Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann made it to the 2017 Miss World’s Top 40 because of her winning answer during the pre-pageant’s Head To Head Challenge.
The Miss World 2017 coronation festivities are scheduled tonight, November 18, in Sanya, China.
The 23-year-old courtside reporter was among Group 17 of Miss World candidates who were tasked to answer how they will solve cyber bullying in 30 seconds.
They were told that only one of them can get a sure slot in the Top 40 for the coronation night.
Laura defeated candidates from Turkey, Thailand, Lesotho, Myanmar, and Serbia.
Below was her winning answer:
"Well, actually, I really like this question because I think it's a topic that all of us can relate to because as beauty queens, you know, we do get bashed online.
“There's a lot of negative comments, especially when the competition gets tough.
“So I think it's a question that we understand, but we also know that it's something that's very hard to avoid.
“Because sometimes, we can't really control what other people really say or what other people think.
"But I think the best thing that we can do is use our platform and use our voices because the whole world is watching us.
“So whenever we see someone being bullied online, I think we can't be passive bystanders.
“We have to so something about it, we have to point it out, and we have to remind them that trolls and bashers are not allowed on our Facebook pages and it's our job to just post things that are positive, rather than negative or something that condemns people.”
Laura was also among the top five finalists who won the Miss World "Beauty With A Purpose" challenge.
She submitted a video showcasing her five-year-plan to help raise funds for babies suffering from malnutrition and birth defects at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila.
Her main goal is to set up a milk bank for mommy patients who can't produce enough milk and have no financial capacity to purchase pasteurized breast milk for their babies.