with and vote against things we don’t agree with. I personally am very confident with myself, and I feel perfectly fine being up here in front of millions of people in a swimsuit, but I absolutely agree with those people: They have the right to stand up and vote against whatever they feel is not necessary.