With her first-ever visit to the Philippines, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was quick to express her awe of the Pinoy holiday spirit.
Along with Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart, Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters, and some of her fellow Miss Universe 2017 candidates, Demi-Leigh had a taste of this Christmas joy during their visit to Jollibee's Macapagal Biopolis branch in Pasay City, last December 7.
The beauty queens spent the afternoon treating less-fortunate kids from the Kanlugan ni Erma Ministry to a Jollibee feast.
In a quick interview with the press, Demi-Leigh spoke briefly about her newfound love for the Filipino people.
She said, “We got to spend an afternoon with amazing little kids, and to see their faces light up...it’s so good, it’s so amazing, and it’s so heartwarming to see.
“It’s just shows how wonderful the people and the spirit of the Philippines are, especially being able to share the spirit of the holiday and Christmas.”
The South African model continued, “Seeing the kids today, it reminded me [how] I would like to focus on empowering women and children by keeping my skills and knowledge on how to overcome difficult situations and how to prevent difficult situations.
“I think it is a very important and real problem all over the world today.”
HER OWN KIND OF QUEEN. Aside from always looking her best, her title entails substance and purpose.
Does the 22-year-old Miss Universe titleholder feel the pressure of setting herself apart from the previous queens?
She remarked, “Well, I think we all have things that are special to us as individuals and person, and I think experiences that we’ve gone through is eventually what makes us what we are today.
“Experiences that Iris [Mittenaere] have had in her past is different to what I have had, so I think I will focus on things that are special to me and just give it my best shot.”
Demi-Leigh reiterated that she was well aware of the responsibilities that came with her crown.
“First of all, just to be in the Miss Universe stage is such a great honor, but [being Miss Universe] is a very big responsibility.
“You’re seen as a role model and as an inspiration to women and especially to children all over the world.”
As an advocate for women and children empowerment, she knows well enough that her actions has more power now as Miss Universe.
“There are little girls somewhere, watching your every step and your every move and you are her inspiration.
“It’s a very big responsibility to always be mindful of your actions because your actions are inspiring somebody else.”