After the parade of evening gowns, swimsuits, and national costumes at the preliminaries, comes what is perhaps the most highly-anticipated and critical parts of the Miss Universe 2020 pageant: The Q&A portion! Ahead, you can read the full transcript of the segment for the pageant's top five finalists:
Miss Universe 2020 Top 5 Q&A
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza
QUESTION: If you were the leader of your country, how would you have handled the COVID-19 pandemic?
ANSWER: "I believe there's not a perfect way to handle this hard situation. However, I believe what I would've done was to create the lockdown even before everything was that big. Because we lost so many lives, and we can't afford that, we have to take care of our people. That's why I would've taken care of them since the beginning."
Miss India Adline Castelino
QUESTION: Should countries lock down due to COVID-19 despite the strain on their economies? Or should they open their borders and risk a potential increase in infection rates?
ANSWER: "Good evening, universe. Well, coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important: That nothing is more important than the health of your loved ones. And you have to draw a balance between economy and health. And that can only be done when the government works with the people hand in hand and produces something that will work with the economy. Thank you."
Miss Brazil Julia Gama
QUESTION: In many countries, women are still considered incapable of being world leaders. Convince these countries that they're wrong.
ANSWER: "Women are such an important part of this society, and just because we're not encouraged the same way that men are, we have our potential wasted. The world needs women's contributions because we came for some reason and I invite every woman to understand that we are the leaders of our lives, and yes, we can do a lot for our communities. So please, take your power."
Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Rodriguez
QUESTION: The night she won Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi explained the importance of teaching leadership to young girls. How would you do that this Miss Universe?
ANSWER: "Good evening. I come from a family completely filled with women of which have propelled me to help them today. Working with my non-profit Ninos de Cristo, I understand that I don't need a title to be able to help others and support them."
Miss Peru Janick Maceta Del Castillo
QUESTION: What would you say to the woman watching tonight who are currently experiencing sexual or domestic abuse?
ANSWER: "I will tell them that I admire their strength—that they're survivors. And I've been there, too. I became a hero of my own story. That's why I advocate to save little girls from being victims. They're survivors, they're heroes, they have the power. And don't let anyone ever, ever silence your voice."
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