Miss Universe 2011 Question and Answer Transcript

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.

Miss USA 2016 Question and Answer Transcript

Miss USA 2016 Top 5

Alabama

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.

Georgia

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.

California

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.

Hawaii

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.

Miss USA 2016 Final 3

Q: Define “confidently beautiful”?

Georgia                   

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.

Hawaii

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.

How to Ace a Pageant

Have a heart in joining beauty pageants.

The most fundamental step in winning a pageant is by passionately joining one. Passionately joining means extending your participation not only through your physical presence but also by your heart and mind. You must join a beauty pageant because you love to not because you have to. Thus, you must have a mindset that pageants are held with purpose and not out of mere necessity. Everything is possible, even winning the pageant, if you invest your heart in whatever you do.

Set goals.



 

Another tip is to be a goal-oriented candidate. Having a vision of the end is a great way of beginning. Setting goals is important because it gives you a well-directed beauty queen journey. Your goals can be – garnering minor awards, winning the crown, boosting self confidence, improving your articulation, gaining friends, making your family proud, and many more. These goals serve as a fuel that fires your spirit up. Goals are pretty much the impetus that causes you to do better in rehearsals and in the pageant proper. These goals are the touchstones of your victory.

Enjoy yourself in the process.

Don’t stress yourself. Stop pushing yourself so hard. Enjoy the process. You must be free-spirited. Treat the conditions of the pageant as if you’re listening to music. Enjoy the melody. Understand the lyrics as if they were your own. Only then will you appreciate the whole song. The same is true with beauty pageants. You have to know how to put a genuine smile on your face. You have to stop treating the rehearsals as a waste of time but as a nourishment of your skills. Only then will you realize that pageantry is enjoying and learning at the same time.

Enjoying yourself in the process also means making new friends. Not pushing yourself too hard also means not comparing yourself with your fellow candidates. You must stop looking at them as a conflict to your goals but as an opportunity for companionship that could later evolve to friendship. No man is an island, they said. It’s indeed true. Your journey will be more fruitful if you experience new things with other people. Happiness is not something to be kept to yourself but rather be shared with others. Learning, too, is not fun by your own. Experience lingers if it is celebrated with your comrades.

Be yourself.

The only thing that you have as you join a beauty pageant is yourself, so you must believe in it. You must believe on what you have and on what you are. The most basic thing that you could do to be a winner is to believe that you have the capability of being one. Be proud of who you are and you must stop trying to be someone you’re not. Likewise, you must always remember that comparing yourself with other people won’t make you any better. You must accept your uniqueness. Find your own style, and that brand would be your edge among others – your one step towards victory.

Be limitless.

We all have our own limits. You have one, too. However, you must always remember that we should never cage ourselves to these limits we thought were our boundaries. A beauty pageant is an avenue where you can test your limitations and explore the undiscovered gems in you. Always remember that trying something new will give you more benefit than cost. Discovering your skills and limitations is not instant, it is a process. And some activities, like joining beauty pageants, are a significant part of this discovery process. Especially in today’s era when beauty pageants don’t only require you to be beautiful – you should also be talented, intelligent and confident.

Be confident.

After you have known yourself and have freed yourself from your limits, then you have to start showing off what you really got. You have to step out of your comfort zone. Do not let your limits hinder you but rather use it as an edge among others. Show your jawdropping walk, your wonderland body and your sweetest smile without any insecurities. Be optimistic; claim that if other people will be talking to you – it is about you being the best among the rest. Lastly, you have to own the stage as if it was made just for you.

Be contented.

Win or lose – contentment will make you a winner.

If you win, you have to be contented. Winning, whether the title or the runner-up ranks, is already a great fulfillment. Especially, when you know you have given your best and the outcome is fruitful.

If you lose, you also have to be contented. Being qualified to a prestigious pageant already makes you a winner, winning a title, sash or a crown is just a bonus. You have to realize that life is not always rainbows and rose gardens. The time is not always your time. Your plan doesn’t always fit God’s plan for you. However, you still have to be fulfilled with whatever you have been through. Afterall, the experience, knowledge and sportsmanship that you have acquired from joining a pageant already turned you from a bud to a blossoming rose who already knows her own beauty more than anyone else.

Leah Evangelista

The Author, “How to Ace a Pageant”

Things I learned from joining a pageant?

Being Miss Mangaldan 2016 First Runner Up has become one major turning point of my life. Walking the streets isn’t the same ‘walking’ anymore. It is now filled with both familiar and unfamiliar faces smiling at you. However, it is not actually about the title nor the fame that is remarkable but it is the courage that the pageant has engraved in me. The kind of courage that makes you grow. The courage that is nourished by support and experience.

Even without the sash or the crown or the title, I consider myself as a victor. A victor that is a learner at the same time. The pageant has taught me that life doesn’t stop in the four corners of your comfort zone. It pushed me to step out and show people what you really got. And I would like to thank every person who believed in me. Life, indeed, has its own ways on bringing out the most beautiful and genuine smile you could ever wear. The pageant had also made me realize that life never runs out of friends and good people to give you.

Having experienced such pageant myself, I claim that a beauty pageant is never a competition. It is an avenue where you enjoy yourself and explore your capability of being limitless. It is a place where you grow and sail your horizons. It is a nursery for blooming friendships. It is a boulevard of advocacy and self-expression. Lastly, it is a stage that empowers a woman. It gives every single girl a chance to save themselves from being stereotyped as weak and pang-bahay lang and gives them a chance to claim themselves as remarkable, confident and fearless.

To my family, friends and supporters, the courage that pushes me to do more roots from all of you. I learned that the most grandiose crown you could ever wear is neither made of silver nor diamond but that of the hearts of the people who truly believes in you. I also learned that a pageant doesn’t cage you to just being beautiful – it encourages you to be helpful. Thank you.

The Author, “How to Ace a Pageant.”

Leah Vinluan Evangelista

Binibining Pilipinas Pageant Questions

Binibining Pilipinas 2016

  1. One of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s advocasies is to stop cyber bullying, how would you help her with her advocasies?
  2. What is your message to the next president?
  3. Even if her parents can afford to send her to school, a 15-year-old girl wants to stop her studies. What would be your advice to her?
  4. What is the toughest challenge a Filipina of your age faces nowadays?
  5. How will you encourage a Filipino citizen who is feeling hopeless to cast his or her vote?
  6. If you could switch bodies with somebody for one day, who would it be and why?
  7. Why do you deserve to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown tonight?
  8. Winning of the crowns tonight will make you the country’s Ambassador of Goodwill. What international problem or issue would you focus of and how will you address the problem?
  9. Would you compromise your integrity and personal values just to win a crown? Why and why not?
  10. Women use make-up to enhance facial features, do you think it’s appropriate for men to do the same?
  11. If you are to choose between having a multi-million business or a crown, what would you choose and why?
  12. If you have the chance to ask our own Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach on question, what would that question be?
  13. What do you think is the most undervalued profession right now? And why?
  14. What kind of leaders do Filipinos needs today?
  15. If men and women are equal, why men are ought to give their seats to women in public transports.


 

Binibining Pilipinas 2015

  1. How would you describe or define your country, the Philippines, to a foreigner?
  2. Who is the international personality you would like to take a selfie with?
  3. In the wake of conflicts and controversies, how is winning a Binibini crown relevant?
  4. You will be a national figure if you win one of the crowns tonight. How will you handle fame?
  5. Would you marry a man who is less successful than you?
  6. Social media is now a very powerful tool of communications. Can you tell us your thought about Internet censorship?
  7. If you win one of the crowns tonight, will you become an Ambassadress of good will? What is your message of peace for your fellow Filipinos, especially at this time?
  8. Given the chance to meet Manny Pacquiao, how will you motivate him to win the upcoming Pacquiao-Mayweather fight?
  9. How has joining Binibining Pilipinas changed you?
  10. As a modern Filipina, what is more important, a successful career or a happy home?
  11. Tell us please, when is a woman truly successful?
  12. Aside from winning the crown tonight, what was your prayer when you woke up this morning?
  13. What would you tell a child, who longs for her OFW mother?
  14. March is International Women’s month. What do you believe is God’s greatest gift to women?
  15. In our modern age, do you think it is appropriate for women to court men? Why or why not?

Binibining Pilipinas 2014

  1. What city in the world do you think best suits your character and why?
  2. As a beauty pageant contestant, what would you say to people who lack confidence that you have?
  3. Should you win one of the titles, how would you use your crown to push for your advocacy?
  4. There is a song saying ‘All you need is love.’ Apart from love, what else do you think we need?
  5. March is the women’s month. For you, what is the greatest advantage of being a woman?
  6. Ano yung pinakamagandang leksyon na maituturo ng isang babae sa buong mundo?
  7. As a Binibini, you must be updated about the events happening around you. What particular current event or latest news affects you the most and why?
  8. Do you think that being a beauty queen is a plus or a minus in landing a serious job in the corporate world?
  9. If you’re given a chance to talk before an international audience, what would you tell them about Filipino heroism?
  10. I’m certain that you watch all the international beauty pageants especially the Miss Universe. In your opinion, what quality is inherent in a Filipino that will make her stand out in that beauty pageant?
  11. What do you think are the reasons why the Philippines became the number one powerhouse of beauty in 2013?
  12. Name one thing that you would sacrifice for a Bb crown?
  13. If you could go back in time what would you change and why?
  14. Would you fall in love and marry outside your religion, why or why not?
  15. What about being a Filipina woman are you most proud of and why?

Binibining Pilipinas 2013

  1. Name a lesson about life that women can teach men?
  2. The Beatles believed that all you need is love. Agree or disagree, and why?
  3. Many beauty queens have embraced advocacies after their reigns. What would be your advocacy?
  4. You know, in this digital age, on Facebook, everything is made public. So, for you, what for you should remain private, and why?
  5. Recently, a Filipino nurse was praised at President Obama’s State of the Union Address because of her heroism during typhoon Sandy. What is the trait that makes Filipinos stand out in the world?
  6. Do you think you could be a good Catholic if you believe in the RH bill?
  7. What can be your greatest contribution to your local community?
  8. If you have the opportunity to speak to the new Pope, what would you tell him?
  9. Complete this sentence: The ideal Filipino is…?
  10. What is a personal quality that most people remember about you?
  11. Which country in the world, aside from the Philippines, fascinates you and why?
  12. My question is, are the best things in life really for free? Why or why not?
  13. If you were to break one habit, what would it be and why?
  14. What do you think is the greatest achievement of Binibining Pilipinas in its 50 years of existence? Why do you think so?
  15. What would you tell a child who’s being bullied in school?

Binibining Pilipinas 2012

  1. Given the power to change a personal experience, what would you change and why?
  2. How would you define happiness?
  3. What do you think is the biggest obstacle that you’ve had to overcome in your own personal life?
  4. Social media has forever changed the world and made it a smaller place… What disadvantages do you see in this new form of communication?
  5. How would you show to the rest of the world that it’s more fun in the Philippines?
  6. What do you think is the most pressing problem of the world today and how do you think you can help solve it as a beauty queen?
  7. If you would be president for one day, what would you do?
  8. Many women nowadays forge a happy family life for a successful career. How do you feel about this?
  9. If there’s one thing you want to change in the Filipino culture what is it and why?
  10. If your future husband made you choose him and you career, what would you choose and why?
  11. Which would you rather be, someone who is respected or someone who is loved and why?
  12. Can you give us your own definition of defeat and victory?

Binibining Pilipinas 2011

  1. What is the best piece of advice you can give a teenager growing up today
  2. If there is one incident in the world that you would change what would it be?
  3. When you were child, what was your dream in the future? And has it change?
  4. Aside from the members of your family, who is your personal hero and why?
  5. What do you think Filipinas need nowadays in order to win an international competition?
  6. What is that one experience in your life that molded your personality or change your perspective in life?
  7. If you are to write a letter to the President of the Phil, what would you tell him and why?
  8. Our fathers are capable of carrying out the duties of a mother and vice versa?
  9. With what cause do you identify yourself and why?
  10. What is a major major lesson that men can learn from women?
  11. What gives you peace of mind?
  12. In the wake of worldwide conflicts and calamities around the world, how is winning beauty title important and relevant?
  13. What is your biggest accomplishment today? and what is your biggest goal in the next 12 months?
  14. Can you please name at least three things that make you smile and why
  15. What trait of yours do you want to change?