Hannah Arnold can confidently say that she's ready to compete in the Miss International 2022 pageant more than a year since she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2021. The Fil-Australian beauty queen is now at Tokyo, Japan for the week-long beauty contest happening on December 13, 2022.
"It's a long journey and I'm just so excited. It's finally happening in one week," Hannah told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press last November 22. The 26-year-old model said there are several pros and cons with the long wait before competing in the Miss International pageant.
One disadvantage was that Hannah experienced losing some motivation mid-way through her reign due to the long lull. She admitted, "My pageant is really, really postponed compared to my other Binibini sisters who go and compete straight away. So it's kind off, their bodies and minds are already in that pageant mode. But for me, months off... To be honest, I did lose some motivation at times."
But Hannah went back to the main reason why she joined Binibining Pilipinas and used it as a motivation to focus on her advocacies while waiting for the international pageant. She said, "There's always these people around me that reminded me why I started pageantry, who I was doing it for. So in that time, I remembered, 'Okay, I'm doing it for the children.' Because they're a part of my advocacy.
"So with the extra time, I was able to focus on my advocacy for education and I also got to work with the Department of Science and Technology. So with that, that was a big benefit, having that extra time."
Regarding her preparations, Hannah made sure to learn new hair and makeup techniques since she will be doing her own styling for the pageant. She proudly shared that she did her own makeup and hair for her send-off party.
Meanwhile, Hannah is keeping her fingers crossed that she will impress the judges once she gets on the Miss International stage to show off her pasarela. She said, "My pasarela, my walk... I'm not that good with my walk, compared to the past queens that we had but I'm hoping, come December 13, my walk will amaze the judges."
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.