The Miss Universe 2016 pageant is over and a new queen has been named. But before we close this beautiful chapter that happened in our country, let’s look back at some of the heartwarming and remarkable events that you probably didn’t see transpired on the pageant’s stage.
Miss Thailand cried in the arms of her mother
When times get tough, we all need our mother to tell us everything will be all right. And that’s true even for crowd favorite Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane. The 21-year-old beauty queen became emotional when she saw her mother after she failed to make it to Top 3 during the coronation night.
Suansane met her family, friends and fans who flew from Thailand backstage, wherein she was seen crying in the arms of her mom. A video shown during the pageant revealed that Suansane had a hard life; she would help her mother do the latter’s menial jobs. And the beauty queen herself had to work hard.
Miss Bulgaria donated her gown to a Filipina teenager
A 15-year-old girl is now the proud owner of a gown worn during the Miss Universe 2016 pageant after Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva donated the blue Sherri Hill dress she wore during the parade of nations to her.
Zhyra Nicole Cifra is attending her prom in a few weeks, but she didn’t have a dress to wear. It was then her mother Issay Gallano messaged Miss Bulgaria, hoping the beauty queen would choose her daughter to be the recipient of the dress she was planning to donate. Ancheva responded and passed on her gown to the Pinay teenager.
Ancheva’s heartwarming deed earned the respect and love of many people across the globe; she’s now being called a true “fairy godmother.”
Miss Myanmar carried a 40-kilogram costume
We know that Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun paid homage to her country’s Burmese puppetry, yoke the, during the National Costume portion of the Preliminary Competition, and we were all surprised—amazed, even.
But in order to bring a stage on stage, Miss Myanmar had to carry her entire costume that reportedly weighed approximately 40 kilograms, while mimicking the movements of a marionette. No wonder she won the best national costume award.
Host Nick Teplitz’s funny rhymes
Not only was the National Costume segment of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant replete with over-the-top costumes, but also with witty and funny rhymes of host Nick Teplitz. During the presentation of 86 contenders, Teplitz provided rhyming introductory spiels, adding color to the event.
Some of his funny rhymes included: “The hills are alive, making this costume thrive…Austria!” “You know these wings are her favorite things…Belize!” “It’s absurd not to dress like a bird…when you’re Ecuador!” “Let’s give her a hand ‘cause she’s inspired by sand…Namibia!” “Please make some room ‘cause she’s dressed like a tomb…it’s Turkey!” “You won’t hear this rhyme so I won’t waste my time…it’s Philippines!”