Catriona Gray was saddened by the Q&A incident that happened to her friend and Binibining Pilipinas 2018 batchmate, Vickie Rushton.
"It's really unfortunate. I was really rooting for her because I am close with her. She is my first runner-up from my batch, and I think she did amazingly even though the thing in Q&A happened," the Miss Universe 2018 told the press after a lifestyle event last June 14.
Catriona hopes that Vickie will consider another go at the pageant.
She added, "You know, it happens. It's a grace-under-pressure environment. It's a completely high nerve environment. And if it's your time, it's your time.
"Who knows? She might make a comeback. I would totally root for her if she was planning to join again."
CATRIONA AS Q&A MENTOR IN THE FUTURE?
Will Catriona be willing to train future beauty queens as a Q&A mentor?
The Miss Universe 2018 titleholder answered, "I don't know if I'll have the ability to do that to be honest, because I am a reigning Miss Universe and I do have responsibilities of my own.
"I'm sure in their own respective teams and the people around them are more than capable of training them for the international stage."
But Catriona does have this piece of advice: "Honestly, it's the girl. The girl needs to be driven.
"The girl needs to read up and see where her weaknesses are and built upon that. And there's no formula that you can apply to every single girl that will have the same speaking ability as, let's say, me.
"It's really a unique thing because every girl is different. Everyone has different strengths and everything, so that girl needs to assess where she lacks and build upon that."
Beauty queens are not spared from bashers and naysayers in their community, and Catriona is aware of this.
How does the 25-year-old beauty queen handle the negativity?
She related, "You know what, no matter who you are or what you do, there's always gonna be people who don't like or don't agree. And you just have to realize that most of those people, they don't know you as a person.
"They don't know the depth of who you are or the journey that you've been through, so you should never take their criticism of you in that extent.
"You should always keep that distance, because there's always gonna haters. There's always gonna be bashers.
"Just don't let what they say be valid. It's because once you do that, you let them in and you let them hurt you. So, you have to put up that wall."