Victoria Velasquez Vincent was named Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) Charity 2021.
But did you know that she could have actually been Miss Universe New Zealand 2021 outright?
In an Instagram post Victoria revealed that she was offered the title shortly after the MUPH coronation night but she refused.
She related: “After a week of contemplation, countless discussions with my family, friends and team, I eventually came to the decision to politely decline the offer.”
Well, as Victoria explained it’s all about her being a true blue Filipina despite having grown up in New Zealand.
She said: “So many people will say I’m crazy for turning down this opportunity, but I had to choose what I know in my heart was the right thing to do.
“My heart is, and always will be here to serve the Philippines.
“Some may say I’m not Filipina enough, and that’s ok. I know who I am. I know what I stand for. I am a Filipina.”
Victoria is nevertheless thankful for the offer.
She wrote: “Thank you to the MUNZ org for your kindness. I am endlessly grateful that you had faith in me and offered me the opportunity of a lifetime.
“Thank you to the MUPH org for offering your support regardless of what I decided to do.
“I am so excited to see what the future holds for us, Philippines.
“Victoria Velasquez Vincent “Miss Universe Philippines 2021 – Charity”