Celeste Cortesi leaves for miss universe to fight for Philippine’s 5th crown

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Celeste Cortesi leaves for miss universe to fight for Philippine�s 5th crown
The Fil-Italian beauty will be competing against almost 90 women from around the globe at the 71st Miss Universe pageant.
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Svelte, statuesque and ready are some of the adjectives used by pageant aficionados to describe 2022 Miss Universe Philippines Silvia Celeste Cortesi. She will be competing against almost 90 women from around the globe at the 71st Miss Universe pageant.

During Celeste’s recent send-off, she wowed the press with her pasarela and “no buckle” answers. But the Italian-Filipina beauty thought that she still needed more polishing. That’s why she’d wake up in the wee hours of the morning to get so many things done.

“It is very hectic. I wake up very early and work out so that is done,” she said. “I have to go to work, do my shoots and interviews and at night time, that’s when I dedicate my time to polish and train my communication skills and pasarela. It is more like polishing, it’s more being ready in every single aspect of the competition even mentally under pressure.”

Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Silvia Celeste Cortesi (center) is joined on her sendoff by Miss Universe Philippines Tourism Michelle Dee (right) and Miss Universe Philippines Charity Pauline Amelinckx.

She flew to the US a day after her birthday which was Dec. 16 and Celeste said she was lucky enough to bring the whole team with her and her loved ones.

“I just booked a ticket for my mom to go to New Orleans, so I’m very excited,” she added. “She will be there before the preliminary and coronation. The boyfriend is coming, too. It gives me so much strength that the people I love are there to support me. It gives me so much strength and confidence.”

Now that the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is under Thai billionaire Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, she will be hosting the unveiling of the new Mouawad crown, “Force for Good,” which will be the new emblem of the “Beautifully Confident” winner of Miss Universe. Fred Mouawad, fourth generation Mouawad co-guardian, will also be present at Icon Siam in Bangkok, Thailand.

Celeste is whispering to the universe her excitement to actually make it hers. “I cannot wait to see it because I need to manifest, I need to know how it looks!” she said.

Whatever color the new Mouawad crown will be, Celeste assured her fans, “My outfit won’t change. I know what I’m going to wear regardless of the crown. Hopefully, it will fit. I’m excited about my gown and walk and I really hope you, guys, like it.”

Celeste won’t have any problems making friends in the competition. In fact, she has been in touch already with some of the girls and has a preference for a roommate.

“I got to know some of the candidates. I would say Miss Italy because we’ve been talking a lot through Instagram,” she said. No insecurities on Celeste’s end because she is certain about her purpose in Miss Universe. “That’s true, I know there are a lot of beautiful women and smart women out there, but what will make you stand out is who you are,” she added.

She is just sad though that her hopes to meet Steve Harvey won’t come true because the famous host is no longer returning to the pageant. There are talks that it is going to be all women at the helm of this year’s Miss Universe pageant. “I was very excited to meet him, but I know the host is going to be a woman. So, I am excited about that,” she said.

Everything is all set — physically, emotionally and mentally — for our candidate to get the fifth Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. With her looks already close to perfection, Celeste had this to say: “I’m really not perfect. When I say relatability, I don’t talk about the way I look physically. I talk about the challenges (I’ve been) through to be here because sometimes we just see a perfect life. Like on social media, every single life is so perfect, no mistakes, no struggles and no challenges, but I was not afraid to talk about the reason why I came here as Miss Philippines, it’s about what is inside my heart, my experiences.”

The Miss Universe competition has this schedule as of writing: Jan. 3, 4 and 5 will be for arrivals, registration and fittings for the opening number apparel; Jan. 6, orientation day; Jan. 11, preliminary competition; Jan. 12, national costume competition; Jan. 14, live telecast of final show; and Jan. 15, departure.

The Miss Universe pageant will be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

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