Filipina beauty queens are known in the pageant world to put up a good and exceptionally strong fight. For years, our bets have become the ones to watch out for, especially for those who have their eyes on the crown. But then, there's always more to our queens than perfect walks and witty Q&A answers. Katarina Rodriguez, who recently won first runner-up at the Miss Intercontinental 2017 pageant, is living proof of this.
After the competition, the beauty queen wrote the most gracious message, addressing everyone's doubts about the result of the competition. She shared a sentiment we rarely ever hear from a pageant contestant:
"Here is the exact moment where I turned fully into a woman," she writes, referring to the photo of her and Miss Mexico Veronica Vallejo during the crowning moment. "Congratulations to Miss Mexico, the new Miss Intercontinental 2017! You are a vision, truly." Then, Katarina goes on to talk about her own journey in an attempt to win the crown.
"I came to Egypt for one thing and one thing only: the Miss Intercontinental crown. This crown to me represented my becoming a real woman," she begins, narrating how hard she and her team worked to ensure that she would win, and how careful she was about everything she did and said since her send-off.
"I can tell you that after rewatching the coronation last night I can confidently say I was flawless. Never had I been more ready for anything in my life. I had hundreds of thousands of people right behind me and each of you were the gas to my fire. It was not about me anymore it was about you," Katarina continues. "Here is the thing though, a queen does not necessarily have to be flawless."
The Filipina recounts when the crown fell from Miss Mexico's head, saying, "Yes, I did have to pick it up and hand it to her. How could I not say it was such a painful thing for me to do?
"When giving the crown to her I swear to you there was this energy that went through her and straight to me and this is where I knew I am no longer a child but a woman. Seeing her beautiful face while handing it back to her, well, I felt proud for her, and no pain at all. It was the lightest feeling I have felt in weeks," the beauty queen resolves.
"That crown was never mine and somehow always hers...Vero is a queen and she is my queen, my Miss Intercontinental 2017. She is a sweetheart and very much deserving. She taught me grace by her energy and warmth in a matter of seconds and only a true queen could empower another woman in such a manner."
Ending the post, she reminds everyone to cease the negativity towards the results—"I don’t want to read any comments talking superstitions or anything hurtful especially from my Filipinos...Let us keep that grace Philippines, for this is only the beginning."
Overall, Katarina's message shows that choosing to be kind and empowering others can be an easy choice, with or without a crown on your head. We're proud of you, Katarina!